Dear Curious Reader,
You've been missing discovering new distilleries? Your patience is rewarded today with a visit at Mampe Neue Heimat in Kreuzberg, Berlin. It is not any brand or any distillery but one of the oldest spirit brand connected to the city of Berlin. When Tom...
...Inden Lohmar bought the brand in 2012/2013 it went back to life again.
Mampe is a German spirits manufacturer whose origins date back to 1831 when Carl Mampe senior created the Bitter drops (Bittere Tropfen) as a medicine against the cholera.
Carl Mampe Senior passed on the recipe for making the Bitter drops to relatives Carl Mampe Junior and Ferdinand Johann Mampe. They each built their own factory for the production of Bitter drops: Ferdinand Johann Mampe in Stargard in 1835 and Carl Mampe Junior 17 years later in Köslin. Carl Mampe AG, founded in 1877 and headed by Walter Aleith, later moved to Berlin. Ferdinand Johann Mampe's company, on the other hand, produced in Stargard until the end of the Second World War and relocated production to Hamburg in 1945.
From 1890 to approx. 1980 the brand became very famous throughout Germany, even supported the Berlin soccer team Herta and had more than 70 types of liqueurs, brandies and other spirits available in 11.000 outlets (and even its own stores on the Kudam).
Halb and Halb as well as the Bitteren Tropfen are the two most known Mampe products. When the today's owner bought the brand he could go to PSM and have the recipes there, where they were kept since 1831, yes, you read well, the recipes were recorded and saved all that time!
The maceration tank are also second hand. Beautiful objects. There are certainely many of them about to be destroyed in German countryside :-(
Yes, this image is already above, but this time you deserve a caption. What are all those names of black stone? Everyone who participated to the crowdfunding to make Mampe alive again. It shows how much this brand is liked in Berlin!