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 has been long
The history of Mampe for those not familiar with Berlin
Mampe is a German spirits manufacturer whose origins date back to 1831. From 1890 to approx. 1980 the brand was very famous, support the Berlin soccer team Herta and had more than 70 types of liqueurs, brandies and other spirits available in 11,000 outlets.
Carl Mampe Senior passed on the recipe for making the bitter drops to his two stepbrothers 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.
Halb and Halb as well as the Bitteren Tropfen are the two most known Mampe product. 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 maceration tank are also second hand. Beautiful object. 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!
This post will be continued soon. Come back !