One of my New Year's resolution was to do things I have never done before. What a good excuse to join the factory tour of Munichs first and only Gin Distillery.
Tucked away in the backyard of the bustling Barerstraße in the hip Schwabing district is "The Duke", founded in 2007 by Max & Daniel who were looking for the perfect gin.
Right now the distillery is producing a dry gin, Lions vodka, a ginger liqueur and a raspberry schnaps/spirit.
We were told of the history of gin. Did you know it comes from the Netherlands and was originally called Geneva? I certainly didn't.
Also very interesting the process of distilling, bottling and marketing of the precious liquid.
Of course we got a delicious G&T with a twist of orange peel. Lovely stuff and a great story of bavarian entrepeneurship!
PS: The visit reminded me a lot of my favourite Melbourne bar "Naked for Satan" in Brunswick Street which derives its name from an outrageous story of basement distilling during the depression.