The Van Kleef Museum and Distillery in The Hague
The distillery has a fascinating history dating back to 1842 when it was founded by Theodorus van Kleef.
Although the distillery closed in 1986 it was reopened quite some years later in 1995 after extensive renovations and is the only surviving distillery of jenever and liqueur in the city. Today the distillery is one of the country’s oldest. The museum is a lively, albeit tiny place packed with shelves of all sorts of things relating to liqueur and the distillery’s history. One such finding is this telephone book from 1883. Van Kleef is the only museum that has this very first telephone book of The Hague. What makes this telephone book so special is that the Van Kleef Distillery actually takes the number one spot in the book! Not even the police or government fill the number one position! This evidently demonstrates the importance and prestige of the distillery in the city during the 1800s.
The museum also has archived liqueur and jenever recipes dating from before 1900 and the current owner has attempted to use these old recipes as much as possible in all products to keep with tradition. And just as it was done years ago, no artificial ingredients are used in the process. This makes Van Kleef a real artisan distillery.
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