Back in the ‘Dam

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Lucas Bols is going home. The Dutch drinks company unveiled its new distillery in the centre of Amsterdam yesterday.

Located in the former Wynand Fockink distillery, it contains three pot stills, 100, 200 and 500 litres, respectively. Bols will be distilling elements of its range at the new distillery, including components of its genevers. ‘We’re making the heart here,’ said master distiller Piet van Leijenhorst . He was particularly pleased that production of its Damrak Gin was moving to within metres of its namesake, Dam Square.

The new Lucas Bols distillery will continue to make the 80+ range of Fockink products too, a task that will no doubt help to keep those three stills busy.

‘Our mission is to bring genever back to its rightful place in the world of spirits, and so far so very good,’ said Lucas Bols CEO Huub van Doorne at the distillery.

The timing of the opening is fitting – this month marks the company’s 350th anniversary. Bols clearly didn’t think one big announcement was enough to commemorate the occasion – the company held the final of its massive cocktail comp, Around the World, last night in Amsterdam too.

The fun and fast-paced final saw eight bartenders go head to head, whittled down from over 3,000 worldwide entries spanning 76 countries. Elliot Ball did the UK proud, landing himself a spot in the final eight.

But it was the US’s Kate Gerwin that ultimately triumphed, with her creamy yet very drinkable combination of Bols Cacao Brown, Bols Natural Yoghurt, spiced almond milk and walnut bitters. Gerwin won herself a 10-day global tour, with guest shifts in top bars along the way.

The event was streamed live to viewers around the world, and is still available to view on the Bols website.

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