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Tasting the fiery, fine spirits of the Stählemühle fruit distillery with Christoph Keller

De virtutibus aquae ardentis–The virtues of blazing water
Date: April 20, 2012
Time: 19:00–23:00
Location: Gestalten Space, Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin
Language: German
Limited to 25 participants (must be 18 or over)
Participation Fee:

€100 (including 19% VAT)

Stählemühle has been named one of the top ten distilleries in the world and produces some of the finest spirits today. Join us for an evening with Christoph Keller for a 4-hour tasting event where the distiller himself will guide you through the world of fine spirits. Starting with a photo presentation and sensory class, followed by the tasting of 15 selected Stählemühle spirits made from a local varietiey of wild fruits, participants will have the opportunity learn about the history and artisanal craft of distillation and the rich cultural heritage that comes with it.

Former art publisher, editor, designer, and curator Christoph Keller sold his publishing house Revolver Verlag in 2004 and moved to an area near picturesque Lake Constance in Southern Germany, tucked among the softly undulating volcanic hills of the Obere Hegau. When stumbled upon Stählemühle, an old dormant mill used as a schnaps distillery, he took upon the task of bring it back to life. 

Fast-forward to present day and the distillery, which produces fruit brandies in small, high-quality batches—only 1500 bottle pear year—has been named one of the top ten distilleries in the world. In addition to this distinction, Stählemühle has been the recipient of over 170 other awards including the prestigious “Brandy of the Year 2011,” the “Golden shot Glass” in Austria, and in 2010 it was given the top award by the German Agricultural Society (DLG). 

Stählemühle currently produces about 70 various spirits and liquors made from the most exotic and obscure fruits imaginable from greengages, damsons, russet apples, or myrobalans to ribes, common medlars, and European mountain ash. Helping to keep these semi-extinct breeds alive is also one of Keller’s principles when it comes to running Stählemühle—a clear example of how a sustainable and organic operation can be achieved on a small farm with only a small amount of land, a lot of know-how and the work of four hands.

About the host

Christoph Keller

Christoph Keller (*1969) continues to publish artist books under the publishing label Christoph Keller Editions since 2007 through the Swiss publisher of JRP / Ringier. His curated archive on independent publishing Kiosk – Modes of Multiplication has traveled the world and is now at the Art Library in Berlin. Keller teaches at various art schools and together with Alexander Stein from Black Forest Distillers, he develops and produces Moneky 47 (named after its 47 different ingredients) through the second label Schwarzwald Dry Gin, which was awarded “Best Gin in the World” in 2011 at the International wine and Spirit Competition in London. 

Stählemühle is featured in Delicate: New Food Culture. A selection of the fine spirits are also available for sale through our Online Store and at Gestalten Space. 

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