Van Kleef liqueurs tasting & boat tour
In the heart of The Hague’s historic centre you can find a hidden treasure named Van Kleef. Founded in 1842, this sole surviving jenever and liqueur distillery continues to operate to this day. There is a wide and enticing range of local liquors on display, each one based on a traditional recipe.
In 1842 Lambertus Theodorus van Kleef established a distillery of fine liqueurs and bitters, which later became known as the Stoomdistilleerderij 1e klasse Van Kleef v/h ’t Anker. A wide range of distilled alcoholic beverages were produced, imported and sold in the adjacent liquor store. The distillery also exported a number of its products. Van Kleef became the last distillery in The Hague to close his doors in 1986.
In 1995 Van Kleef reopened after an extensive renovation. It’s now a museum, liquor shop, wholesale business and the perfect setting for meetings, parties and receptions.
Step inside and the craftsmanship, quality and history of this traditional local company are tangible.
We combine the boat tour with a visit -with an English tour -through the Kleef Museum. During the tour you’ll hear about how The Hague was once the important distillery city in the Netherlands.
You’ll see the distilling equipment, authentic ‘drankorgels’ (racks where the liqueurs and spirits were kept) and copper stills. Many of the products can be sampled during a spirits tasting session.
van Kleef tasting & boat tour will be presented on:
- Boat tour 13:00 hrs. at boarding point next to Hilton Hotel- Mauritskade 10, starting with a little shot 🙂
- Van Kleef tasting starts 14:00 hrs.
- 15:30 event end Lange Beestenmarkt 109
A tasting of 6 different Van Kleef jenevers and/or liqueurs. On the table(s) they keep refilling;
– warm, oven fresh bread
– two, different home made pastes (one always vegetarian)
– fresh olives
– roasted nuts (peanuts, cashew nuts, almonds etc.)