In 1836, Peter Radermacher, a farmer by trade, decided to found a gin distillery. At the time he already possessed a mill and could use the ground corn as raw material for the distillation of gin. This was the beginning of Radermacher distillery. His son Leonard succeeded him after his death and took over the agricultural distillery.
The outbreak of the 1st World War marked the beginning of a very difficult period for the family who could only survive thanks to the yield of her agricultural activities. The copper stills were seized during the German Occupation, but after the war the family was able to gather sufficient capital for the acquirement of a new installation.
Leonard died at the age of 69 and his four sons Josef, Pierre, Willy and Lambert took over the reins of the family business. Their main activity was the production of gin and liqueurs and the bottling of wine which they bought in barrels.
Pierre died during the 2nd World War. Lambert and Willy refused to join the national-socialist party, which induced the Nazis to forbid any further alcohol production and led the distillery to suspend her activities; the entire equipment was seized, even the tyres of the delivery van, and the only employee was mobilized by the German army. Once again the family could survive thanks to the agricultural activities.
The situation improved after the war. Exhausted after many years of privations, the distillery was able at last to take up her economical activities and multiply tenfold her turnover. In 1948 the brothers bought new stills and were given the ministerial distillation permit.
Lambert Radermacher died in 1983. He had always regretted the absence of a son to whom he could hand over the activities one day, but his grandson, Bernard Zacharias, inherited both his passion and love for the profession. After his grandmother's death in 1990, Bernard Zacharias took over the distillery at the age of 25. His enthusiasm, his creativity, but above all his devotion and respect for family traditions have led the company to the place she deserves as one of Belgium's leading distilleries.
Today, Radermacher Distillery is very proud to look back on her more than 175 years of existence and offers a wide range of spirits, liqueurs, fruit flavoured aperitives and Whiskies.
She appeals to the top level of the European market while valuing and being eager to respect ancient recipes and traditions and never skimps on the variety or the quality of her products.
For a long time, Radermacher products have only been reserved to the local and Belgian connoisseurs, but they are now being appreciated by a vast public in numerous countries worldwide.