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About us

We welcome you to the story of Kimerud Distillery. This family owned distillery is built on Kimerud Farm, which dates back to 1785. 

Kimerud Farm is located in Lier municipality, west of Oslo. The clean air and rich soil here gives the best conditions for growing high quality herbs and berries.

Kimerud farm is the home of Gins and an Aquavit which are recipients of the most prestigious blind test awards by some of the best chefs and sommeliers in the world

How it started

Interest in liquor production began for our Master Distiller, Ståle Håvaldsen Johnsen in 2006. When travelling in the picturesque mountains of Norwegian West coast with his wife Barbara and father-in-law - Jan Obuch who served a home-made herbal liquor of high complexity.

While camping at World Heritage site Geirangerfjord, the bottle was passed around the fire and Ståle was excited by its intriguing distillation process and the power of herb essences.

He became determined to learn more and eventually, create his own signature spirit.

Jan is a recognized nature scientist employed at university botanical garden. His accomplished knowledge of herbal properties and characteristics was achieved through his travellers around the world.

Ståle learned from Jan and started his own spirit-making journey in 2009.

He became acquainted with skilled Scandinavian bartenders and learned about use of herbs and spirits in cocktails.

 

After many rounds of testing and sampling, Ståle has at last created a range of handcrafted small batch highly awarded gins and an aquavit, all distilled, stored and bottled at lovely Kimerud farm in Lier, West of Oslo.