HOW IT ALL BEGAN
THE COMPANY HISTORY
Founded in 2017 by two young Hamburg entrepreneurs, KNUT HANSEN Dry Gin has quickly established itself as one of the leading gin brands in Germany and is now the number 1 handcrafted gin without a group participation.
The idea for KNUT HANSEN came from the two Hamburg founders Kaspar Hagedorn and Martin Spieker – two friends who have known each other for many years and who enjoyed experimenting and made their first own gin in 2016 in Martin’s living room on a table still.
In 2017 the recipe was fully developed and the first batch of KNUT HANSEN Dry Gin was bottled for the first time in the Dolleruper distillery for the two founders. From now on, the special KNUT HANSEN ceramic bottles run regularly through the production and there are more and more.
FIRST SPECIAL EDITION
The first special edition of the KNUT HANSEN gin is created. The sailing freighter Avontuur will be loaded with a cognac barrel filled with KNUT HANSEN Dry Gin in the Elsflether shipyard and will carry the barrel with it at sea for 9 months. The sailing freighter will return on July 6, 2019 and will be unloaded in the port of Hamburg.
In 2019, the Arnold Holstein company will set up its first own distillery in the Hamburg Master Mile. A milestone in the history of the two founders: From now on, the entire production process will be covered in-house.
The second special edition will be launched in limited numbers. KNUT HANSEN Dry Gin from Hamburg is now sold in over 30 countries. Another product now complements the offer of the two founders: RON PIET XO Premium Rum from Panama is bottled in Hamburg.
Since 2021, KNUT HANSEN Dry Gin has been produced in Northern Germany’s largest manufacturer of premium spirits in Hamburg Hamm. At the latest with the move to the 1,200 square meter warehouse and production hall with an integrated small shop and adventure distillery, the brand has finally become one of the leading distilleries in Germany.