Birkenhof distillery tour, Germany


Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Birkenhof distillery tour, Germany


The sustainability of the Birkenhof Brennerei is apparent in its history: it has been in the same family since 1848! We are in the 7th generation of distilling alcohol and we have a burning passion for it. The 8th generation is getting ready to take over the management with great enthusiasm!

We also lay a particular focus on sustainable products: apples, pears and plums and parts of the grains which are used for the “Westerwälder Whisky” are all taken from local producers.

Our products are all original to the beautiful Westerwald, one of the Central German Uplands. For our “Westerwälder” specialities, like the “Westerwälder Kümmel”, “Westerwälder Basaltfeuer” or the “Westerwälder Kräutertropfen”, we only use locally produced packaging and wrapping. One example are the famous stoneware jugs with its original white and blue design from the “Kannenbäckerland”.

The production process in itself is based on concerns of sustainability: a photo-voltaic system and solar panels heat up the water, a drain water heat recovery system is used and water from our own water source cools down the distilling facilities. All these aspects show the ambitions of the business to support and underline the importance of sustainable behaviour and acting in an environmentally friendly way.

Whisky in itself is a product of high sustainability concerns. Manpower, time and resources are contributed in order to create a product finished 10 or 20 years later.

We encourage our visitors to travel by public transport where possible. Train timetables for the Deutsche Bahn are available on our website and we will be more than happy to provide you with details of greener ways to travel here.


We are family owned and run and therefore all visits are helping to maintain a local business as well as channel money into the local economy. Our family is deeply rooted in the Westerwald.

We make sure to buy groceries and resources locally, but we also like to sell our products to locals. We are hosts and advocates of our region. We love to pass on our knowledge and insider tips to our guests.

We list local eateries on our website (or ask at reception), helping to promote other locally run businesses in the area. We hire local guides to lead our tours where possible and local staff in the restaurant etc.

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