On his 15th birthday Nicolas Kröger was given a distillery, small enough to fit on a table, by his grandfather. This gift was the start of his passion for smells, aromas, and the mysterious alchemy of distillation.
He is a trained hotel specialist and sommelier. Besides working as a bartender in Yorkshire, he used to run an under-the-counter distillery. The constant experimentation there led him to expanded his knowledge on distillation. In London he worked behind the bar at the Ritz as well as the prestigious The Scotch Malt Whiskey Society (SMWS). He also trained as a butler in South Africa, where he developed bar concepts for some of the countries’ best resorts. When Kröger moved to Berlin he worked at the Lebensstern and also became the bar manager at Salut! bar. Two years ago he took over the Rum Depot and now runs a spirits manufactory under his name.
He supports the Freimeisterkollektiv in conceptual questions, as well as supervising product development and sales.