Gerhard Liebl

Distiller Bad Kötzting, Bavarian Forest

Founded in the Bavarian Forest as a grocery store by Maria Liebl in 1935, her husband and son transformed the post-war family business into a wine and spirits trade. Around 1970, the Liebl family began to produce their own spirits, the first own products were next Bärwurzschnaps the regional Blutwurzlikör (bloodworm liqueur).

Today, the distillery is operated by Gerhard Liebl in the third generation. As one of the best distillers in Germany, he distils not only traditional specialties of the Bavarian Forest but also fruit eau-de-vie and liqueurs as well as whiskey and gin. 2018 Gerhard Liebl won the overall victory in the Fruit Brandy Olympiad for the third time: he was awarded the title of “Distiller of the Year in Gold” at the Destillata in Austria.