Weduwe Joustra is housed in one of Sneek’s oldest buildings. Since 1864, the family company has been making Beerenburg, a mixture of spices added to Dutch gin and left to steep for a month. Step inside to taste Widow Joustra’s Beerenburg or go on a guided tour of the distillery. Tsjoch! (Cheers!)
The story of Widow Joustra starts in 1864 when Anjenette Joustra began making Beerenburg after her husband’s death. She used a mixture of spices and a recipe handed down by Hendrik Beerenburg, who used to be a spice wholesaler in the 17th century. She let the spices soak in Dutch gin for four weeks. The result was Weduwe Joustra Beerenburg, which is now a popular drink among Frisians. The shop in which you can buy Beerenburg still has the nostalgic atmosphere of yesteryear.
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In Widow Joustra’s shop you can marvel at the original drink organ. This is a stand with barrels that in the past were filled with spirits. People would bring empty bottles to the shop to have them refilled at the drink organ.