Bus Whisky Distillers is the first specialized whisky distillery in the Netherlands and an independent family-owned distillery. Dennis Hurkmans & Ezra Leeger have been active as entrepreneurs for almost 20 years with De Heische Hoeve, a regional products farm where guests can get to know all the delicious products that the countryside produces in an informal way.In order to also bring value to the fruit from the farm in another way and not be dependent on supermarkets, Dennis & Ezra decided years ago to start their own distillery. More or less by chance, they then started producing single malt whisky in 2015 and one thing led to another...
In late 2019, Bus Whisky was successfully launched as a new Dutch whisky label. In just three years, the whisky start-up from Brabant grew into one of the larger whisky producers in the Netherlands. Recently another milestone was reached: at the Global Green Awards in Hong Kong, the Loosbroek whisky distillers were rewarded with a gold sustainability medal. Owners Dennis Hurkmans and Ezra Leeger are extremely proud: "Together with all our people, we have worked very hard to become the most sustainable whisky label in the world, and this golden award is the crowning glory of our work".
In addition to winning gold in Hong Kong in 2021, Bus Whisky also won medals at the London Spirits Competition in London (silver) and the USA Spirits Ratings in San Francisco (bronze).
Dennis recently made a podcast with "change guru" Yousri Mandour. "𝐀𝐥𝐬 𝐣𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐭 𝐣𝐚𝐚𝐫 1 𝐩𝐨𝐝𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐮𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐭, 𝐥𝐚𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐭 𝐝𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐣𝐞𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐟𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐳𝐞 𝐳𝐢𝐣𝐧!" said Yousri. Dennis sat down with him to talk about how he managed to transform his family's pig farm after swine fever into De Heische Hoeve, an estate with farm restaurant, farm store, whiskey distillery, beer brewery, coffee roasting, vineyard, food forest, fruit growing and mustard making. Of which, of course, the whiskey farm is surely the most eye-catching.
In the podcast, Yousri asks him about the genesis of Bus Whisky - with all the trial and error that comes with it. Listen to this entire episode of the Strategy of the Lobster podcast here:
Marcel van Roessel
Marcel is the Master Distiller of Bus Whisky. He finds the diversity in flavors of whiskey fascinating. From light, refined and fruity aromas to robust, smoky aroma canons. It is his passion to discover new scents and flavors every time during the distillation process.
Eric van Dijk
Distiller & Farmer
Eric van Dijk is a member of dorsclub de Stofvreters who keep the agricultural heritage alive with antique machines and grow malting barley for Bus Whisky. In addition to being a whisky distiller, Eric is also the man in charge of quality and safety policy. His pharmaceutical background comes in handy here.
Food Designer & Liquorist
Ine has been involved with Bus Whisky from the very beginning and with her background as a food technologist and liquorist she is an expert within the team. Besides distilling, workshops and tastings Ine does concept development and design. Ine was previously active in Youth Food Movement
Masher & distiller
After a career in the quality department of Swinkels Family Brewers in Lieshout, Bram went to work for Bus Whisky. 'Not only did I work with beer, but it's also my hobby,' Bram explains. 'Also at home I am a fanatic beer builder and I can enjoy a delicious beer of my own. The...
Dennis Hurkmans & Ezra Leeger
Dennis and Ezra started distilling whiskey from their own brewing barley in 2015 and have since gathered a team of specialists around them to further build Bus as a whiskey label.
BUS WHISKY DISTILLERS BV
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