Find out all about the ancient tradition of distilling alcohol, easy to observe thanks to the use of glass retorts and a traditional copper kettle. Throughout the day, the enthusiastic staff regularly provide information about the process. De Tweekoppige Phoenix also offers a tasting of three different liqueurs to whet the taste buds, ranging from sweet to peppery – whatever takes your fancy! In the authentic barroom, you can try one of the countless flavours created here and buy your favourite flavour in the shop. But why is there a distillery at Zaanse Schans? In the past, these types of distilleries were a common presence in the towns. The mills do not only ground grain for bread, but also for beer and gin. The production of alcoholic spirits used to be a lengthy process, until the steam engine was invented. This also made it easier to make liqueurs.