Pioneer with innovative spirit
The story begins with a bet back in 1994: The trained brewer and master distiller Florian Stetter makes an educational trip to Scotland with his fellow masters. He is surprised by the similarities that he finds with his home in Upper Bavaria: mountains, clear water and beautifully clean air.
There is also the occasionally defiant dourness of the Scots, which seems very Bavarian to him, a difficult-to-pronounce dialect and a strong inclination towards independence. Even the Scottish national dress, the kilt, seems to him to be as idiosyncratic as Bavarian lederhosen.
So much Scottish-Bavarian crossover and his visits to the world-famous distilleries of the Speyside region inspire Florian Stetter’s vision to produce an Upper Bavarian single malt whisky. He bets his colleagues a crate of wheat beer that first-class whisky can also be distilled in Upper Bavaria – and wins! Just a short while later, whisky is being made at his parents’ Lantenhammer distillery. But that’s just the start of the SLYRS story.
Lantenhammer Distillery is founded by Josef Lantenhammer
Our first SLYRS whisky is distilled
The first bottles of SLYRS are sold (1,600 bottles)
SLYRS KG is founded by brothers Florian and Anton Stetter
The SLYRS whisky distillery is built in Neuhaus by Lake Schliersee
Friends of SLYRS whisky join as shareholders
Hans Kemenater, at Lantenhammer since 1999, takes over production management at the SLYRS distillery
The first SLYRS Finishings PX and Oloroso are released
The SLYRS mountain storehouse is constructed 1,501 metres up at the top of Mount Stümpfling
The first major international prize is won: “Best European Whisky under 12 years” at the World Whisky Awards
Our first SLYRS Aged 12 Years is sold
The first SILD Crannog Single Malt Whisky, distilled at SLYRS, is sold
Caffee & Lunchery opens
The first SLYRS Mountain Edition is released