DISTILLERY 'T LOOTSJE

The Bols family started the production of liqueurs in a small Amsterdam distillery called 't Lootsje.

BIRTH OF LUCAS BOLS

Lucas Bols, the grandson of the founder, was born in. When he, in 1700, became a major shareholder in the Dutch East India trading company, he had the privilege of first choice of newly arrived exotic herbs and spices, which helped him to create over 300 liqueur and spirit recipes. It was him who then also started to ship the Bols liqueurs all over the world. Lucas bols died in 1719 leaving a legacy that still lives on today.

GENEVER PRODUCTION

The Bols family started the distillation of the famous Dutch genever made from long fermented rye, wheat and corn.

BOLS GENEVER RECIPE

Bols developed a revolutionary new genever recipe with a more subtle flavour. This new Bols Genever was shipped to the United States and played an important role in the cocktail revolution. In the world's first cocktail recipe book, written in 1862 by bartender Jerry Thomas, one in four cocktails was made with genever.

AGED GENEVER

From 1883 Bols started maturing genevers. These genevers are aged on French Limousin oak casks. This aged genever inspired the Bols Genever Barrel Aged recipe, which was relaunched internationally in 2010.

BOLS VODKA

1989 marks the birth of an exceptionally smooth high-quality vodka. Bols Vodka received the Superior Taste award and is now available in many countries around the world.

BOLS BOTTLE

Co-created with bartenders for bartenders and designed for efficient use behind the bar. The launch of the new bottle clearly marks Bols' dedication towards craftmanship of bartending and cocktails.

BACK TO AMSTERDAM

Lucas Bols relocates its headquarters in the museum district of Amsterdam. Now the company is back where it came from.

BOLS BARTENDING ACADEMY

The Bols Bartending Academy, opens in Amsterdam, providing courses and workshops to both bartenders and consumers.

THE HOUSE OF BOLS

The House of Bols Cocktail & Genever experience opens its doors to the public. This experience offers an interactive tour through the world of cocktails and the authentic dutch spirit of genever.

BOLS GENEVER

In 2008 Bols proudly relaunches the original Bols Genever. Based on the 1820 recipe, this genever stood at the forefront of the cocktail revolution in the 19th century.

LUCAS BOLS DISTILLERY

The Lucas Bols distillery re-opens in the center of Amsterdam. Used to create key distillates for Bols Genever and Bols Liqueurs.

440 YEARS OF CRAFTMANSHIP

In 2015 we celebrated 440 years of heritage and craftsmanship