Dampfwerk Distilling is a family-run micro-distillery based in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

We aim to make the finest European-style fruit brandies and liqueurs, all with an unexpected American twist … contemporary spirits that are meant to be enjoyed in the vibrant company of family and good friends.

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What we’re about

Quality. Whether it’s our locally sourced apples or grapes for our fruit brandies—or the premium botanicals in our gin and liqueurs—we source from the highest-quality farms and suppliers.

And Pride. We learned the trade from master distillers in Germany, and use hand-hammered copper stills imported from Germany. In fact, the name Dampfwerk, which means “steam works,” blends the industrial nature of steam power with the delicate extraction process used in distilling.

With a twist. Just like our Loeffelholz family is a unique mix of modern German-American influences, so is our approach to distilling. We take traditional European-style craft spirits and bring a passion for experimentation to infuse them with a unique contemporary style. 

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Our Products

As a small-batch producer of fine European-style spirits, our portfolio includes products that are made by hand from classic formulations. The products (below) are available now and ready to ship in the Twin Cities.

We are planning to add more unique spirits to the Dampfwerk lineup, so check back here for the latest product updates!

London-Style Dry Gin

A fresh take on the classical juniper botanical blend, perfect for a Gin & Tonic.

Barreled Gin

Softer and more complex, perfect for sipping or in a martini.


A German-style herbal bitter inspired by a vintage German Rezeptbücher (recipe book) dating back more than 200 years.

Apple Brandy

A unique fruit brandy distilled featuring locally grown Haralson apples.

Barreled Apple Brandy

Softer, with a nice complex blend of oak and apple.

Barreled Grape Immature Brandy

Made with local Frontenac Gris grapes, barreled in second-generation Cabernet Sauvignon French Oak barrels.

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Where to Buy

1010 Washington Wine & Spirits
1010 S Washington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55415

1st Grand Avenue Liquor Store
918 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Edina Liquor
3943 W. 50th St.
5013 Vernon Ave S
6755 York Ave S
Edina, MN

France 44 Wines & Spirits
4351 France Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55410

South Lyndale Liquors
5300 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Stinson Wine, Beer and Spirits
2315 18th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Thomas Liquors
1941 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Zipps Liquors
2618 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Order online:
France 44 Online Store Ships to 32 states.
Ace Spirits

Who we are

Who we are

Dampfwerk Distilling is owned and operated by the Loeffelholz family—founders Ralf and Mary and their children, Christian and Bridgit.

Ralf, a native of Muhldorf, Germany, spent 25 years building and managing businesses that serve the global food and beverage industry.

“I wanted to put that experience to the test and build something that I am personally passionate about—combining traditional European-style ’edelbranntweine’ craft spirits with the creativity of the American market,” says Ralf.

Mary, a Minnesota native and senior executive for Delta Air Lines, brings expertise in international operations. Their college-age children, Christian and Bridgit, are actively involved in the distillery—whether it’s on the production or marketing side, or keeping an eye on the family’s resident “distillery dogs”, Rudi and Olli.

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The Dampfwerk Distillery Co.
6311 Cambridge Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Distributed by:
Négoce MN
9601 Newton Ave. S., Suite B
Bloomington, MN 55431