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Brauerei Locher distillery


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The Locher AG brewery began producing Appenzeller Säntis malt in 1999 after the ban on the production of spirits made from grain was lifted in Switzerland. The Säntis Malt amazes with its unique storage in historical beer barrels made of oak wood and the fresh spring water from the wonderful Alpstein Mountains.


The brewery Locher AG is primarily concerned with beer. The traditional family business was founded in 1810 and is based in the middle of the beautiful town of Appenzell. The company was known locally for a long time and was bought by Johann Locher in 1886. In the mid-1990s, great growth began, which is certainly also thanks to the organic qualities with the button label.

The family business Locher only became known secondarily for its Säntis malt single malt whiskey. Until 1999, it was forbidden in Switzerland to make high-proof beverages from grain or potatoes. This law was considered obsolete and was repealed on July 1, 1999. In the same year, the Locher brewery started producing the Appenzeller Säntis Malt. After just three years, in 2002, the first whisky came onto the market.

Brauerei Locher factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Brauerei Locher Locher Switzerland Switzerland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 1886 - Present Malt Brauerei Locher Tour Link
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Unknown Karl Locher ; Raphael Locher-Diem

Brauerei Locher Timeline:

1886: The story of the Locher family and the art of brewing begins in nearby Oberegg in the early 18th century. In 1886 the brewery in Appenzell passed to the Locher family and still houses the brewery and distillery today

1999: The Locher AG brewery begins producing whiskey. The Appenzeller Säntis Malt amazes with its unique storage in historic oak beer barrels and the pure water from the Alpstein Mountains

2002: The Locher AG brewery comes onto the market with the first single malt products and thus goes down in history as a pioneer in Swiss whiskey production

2003: For the best quality, the Locher AG brewery also uses raw materials from the Swiss mountains - the highest growing regions in Europe

2010: The Säntis Malt Edition Dreifaltigkeit is named European Whiskey of the Year 2010 by Jim Murray

2011: The Locher AG brewery is voted "Whiskey Distillery 2011" by the Swiss Whiskey Guide

2013: Fantastic results for the Säntis Malt. At the world's most important competition, the IWSC in London, all submitted products were awarded a prize. The special edition “Alpstein 2013” ​​won an incredible gold medal

Can I tour Brauerei Locher?

No, unfortunately Brauerei Locher distillery is not open to the public for tours