France | Brittany

The grower-distiller

Grower-distillers are normally orchard owners, farmers or growers authorized to distil their own fruit (or have it distilled) into a potent alcoholic beverage. If the grower-distiller chose not to distil the fruit himself, he could seek out the services of travelling distillers. Distilling rights were a privilege granted to a number of landowners in the early 19th century.

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Distilling cider to make calvados. The distiller travels from village to village with his copper still, making eau de vie for farmers.
France, Brittany
Sketch, crayon and coloured pencil, on white Bristol
Credit: Frédéric Back
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