About Us

Rummieclub was an Amsterdam based rum distillery, opened in 2019 by Judith de Bie and Martijn Gerrits. We stood for true craftmanship combined with fun vibes. Except making good rum we also wanted people to experience what rum really is; a super diverse and very interesting spirit.

We chose to close our distillery in May 2024. After being in business for 5 years we decided to stop. It was a great and tough journey, learning how to make rum and eventually setting up a distillery. Then build a liquor store and eventually sell everything and break it all down. We will likely be starting a new adventure soon.

But how did it get so out of control that we turned our lives up side down and started a rum distillery?

I guess we were always experimenting with foods and drinks, making them ourselves and sharing the results with friends. As the spirits category already was a big interest of us, we became hobby distillers and visited distilleries whenever possible. As the years past by, the joke of starting our own distillery wasn’t really a joke anymore. At some point we just decided to try to make it happen and see if it was possible.

We often get the question why rum? Because we love rum, rum cocktails and the wonderful vibes of the rum world. But especially because we believe this spirit deserves more love and attention than it usually gets right now.

Our decision to start a rum distillery meant that we had to sell our house and moved to the Bijlmer to have some start-up capital. Eventually we also both gave up our jobs and are now full time entrepreneurs. After the exhausting but very successful crowdfunding campaign we finally received the key to our distillery in Diemen after a long wait and years of preparations in December 2019.

With a beautiful mural by graffiti artist Mick La Rock on our 10 meter high wall. We were so happy when we received the permission to start distilling in January 2020. Since then we have been producing rum, filling up casks and perfecting our recipe for the unaged rums (Colourful White and Overproof). The COVID crisis messed up our plans quite a bit, but we didn’t give up and started the Rummieclub Cocktail Service. A city wide cocktail delivery service, with Judith delivering cocktails on her bike every week. Our tropical cocktails will stay an important part in our business. From the summer of 2020 our first bottles of rum went to the liquor stores and bars to be sold.

Next to rum production we like to invest our time in rum education through tasting and (online) masterclasses. We found out that there is a lot to learn and want to share what we know with fellow rum enthusiasts. As there isn’t that much basic knowledge about rum and the spirit has a lot to offer, we think it is really important to share information about rum and it’s production. Would you be interested to join some time?

The story of our -now closed- Rummieclub Craft Drinks store

When we were discussing our strategy spring 2021 we decided that we wanted to open up our own liquor store. Not just with our own Rummieclub product, but also with other cool artisinal producers to give them the attention that they deserve.

So we started looking for a second building and found a beautiful store location on the dynamic island of Oostenburg. An area in the middle of an exciting development on the east side of the center of Amsterdam. A place that will house a lot of new residents the next few years and has a raw industrial side that fits us well. Fall 2022 we opened our own true craft drinks paradise. And yes, that also meant a new crowdfunding, that went super quick this time. And a lot of new Rummieclub products, like the Honey, Spiced and Barrel Aged. But also a liqueur line with Coffee, Orange and Falernum.

The store started great with exposure in for example “Het Parool”. But after a few months the sales started dropping, maybe the development of the whole area didn’t go fast enough or the skyrocketing inflation kept customers from buying in our store. A year after opening we decided that we could not keep the store open and we started searching for someone who was willing to take over our business. We were eventually able to sell the store and most of the inventory and stock in January of 2024.