Great-grandfather Driek Cuyvers, “Den Driek,” was a well-known hitchhiker at the Zonhoven mine. During the occupation, illegally distilling gin was a welcome side income for the large family.
Grandfather Anthony was a coppersmith supplier for many boilers in the region. He was fined by the German occupation forces just before liberation for illegally owning and using a boiler. Grandfather Antoon quit after the war, and for father John Cuyvers, firing is a childhood memory.
But, distilling is in the genes and Thomas Cuyvers took over the craft!