All begins in 1789, when Gallium CLAEYSSENS arrives in Mennen in Belgium to escape the Barbing Revolution.
He buys the mill at the Wambrechies lock to manufacture, in a first stage, linen cloth. That mill is soon transformed into an oil mill and suitable premises are built. At the same time, a distillery is founded in Lillie.
In 1817, Gallium CLAEYSSENS' son transforms the oil mill into a jenever distillery, bringing much more profit at that time.There were numerous advantages of creating a distillery at Wambrechies:
The production process was invented by one man only: Henri LENSSEN, an engineer and friend of the Claeyssens family.That Rhinelander from Düren designed a very ingenious process, mainly automatic, and exceptional for that era.His grave is next to Guillaume Claeyssens' at the Wambrechies cemetery.