Preparing for Drinktec Munich 2022!

We are preparing for the world’s biggest brewing and distilling convention in Munich. We’ll have a large booth and will be taking with us:

  • iStill 250
  • iStill 500
  • iStill 2000
  • iStill 5000 (with copper column)

Drinktec is from Monday September 12th to Friday September 16th. Are you an iStill customer? Are you considering the purchase of an iStill and do you want to meet the iStills and our team? Reach out to to claim a free entrance ticket!

Here are pictures of the iStills 500 and 2000 on our bespoke display pallets …

There is a Difference between Value and Affordability!


It sometimes happens to us. Like once or twice every quarter. Someone is starting a new distillery and needs equipment. Somewhere along the way they heard about iStill, so they decide to email us and ask for a quotation. We don’t do blind quotations, so we propose a video call for proper introductions, and to make sure we understand what the new distiller needs. It allows us to give sound advise and feedback on if and how we can best be of assistance.

But, as mentioned above, it sometimes happens that the start-up (or their “consultant”) just wants a quote. “We’ll compare the quotes and decide which one is most affordable!” Yeah, right, and that’s exactly the reason we do not quote blindly. Not because we do not think anyone is entitled to the most affordable solution, but quite simply because there is a huge difference between Value and Affordability.


Affordability is about price. It is what the seller asks for his product. Who knows why? Probably to cover his costs and to make some profit along the way, but who really knows? Price is a given and one item can be priced higher or lower than another item.

Similarity of the items is important. Only similar items can be judged on affordability. If I need a gallon of milk, it may cost me 2 bucks in one shop and 3 in another. If the milk is of the same quality and freshness, well, then the cheaper one is clearly more affordable and should be considered.

But how about pasteurized milk vs. fresh milk? How do we go about comparing a gallon of pasteurized milk vs. a gallon of fresh milk? What if the first costs two dollars or Euro’s and the second one three? A comparison on affordability will make everyone choose for the pasteurized version. But is cheaper always better? Asking that question brings Value in play.


Value does not equal price. Or at least it does not equal the price the seller wants for the product. Value is about what the product means to you. Let’s migrate from the dairy oriented example back to the craft distilling industry.

Say you think craft is about tradition and romance and doing everything by yourself manually. You are considering a beautiful copper still from Germany. Your business plan teaches you that you need a 2000 liter capacity still, so you ask for a quote. The quote comes in at 200k. You now ask iStill for a quote for their iStill 2000. That quote comes in at 100k. From an Affordability perspective, your choice is clear: the iStill is the more affordable option and should be purchased. But how much do you value the ideas of copper and tradition and intensive manual labor (cleaning not being the last). Maybe this has a value for you that’s bigger than 100k, in which case you’ll probably convince yourself to go for the traditional German still and spend the extra 100k.

What if you feel that craft distilling is a business, and you want to spend and manage your money intelligently. You do appreciate quality and understand that process control and being able to repeatedly produce consistent flavor profiles are essential. You ask iStill for a quote and it is 100k. You ask a traditional Chinese manufacturer for a quote and it is 60k. What do you choose? It all depends on how much you value the additional value the iStill brings you.

The way we work

We do not blindly quote you. We insist on talking to you so that we can establish what you want, what you “value”. Only if we understand what you need, can we inform you about what we offer.

We might think we offer great value (and we do), but does that equal “value” to you? Only if we can discuss how process control and automation save you time and money, while improving both yield and spirit quality, can you establish if we are the right value proposition for you. Only if we can learn what products you want to make, are we able to advise you on what options suit you. Only if we understand why you might have been attracted to traditional copper stills (is it the myths people told you or is it the look that appeals to you), can we inform you if our technology will serve you to your satisfaction.

Value goes beyond affordability. A company is more than an investment. A still is more than a price tag. If your values correspond with our values, we’ll probably both find our business relationship rewarding or even inspiring. If you reduce your decisions to a price tag, to “affordability”, you do yourself and the creator whom’s products you want to purchase a big injustice. An injustice that usually comes at a hefty price tag. Like you selecting the wrong supplier or us selecting the wrong customer to do business with.

I hope you value our approach. Based on close to a decade of experience, interacting with very different customers and distillers from all over the world, I find our approach adds value to the point of it being priceless! 😉

Regards, Drs. H.E.J. (Odin) van Eijk, MScBA, etc.

Founder, owner, and CEO of iStill.

Could the iStill Network Take You Global?

iStills are the most automated and robotized stills out there. They excel at creating and reproducing a recipe, any recipe, to perfection.

Distillers that use iStills have a higher degree of craft. They design, produce, and sell spirits that are made in-house. More than other groups of distillers. They also have lower costs, and – in general – a high business awareness of what it takes to become commercially successful.

iStillers are educated via the iStill University. They network via the iStill University Facebook group. There is a strong tendency for iStill customers to be supportive of other craft distillers, both iStillers and non-iStillers.

All of the above makes one wonder: “Why don’t you guys build this into a global network for distribution purposes? Why not use each other’s production capacity for a more global reach?”

Fladderak: the Crating Professionals!

Fladderak, a Rotterdam-based crating company, is our long-time partner. They have been crating iStills for the better part of six years now. Many, many hundreds of them.

They make the pallets on which we assemble the iStills. When assembly is done, they pick the iStills (on their pallets) up. Actual crating takes place in Rotterdam, at Fladderak HQ.

Some examples of Fladderak-crated iStills …

Fladderak HQ …

Extending our Lead: Advanced Distilling Conquers the World!

Nine years ago I started iStill. The mission? To make distilling easy. To make craft distilling viable. To empower craft distillers around the world via hands-on and theoretical education. To bring technology to the market that slashed energy, labor, and investment costs, and is able to reliably create high-quality spirits in a reproducible manner.

Today celebrates a milestone. We have over 1,000 customers! Over 1,000 craft distillers, from all over the world, use our amazing technology to make a living, to produce better spirits more consistently, and to provide for their loved ones. Over 1,000 families, master distillers, businesses that connect, that share, that nib away at Big Alcohol’s market share, one glass at a time. Over 1,000 craft distillers that own the future of our industry …

On behalf of the iStill Team, I want to express our feelings of both gratitude and pride. Thank you for choosing iStill, thank you for making this happen.

At your service,

Drs. H.E.J. (Odin) van Eijk MScBA, etc.

Founder & CEO of iStill.

Today’s map of the world looks kinda iStilly …