Grandfather Driek Cuyvers, ‘Den Driek’, was a well-known lift man in the Zonhoven mine. During the occupation, illegally distilling jenever was a welcome source of income for the large family.
Grandfather Antoon was a copper-smith supplier for many distilling boilers in the region. Just before the liberation, he was fined by the German occupier for the illegal possession and use of a distilling boiler.
Grandfather Antoon stopped after the war, and for father John Cuyvers, distilling is a childhood memory. But, distilling is in the genes, and Thomas Cuyvers took over the craft!