1507 - a devilishly good liquor appears for the first time in the chronicles
If you believe the fairy tale by Ludwig Bechstein, schnapps was invented by the devil
Overpowered by a brave man, the devil had to swear on his grandmother's life that he would never again steal a poor soul. As if that wasn't enough, he was holed up in the hollowed-out trunk of a beech tree. There, out of sheer boredom, the devil came up with the art of distilling schnapps. And no sooner had he escaped than he travelled to Nordhausen, where he became a schnapps distiller and also showed the townsfolk how to make the spirit. There is no historical evidence for this story, but the fact that the city of Nordhausen became famous for its Korn way beyond Germany speaks volumes...
As early as 1507, just after America was discovered, a Nordhausen town clerk reported on the Korn spirit, which he called "distilled water"
So we know today that there was distilling in Nordhausen at the beginning of the 16th century. But even though the town council recognised back then that it was a fine wine and levied duty on it, the "Bornewynzins", no one could ever have guessed how popular Korn would actually become. At the end of the 16th century, the distilling industry was an extremely important economic factor for the city of Nordhausen.Zur Jahresübersicht