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The Vikings mined iron ore in the area and in 1580 the local supply of iron led King Karl IX of Sweden to establish the Åkers Cannon Foundry there. Soon after, a distillery was established on the site to supply vodka to the foundry workers and people in the surrounding area.
In the 18th century, the then owner of the Åkers Cannon Foundry, Joachim Daniel Wahrendorff founded Gripsholm Distillery, named after the Gripsholm Castle not so far away. This became the largest distillery in Sweden until the introduction of state-monopolised alcohol production was introduced in the 20th century resulting in the distillery’s closure. Thanks to E.U. pressure Sweden’s state alcohol monopoly has been relaxed and this led to the Gripsholm Distillery being built at the site of Åkers Cannon Foundry in 2007.