The home of Great British spirits is found just 4 miles outside of Hereford, West England. Chase Distillery, found within Chase Farm, produces a range of gins and vodkas that all keep to their field to bottle ethos. Starting production with their vodka on 1st April 2008 this producer has gone from strength to strength and their portfolio now boasts 5 vodkas, 6 gins, and 2 liqueurs. But how does a farm go from agriculture to fine spirits?
The Chase family started out as potato farmers, growing potatoes for many big-name supermarkets. However, this did not give them much enjoyment. They longed for more customer interaction. The decision was made to move into producing something of their own, crisps. Many successful years passed as the producers of Tyrell’s Crisps but they kept wondering what next for the humble potato.
It was at this point, around 2006/07, that research into potato vodka began. Looking at industry trends they could see that vodka would one day have to lead into gin production. This is where their big stumbling block arose. At this time if you wanted to distill gin your still had to have a capacity of at least 2300L, due to the gin acts passed at the end of the 1700s.
They made the difficult decision to sell Tyrell’s crisps in order to fund the huge custom-built rectifying still, which was the largest in Europe for many years, needed to comply with the law.
Operating with sustainability in mind, everything is sourced from their farm or local trusted suppliers.