Ten UK gin distilleries that grow the ingredients for their base spirit

Chase

Chase Distillery was founded back in 2008, at the start of the so-called modern Gin-naissance, and can be credited as being the first UK gin distillery to champion the field-to-bottle approach. Based on a Herefordshire farm, Chase Gin was the unlikely result of a successful potato crisp business. Founder William Chase had been farming potatoes for 20 years, mostly supplying supermarkets, when he had a ‘eureka moment’ and Tyrrells Crips was born.

When searching for the next step, he decided to set up a distillery to make potato vodka, and in 2008, the first spirit was produced.

Today, both farm-grown potatoes and apples are used in the spirits, with Chase Original or Naked Chase Vodka forming the base of Chase Gin. Chase produces five different gins: Chase GB Gin, Williams Elegant Gin, Williams Pink Grapefruit Gin, Williams Seville Orange Gin and Chase Sloe and Mulberry Gin.

And it doesn’t stop there: all the waste produce is given to the farm’s herd of Hereford cattle, and wherever possible, Chase sources its fresh ingredients used in its gins and vodkas from the farm.

While it is by no means commonplace to adopt the field-to-bottle approach, if the following entries are anything to go by, you could say that Chase has started a bit of a trend.

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