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UK: Yorkshire spud farm pivots to making vodka

An historic Yorkshire farm has diversified into alcohol production with the help of a Polish moonshine expert. Priory Farm, between Tadcaster and Wetherby, has recently scooped two international awards for its home-brewed vodka, which is made using potatoes grown on the site. Owner David Rawlings and his sister Shirley Wood have spent two years perfecting their recipe with the help of two international business partners: Neville Clements, a former corporate banker from New Zealand who lives on the farm, and Ireneusz Olszewski, who bases his knowledge on his experiences of making moonshine with his grandfather in Poland. Farmer David decided to diversify into vodka production after realising his potatoes were of premium quality, while Neville manages the process. Ireneusz acts as head distiller and claims to be able to make ‘alcohol out of anything’. More

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