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Like most of Establishment Brewing Company's beers, " This
Spuds for You " is a one-off. And although Foniok said potatoes
were challenging to work with during the mashing process, he
would consider brewing with them again in the future.
BELGIAN DISTILLERY LAUNCHES NEW
POTATO VODKA
Internationally, Belgium is known for its beers, potatoes
and chocolate. It is not known for its vodka. That could soon
change, though, as a Ghent-based distillery, Dada Chapel,
recently launched the country's first potato vodka.
Every spirit has a base, but vodka can be made from
anything, explained head distiller Cédric Heymans. Potatoes
were the most logical fit because of the distillery's location,
he said. Potatoes grow well in Belgium, and they are always
available. And 2020 was a particularly difficult year for
growers, as country-wide lockdowns forced the closure of
restaurants, resulting in a surplus of potatoes.
The first batch of Dada Chapel vodka was really a test
batch. Heymans had never worked with potatoes before.
They ordered two tonnes of Mona Lisa, an organic
variety, from a local farmer. The farmer delivered them
directly, dumping the wet and muddy load right in the
distillery's historic courtyard. The 13th century building
serves as the distillery's home to local aristocrats and was
even said to be visited by Napoleon himself.
Working with potatoes has its challenges, said Heymans.
Because they contain methanol, the vodka needs to be very
Cédric Heymans of the Belgium-based distillery Dada Chapel samples
some of the company's potato-based vodka. Photo: Dada Chapel
carefully refined, as methanol is toxic in large quantities.
But potatoes offer added value, as well, he said. They lend a
smoothness to the vodka that other materials don't, and the
resulting spirit has an attractive, earthy aroma, reminiscent
of potato storage. Dada Chapel vodka works well in Bloody
Mary's and other savory cocktails.
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