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4:43 PM 21st September 2021
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Sibling Businesses Celebrate Shortlist Success In Rural And Business Awards

(L-R) Sisters Kate Balchin from Wold Top and Jenni Ashwood from Spirit of Yorkshired
(L-R) Sisters Kate Balchin from Wold Top and Jenni Ashwood from Spirit of Yorkshired
Two Yorkshire Wolds businesses are celebrating after reaching the finals of two awards schemes.

Wold Newton based Wold Top Brewery and sister company, Spirit of Yorkshire from Hunmanby have been shortlisted in both the Yorkshire Post Rural Awards and the York Press Business Awards.

In the Yorkshire Post Rural Awards, Wold Top Brewery has reached the final of both the Sustainability/Environment Award and the Food and Drink Producer Award where the team will go head-to-head with Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery and other finalists, Soanes Poultry, Moonshine Ice Cream and Yorvale. Spirit of Yorkshire has also been shortlisted for the Rural Tourist Attraction and Hospitality Award with Grantley Hall, The Wensleydale Experience, Washburn Heritage Centre, West End Farm Cottages and Yolk Farm and Minskip Farm Shop. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Pavilions of Harrogate on 8th October.

In the York Press Business Awards, Wold Top Brewery has been shortlisted for the Family Business award and Spirit of Yorkshire for the Small Business Award. The winners will be announced on 25th November at an event at York Racecourse.

Kate Balchin, director of Wold Top Brewery, said: "Like many businesses, we have faced challenges over the last 18 months, but it's good to see things gradually getting back to normal and awards ceremonies as live events instead of virtual ones. We're very pleased and proud to have reached the finals of these prestigious local awards and we're really looking forward to the events."

Wold Top Brewery was founded by in 2003 and is located on the Mellor family farm at Hunmanby Grange. The team use home grown barley and water from the farm's borehole to produce a range of award-winning cask, keg and bottled beers that are available throughout Yorkshire and nationwide.

Spirit of Yorkshire is Yorkshire's first single malt whisky distillery and is one of only a handful of distilleries that grows the barley for whisky production. It is a collaboration between farmer and brewer, Tom Mellor and business partner, David Thompson.