By Amber Gibson

These distilleries are now making hand sanitizer

From spirits to sanitizer

These craft distillers are hospitality heroes, selflessly stepping up to the plate to help save our country from COVID-19 at a time when they are in imminent danger of going out of business.

Caledonia Spirits

Although they had to close their on-site bar and retail store, Caledonia Spirits has started making a hand cleaning product. The distillery is still paying its staff in full, including benefits.

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"Making hand sanitizer started out as a fun exercise a couple weeks ago, just to provide some juniper-scented hand sanitizer to our team. But that was before the word 'pandemic' started being used to describe COVID-19. We asked ourselves, 'Can we keep our team working and employed – all while providing hand sanitizer to those who need it?'"

Harrison Kahn, VP OF MARKETING

Hotel Tango Distillery

So far, this Indianapolis distillery has produced 4,000 bottles to donate to area facilities, the USS Indiana and an Indiana National Guard unit stationed overseas.

"Since we already have facilities and equipment geared toward producing high-proof alcohol, which is a common cleaning and anti-bacterial agent, it feels like we have a duty to help wherever we can.

Travis Barnes, CEO and founder

Durham Distillery

Durham Distillery is making a 70% ethanol and 30% water sanitizing spray for the hospitality industry, but will be pivoting to hand sanitizer due to demand from emergency management personnel.

Destilería Serrallés

Ponce, Puerto Rico-based Destilería Serrallés shifted its Don Q rum production and is manufacturing ethyl alcohol for free distribution to hospitals and multiple health providers.

"Puerto Rico is a resilient community and we are confident in our ability to recover from this collective challenge and rise again."

Philippe Brechot, president and CEO

Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.

Blaum Bros. is producing hundreds of gallons of hand sanitizer per WHO recipe. They offer it at the distillery to those in need and gift a significant portion of sanitizer to first responders.

"We are the only ones in our area with the ability to do this, so we knew we needed to help and do whatever we possibly could."

Mike Blaum

KOVAL Distillery

Chicago's first distillery since Prohibition is providing hand sanitizers in bulk to the medical community, retirement homes and those on the front lines fighting against COVID-19.

"We have seen our business shift completely, yet in a time of war – which is what this clearly is – everyone needs to do their part to push forward into a future where we can once again celebrate together en masse."

Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart, president & co-founder

Westland Distillery

"We are no longer a whiskey distillery," says master distiller Matt Hofmann. "Westland Distillery is now dedicating itself to the production of hand sanitizer indefinitely..."

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits

This Eagle County distillery is offering hand sanitizer free to the public and encouraging first responders and members of the community to bring their empty bottles to be filled.

Breckenridge Distillery

Breckenridge Distillery is producing 1 oz. bottles and offering hand sanitizer free of charge at the distillery while asking patrons to donate to the Bartenders' Guild.

Frey Ranch

After a local hospital reached out to ask if the distillery was producing hand sanitizer, the team expedited production in order to meet the immediate needs of the community.

"As farmers, it’s in our nature to lend a helping hand to our neighbors and the greater community in times of need. When we realized there was an opportunity to assist by producing hand sanitizer at Frey Ranch Distillery, it was a no-brainer for us."

Colby Frey, CEO and co-founder

New Deal Distillery

New Deal Distillery in Portland, Oregon is being contracted for pay to make hundreds of gallons of hand sanitizer for Portland General Electric's 12 line stations in the Portland Metro Area.

"Even though this is an extremely difficult time for our business, it feels good to use our expertise to help anyone working hard to keep people safe during this pandemic."

Tom Burkleaux, owner and distiller

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