By Amber Gibson
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.
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.
Harrison Kahn, VP OF MARKETING
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.
Travis Barnes, CEO and founder
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.
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.
Philippe Brechot, president and CEO
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.
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.
Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart, president & co-founder
"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..."
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 is producing 1 oz. bottles and offering hand sanitizer free of charge at the distillery while asking patrons to donate to the Bartenders' Guild.
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.
Colby Frey, CEO and co-founder
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.
Tom Burkleaux, owner and distiller
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