Distilleries across Canada fight COVID-19 by making hand sanitizer

Nellie Chapman
March 26, 2020

Appalachian Distillery is still selling the whiskey, moonshine and bourbon they are known for.

Columbus Fire Department Training Officer Captain Ben Spencer made the trip to the Starlight Distillery in Starlight, Indiana and returned with 15-gallons of hand sanitizer to be used by members of the department on their emergency runs. With hand sanitizer in high demand, Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company is using its own alcohol to produce hand sanitizer and is handing it out for free. "It's pretty much just a matter of taking existing product we that have and repurposing it for this alternate use".

SoNo 1420, which has locations throughout Fairfield County, and the Litchfield Distillery have become the latest to use their facilities to produce and distribute hand sanitizer amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Garrett Kean, the assistant production manager at Top Shelf Distillers in Perth, said they are doing their best to follow the specific formula dictated by the World Health Organization to make sure their hand sanitizer is up to snuff.

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"We are aware of significant supply disruptions for alcohol-based hand sanitizers", FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn said. "Keep in mind, many of our fellow distillery friends in the region are also producing hand sanitizer".

Kelly Sauber filling a bulk container of hand sanitizer for a customer. "We are now waiting for more raw ingredients to come Tuesday or Wednesday", Kurtzman said on Monday. "However, right now, we need to do what we can to get it to our big institutions who can get it to the most people".

Owners and employees from distilleries involved in the aid process say they've had an overwhelming response from their local and worldwide communities. "We're already accustomed to that type of manufacturing, so there wasn't a lot of reconfiguration that needed to happen..."

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