Distilling Solutions in a Crisis

When the COVID-19 pandemic happened, Silverback Distillery in Afton, VA adapted their business almost immediately to start producing hand sanitizer for hospitals, schools, law enforcement, emergency workers, and anyone who needed it in the shortage. They jumped through FDA hurdles and handed profit over to ABC authorities. Their small business will have lasting effects from their decision to cease normal operation and produce hand sanitizer instead of spirits, but they are just one example of many where people in America came together to solve problems in a time of crisis.

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  • Big deal. Several breweries and distilleries teamed up in Wisconsin way back in March. Now we’ve got at least 15 distilleries doing hand sanitizer, and I know at least some of them wee doing it since April. And the story I remember (I think it was 45th Parallel, but it might have been another Wisconsin distillery), shipped all the keg beer the bars weren’t using over to the distillery, and the distillery just used their regular bottles. Understand the stuff still smells like beer.

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