Distilleries have stopped their productions of alcoholic beverages to produce another alcohol that is much more needed in this pressing time. Christmas City Spirits in Bethlehem, Pa., responded to St. Luke’s University Health iNetwork, which faced a shortage of hand sanitizer by producing 27 gallons and giving it to the hospital. The company turned its first batch of rum into a 160-proof cleaning solution, as The Washington Post details:
Over the next three months, the boutique distillery suspended production of all alcohol and produced approximately 800 gallons of hand sanitizer for organizations, charities and workers risking their lives to combat the virus.
According to the Distilled Spirits Council, 831 distilleries across the nation have made hand sanitizer for local communities. Only one distillery, however, has the distinction of producing it strictly for donation. Not a single one of the 4,000 four-ounce bottles of Christmas City Spirits’ hand sanitizer, aptly named “Corona Bullet,” was sold for profit.
“We just felt like we were doing the right thing at the right time,” said Brett Biggs, one of the distillery’s four co-owners.
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