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Distilleries Across the Nation

Today, Hero Spotlight highlights Distilleries across the nation. This may strike a question – how could a Distillery be a hero? 

Well, not all heroes wear capes – that’s for sure. 

Distilleries around the nation are utilizing their supply of high-proof alcohol to make… 


That’s right, a much-needed quick fix to keeping germs and bacteria out of the way. 

As mentioned in US News, the cost and demand of hand sanitizer has skyrocketed since a state of emergency was declared by the World Health Organization. USA Today reported, “A case of a dozen 8-ounce bottles of Purell hand sanitizer jumped from $30 to nearly $160 on March 3.” 

That is at least 5x more than the original price! 

In order to produce hand sanitizer legally, distilleries are working with state officials to ensure legal status, as distilleries must follow strict protocol for the products being sold under the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. This not only helps the community, but it helps staff stay employed as well. 

Multiple distilleries are donating hand sanitizers, some are selling only some of the bottles, some are asking for a donation with part of the proceeds going to the state in order to fight the outbreak, as stated by US News.  

Craig Engelhorn, head distiller of Spirit Hound Distillers in Colorado, has donated hand sanitizer to its local fire department, home health care nurses, and businesses in the community. He mentioned, “Within two hours, we filled 1,000 four-ounce bottles and a bunch of gallon jugs and we are giving them out.” 

Way to go, Craig! 

Special shout-out to the heroes below making a difference for their community, helping them stay safe, healthy, and sanitized! 

  • Patapsco Distilling Co., Sykesville, Maryland 
  • Smugglers’ Notch Distillery, Waterbury and Jeffersonville locations 
  • Spirit Hound Distillers, Colorado 
  • J&L Distilling, Boulder, Colorado


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