The Helpers: Distilleries Shift to Making Hand Sanitizer to Meet Demand During Pandemic

Submitted by rudyarispe on April 29, 2020 - 11:55am

Joining the list of other San Antonio distilleries that are doing the same, Alamo Distilling has begun producing hand sanitizer to meet public demand for hand sanitizer, but also to generate new revenue to stay in operation during the coronavirus crisis.

 “Right now, we have prioritized hand sanitizer production, but still maintain beverage products being bottled and supported,” said Noel Burns, Alamo Distilling president and co-founder. “We are committed to making these safety products needed most in our community right now.”

 Known for its handcrafted premium quality spirits, Alamo Distilling has produced nearly 5,000 cases of FDA compliant, 1.7-ounce bottles of sanitizer. Burns hopes this becomes a future outlet of product that can be sold at drug and grocery stores.

 Alamo Distilling is among several other distilleries – including Artisan on Alamo, Maverick Whiskey, Dorcol, Seersucker and Ranger Creek – that have switched production to hand sanitizer to both assist the community and to keep their staffs employed. Had the company not switched its focus from a bourbon business into a hand sanitizer supplier, Alamo Distilling might be one of many businesses struggling to survive, Burns said.

 “Right now, we are selling our hand sanitizer products as fast as we can produce them,” he said. “We were fortunate to hire a few extra hands to support sanitizer production and sales. Quickly manufacturing a retail quality hand sanitizer, on short notice, is a way to support our community to stay safe while the danger is so close to home. If a small percentage of Texans are safer and protected due to our efforts, we are happy that we are able to help.”

Here's a roundup of the distilleries and how to order (Did we miss one? email: news@nowcastsa.org, subject line "Add a distiller" )

Alamo Distilling

is taking phone orders for business-to-business sales with a priority on medical and distributors that service priority businesses. However, no on-site sales are permitted at this time.  To order, visit Alamo Distilling on Facebook (@AlamoDistillingCompany), Twitter (@AlamoDistilling), and Instagram (@AlamoDistillingCo) or call Noel Burns at (210) 325-7853.

Artisan on Alamo

is selling this hand sanitizer to the public and organizations to beat the Covid-19. This sanitizer can be used on hands and directly on surfaces to kill germs and viruses.

Curb side sales at 315 8th St. Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.; deliveries are available weekday evenings. For delivery please order through: http://artisan-distillery.square.site/.   If you are a hospital, organization, municipality, government, military, or other group that needs a large supply, please email nick@ArtisanOnAlamo.com for details.

Dorcol

Inquire at http://dorcolspirits.com/

Maverick Whiskey

Hand sanitizer on sale for $7 for 8-ounce bottle and $14 for 16-ounce bottle. Call (210) 447-7010 for availability and pay by phone for curbside pickup.

Ranger Creek

Individual hand sanitizer (one per vehicle) available daily while supply lasts. Find details at https://drinkrangercreek.com/

Seersucker

Hand sanitizer sold in 12-pack case of 10-ounce glass bottles for $50. To order, https://www.seersuckershop.com/