How local distilleries are helping in a big way with hand sanitizer shortage

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Photo courtesy Ironclad Distillery

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — With businesses forced to close due to the coronavirus shutdown, local distilleries have found ways to help the community in response to the mass shortage of hand sanitizer.

While some are making small batches to donate to the local first responders and hospitals, other distilleries are making enough to sell to the Hampton Roads community.

Chesapeake Bay Distillery in Virginia Beach announced that their 2oz bottle of hand sanitizer spray can be found at the Hilltop, Haygood, Great Bridge and Kempsville Taylor’s Do It Centers locations.

Half gallon jugs are also available through Beach Chemical & Paper Co.

Blue Sky Distillery in Smithfield is making small batches of hand sanitizer and donating it to the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office, Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department, and Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Ironclad Distillery Co. in Newport News partnered with True North Apothecary in Chesapeake to make “as much hand sanitizer spray as humanly possible.”

The company is selling hand sanitizer by the bottle and by the gallon. A 2oz spray bottle will run you $5 and a gallon costs $70 (discounted rate if you bring your own container). Curbside pick-up is available.

The distillery is also working to come up with bulk antiseptic products to donate to local businesses and first responders.

The St. George Brewing Company in Hampton announced its partnership with Ironclad Distillery Co. to help with hand sanitizer shortage relief efforts. The brewery plans to donate 1050 gallons of beer to Ironclad which will allow for 50 gallons of sanitizer to be produced after the distillation process. Once complete, the sanitizer will be donated to local first responders and hospitals in need. The remaining supplies can be sold to essential companies.

The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery in Hampton is continuing to sell hand sanitizer with sizes and prices varying based on the alcohol used as the company is getting it all locally in Hampton Roads.

Limitations do apply while they are working to get bottles and ingredients as fast as possible. The company’s Facebook page regularly updates availability and pricing once the sanitizer is ready for distribution.

Healthcare and emergency response employees in need of bulk orders can email for more information.

Outer Banks Distilling is bottling free hand sanitizer for Manteo residents as a curbside pick-up service.

Distillation process and alcohol content vary by the location and products used. The sanitizers follow World Health Organization sanitizer guidelines.

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