Alcohol brands are overhauling their distilleries to help produce hand sanitizer through the coronavirus shortage

  • The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of life in many countries around the world.
  • One side effect of the spreading illness is a drastic shortage of hand sanitizer in the United States.
  • A number of alcohol brands are pitching in by converting their distilleries into hand sanitizer manufacturing centers.
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The coronavirus pandemic has overtaken society as we know it, and one side effect of the spreading illness has been a drastic shortage of hand sanitizer.

Stores across the United States have been forced to ration their supply as customers continually attempt to buy sanitizer in bulk to ward off COVID-19.

With brands like Purell, Germ-X, Equate, Highmark, and more struggling to meet spiking demand, a somewhat surprising third party has stepped up to fill the void: alcohol brands.

Check out which labels have committed to fighting the virus by converting their distilleries into hand sanitizer manufacturing centers:

Bacardi Limited

Bacardi Limited — the brand behind Grey Goose vodka, Bombay Sapphire gin, and Bacardi rum — has committed eight of its distilleries from around the world to help produce hand sanitizer for local communities. In total, the distilleries will create tens of thousands of gallons of sanitizer to local organizations and emergency responders.

Tito's Handmade Vodka

After warning customers not to use its vodka for homemade hand sanitizer, Tito's Handmade Vodka will make 24 tons of actual sanitizer that adheres to industry and governmental standards. The brand will distribute the hand sanitizer to those who need it most for free.

Read more: Tito's Handmade Vodka plans to make its own hand sanitizer and will give it away for free

Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard — the brand that produces Absolut Vodka, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Malibu, and more — is using all of its distilleries in the United States to create vast amounts of hand sanitizer during the shortage.


Anheuser-Busch, which produces a variety of the United States' top beer brands like Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob, has committed two of its facilities in New York and California to produce hand sanitizer.


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Just to be clear, we will not be selling the sanitiser. But giving it away to those who need it.

A Scotland-based brewery, BrewDog is making the cleverly-named BrewGel to help combat illness, and it is giving bottles away for free.

Smaller distilleries across the US

It's not just the big brands fighting back against COVID-19. Smaller distilleries across the country have overhauled their operations to produce hand sanitizer, too. Gervasi Vineyard is hoping to produce more than 3,000 bottles of sanitizer out of its location in Canton, Ohio. Similarly, Eight Oaks Farm Distillery in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, is giving away the hand sanitizer it makes to those who need it most and taking donations for the product.

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