From giants like Anheuser Busch to independently owned Amass Spirits, a number of distilleries have recently pivoted to making hand sanitizers. Some are focused on manufacturing specifically for first responders and healthcare workers, and others are selling or giving directly to the public.
If you’re running out of hand sanitizer and unable to find some at your local stores, consider picking up (or ordering) directly from a distillery. Many of them are offering it for free or free with purchase. Bonus points if that distillery is in a mountain town.
But first, some guidance
Hand sanitizer should be used only if you’re unable to wash your hands. Washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is still best. (New York Times has a satisfying video and some guidelines on technique.)
Why soap (and yes, any soap)? Because viruses, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, are surrounded by a coating of proteins and fat. When viruses interact with soap, the fat coating is literally destroyed. But it takes 20 seconds to happen.
Ok, so what kind of hand sanitizer should you look for? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends alcohol-based sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol.
And how should you use it? Yep, there’s a technique. Use enough product to fully coat hands, and rub your hands together vigorously—as though you were washing with soap and water. Rub until your hands feel dry, about 20 seconds.
Lastly, a quick PSA: Don’t hoard. We’re all in this together, and though we all need to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, let’s be sure to leave some supplies for everyone else—especially older adults and those who are immunocompromised.
And now, the distilleries
When we started putting together this list, we wanted to give some extra love to distilleries in mountain towns. But as we started to research, we realized there are non-mountain town distilleries who should be mentioned as well.
Our criteria? Distilleries whose purchase policy or giveaway policy was clear, either through their website or social media. Note that the below list is subject to change. We’ve found the best way to stay up to date on their information is to check their social media, ideally their Instagram profiles.
Our list includes distilleries who have specific instructions on how to buy or support, so it is not inclusive of every single distillery across the U.S. If there’s a distillery you think we missed (and hey, we probably did), please give us a shout in the comments.
Without further ado, below is our list of distilleries who are now making hand sanitizers, including where and how you can buy them.
|Distillery||State||How to buy||Additional info|
|10 Torr Distilling & Brewery||NV||In person||2oz. bottles available for free in the taproom with any 10 Torr purchase|
|Amass Spirits||NY||Order online||A portion of the proceeds will go to the United States Bartenders Guild Emergency Grants Program to assist bartenders affected by the sudden closures of bars and restaurants.|
|Asbury Park Distilling||NJ||In person||Asbury Park is giving 2oz bottles for free with purchase.|
|Bier Distillery||MI||In person||Check website for availability|
|Blinking Owl Distillery||CA||Order online / in person||Limit 2 per household.|
|Breckenridge Distillery||CO||In person||Free, if you can swing by in person.|
|Burl+Sprig||MI||TBD||Coming soon; check their social media|
|Capital Distillery||NY||In person||Call for availability|
|Cultivated Cocktails||NC||In person / order ahead||For high-risk people or local businesses. Call or email to order ahead; bring a reusable container.|
|Dry Hills Distillery||MT||Order online / curbside pickup||Call, email or go online to order ahead|
|Eastern Kille Distillery||MI||In person / order ahead||Gallon jug for $40; email them with questions|
|Eda Rhyne Distilling Co||NC||In person||Credit card only|
|Ferino Distillery||NV||In person||750ml bottles for $35 before tax; limit 6 per person.|
|Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing||NY||In person or with delivery||Free 1 bottle per customer|
|Fraser Valley Distilling||CO||In person||Free, if you can swing by in person. Ideally, order dinner and do curbside pickup to support their business and maintain social distancing!|
|Fyr Distilling||CO||In person||700ml Bottles are $12 and all sales are subject to applicable state and local tax.|
|Golden Moon Distillery||CO||In person||Free with purchase|
|Grand Teton Distillery||ID||In person||Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Grand Traverse Distillery||MI||In person||Check website for availability|
|Heritage Distilling Co||WA||Order online / in person||Limit 2 per customer per day|
|Kings County Distillery||NC||In person / order ahead / shipping limited||Available for pick up at the Gatehouses and for shipping in New York State.|
|Koenig Distillery||ID||In person||Visit their website for details|
|Long Road Distillers||MI||In person||Limit 1 per person; also selling surface sanitizing spray|
|Longtucky Spirits||CO||In person||Free, if you can swing by in person.|
|Mad River Distillers||VT||In person||Free, if you can swing by in person. Check their Facebook page for updates|
|Mammoth Distilling||MI||In person / order ahead||Free personal size refills; can purchase per gallon|
|Marble Distilling Company||CO||In person||Free, if you can swing by in person.|
|Mississippi River Distilling Co||MS||Order online||Currently out of stock|
|Ogden’s Own Distillery||UT||In person / order ahead||They are working to be able to sell online|
|Old Trestle Distillery||CA||In person||Local pickup for Hand Sanitizer will be on Friday, April 3 from 12pm – 1pm|
|Outlaw Distillery||UT||In person||Visit their website for details|
|Palmetto Distillery||NC||Available for pre-order||Healthcare workers, first responders, and high-risk people are priority.|
|Rising Sun Distillery||CO||In person / order ahead||Free 4oz bottle with liquor purchase of $30 or more; or available for purchase|
|Rolling Still Distillery||NM||In person||Free|
|Six & Twenty Distillery||NC||In person||Check social media or call ahead|
|Smugglers’ Notch Distillery||VT||In person||A portion of the proceeds will go to to state mitigation efforts|
|Springbrook Hollow Distillery||NY||In person||Free; limit 2 per family|
|St. Johnsbury Distillery||VT||In person||Free with purchase|
|Steamboat Whiskey Company||CO||Order online / they deliver (local only)||Free with purchase|
|Stoneyard Distillery||CO||Order online||Also available in large bottles|
|Sugar House Distillery||UT||In person||Visit their website for details|
|Talnua Distillery||CO||In person||2 personal size bottles with every whiskey bottle purchase|
|Telluride Distilling Company||CO||In person||Free; 1 bottle per person|
|Tennessee Hills||NC||In person||Free with a minimum $2 donation. Free bottle with orders over $30.|
|The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery||NV||In person||4 oz bottles (limit 2 per order) at $6 for a single bottle, 2 for $10, or free with a $50 purchase of Depot spirits or beer|
|Vanjak||CO||Order online / pickup onsite||$9.30 for the 16 oz bottle and $27.90 for the 64 oz bottle.|
|Verdi Local Distillery||NV||Order online / curbside pickup||Selling in 50ML, 700ML, and 750ML size bottles|
|Whistling Andy||MT||In person / at other local shops||Visit their website for details|
|Wildwood Spirits||WA||Order online / in person||Free 2oz bottle with $10 donation|
|Wood’s High Mountain Distillery||CO||In person||They are requesting $5 per bottle to help the bartender staff while they’re under forced closure|
Bonus list: Hand Sanitizers for First Responders and Healthcare Workers
As we did our research, we identified a number of distilleries who are either making hand sanitizers specifically for first responders and healthcare workers, or who are prioritizing them before the broader consumer market. Here is that list, including some guidance on how you can donate directly to the cause.
|10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit||CO||For first responders|
|Albany Distilling Co||NY||TBD; check their social media|
|Antler Run Distilling||NY||For now, they are producing hand sanitizer only for their local health facilities. You’ll be able to order once their community is taken care of.|
|Black Button Distilling||NY||For every $10 donated, one bottle of hand sanitizer will be donated to a non-profit organization in need across Monroe County.|
|Caledonia Spirits||VT||Your purchase will go directly to first responders and medical workers.|
|Copper Bottom Craft Distillery||FL||Their local community, where it’s free for pickup.|
|Devils Creek Distillery||CA||For first responders|
|Distillery Park||CDN||They are donating hand sanitizers AND sterilizers to their local Town of Banff Emergency Coordination Center. Fill out their form to make a request!|
|Finger Lake Distilling||NY||Providing hand sanitizer in bulk quantities to first responders and medical workers. Contact them to make a request.|
|Glacier Distilling||MT||First allocated to local pharmacies, first responders and other at-risk population.|
|Gulch Distillers||MT||For first responders and local hospitals first|
|High Peaks Distilling||NY||For first responders and health organizations|
|Holler Horn Distilling||NY||Providing hand sanitizer in bulk quantities to first responders and medical workers. Contact them to make a request.|
|Koenig Distillery||ID||For local hospitals|
|Koval Distillery||IL||Chicago-area retirement homes, first responders, and medical workers|
|Montgomery Distillery||MT||For first responders and local hospitals first|
|Mystic Mountain Distillery||CO||They are donating to local and national charities.|
|SILO Distillery||VT||Donate to their GoFundMe; for local community|
|Skip Rock Distillers||WA||Agency and non-profit orders will be processed first|
|Spirit Hound Distillers||CO||For first responders and local hospitals|
|Spirit Works Distillery||CA||For first responders and local hospitals|
|Spring44 Distilling||CO||For first responders and those running essential businesses|
|Syntax Spirits||CO||For fire department / first responders|
|Westslope Distillery||MT||For first responders and essential businesses first|
|Willie’s Distillery||MT||For first responders and local hospitals first|
|Wise Men Distillery||MI||For first responders; check social media for updates|
|Woody Creek Distillers||CO||Currently for first responders and medical workers; likely to distribute to the general public soon.|
Thinking about how you can help your community and healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic? Consider donating your ski goggles.