Distilleries across the state of Ohio have pivoted their standard spirit productions to focus on making high-proof hand sanitizer to help in the fight against COVID-19. (The CDC recommends hand sanitizers have at least 60 percent ethanol or 70 percent isopropanol.)
According to a release from JobsOhio, a nonprofit economic driver, they have partnered with distilleries across the state to purchase large amounts of their homemade hand sanitizer to deliver to Ohio's 12 food banks as a "creative and collaborative" way to help those in need, said J.P. Nauseef, president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio, in a release. They ordered 3,100 cases — more than 1 million ounces — and will be distributing the sanitizer next week and over the coming months.
“Ohio’s food banks are proud to be on the front lines as we respond as a state to this public health crisis, and we’re grateful for all of the partners involved that came together to make this donation possible,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, in the same release. “We’re working hard to get vulnerable Ohioans not only the food, but also the personal care and hygiene items they need to keep their families safe, well-nourished and healthy.”
The Ohio distilleries who were able to partner with JobsOhio to provide bulk sanitizer were Sazerac, Diageo, Watershed Distillery, Middle West Spirits, Brain Brew Distillery, Western Reserve Distillers, Hotel Tango Distillery, Ugly Dog Distillery and Woodinville Whiskey Company.
“While we never anticipated pivoting toward a full-blown sanitizer operation in a matter of days, it was clear that we had the resources and capabilities to help our community stay safe and healthy, and we needed to step up,” said Greg Lehman, founder and CEO of Columbus' Watershed Distillery.