It’s a weird and worrying time for everyone right now, but our hearts have been warmed to see members of the drinks trade going above and beyond to make the best of it with their resources, with many also looking to help others where they can.
Hand sanitiser - possibly the most in-demand product on the market - is made with high volume alcohol (65% ABV or more), something which distilleries have in abundance as most spirits start off at a high percentage and are diluted before being bottled or drunk. Around the UK, a few have been creating their own sanitiser (with aloe vera gel) and either giving it away or selling it for the benefit of charities.
Inspired perhaps by LVMH, the parent company of Moet & Chandon, who are devoting their factories to make hand sanitiser for the French health services, here’s our list of handwash heroes - let us know if you hear of any more!
1. Deeside Distillery in North Aberdeenshire has made and donated 4,000 sanitiser packs of hand sanitiser to a variety of local organisations including primary schools, nurseries and food banks.
2. 58 Gin Distillery in London manufactured its own ‘Gin-itizer’ so that a large charity event could go ahead safely raising tens of thousands of pounds.
3. Psychopomp in Bristol are giving away their home-made sanitiser from their shop or with online purchases - as long as you make a donation to Bristol Children's Hospital.
4. Listoke Distillery in Ireland’s County Louth are making their own sanitiser and only charging to cover their costs.
If you are concerned about symptoms or want to know more about the COVID-19 virus, please head to the NHS website.