When COVID-19 cases began spreading in the United States, the team at Blue Clover Distillery quickly set to work.
Weston Holm, Duane and Scott Koch were longtime friends who had launched the micro-distillery, making premium small-batch spirits—and they realized that during this time, they had ingredients on that would be helpful.
“I saw where everything was headed ahead of time and I already started procuring all the materials and ingredients needed to make hand sanitizer,” Holm says.
It was an immediate response to help in any way they could.
The team was already going through the necessary channels for approval to produce hand sanitizer when an email arrived on March 18 from the Taxation and Tobacco Bureau providing relevant businesses the go-ahead to make the product immediately, without label approval.
By March 20, Blue Clover Distillery was offering hand sanitizer to the public for $1.50 an ounce (bring your own container).
Although the distillery sells the product to the public, they also donate it to first responders, the Department of Public Safety, hospitals, and more.
In order to have time to produce the hand sanitizer, Blue Clover ceased offering food, although its liquor, bloody Mary mix, flavored infusions, gin and vodka are available for carry-out.
“The more people support us coming to our window at our place [to purchase hand sanitizer or other products], the more we can support first responders and they can have hand sanitizer, so it’s a community coming together; it supports us, them, and helps everyone.”
The hand sanitizer contains 75% alcohol.
7042 E. Indian School Road