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Distilleries add to number producing hand sanitizer


More local distilleries are stepping up to produce much-needed alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the wake of shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among them are Hewn Spirits in Pipersville and Sourland Mountain Spirits in Hopewell, N.J.

“It’s super important to take care of those taking care of us so we’re donating a large portion of all the sanitizer that we make to local police, fire and EMS, as well as front-line health-care providers, mail and delivery drivers and our local grocery store check-out folks,” Hewn Spirits owner Sean Tracy wrote in an email.

“It’s the least we can do for all those who are doing so much for all of us in this unprecedented crisis.”

Just the other day, Hewn donated and delivered hand sanitizer to Upper Bucks EMS; Doylestown Fire Station 1; Plumsteadville Family Practice; Bucks County Fresh Connect; Altomontes Market; and Kimberton Whole Foods, Tracy said.

“And tomorrow we’ll keep donating to more small local businesses and organizations who are on the front line of this thing,” he added.

Hewn is providing both local delivery of its sanitizer and drive-up curbside pick up hours at its Pipersville distillery.

Sourland Mountain Spirits made its first delivery last week, of 2,000 bottles to Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, N.J.; Homefront NJ in Lawrenceville, N.J.; and the Quaker Bridge Mall COVID-19 testing center.

“Within two weeks, our non-GMO, neutral grain went from helping people celebrate life to helping save it,” said an email from the company founder Ray Disch.

Tracy said Hewn is “a true local distillery” and its local suppliers also are pitching in to help.

“We know our small farmers and millers and we actually distill everything we sell, and everyone who is part of our local supply chain is stepping up to help us help all the people on the front lines of this. From farmer to distiller. We are providing for all our neighbors, businesses and care givers in this time.”