Old whiskeys are cool and all, but not without hand sanitizer … enter Copper Fiddle Distillery.
The Lake Zurich, Illinois-based company has found its talk, rum and bourbon sales but has evolved in a big way to help first responders battle the increasing coronavirus pandemic … by creating of alcohol alcohol to the much needed hand sanitizer, free of charge.
A state senator reportedly questioned the owner Andrew Macker last week when he was up for the challenge. Today, more than enough donations are being made to help the company increase its supply.
Macker told The Daily Herald, in particular, they made almost 100 bottles with another batch expected by the end of the month. It is said they used about 45 cases of unsold rum bottles – moving them from 80 proofs to 160 proofs – to finish the first set.
BTW … tons of other distilleries across the country are also jumping in to help. Tito’s Handmade Vodka also announced it will do the same. Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff will also supply more than 500,000 gallons of neutral grains that can be transferred to 8 million bottles of sanitizer hands.
Anheuser-Busch, the largest beer company in the country, also got the mix … making hand sanitizers in their breweries and distributing them to the American Red Cross, among others.