Listen to Episode 91: Distilleries Race to Make Hand Sanitizer”
Hundreds of distillers across the country are now producing hand sanitizer to help fight COVID-19 – creating and packaging a product most of them knew nothing about just a month ago. For this week’s Bit by a Fox Podcast, I interviewed a number of people to get an idea of the scope, and all of the moving parts that went into this quick turnaround.
Eral Gokgol-Kline is the Founder + Managing Principal for The Vale Fox Distillery – a small batch distillery that is just under a year old, and located in the Hudson Valley in New York State. Eral spoke to the thought process and challenges behind this pivot to making hand sanitizer.
Becky Harris is the Founder and Chief Distiller of Catoctin Creek Distilling, out of Purcellville, Virgina. Becky, along with her husband Scott, has been making some of the best award-winning rye whiskey in the country for over a decade now. But her attention this past month has been directed at creating hand sanitizer and helping other distillers around the country to do so as well. As a member of the board of directors for the American Craft Spirit Association, she’s helped to write the handbook on how distilleries can make this shift.
Chris Swonger, President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States – DISCUS is also a guest for this week’s podcast. I wanted to speak to Chris about the distilling spirits industry as a whole, the quick changes our country is making to accommodate the distilling industry, and what this means for all of us going forward.