When Wilderness Trail Distillery in Danville, Kentucky starting their distillery in 2013 they never imagined they would one day be making hand sanitizer but that is what’s happening today. As we’ve all seen with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is hitting communities across the country and world. There are many distilleries that have converted part or all of their distillation efforts to making a high proof alcohol that is required to make hand sanitizer.
Wilderness Trail’s whiskey took four plus years to hit the market but after the TTB quickly changed the rules for distillers to make hand sanitizer these folks jumped on the chance to help out their local community.
“Our goal is to take care of the healthcare providers,” said Wilderness Trail Distillery Co-Owner and Master Distiller Shane Baker.
The distillery plans to produce 500 gallons a week for the next six to seven weeks. The ethanol alcohol will be used to produce hand sanitizer for Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. “If we need to continue from there, we will,” said Baker.
Farmer and Grain Supplier Donates Rye Grain to Maker Hand Sanitizer
Wilderness Trail prides itself on being Kentucky Proud with its grains and the provider of its heirloom rye also plans to aid in the project. Sam Halcomb of Walnut Grove Farms in Logan County, says, “Walnut Grove Farms would be honored to donate some bushels of grain toward this cause.”
Danville Mayor Mike Perros: “As we all know, Wilderness Trail Distillery has been a huge economic addition to Danville and Boyle County. Now, they are showing they provide more than just tourism and business. They are using their talents to benefit the health and safety of our citizens by providing, free of charge, hand sanitizers to area hospitals, nursing homes and first responders.
Boyle County Public Health Director Brent Blevins and Danville City Manager David Milliron are working to coordinate distribution of the remainder of the hand sanitizer for use by emergency service personnel. Additional requests can be made via the City of Danville here.