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These Ontario distilleries are making hand sanitizer to combat COVID-19

These Ontario distilleries are making hand sanitizer to combat COVID-19

These Ontario distilleries are making hand sanitizer to combat COVID-19

Distilleries across North America have responded to the sudden shortage of hand sanitizer -- in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic -- by switching gears and producing their own supply of sanitizer. All B.C. distillers have been authorized to switch production from spirits to sanitizer and even beer giant Labatt has retooled operations.

The widespread movement to assist in dire times of need has not been lost on local Ontario distillers. More and more breweries and distilleries are halting production to focus attention on producing a much needed commodity -- hand sanitizer. The equipment, resources and infrastructure are already in place for these establishments, so many have taken it upon themselves to help out their local community amid increasing cases of COVID-19.

Majority of funds are being donated to food banks, front-line workers and those in the hospitality industry.

Spirit of York

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UPDATE + THANK YOU ❤️⁣ ⁣We are so touched by the incredible outpour of support we have received. On our first day alone, we raised over $4,000 for our local food banks. Thanks to all of you for your incredible generosity! We were witnesses today to the very best of our Canadian spirit as people were patiently self distancing, over-contributing to the food bank, paying it forward to the next in line, etc.⁣ ⁣ We’d like to extend our gratitude to everyone that has helped make this possible. First we’d like to personally thank @digitallabels who donated all the labels for our bottles on incredibly short notice. Thank you to all the individuals and businesses who’ve reached out to us to offer to volunteer their time or donate resources to help us with production and meet the high demands of our hand sanitizer. These gestures of kindness during these times are a true reflection of our incredible community and what we’re able to accomplish when we come together. THANK YOU. ⁣ ⁣ We also take our hats off to all the businesses across our province and Canada who are putting in place initiatives to help their communities in this time of need.⁣ ⁣ As we shut down for the day, here are some key updates for everyone that’s following: ⁣ ⁣ ◆ HAND SANITIZER AVAILABILITY: We’ll continue to provide hand sanitizer tomorrow and upcoming days from 11-6pm, while quantities last. We’ll continue to update you here. ⁣ ⁣ ◆ INQUIRIES: We have received an overwhelming amount of emails, calls and DMs in these last couple days and our team is working tirelessly to try and answer each and every one of you. Because of the high volume, please be patient with us but rest assured we will get back to you! ⁣ ⁣ If this has taught us anything, it is that our community spirit is strong, especially when we all come and work together. Thank you all for reminding us of that.⁣ ⁣ - Spirit of York Team⁣

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Spirit of York has switched their focus to making affordable and accessible hand sanitizer, with proceeds going towards local food banks.

Dillon's

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This has been a wild ride. Since Tuesday’s post we have had thousands of emails, phone calls, messages from every form of front line worker from all across the province. Hospitals, homeless shelters, EMS, police, fire, nursing homes, dr.’s offices, friends, new friends, family and so many more. We have shed more than a few tears here hearing the stories and are trying our absolute best to help. More than 5,000 bottles have gone to keep these people at least somewhat safer in what they do. Currently we have exhausted stockpiles of aloe for hand sanitizer but we have scaled up our disinfectant with the unbelievable generosity of some of our industry friends donations of bottles, caps and alcohol @vinelandestates @andrewpellerimports @tawsewinery @timmydwilson We have more and are continuing for essential services. If we haven’t gotten back to you we are sorry. If you are an essential service and need a disinfectant please email us (info@dillons.ca) and we will schedule a pick up. All phone lines have been tied up for two days and there’s nobody left to answer them. We are exhausted but are doing our best and will continue. We have received thousands of messages of support (which also made us cry) so thank you to every one of you for pushing us to keep going. Once again, we have not, are not and will not charge for this. If you’d like to support us, buying our spirits from our online store or lcbo really makes a difference to a small company like us. This is non-potable and made to be used as a disinfectant for surfaces. You can not drink this. It can be used in a spray bottle on hands (no moisturizing aloe though so may want to moisturizer afterwards), tables, keyboards, ambulances, any surface.

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Dillon's Distillery, located in Beamsville, has pivoted to the production of hand sanitizer, which they are delivering to essential service workers for free. If you are looking to support their hard-work, you can purchase Dillon's spirits online.

Mill Street Brewery

Mill Street Brewery is making hand sanitizer for hospitality industry workers, as well as employees of the LCBO and The Beer Store, for free.

Reid's Distillery

Reid's Distillery is giving away sanitizing spray for free to front-line health care providers.

Corby Spirit and Wine Limited

Corby Spirit announced their plans to produce hand sanitizer to help fight the global spread of COVID-19. They will be donating supplies to vulnerable communities and TTC workers.

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Ontario Breweries

Toronto Breweries

COVID-19

Hand Sanitizer

These Ontario distilleries are making hand sanitizer to combat COVID-19

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These Ontario distilleries are making hand sanitizer to combat COVID-19

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Distilleries across North America have responded to the sudden shortage of hand sanitizer -- in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic -- by switching gears and producing their own supply of sanitizer. All B.C. distillers have been authorized to switch production from spirits to sanitizer and even beer giant Labatt has retooled operations.

The widespread movement to assist in dire times of need has not been lost on local Ontario distillers. More and more breweries and distilleries are halting production to focus attention on producing a much needed commodity -- hand sanitizer. The equipment, resources and infrastructure are already in place for these establishments, so many have taken it upon themselves to help out their local community amid increasing cases of COVID-19.

Majority of funds are being donated to food banks, front-line workers and those in the hospitality industry.

Spirit of York

View this post on Instagram

UPDATE + THANK YOU ❤️⁣ ⁣We are so touched by the incredible outpour of support we have received. On our first day alone, we raised over $4,000 for our local food banks. Thanks to all of you for your incredible generosity! We were witnesses today to the very best of our Canadian spirit as people were patiently self distancing, over-contributing to the food bank, paying it forward to the next in line, etc.⁣ ⁣ We’d like to extend our gratitude to everyone that has helped make this possible. First we’d like to personally thank @digitallabels who donated all the labels for our bottles on incredibly short notice. Thank you to all the individuals and businesses who’ve reached out to us to offer to volunteer their time or donate resources to help us with production and meet the high demands of our hand sanitizer. These gestures of kindness during these times are a true reflection of our incredible community and what we’re able to accomplish when we come together. THANK YOU. ⁣ ⁣ We also take our hats off to all the businesses across our province and Canada who are putting in place initiatives to help their communities in this time of need.⁣ ⁣ As we shut down for the day, here are some key updates for everyone that’s following: ⁣ ⁣ ◆ HAND SANITIZER AVAILABILITY: We’ll continue to provide hand sanitizer tomorrow and upcoming days from 11-6pm, while quantities last. We’ll continue to update you here. ⁣ ⁣ ◆ INQUIRIES: We have received an overwhelming amount of emails, calls and DMs in these last couple days and our team is working tirelessly to try and answer each and every one of you. Because of the high volume, please be patient with us but rest assured we will get back to you! ⁣ ⁣ If this has taught us anything, it is that our community spirit is strong, especially when we all come and work together. Thank you all for reminding us of that.⁣ ⁣ - Spirit of York Team⁣

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Spirit of York has switched their focus to making affordable and accessible hand sanitizer, with proceeds going towards local food banks.

Dillon's

View this post on Instagram

This has been a wild ride. Since Tuesday’s post we have had thousands of emails, phone calls, messages from every form of front line worker from all across the province. Hospitals, homeless shelters, EMS, police, fire, nursing homes, dr.’s offices, friends, new friends, family and so many more. We have shed more than a few tears here hearing the stories and are trying our absolute best to help. More than 5,000 bottles have gone to keep these people at least somewhat safer in what they do. Currently we have exhausted stockpiles of aloe for hand sanitizer but we have scaled up our disinfectant with the unbelievable generosity of some of our industry friends donations of bottles, caps and alcohol @vinelandestates @andrewpellerimports @tawsewinery @timmydwilson We have more and are continuing for essential services. If we haven’t gotten back to you we are sorry. If you are an essential service and need a disinfectant please email us (info@dillons.ca) and we will schedule a pick up. All phone lines have been tied up for two days and there’s nobody left to answer them. We are exhausted but are doing our best and will continue. We have received thousands of messages of support (which also made us cry) so thank you to every one of you for pushing us to keep going. Once again, we have not, are not and will not charge for this. If you’d like to support us, buying our spirits from our online store or lcbo really makes a difference to a small company like us. This is non-potable and made to be used as a disinfectant for surfaces. You can not drink this. It can be used in a spray bottle on hands (no moisturizing aloe though so may want to moisturizer afterwards), tables, keyboards, ambulances, any surface.

A post shared by @ dillonsdistills on

Dillon's Distillery, located in Beamsville, has pivoted to the production of hand sanitizer, which they are delivering to essential service workers for free. If you are looking to support their hard-work, you can purchase Dillon's spirits online.

Mill Street Brewery

Mill Street Brewery is making hand sanitizer for hospitality industry workers, as well as employees of the LCBO and The Beer Store, for free.

Reid's Distillery

Reid's Distillery is giving away sanitizing spray for free to front-line health care providers.

Corby Spirit and Wine Limited

Corby Spirit announced their plans to produce hand sanitizer to help fight the global spread of COVID-19. They will be donating supplies to vulnerable communities and TTC workers.

Tags:

Ontario Breweries

Toronto Breweries

COVID-19

Hand Sanitizer