BrewDog starts production of hand sanitiser to help tackle shortage

By James McAllister

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Photo credit: Twitter (@BrewDog)
Photo credit: Twitter (@BrewDog)

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BrewDog is latest alcohol producer to announce it has begun making bottles of hand sanitiser in a bid to help tackle the shortage caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.

In a Twitter post​ the brewer said: “Say hello to Punk Sanitiser. 

“To help with the shortages, we have just started working on making hand sanitiser at our distillery in Scotland. We are determined to do everything we can to try and help as many people as possible stay safe. It's time to keep it clean.”

Details on when and where the sanitiser will be available are yet to be confirmed, but CEO James Watt said in a separate post​ that BrewDog would not be selling the sanitiser, but rather giving it away to those who need it.

The brewer is not the only UK alcohol producer to begin making hand sanitiser to help with shortages amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Scottish gin maker Verdant Spirits has said it’s switched production from gin to hand sanitiser after an appeal from local care groups.

The Dundee-based distillery hopes to produce 400 litres of the gel, starting this week, and has put a call out on its Facebook​ page for donations to help it cover the resulting alcohol duty costs.

Meanwhile, according to Edinburgh News, Leith-based gin distillery Leith Gin has suspended all spirit production and is now making high strength hand sanitiser for those who need it.

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