Smugglers’ Notch Distillery retools production to make hand sanitizer

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CAMBRIDGE — Responding to shelves empty of hand sanitizer in local grocers, pharmacies, big-box stores and online as the novel coronavirus crisis overwhelms Vermonters, co-owners Jeremy and Ron Elliott are using the unique resources of their distillery to help meet the shortage.

With the help of an amazing staff, priorities at Smugglers’ Notch Distillery flipped overnight from crafting spirits to producing hand sanitizer.

“With the abrupt intrusion of COVID -19 in our lives, Smugglers’ Notch Distillery has turned its focus towards working on a solution to close the gap on the unavailability of preventive hygiene products that help ensure that our family and friends stay safe,” says Ron Elliott, co-owner.

SND Hand Sanitizer will be available at their tasting rooms in Jeffersonville and Waterbury as soon as “all hands on deck” at the Jeffersonville Smugglers’ Notch Distillery can produce and bottle it.

A portion of the proceeds from sales will be contributed to state mitigation efforts through the Governor’s Declaration of a State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19.