Caledonia Spirits expand COVID-19 hand sanitizer efforts

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MONTPELIER — Less than a month after launching its hand sanitizer operation to support and protect the community’s brave healthcare professionals and first responders during the COVID-19 crisis, Caledonia Spirits has expanded its production efforts so significantly that it can now offer the product to the general public.

Barr Hill Hand Sanitizer is being produced on Gin Lane in Montpelier by Caledonia Spirits’ dedicated distillery team.

The general public can order the not-for-profit hand sanitizer for pickup at the distillery in a variety of quantities, ranging from six 4-ounce bottles all the way up to a 55-gallon drum.

Now available at barrhill.com/cleanhands for ordering,
Caledonia Spirits are also making one order size – 24 x 4-ounce bottles – available for direct shipment to the customer. All orders will take approximately 2-3 weeks to process.

“As a distillery, we’re in a unique position that allows us to make a product that can truly help fight the spread of this disease,” said Caledonia Spirits President and Head Distiller Ryan Christiansen.

The production of Barr Hill Hand Sanitizer started in early March as a community initiative to help local nonprofit organizations, like the Vermont Foodbank, protect themselves against the spread of COVID-19.

Now, thanks to an outpouring of support from the community, as well as through partnerships with government officials, healthcare systems, and even breweries, Caledonia Spirits is marching towards a production volume of 20,000 gallons by the end of April.

Just last week, Caledonia Spirits produced and delivered 1,650 gallons of Barr Hill Hand Sanitizer to the University of Vermont Health Network, which then distributed it to a group of hospitals and medical centers in Vermont and northern New York.

Additionally, through a donation option on barrhill.com/cleanhands, the community has already purchased over 9,000 ounces of hand sanitizer for the state’s healthcare professionals.

The hand sanitizer operation has allowed the distillery to continue paying its staff full compensation and benefits throughout this uncertain time.