Ontario distillery crafts homemade sanitizer for frontline workers
Dillon’s Distillery in Beamsville, ON is best known for their innovative lineup of small batch liquors, including Rose Gin and Absinthe, to which they can now proudly add “Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer”. Though not potable, their sanitizer is made of high proof alcohol distilled on site and aloe vera. Conventional hand sanitizer has become a scarce commodity in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Already a socially conscious company, their spent rye is given to local farmers to use as animal feed according to their website, Dillon’s is offering their free sanitizer to those who need it most: hospitals, shelters, long term care facilities, EMS teams, police departments, and other essential services.
In an Instagram post, the distillery shared that although their supply of more than 5000 bottles was exhausted in just a few days, wineries and importers from across the region have stepped up to help, offering supplies like bottles and alcohol. Dillon’s initial tweet announcing the product has been favourited over 10,000 times.
The heartwarming tale even made it past the desk of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who tweeted calling the act: “...the heart of Ontario spirit.”