Paso Robles Distilleries Start Producing Hand Sanitizer to Assist with Health and Safety Efforts

KROBAR Distillery Producing Sanitizer For Hospitals, Emergency Responders and Local Businesses

To do its part during the COVID-19 crisis, KROBAR Craft Distillery is repurposing its distillery from distilled spirits to hand sanitizer. Last week, the Paso Robles-based small business quickly changed its production facility to produce high-alcohol sanitizer, called KROBAR Sanitizer, to help equip area hospitals, emergency services and public works departments, and the general public.

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Calwise Spirits Co. Providing Sanitizer to Law Enforcement Agencies, Fire Departments and Charities; Puts Call Out to Agencies in Need

In a vivid sign of the times, proprietor and master distiller Aaron Bergh of Calwise Spirits Co. has suddenly found himself producing a uniquely different product for an entirely new clientele—first responders, government agencies and charities who are in desperate need of bulk hand sanitizer. And he is now inviting additional agencies in need to contact him. 

"When COVID-19 hit the California and San Luis Obispo area, I found out that there were many first responder agencies that didn't have access to these life saving ingredients, so the ethanol alcohol used to make our Big Sur gin is now going into hand sanitizer that is manufactured here at the distillery to meet FDA guidelines" says Aaron Bergh, President & Distiller of Calwise Spirits Co. 

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Wine Spectator

A Neat Solution: Distillers Make Artisanal Hand Sanitizer, Donate to First Responders

The Paso Robles Press

Family Spirits: From Prohibition to Pandemic

Paso Robles Daily News

Calwise Distillery pivots to hand sanitizer production for first responders 

San Luis Obispo Tribune

Coronavirus threatened a Paso Robles distillery. Then it started making hand sanitizer