Updated: Dogfish Head, Painted Stave, Easy Speak, Beach Time making hand sanitizers


Delaware distilleries are stepping up and producing sanitizer for first responders and others.

On Friday, the  State of Delaware and  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  are partnering to make more hand sanitizers available to the state government at its Milton distillery.

Dogfish Head began distilling spirits in Delaware in 2002 and has now committed part of its operations to also make hand sanitizer. It is best known for beer but has ramped up its distilling operations in recent years.

The company will be providing bulk shipments of the sanitizer to the state in the weeks to come.

Craft distillers nationwide are making hand sanitizer, which needs a high percentage of alcohol in formulations.

Easy Speak Spirits, a distillery in Milton, is already producing hand sanitizer. Also turning out early bathes is Beach Time Distilling in Lewes. The sanitizer will be used by postal workers, according to social media posts.

Painted Stave Distillery in Smyrna also announced on social media it has commenced production of sanitizer.

The distillery announced it has produced 65 gallons of sanitizer and is waiting on bottles to be delivered. Plans call for delivering the sanitizer to the Smyrna Police Department.  Later, gallon jugs will go to “high-risk communities.”

See Facebook post below for details on Easy Speak’s program.

“Dogfish Head is one of Delaware’s great small business success stories,” Gov.  John Carney said. “It’s great to see this nationally known company, with its roots in Delaware, step up in a time of such significant need to provide this vital product and assist Delaware restaurant workers who’ve been affected so significantly by the Coronavirus outbreak.”

Dogfish Head will sell the sanitizer to the state of Delaware at market price, and 100% of the profits will go into a fund to support Delawareans affected by the Coronavirus.

“I never thought Dogfish Head would be in the sanitizer business. But this is a time of crisis, and necessity is the mother of invention,” said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. “It is our duty to do what we can to keep as many people safe and healthy in our community.”

At this time, Dogfish Head has dedicated its sanitizer inventory to fulfilling critical needs of the state, including providing the product to healthcare facilities and first responders.

While the Dogfish production brewery and distillery remain open in Milton, Calagione has closed Dogfish Head Inn, Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats, Chesapeake & Maine and the brewery’s Tasting Room & Kitchen.

Dogfish is now part of Boston Beer, brewer of Sam Adams, Angry Orchard and seltzers.


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