Blackwater Distillery converts from alcohol to hand sanitizer during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 6:36 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 18:48:45-04

KENT ISLAND, Md. — If you've been to the store in the past three weeks, you know what you won't find, toilet paper, wipes and hand sanitizers.

A distillery on Kent Island is trying to solve one of those problems.

WMAR-2 News' Don Harrison tells us about the Blackwater Distillery where they make Sloop Betty Vodka that might improve your mood and something else that might save your life.

At Blackwater, they normally have 10 workers, now they are down to two. They can do curbside pick up for the vodka, rum and whiskey at the tavern and they will send you on your way with up to a 62 ounce container of mixed drinks but with the tavern closed sales are nothing like they used to be.

By making a few changes they can go from making vodka, rum and whiskey to hand sanitizer.

"Certainly don't like being idle and it's different so It's a learning experience. It's taking a little bit of pivot from our manufacturing. It feels good to help, it feels good to pitch in."

Here at Blackwater Distillery they have been filling up and shipping the hand sanitizer in 55 gallon barrels. now they are looking for smaller bottles for individual use.

"We would like to start selling to consumers at some point. We need to get our hands on smaller packages that are more consumer size and that's part of the supply chain program that we have been running into with production. We are really struggling to get small containers."

They are able to sell some of it to the state and local entities that need hand sanitizers. They have also donated to local senior citizen centers and are looking for others places. It's all a part of their motto.

"If you can help, you should help."