From Intoxicant to Disinfectant

Step up to the bar and order some . . . hand sanitizer?
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Dry Diggings Distillery
Dry Diggings Distillery

Bars have been shuttered as part of Gov. Newsom’s coronavirus-control efforts for some time, and as a result of a shift in public needs, many local distilleries altered their business models. For some, this means using some of their equipment to turn out a different kind of alcohol: hand sanitizer.

Dry Diggings Distillery & Amador Distillery

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Dry Diggings Distillery

Since the beginning of COVID-19, these two local distilleries—under the same ownership and located in El Dorado Hillshave been turning out hand sanitizers for essential workers. Now, anyone can buy personal-size hand sanitizers or a bulk supply. Come to the bar or grab personal sizes curbside—there are aluminum atomizer sprays and 12ounce refills available (liquid, not gel formula)For bulk orders, including the 1gallon and 2½-gallon commercial options, order ahead. The formula is 80ethanol and follows FDA, CDC and WHO guidelines. Prices run from $59.50 and $35/gallon. 5050 Robert J. Mathews Parkway, El Dorado Hills; drydiggings.com

Gold River Distillery

Based in Rancho Cordova, Gold River Distillery also turned its alcohol stills into hand sanitizer production machines after COVID-19 hit. Their last production ran in September, with the help of a mini grant from the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, but that should be enough to get locals through the holiday season. If you’re trying to get your hands on a 4-ounce spray ($5) or 750 ml bottle ($15), step into the tasting room to purchase. Larger quantities are available upon request. 11460 Sunrise Gold Circle, Suite C, Rancho Cordova; goldriverdistillery.com

Patio 29

patio 29 hand sanitizer
Patio 29

You don’t have to be close to Patio 29 distillery in Winters to get the 80% ethanol hand sanitizer it produces. The online shop sells twist-top bottles in 2-ounce and 4-ounce options (packs of six and four respectively) as well as ½gallon, 2-gallon and 5-gallon buckets. (The last two are pickup only.) Costs range $18$110. 723 Railroad Ave., Winters; patio29.com

J.J. Pfister Distilling

jj pfister distillery hand sanitizer
J.J. Pfister Distilling

The Sacramento distillery put vodka and gin operations on hold earlier this year to produce hand sanitizer instead. The team took on the responsibility to fill a national shortage in the early days of the pandemic. With curbside pickup, J.J. Pfister sold the product in 8-ounce bottles for $6.47 and 1-gallon containers for $65, with a priority line on release day for seniors, health care workers and people who are handicapped. Today it’s available in-person at the distillery and online through Amazon. 9819 Business Park Drive; jjpfister.com

J.J. Pfister Distilling
J.J. Pfister Distilling

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