FOR A DISTILLER who's spent his life crafting internationally-ranked spirits, making hand-sanitiser impossible to drink is an interesting new direction.
At Kentucky's Dobson's Distillery, the outbreak of COVID-19 opened a humanitarian avenue for owner Stephen Dobson.
"I think there are times where you have a responsibility, and we were the only manufacturer in the area that could supply the volume needed locally," he said.
"We make laboratory quality ethanol for our spirits, but it's not denatured - denatured has to be inclusive of chemistry you never drink.
"You make it so it can't be drunk, which is weird for someone who tries to make the best thing you could drink."
So, after a lot of research and direction from the Therapeutic Goods Association and the World Health Organisation, the 500 litre stripping still that usually holds the vodka turned into a vital piece of equipment in the small hand-sanitiser production line.
The goal was to make sure the local community had access to safe, effective hand-sanitiser to kill the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus.
Doled out to bottle shops like The Tamworth Hotel, it's become more popular than drinks in some places, Mr Dobson said.
"We don't go into big shops, we never have and probably never will," he said.
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"Our suppliers know they can give away bottles if they have to and we would support them in that.
"We want to satisfy the local needs first, we aren't going into the hand-sanitiser game we're just doing what we think is right, right now."
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