Ann Arbor Distilling Co. turns spirits into hand sanitizer for Ann Arbor community

Distillery offers sanitizer, curbside spirits and Saturday Market Day

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Distilling Co. has been turning its spirits into hand sanitizer for the Ann Arbor area community during a time of sanitizer shortages.

Since late March, the distillery has been handing out the sanitizer to community members, hospitals and local businesses.

The sanitizer is a combination of a base grain spirit used for seasonal gins with aloe juice. The spirit-juice mixture is 75 percent alcohol and is available to the public for free in 4-ounce bottles.

With the closure of its tasting room, the distillery will leave the 4-ounce bottles outside of its building for those who call. Orders for more than 5 gallons of the sanitizer have to be requested through

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The sanitizer is also given to customers who place phone and online orders for A2DC spirits.

The distillery is also offering items from local businesses from noon to 3 p.m. during its Saturday Market Day. Items include cocktail making kits from Ann Arbor Distilling Co., meats from Grange Kitchen and Bar and chocolates from Mindo Chocolate Makers in Dexter.

Orders for the curbside pick up of spirits and items from the Market Day can be placed online or by calling the distilling company from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Through email, Olivia Chadwick, Marketing Director of the Ann Arbor Distilling Co., said that the company decided to make the hand sanitizer because it always has access to high-proof alcohol, a component of many sanitizers.

Ann Arbor Distilling Co. is at 220 Felch Street.

Read: Michigan breweries shift to making hand sanitizer amid coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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Sarah has worked for WDIV since June 2018. She covers community events, good eats and small businesses in Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Grand Valley State University.