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

Distillery uses spirits supplies to help community

A line up of Ann Arbor Distilling Co.'s spirits.
A line up of Ann Arbor Distilling Co.'s spirits. (Ann Arbor Distilling Co.)

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.

Using a base grain spirit that would typically be used for seasonal gins, A2DC has been mixing up batches of sanitizer by combining the spirit with aloe juice.

The spirit-juice mixture is 75 percent alcohol and is available to the public for free in 4-ounce bottles per guest -- although guests are encouraged to bring their own 4-ounce container.

Spray bottles are suggested as the thin mixture lacks gels.

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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.

Community members can stop by the Water Hill neighborhood distillery between noon and 6 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays to grab a bottle or to fill up their own.

A2DC will open be on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ann Arbor Distilling Co. is at 220 Felch Street.

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