Over the next few months, our distillery will produce more than 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer. Yes, gallons.
For those of you scoring at home, that’s nearly 12 million ounces of hand sanitizer—or roughly a soda can’s worth for every person in Austin. Through a partnership with the City of Austin and Travis County COVID-19 emergency response, we’ll be providing bulk hand sanitizer to those on the frontlines battling the coronavirus pandemic—at no cost. In addition, our little-distillery-that could is supplying sanitizer to hospital systems and other healthcare providers who are caring for COVID patients, as well as businesses and non-profits supplying essential services.
We’re doing it because we love our city. We had the people, we had a facility, and we had an endless amount of respect for the people working on the front lines: the nurses, the grocery clerks, the garbage collectors and mail carriers.
We wanted to give them something, to pay them back for helping us through this tough time.
And you can order Still Austin Hand Sanitizer too, to be picked up at our South Austin distillery! Just click here.
Oh, and don’t fret. We’re STILL making whiskey. Because, um, the world needs whiskey now more than ever. Huzzah!
Want to know more? Here’s our official press release:
STILL AUSTIN WHISKEY CO. EXPECTS TO PRODUCE MORE THAN 100,000 GALLONS OF HAND SANITIZER TO HELP LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS AND TO SUPPLEMENT SHORTAGES DUE TO COVID-19
Distillery’s Tasting Room Will Also Make Free Bottled Hand Sanitizer Available for Local Residents Beginning Saturday, April 11
Austin, TX (April 11, 2020) – Still Austin Whiskey Co., the homegrown grain-to-glass distillery, will produce more than 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer over the next several months. Through a partnership with the City of Austin and Travis County COVID-19 emergency response, Still Austin will provide bulk hand sanitizer to those on the frontlines battling the coronavirus pandemic, at no cost. In addition, Still Austin Whiskey is supplying hand sanitizer to hospital systems and other healthcare providers who are caring for COVID patients as well as businesses and non-profits supplying essential services.
The distillery will also begin making 6.6oz bottled hand sanitizer available to local residents via its Tasting Room, located in South Austin at 440 East Saint Elmo, Building F, starting at noon on Saturday, April 11. Orders can also be placed at www.stillaustin.com in advance and collected via curbside pickup. The sanitizer will be provided free of charge. A $4 suggested donation will help to cover costs and 100% of funds collected will support further production. Limit two bottles per person.
Still Austin, which continues to produce its signature bourbon whiskey and rye gin, has also been making large batches of hand sanitizer over the past three weeks. This became possible when the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized production of ethanol-based hand sanitizers by permitted distillers. Still Austin has to date provided 415 gallons of sanitizer to the City of Austin and local governments, and 900 gallons for essential businesses. Additional batches will be allocated to hospitals, cancer centers, local firefighters, police and public health officials and EMS services, nursing care facilities and other high risk groups within underprivileged areas.
“We’re pleased to provide hand sanitizer for all the local heroes on the frontlines fighting this virus to ensure their safety while keeping the rest of us safe,” said Chris Seals, CEO of Still Austin. “In the coming days, we’ll continue to work closely with the City of Austin to and Travis County Emergency Response for Covid-19 to provide support for the greater Austin community however we can.”
Still Austin also recently started supplying high proof ethanol to local Austin pharmacies, which will use it to produce hand sanitizer and augment local supply for their patients and customers.
Still Austin’s hand sanitizer meets all FDA requirements to ensure consumer safety. That includes using only USP-quality alcohol and following guidelines for FDA formulation and for pharmacies (USP).
About Still Austin Whiskey Co.
Founded in 2015 by three Austin families, Still Austin Whiskey Co. is a true grain-to-glass
Distillery, located in the heart of Austin, Texas. All spirits are hand crafted using grains grown by Texas farmers. Still Austin’s collection of spirits includes Still Austin’s High Rye Bourbon Whiskey and Still Rye Gin. Still Austin places a high value on sustainability, with a focus on cutting carbon emissions through local sourcing, increasing the biodiversity of our region through heritage grains, returning spent grains to local ranchers to feed their animals, and operating a distillery that is designed for energy efficiency and water conservation. At this time, the distillery is only open for bottle sales. Curbside pickup is available Mon-Sat from 12-6pm.