Kentucky Mist Distillery is continuing to make hand sanitizer for medical use, and is starting to make it for consumers after numerous calls from people after the company’s ability to make the product became public.
Distillery owner Colin Fultz said a state executive order lifted the regulations on making the product in order to fight coronavirus. He received recipes from the rural health organization and the agency that regulates distilleries. He was driving a loaded truck to Hazard last week, and has provided sanitizer to other agencies as well, including Letcher County, Perry County and Breathitt County.
“We can produce about 14 gallons a day of hand sanitizer,” Fultz said. “This first batch is going to (Hazard) hospital. They need the ethanol to clean their equipment.”
The Whitesburg distillery is selling the sanitizer to area hospitals and county agencies that need it, but after people became aware the distillery were making it, they began calling the distillery, too. Fultz said there are only three people distilling and filling bottles, so the medical facilities have to take priority over private orders.
The hand sanitizer the company makes is expensive, but Fultz said it takes so much of the raw materials to make it, it’s not possible to sell it any cheaper. It’s also labor intensive, with all of the containers being filled and labeled by hand. The distillery is continuing to make moonshine, vodka and an aged whiskey, also, though production of those has been cut back to make time and resources available for making hand sanitizer.
Distilleries across the state and nation are gearing up to produce hand sanitizer after a severe shortage as a result of the COVID-19 disease.