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Wardog Spirits the latest distiller to switch to hand sanitizer production

Wardog Spirits, a distillery at Black River Farms Vineyard & Winery in Lower Saucon Township, is the latest to shift from distilling spirits to producing hand sanitizer.

Kris and Drew Warner and Kristen Buczynski deliver a batch of Wardog hand sanitizer. PHOTO/SUBMITTED 

Joining Bethlehem’s Social Still and Lynn Township’s Eight Oaks Distillery, Wardog’s hand sanitizer will be donated to local emergency workers and healthcare personnel.

Wardog Spirits converted their mash barrels to neutral spirits, distilling at 190 proof, to make a hand sanitizer that is 80% alcohol, which complies with the World Health Organization’s recommendations. The alcohol is then combined with glycerin and hydrogen-peroxide, bottled and labeled.

Kris Warner, co-owner of the distillery with her husband Andy, and a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Luke’s University Health Network, said it was a natural choice for her that the early shipments went to various St. Luke’s facilities.

“Wardog Spirits and Black River Farms are very pleased to shift distillery production to make high alcohol hand sanitizer for our first responders and medical professionals in our community,” said Warner, “We are all in this together.”

Black River Farms’ sanitizers are packaged in three sizes – 2-ounce bottles, 4-ounce bottles and 64-ounce pump bottles that can be refilled as needed.

“We will keep one of the Wardog stills running continuously to continue to support regional healthcare heroes and those in need,” Warner said.

Dawn Ouellette Nixon
Dawn Ouellette Nixon is a career journalist who believes that good journalism can change the world. As the health care reporter, she covers everything from small town medicine to big pharma. You can also find her chasing a good business story in Berks County. She can be reached at dnixon@bridgetowermedia.com. or 610-807-9619, extension 4118.

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