In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are now distilling and making Washington Distillers Guild hand sanitizer using donated local wine and beer and making it available to first responders, healthcare facilities, and you. The best way to get a bottle right now is to order online and pick it up at the distillery.
With the Washington Distillers Guild, we are helping get free hand sanitizer to the families of every frontline worker in the state. You can support this work with a donation. While you’re there, check out the video with our own Edmonds Police Department and South Snohomish Fire Department represented, along with some of the Scratch Distillery team.
While we hope that the campaign will perform well, we cannot wait to see if the funds build. Scratch is also donating one liter of hand sanitizer to each officer at Edmonds PD and to each front-line responder at South Snohomish Fire Dept. for their personal use.
Small World, Big Connections
Kim had an idea. She reached out to a few winemakers and brewers and asked if they had surplus product that they would donate to us to distill into hand sanitizer.
We had a slow start trying to understand the rapidly adapting legal and regulatory hurdles to begin making a hand sanitizer in bulk. Making things from Scratch is more costly and takes longer. Our state distillery association has cut through red tape at the state and federal level so that we can help fill the demand in our region.
It sounds crazy to take Sparkman wine or Elysian beer and make sanitizer from it, but everyone Kim has spoken to has found supplies for us. It’s the best form of renew, reuse, and recycle we can think of. We learned to distill the beer and wine in a blend to keep the foaming issue with the beer to a minimum!
Our process is not an inexpensive one, but because the wine and beer are donated, we are able to keep the price low for first responders and other groups that need it. This also allows us to keep our distiller, Ben, employed and busy with production work while the tasting room is closed.
One of our winemaker friends, Jens Hansen of Uva Furem Winery, has been the courier for all of our transport. Jens, an Air Force Veteran, is always smiling, always supportive, and tough as nails.
How long will this continue? We’ll keep making sanitizer while there’s still strong need and we’re able to work with our network to find supplies.
Grateful To Our Community
We couldn’t do any of this without our inspiring and strong network of winemakers, brewers, and distillers, and we wouldn’t be here without you, our Scratch community. We are thrilled but not surprised that our Washington producers and customers are all stepping up to protect the community. We hope everyone stays healthy and well and we look forward to seeing you in person on the other side of this experience.
Many of our partners are offering shipping or curbside pickup. Click a logo to support these generous Washington producers.