Danville distillery produces hand sanitizer for community

Posted at 1:46 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 07:11:57-04

BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky is known for its bourbon, but in the wake of COVID-19, some distilleries are adding hand sanitizer to their production.

Wilderness Trail Distillery in Danville is one of those distilleries.

”I would have never dreamed that we’d be making hand sanitizer,” master distiller and co-owner Shane Baker said.

Baker said they saw the need a couple of weeks ago and shifted gears to help their community, including Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

”So far we’ve produced about 500 gallons and it’s went all to our three hospitals in Harrodsburg, Danville, and Stanford, our health department, our local EMS, fire and police,” Baker said.

As the distillery helps its community, other parts of the state are noticing.

”We’ve already had calls from other parts of the state that know what’s happening here, that know what Wilderness Trail has stepped up to do and they’re trying to find out how they can get that in their part of the state, because they don’t have that resource,” said Brent Blevins, the director of the Boyle County Health Department.

The distillery is currently producing about 3,000 gallons for the next few weeks and plans to continue making hand sanitizer on a weekly basis as long as it’s needed.