During World War II, 15% of American beer production was set aside for the troops. In 2020, Louisville-area distilleries like Starlight and Rabbit Hole are helping fight COVID-19 by using their equipment to bolster local supplies of hand sanitizer.

Before we take a look, be aware that Food & Dining Magazine’s Jon Larmee is making daily updates to our carryout, take away, curbside and delivery list of eateries.

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WDRB-41 recently visited Starlight Distillery to view the Huber family’s ongoing hand sanitizer production efforts.

As hand sanitizer continues to be in high demand during the novel coronavirus outbreak, local businesses with the resources to help are doing so free to the public. A churning vat of pure alcohol that is usually part the bourbon distilling process at Huber’s Orchard and Winery is now being used to keep people safe from COVID-19.

As of Monday (March 23), the distillery had exhausted initial supplies and was readying to make more.

“We were able to make and distribute 143,380 ounces of Starlight Distilery hand sanitizer – that’s over 1,100 gallons – to over 400 agencies representing First Responders, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, day cares, doctor’s offices, manufacturing companies, restaurants … the list goes on.” 


Previously, Louisville Business First’s Sarah Shadburne surveyed the push by Pernod Ricard USA to donate house-distilled hand sanitizer throughout America, with a focus on Rabbit Hole.

Local distilleries to join national fight against pandemic with hand sanitizer production
As national headlines circulate about distilleries switching to hand sanitizer production, a few Kentucky-based operations are beginning to follow suit.
On Wednesday, spirits giant Pernod Ricard USA, announced its U.S. operations would begin manufacturing and donating hand sanitizer to help fight the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This includes Louisville-based Rabbit Hole Distillery.

Don’t forget the Top Six (we’ve added one):

1 HANDS Wash them often
2 ELBOW Cough into it
3 FACE Don’t touch it
4 SPACE Keep safe distance
5 HOME Stay if you can

And: 6 SUPPORT the many efforts underway to provide relief for restaurant and bar workers.

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