Wardog Spirits, a distillery at Black River Farms Vineyard & Winery in Lower Saucon Township, has temporarily shifted its distilling of spirits to producing hand sanitizer, which is being donated to local emergency workers and healthcare personnel who are on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kris Warner, co-owner of the distillery, is a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Luke’s University Health Network, so it was natural that some of 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… We are all in this together,” said Warner, who owns Black River Farms along with her husband, Andy. Sanitizer is packaged in three sizes: 2-ounce bottles, 4-ounce bottles and 64-ounce pump bottles that can be refilled as needed.
Inspired by a desire to help during this pandemic, Wardog Spirits converted their mash barrels over to neutral spirits, distilling them at 190 proof. Their hand sanitizer is 80 percent alcohol, which complies with the World Health Organization’s approved hand sanitizer recipe. The alcohol is then combined with glycerin and hydrogen-peroxide, bottled and labeled. To date, more than 1,000 bottles of hand sanitizer have been donated to police officers, firefighters, utility workers, emergency medical service personnel and healthcare professionals throughout the area.
“We will keep one of the Wardog stills running continuously to continue to support regional healthcare heroes and those in need,” Warner said
For more information about Wardog Spirits and Black River Farms, visit BlackRiverFarms.com.
For further inquiries about Wardog Spirits, contact Andy Warner at 610-348-1722.