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Thornton distillery shifts to hand sanitizer production to help in COVID-19 crisis

The recent state-issued order shutting down all dine-in restaurants and bars caused Thornton Distilling Company and its tasting room, The Well, to close. The owner and head distiller decided to “pivot” and turn their spirits into a desperately needed product in fighting the spread of coronavirus — hand sanitizer.

“Never did I think as a distiller I’d be making hand sanitizer, but we were in a position to help,” said Ari Klafter, head distiller at Thornton Distilling Company. “Some of the ingredients we already had, so we wanted to step in and help the community.”

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