Coronavirus Champions: A Running List of Brands Getting It Right

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Shine Distillery: A distillery in Portland started making and giving away hand sanitizer in an acute shortage. More are following suit. Distilleries often cannot use the first batch of alcohol they produce but it works perfectly for sanitizing. An innovative way to support the community and build brand awareness.

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Stepping Up: Jon Poteet, Shine Distillery & Grill

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Jon Poteet, Shine Distillery & Grill, on how his company has moved from distilling alcohol to making hand sanitizer.


Portland Distillery starts making their own hand sanitizer and giving it away

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Shine Distillery & Grill is making hand sanitizer with their in-house alcohol and giving it out for free to combat coronavirus.

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Portland distillery makes hand sanitizer to give to customers

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A Portland distillery is now making hand sanitizer and giving it out to customers.

Shine Distillery and Grill already has the equipment and the alcohol for it. They say it just makes sense for them to help keep people healthy right now.

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Portland distillery is making free hand sanitizer for customers amid coronavirus shortage

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In a pinch, booze in the Old Wild West did double duty as a disinfectant.

Today, in a twist, an Oregon distillery is coming to the rescue of customers who can’t find hand sanitizer anywhere because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Shine Distillery and Grill in Portland took up the cause after a regular asked if she could have a jug of the spirited joint’s homemade cleaner. Staffers make a cleaning concoction out of an undrinkable liquid left over from the distilling process for vodka and whisky.

— Eileen AJ Connelly