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Asbury Park Distilling Fights Hand Sanitizer Shortage

Asbury Park Distilling Fights Hand Sanitizer Shortage

In the fight against COVID-19, New Jersey businesses are thinking outside the bottle. Asbury Park Distilling Co. is keeping the front lines stocked as they shift production from spirits to hand sanitizer.

The distillery, located in Asbury Park, NJ, saw the chance to help meet a need amid nation-wide shortages. With equipment on-site to process Ethanol for drinks, some adjustments meant hand sanitizer was an easy shift.

Production of hand sanitizer renders the Asbury Park Distilling Co.—or APD—an essential business under state law. Much of their production is currently addressing the need for sanitizer, but company partner Rob Wile states that they have not completely stopped making drinks.

“The reality is the alcohol business is soaring during this time, so there continues to be a demand for our spirits,” said Wile in an interview with Vue Magazine.

Due to FDA guidelines, APD cannot legally ship their sanitizer. However, sanitizer can be bought at their Tasting Room from noon to 7pm, seven days a week.

APD hopes that their next batch will be even larger than the last. The distillery says bottles are being prioritized for hospital staff, police, and fire fighters.

“Your support helps APD retain our employees and fund the sanitizer production for all first responders and medical staff,” said the company in an online statement. “Again, we thank you!”

To learn more about Asbury Park Distilling Co., be sure to visit their website.

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Photograph courtesy of Asbury Park Distilling Co.

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Bridget McAllister

Born and raised in Scotch Plains, Bridget McAllister studied Television, Radio & Film at Syracuse University before returning to New Jersey in 2019. With a passion for multimedia production and a background in nonfiction and journalism, she loves learning more about all that goes on in her home state. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, painting, and writing for pleasure.

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