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Family Distillery Turns from Spirits to Sanitizers

Family Distillery Turns from Spirits to Sanitizers

At a time when many businesses are closed, others are finding new ways to be of use. One Nevada distillery is pausing production of spirits to supply first responders with cleaning supplies.

Christopher and Camille Bently own and operate the Bently Heritage Estate Distillery–or BHED–in Minden, NV. The husband-wife team have temporarily re-purposed the plant to instead create hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray.

The sanitizer and disinfectant will be given to area hospitals, law enforcement, and health and human services. The Distillery hopes to make 1,300 gallons per week to help stave off shortages of sanitary supplies.

Like much of the US, Nevada is in a state of shutdown, with most businesses closed. Despite the pandemic, the Bently’s have continued to pay their entire staff, protecting as many jobs as possible for when lockdown ends.

The Bently’s have a history of outreach and activism, both in Nevada and beyond. They’ve been certified by LEED, a set of environmental guidelines that helps keep buildings “green.”

At a time when many are thinking about what we take for granted, the Bently family hopes people will consider the planet. In honor of Earth Day this week, the Distillery’s own Lucas Huff has created a new cocktail, the BHED’s Ranch Tea.

To learn about the Bently Heritage Estate Distillery, visit their website. To read about the Bently Foundation, click here.

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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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