We're Open Colorado: Axe and the Oak Distillery creates hand sanitizer

Posted at 6:16 PM, Mar 26, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — There's no arguing that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed a massive portion of our daily lives.

In the midst of these changes, many local businesses are finding ways to overcome and adapt to keep their doors open, while at the same time, help those around them.

Similarly, businesses hit hard are reporting a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.

This outpouring reminding all of us that while this global epidemic has changed so much, it HASN'T changed people's desire for community.

This is We're Open Colorado, a segment dedicated to highlighting local businesses that are still open and finding unique ways to serve the community.

With all of this in mind, let's take a look at Axe and the Oak Distillery which is now working to create hand sanitizer to meet the growing need.

"We're not a big distillery," stated Casey Ross, co-owner of the business, "we're a small batch distillery, so we're going to do all that we can."

The distillery's plan is to donate quite a bit of the soon-to-be-produced hand sanitizer to organizations such as hospitals and first responders. They also plan to sell the new product to local businesses that require it.

"Well it's a unique quality that we have that most people don't," stated David George, the head distiller, "which is the ability to distill really high-proof alcohol."

"It just seems that everyone is hurting out there. Our community, Colorado Springs has helped us in just huge ways and we just want to give back," stated Ross.

The company has started production and ordered thousands of one ounce bottles. They estimate distribution can begin in about a week and a half.

They hope to continue producing sanitizer for as long as they can during these trying time.

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