Wyoming Booze Makers Step Up to Fill Much-Needed Supply

Graphic of Hand Sanitizer with Bourbon Tumblers
Graphic of Hand Sanitizer with Bourbon Tumblers

Governor Gordon allocates Business Council funding to support Wyoming distillers and brewers making hand sanitizer

The Governor announced Tuesday that he has directed the Wyoming Business Council to allocate funding to assist Wyoming distilleries and breweries in their efforts to help fill the hand sanitizer shortage and slow the spread of COVID-19, according to a March 24 release.

The funding comes from Imminent Threat Grants through the  Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) that will pay for supplies and labor required for state-wide distillers to produce mass quantities of hand sanitizer in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“This collaborative effort represents the Wyoming spirit we all know and love,” Governor Gordon said. “Folks banding together in challenging economic times to support public health and advance the greater good. We also recognize that other industries are stepping up and that this situation is temporary.”

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Many Wyoming distillers and brewers have signed on, including Backwards Distillery (Casper), Koltiska Distillery (Sheridan), Chronicles Distilling (Cheyenne), Pine Bluffs Distilling (Pine Bluffs), Melvin Brewing (Alpine), Wyoming Whiskey (Kirby), and Jackson Hole Still Works and Grand Teton Distillery (Jackson), per the release.

“It is exciting to see the private and public sectors come together,” Wyoming Business Council CEO Josh Dorrell stated in the release. “The WBC is here to help facilitate the collaboration of businesses and state agencies to cut red tape and act quickly and decisively.”

The Wyoming Business Council is providing resources for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For additional information, visit https://wyomingbusiness.org/covid19.