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Local distillery making hand sanitizer for hospitals, first responders, businesses, and residents 

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–To do its part during the COVID-19 pandemic, Krobar Craft Distillery in Paso Robles is repurposing its distillery from distilled spirits to hand sanitizer, the company announced in a news release. Last week, the Paso Robles-based small business quickly changed its production facility to produce high-alcohol sanitizer, called Krobar Sanitizer, to help equip area hospitals, emergency services, and public works departments, and the general public.

Word-of-mouth news of the distillery’s pivot to hand sanitizer production resulted in an outpouring of calls from hospitals, as well as local government agencies, both locally and throughout California. As a result, Krobar’s owners and staffers are working around the clock and upping production.

The distillery has already donated hand sanitizer to local, regional and state agencies, including: Atascadero Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire, City of Bakersfield, Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Compass Health, Mee Memorial Hospital, Paso Robles Fire Department, San Luis Obispo Fire Department, SLO Paramedics, and the SLO Food Bank. Local business have also been in contact to purchase supplies, including Ancient Peaks in Santa Margarita, Calif., which will provide 350 sanitizers to its staff and distributor partners.

“The key ingredient of sanitizer is high-level alcohol – and we can literally produce it by the tankful,” says Joe Barton, co-owner of Krobar Distillery. “So, the moment we heard hospitals and healthcare workers were struggling to find hand sanitizer, my co-owner Steve (Kroener) and our staff went to work.”

The hand sanitizer – made from 80-percent ethanol alcohol – is in compliance with the FDA’s strict guidelines and is approved for use by hospitals, emergency responders and the general public. The sanitizer can be used for hand cleaning as well as a surface disinfectant.

Krobar Sanitizer is available in four sizes. For the general public, prices are:

  • Free with Barton, Grey Wolf or KROBAR purchase for 10ml
  • $10 for 4oz
  • $17 for 375ml
  • $27 for 750ml

 

For local businesses, restaurants and beverage industry, prices are:

  • Free with Barton, Grey Wolf or KROBAR purchase for 10ml
  • $8 for 4oz
  • $15 for 375ml
  • $25 for 750ml

 

For more information, to secure sanitizer, and to inquire about discounted bulk pricing for hospitals, emergency responders, governments and businesses, please contact either of the following: Joe Barton, (805) 550-6402, Steve Kroener at steve@krobardistillery.com, or Jenny Barton at jenny@greywolfcellars.com.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.