Coronavirus crisis sees beer giant BrewDog make free hand sanitiser

Craft beer experts BrewDog are the latest manufacturers to turn their attentions to making hand sanitiser to help fight the coronavirus crisis.

BrewDog founder James Watt said on Twitter that the company had started producing sanitiser to help with shortages.

He said: “We are determined to do everything we can to try and help as many people as possible stay safe.”

The hand sanitiser is expected be given free to local charities and people in need rather than sold.

Responding to enquiries about the move, the company said: “We’ll be releasing more information about our BrewDog Hand Sanitiser project shortly, please check back on our social media channels next week for further details.”

While BrewDog, known for its popular Punk IPA beer, was unable to provide much detail on availability just yet, it said it was “working around the clock on producing the first batch to have it available for next week”.

In France, luxury goods giant LVMH, which makes Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy perfumes, has announced that it, too, will be turning its perfume factories over to hand sanitiser production.

The decision by CEO Bernard Arnault was announced at the weekend and distribution of the gel began on Monday.

LVMH said it will continue making the gel for “as long as necessary, in connection with French health authorities”.

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A tiny Scottish artisan gin maker, Leith Gin, has also started making hand sanitiser.

The Edinburgh-based firm said: "Our small team is flat out trying to put this whole endeavour together and get the sanitiser out as soon as possible. It is labour intensive and we are truly doing our best.”

The company put out a request on Twitter, asking for help with packaging for the product.

It added: “We have suspended spirit production and are making high strength hand sanitiser for those in need in our local community.

“We have a finite amount of glassware, does anyone know of a company who could contribute small plastic bottles with pump action tops?”

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