Catoctin Creek Offering Free Sanitizing Alcohol, Gearing Up to Make Sanitizer

In face of the COVID-19 pandemic and runs on sanitizer in stores, Catoctin Creek Distilling in Purcellville has announced it will provide free sanitizing alcohol to those in need, especially first responders, hospitals care facilities, and other front-line health workers.

“We have surplus alcohol from our production process for whisky and gin that we can’t use—it’s not drinkable alcohol, but it’s perfect for hand sanitizer or cleaner,” said co-owner Scott Harris. “In fact, we already use it in the distillery for cleaning, and when this crisis came about, we decided to make that available to the public, and we were happy to see the Virginia ABC step in and authorize those kinds of uses.”

Already, since posting on social media, they have seen interest, such as from Virginia State Police, food pantries, and senior centers, where disinfectant is needed.

The distillery is also working to start manufacturing hand sanitizer. Harris said they are ordering supplies for that today.

“A company like ours is in a unique position, and I think we have to take advantage of it and be responsible,” Harris said. “…If you were going to start a hand sanitizer business overnight, it could take months to get permitted and get the equipment, but we already are permitted, have bottling equipment ready and the employees.”

If you wish to take advantage of the sanitizing alcohol offer, email [email protected]. Bring your own container, up to 2 liters maximum.

If you want to support the distillery’s work to produce hand sanitizer for those who need it, you can donate on their website at

And if you want to support this local business, while their tasting room and tours are closed, you can purchase bottles of their award-winning spirits. Catoctin Creek Distilling is located at 120 W. Main Street in Purcellville.

3 thoughts on “Catoctin Creek Offering Free Sanitizing Alcohol, Gearing Up to Make Sanitizer

  • 2020-03-20 at 9:19 am

    This is a great move. Good job. A number of distilleries are getting into this market, and why not? I’d rather buy hand sanitizer from a local source than some nameless corporation.

  • 2020-03-21 at 11:41 am

    I picked up some alcohol recently and I think this is a HUGE win for the county. Local businesses responding to needs is kind of what the free market and capitalism is all about. Well done!

    You can’t find hand sanitizer anywhere. I also picked up a bottle of their brandy though that will not be used for such pedestrian purposes as washing my hands.

    If you get some alcohol, just make sure you realize you are carrying and storing 2 liters of very flammable liquid. And Aloe Vera gel seems to be as difficult to find as TP right now. Keep that in mind if you are tempted to hoard alcohol.

  • 2020-03-30 at 12:54 pm

    I finally turned the Catoctin Creek alcohol into hand sanitizer since I found and processed some Aloe Vera leaves at the local market.

    This stuff is quite potent but if I ever get pulled over after using this on my hands I will have some explaining to do to the local law enforcement agents.

    Great work, Catoctin Creek!

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