COVID-19

Kalamazoo distilleries switch from making sanitizer back to producing liquor

Some distilleries, unable to serve drinks during the coronavirus pandemic, shifted to producing cleaning products.

Kalamazoo’s Green Door Distillery found an unusual niche during the coronavirus pandemic: Brewing and selling hand sanitizer.

And the company was very successful at it, producing about 20,000 four-ounce spray bottles of the stuff, according to an article on Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave.

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“Our goal wasn’t to start some giant, profitable endeavor,” said Josh Cook, the founder of Green Door. “It was what can we do to support one another during this pandemic and crisis in our community.”

But sales have declined as larger distributors have caught up with demand, and the distillery plans to move back into selling liquor.

“We definitely need to get back to normal, building our brand, and interacting with customers,” said Cook.

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