Desert Door Distillery has added making hand sanitizer produced according to World Health Organization (WHO) and FDA standards to part for their daily activities as the world faces the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis. The Driftwood, Texas, sotol distillery began production this week and will have over 20,000 8 oz bottles free of charge to the public soon. The hand sanitizer is made with 80% alcohol as the active ingredient. 


Co-founders Ryan Campell, Judson Kauffman, and Brent Looby, who all served the military, wanted to aid in the fight against COVID-19, and would like to encourage other distillers to use their resources to make hand sanitizer. The trio welcomes other distillers to reach out to so they can share the production process details and knowledge. Desert Door got their TTB (The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, statutorily named the Tax and Trade Bureau) license amended to produce sanitizer, and the Texas distillers expect word from the TTB soon on allowing all distillers to produce sanitizer. 


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Desert Door expects to make their first contributions to the community by Friday, March 19. Desert Door is donating directly to many organizations, including the San Antonio Police Department, area nursing homes, and area shelters. Desert Door also plans to help the Austin restaurant and bar community by giving sanitizer to distribute with to-go orders.


“The three of us have never watched from the sidelines in our lives, and we are not going to start now. Desert Door has resources and capabilities that can be helpful during this time, and so we are going to stay in the fight making hand sanitizer to WHO and FDA standards. We will be providing 8 oz bottles free of charge to the public, and will continue to do so as long as necessary. It is our social and moral responsibility to do so,” said Ryan Campell, co-founder of Desert Door.


Desert Door will make 750 gallons of sanitizer this week with the goal of making an additional 1,000 gallons per week for as long as needed. For information on where to find the Desert Door hand sanitizer, visit the company’s Instagram (@desertdoor) and Facebook ( pages.

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