As many businesses have found ways to adapt and adjust during these times, Southern Tier Distilling Company has pivoted to to-go sales only out of its tasting room, The Empty Bottle. The company also began looking for creative ways to help during the COVID-19 crisis. In March, the company reconfigured its distillery to produce the alcohol base to make hand sanitizer, which was in dire need. The distillery made 80% alcohol antiseptic hand sanitizer, packaged it in 4oz bottles and sold it fulfill needs that were seen in community.
Since March, Southern Tier Distlling Company has sold nearly 1,000 4oz hand sanitizers out and have donated 100% of the proceeds to FeedMore WNY. This donation will help FeedMore WNY to fulfill their mission to provide food and support to local neighbors like the St. Susan Center.
“These unprecedented times require companies to think and act differently,” said Phin DeMink, Founder of Southern Tier Distilling Company. “Every individual and company in this community has an obligation to help out and support each other as we work through this crisis. We are proud of this effort and happy that we could pass on the proceeds to such a great cause. The inspiring work of St. Susan Center, in Jamestown, and similar organizations around Western New York, deserve as much support as they can get at any time, and especially now. This is a small example of what we can do as a community to help improve the lives of individuals throughout all of Western New York.”
To date, the efforts have totaled over $5,000 donation and will continue in the coming weeks Visit stdcspirits.com to order the hand sanitizer, as well as, Southern Tier Distilling Company’s full line of spirits, ready-to-drink canned cocktails and vodka seltzers and have them delivered, curb side, at the Empty Bottle in Lakewood.
About Southern Tier Distilling Co
In October 2015, Southern Tier Distillery was born from the creative mind of Phin DeMink and Southern Tier Brewing Company. The distillery was granted a New York State “Farm Distiller’s” License and is committed to being a farm-to-bottle, grain-to-glass distillery. Located on Stoneman Circle in Lakewood, New York.