Sydney-based booze slingers Archie Rose Distilling have shifted some of its booze production into making and selling hand sanitiser with leftover botanicals from its gin. If there’s one thing we can thank grog for, it’s being an excellent way to keep things clean in the face of a pandemic, right?

Bottles of the zesty gin hand sanitiser went up for pre-sale on the distillery’s website at about 3pm and are now very much sold out while they wait for more bottles and caps to arrive for packing. Considering they’re $20 a pop for a 500ml bottle, I’m not surprised.

Truly grouse value for money there, and also a way to support independent booze makers. A win-win, if you ask me.

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Waiting on the first batch of Archie Rose Hand Sanitiser? We hear you. We as a business and team, along with the retail and hospitality industries—and all Australians—are facing incredibly difficult times which includes today's shutdown of bar service at the Archie Rose Bar in Rosebery, Sydney. This sadly impacts our 20-plus bar and hospitality team. In an effort to bolster supplies nationwide and maintain the employment of as many of our team as possible, we have now re-allocated our spirits production capacity to hand sanitiser, with approximately 4,500 x 500ml bottles available to purchase via the Archie Rose website right now. The product formulation follows the World Health Organisation guidelines for effective and safe sanitiser, while also featuring Archie Rose’s own natural grapefruit, cassia, cardamom and thyme botanical distillates from our gin production. According to our founder, Will Edwards: “We’re in a unique position to manufacture this essential product —with the required federal licences, dangerous goods approvals, access to raw materials and expertise—and so we’re now making hand sanitiser our production focus. We will continue to produce sanitiser for as long as we can, or as long as is required, and this will also support the redeployment of as many of our full time bar staff as possible to assist in filling, packaging and shipping the product.” Pre-order begins now at $20 per bottle with a purchase limit of 6 bottles per person to ensure as many people as possible get fair access to this product. The first batch will leave the distillery this Thursday 26 March. Link in bio. ????????

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The gin distillery’s first-ever hand sanitiser is a delightful mix of grapefruit, cassia, cardamom and thyme along with a healthy glug of 65% ABV, making it up to code with World Health Organisation guidelines for hand sani that’ll actually work in cleansing your hands.

Plus you’ll smell like a whole kettle of gin so that’s a plus.

The new production line is also actively helping Sydney folks who have found themselves out of work amid the shut down of non-essential businesses.

“We will continue to produce sanitiser for as long as we can, or as long as is required,” Archie Rose founder, Will Edwards, said.

“This will also support the redeployment of as many of our full time bar staff as possible to assist in filling, packaging and shipping the product.”

Cop yourself a bottle (or six, that’s the maximum) over on the Archie Rose website when it’s back up for sale – which will hopefully happen soon.

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