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Alcohol for the Greater Good

Apr 07, 2020

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Happy National Beer Day!

With 36 unique breweries across our state, Kansas is no stranger to beer. In any regular year, we would be taking this time to celebrate the different flavors, styles and varieties of beer created in the sunflower state. However, in light of this year’s new challenges, we want to spotlight a new way Kansas breweries have been helping improve lives.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented crisis across the world, and Kansas has not been an exception. Thankfully, there have been many small businesses stepping up to provide new services for people in need. For Kansas breweries, this means hand sanitizer.

It’s a perfect fit: the primary ingredient in hand sanitizer is high-proof alcohol, making it natural transition for companies in this industry. With national shortages, hand sanitizer has become scarce and there is a huge need to ramp up production.

Several Kansas breweries/distilleries have taken the initiative to start producing hand sanitizer in Kansas, including:

Today, on National Beer Day, let’s take a moment to celebrate these companies who have taken extraordinary measures in reaction to extraordinary times. They are a perfect example of rising to the occasion and we are very grateful to have them in our state.

If you know of other small businesses going the extra mile during this crisis, let us know! We’d be happy to feature them, too! Email us at [email protected].