At their own initiative, Aeronaut, Wormtown, Strange Brew, Trillium and Iron Duke reached out and started contributing beer to the project which we then distill into sanitizer. Effort spearheaded by Ben Roesch of Wormtown and Julia Piper of Aeronaut. Thanks for your help. United We Stand
It was just about a month ago when we found a local Facebook post talking about the aesthetics of the new cupola on the winery roof and its purpose. At the time, no one realized how important the structure would become. The speculation about its need, size and architectural design found some amusement with our staff who knew it was functionally necessary but not necessarily an architectural masterpiece .
Inside the off centered tall cupola is a 28’ tall continuous column still that was installed last year and is now being used almost exclusively to produce hand sanitizer. One day we were mastering the art of making hand crafted bourbon, whiskey and apple brandy in our new facility and almost instantaneously transitioning to a pure production facility fermenting sugar as quickly as possible and distilling it as quickly as possible into Liquid Hand Sanitizer. To say that it was difficult would be an understatement as we were challenged at every step of the transition.
Flavor profiles got thrown out the window as everything became about speeding up the process. After 21 straight days, Nashoba became a factory of hand crafted sanitizer focused on contributing to the health of our community.
Three weeks into this unforeseen journey, Nashoba Valley Distillery surpassed its goal of producing a thousand gallons of hand sanitizer, most made from fermented sugar cane, but a lot from contributions of beer from local breweries. At their own initiative, Aeronaut, Wormtown, Strange Brew, Trillium and Iron Duke reached out and started contributing beer to the project which we then distill into sanitizer. It is unbelievable that all of these breweries reached out to us directly or through an effort spearheaded by Ben Roesch of Wormtown and Julia Piper of Aeronaut. No one has asked for anything in return with their sole objective to share in our costs and assist us in producing as much sanitizer as possible for a little as possible.
While beer takes a little more time to distill because of its lower alcohol, we have been able to focus our efforts solely on the distillation process rather than the combined process of fermenting sugar and distilling. It takes specialized equipment to turn 6 % beer into 95% ethanol as well as a lot of time, propane, and cooling water.
When does the story end. Hopefully very soon but we remain committed to sanitizing a million hands per week for as long as it is necessary. Crafted One Hand At A Time.
The majority of sanitizer being produced is going to hospitals and non-profits for about 67% of the cost of production. Currently we are producing in excess of 300 gallons a week and we could not sustain production if we were to donate all production.
We are currently teaming up with the CS Energy of Worcester to provide 3000 - 4 ounce containers of Liquid Hand Sanitizer to #ThankYouHealthHeroes for their Coronavirus kits for hospital workers and first responders in Central Massachusetts. Each kit includes KN95 masks, Surgical Masks, Isolation gowns, Antibacterial wipes, Water, snacks and hand sanitizer. Thanks to CS Energy and the breweries
Here is the Facebook link for the fundraiser specifically for the #ThankYouHealthHeroes Corona Kits. You will see the efforts to day for this event.
The Kindness Coalition of Massachusetts https://www.kindnesscoalitionma.org/ is a 501(c)3 organization with Tax ID 82-4782881.
At the beginning, we looked around for financial assistance without much interest or success. We had a few companies contact us about contributing products but unfortunately they withdrew right as we started production. So we purchased 365 gallons of glycerol , 10 gallons of 32% Hydrogen Peroxide, over 30,000 lbs of sugar, about $20000 in various containers and we set off on a mission. It was a big financial undertaking but we were lucky that we jumped in big and early because a lot of these products have become difficult to acquire and have gone up in price by as much as 50%. Right now, with additional sugar and beer, we believe we have enough inventory in house to be able to sustain production for another 2 to 3 months.
For the past two weeks we have started to sell to essential for-profit businesses and individual customers and we think we are covering our costs. This is all new to us and our focus has been on production not figuring out the exact cost. What is really sustaining us right now is the sale of our spirits which is on pace to equal last year’s sales. We cannot say enough about the loyalty of our customers and their support of our farm. If this continues, we will be in good shape for a number of months. The operations are becoming more and more of a challenge as our farm start to need more and more attention. We are very concerned about what the fall will bring with respect to gatherings and agri-tourism. But with great customers, we are optimistic about our ability to continue .
Here are some of the hospitals and care centers that have received our sanitizer in the last 10 days.
Emerson Hospital – Concord
New Beginnings Home Cared
Carewell Urgent Care
South Middlesex Opportunity Center
Crescent Manor Rest Home