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3 Daughters using beer brewing equipment to make hand sanitizer

But please don’t go to the tasting room to get some.

3 Daughters Brewing is repurposing some of its equipment to make not beer, but hand sanitizer.

The company this week announced on Instagram that it was bottling 4 oz. containers of hand sanitizer to hand out to individuals for free.

But don’t show up at the brewery to pick up a bottle. Within less than 24-hours of announcing its plan, the company, located in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg, urged people to stop showing up to its tasting room to pick up the hand sanitizer.

“In the past few hours we have received THOUSANDS of phone calls, emails, texts and people coming to the brewery,” the company wrote on Instagram.

“Our desire to help has quickly grown into an event that we did not intend; hundreds of people gathering at our brewery at the same time. We feel it is the responsible decision for us to cancel our initial plan. Please allow us the opportunity to distribute all of this responsibly and in accordance with state and federal guidelines.”

Instead, 3 Daughters will donate all of its product and future product to charity organizations within the community.

There has been a massive shortage of hand sanitizer in Florida since the first cases of coronavirus were reported in the Tampa Bay area earlier this month. Shelves have been emptied of hand sanitizer products and even Amazon has a shortage, leaving third-party sellers attempting to sell hoarded items at huge markups, a move the company quickly blocked.

A story went viral last week about a Tennessee man who had traveled throughout his state and neighboring Kentucky, buying up more than 17,000 bottles, which he now has no way to sell. The man later donated the items.

Those shortages led 3 Daughters to act.

“As everyone tries to navigate through this unprecedented time, we are going to do everything we can to help our partners, employees and the community that is affected by this crisis,” the group wrote in its initial announcement Wednesday. “One thing we can do is re-purpose our brewing equipment and materials to produce our own hand sanitizer.”

The company had originally planned to distribute the product one per person at its tasting room from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. That plan was halted when the company experienced more response than expected.

The company’s popular tasting room is currently closed, per a state mandate shuttering bars and nigh clubs until Mar. 30. That means its in-store to-go sales have also been halted, leaving the company with less demand and an opportunity to repurpose some equipment.

“The 3 Daughters family is committed to keeping the foundation of the brewery solid,” they wrote. “So as soon as the mandate is removed, and the crisis is past we can reopen and see you all back here again soon enjoying your favorite beer.”

 

 

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**IMPORTANT UPDATE** Friends and family, 3 Daughters Brewing made hand sanitizer and the response was overwhelming. In the past few hours we have received THOUSANDS of phone calls, emails, texts and people coming to the brewery. Our desire to help has quickly grown into an event that we did not intend; hundreds of people gathering at our brewery at the same time. We feel it is the responsible decision for us to cancel our initial plan. Please allow us the opportunity to distribute all of this responsibly and in accordance with state and federal guidelines. Please do not show up at the brewery. We will donate all product and future product through several charity organizations within the community. We are sorry, in these unprecedented times, we never expected this incredible response, and, as is our mission, we always want to do what is in our community’s best interest. Thank you, 3 Daughters Brewing team _____ As everyone tries to navigate through this unprecedented time, we are going to do everything we can to help our partners, employees and the community that is affected by this crisis. One thing we can do is re-purpose our brewing equipment and materials to produce our own hand sanitizer. Right now, we are bottling 4-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer and will be making them available to anyone for free starting this Thursday. Please limit one per person so we can try and help as many people as possible. Just stop by the brewery between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and we will give you one free bottle, per person, until we are out. As the situation around Coronavirus escalates, we wanted to share what’s happening and how it will affect 3 Daughters Brewing. In accordance with the mandates and policies set forth by the state government, we are forced to close the tasting room for at least 30 days. Unfortunately, this also means for the time being, we are not able to provide any To-Go beverage options. The 3 Daughters family is committed to keeping the foundation of the brewery solid so as soon as the mandate is removed, and the crisis is past we can reopen and see you all back here again soon enjoying your favorite beer

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Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at Janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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