Coronavirus: BrewDog making free hand sanitiser amid UK shortages

The hand sanitiser will be given away to those most in need

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Amid hand sanitiser shortages caused by coronavirus panic-buying and heightened demand, Scottish craft ale company BrewDog has begun producing its very own hand gel.

In a bid to help curb the spread of the virus, the beer maker has unveiled its 60 percent alcohol ‘Punk Sanitiser’, a hand gel that fits right in with its flagship Punk IPA brand – and according to founder James Watt, it will be giving it away for free.

Following the announcement, Mr Watt tweeted, “Just to be clear, we will not be selling the sanitiser. But giving it away to those who need it.”

The company said it was “working around the clock on producing the first batch to have it available for next week”, and that the hand gel will be given away to local charities and the community instead of being sold.

A number of gin distilleries have also taken the decision to start producing hand sanitiser amidst the coronavirus pandemic, including Bristol-based Psychopomp Micro-distillery, Lincoln Gin, Scottish gin distillery Verdant Spirits and London’s 58 Gin.

Matt Felgate, the owner of Lincoln Gin, said. "We are trying to use the resources we have - namely high-strength alcohol - to put together a functional hand sanitiser.

"I do not want a penny from this. I'm here to help and do the right thing."

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