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Annex Ale Project, Alberta, Canada

 

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As many people just heard on Alberta At Noon, we are going to be working with @raftbeerlabs and local distilleries to produce hand sanitizer as stocks in Calgary and Alberta are critically low. ⁣ ⁣ We will be scaling our operations as much as we can to meet demand. We will also be donating some of our stock to the food bank, homeless shelters and other charities they need these supplies. We are in a unique position to do this as a brewery because we have a license to acquire and warehouse distilled spirits and a packaging line to be able to put these products into cans. The product will be sold as sanitizer refills. You will need to pour it into a sealable container after opening (sanitizer bottle, soap dispenser, shampoo bottle, whatever) and label it as hand sanitizer.⁣ ⁣ We hope to have this out by next week and we have commitment from a large local grocery chain for distribution. An announcement will be made once everything is in place.⁣ ⁣ Also, Annex and @raftbeerlabs will be putting together a production package that we hope to share with other Canadian distillers and brewers that are legally able to blend spirit. If you’re a label supplier or a Calgary-based distillery or brewery who can to help meet demand please reach out to info@annexales.com. ⁣ ⁣ Let’s flatten that curve together. ⁣ ⁣ As ever, ⁣ Annex

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In Canada, local brewer Annex Ale Project has said it will make around 7,000 cans of hand sanitiser each week for the foreseeable future to supply a grocery store in Calgary, Alberta.

“There are these shortages of hand sanitiser all over the city and the World Health Organisation (WHO) put together basically a recipe for anyone that needs to make it, so I figured if I make alcohol most of the time anyway, why not just pivot a little bit,” owner Andrew Bullied told the Calgary Herald.

Annex will produce hand sanitiser based on the WHO recipe, which uses hydrogen peroxide, glycerol and 80 per cent ethanol. It will be made from the wash (the final stage of brewing before distillation), with the ethanol being removed and used in the end product.

In a post on Instagram yesterday (18 March), Annex said it hopes to roll out the product by the end of the week.

“We are in a unique position to do this as a brewery because we have a license to acquire and warehouse distilled spirits and a packaging line to be able to put these products into cans,” Annex said.

The product will be sold as sanitiser refills, so those who buy it will need to to pour it into a sealable container after opening, such as a soap dispenser or shampoo bottle.

The brewer is working with Raft Beer Labs, a Calgary-based company that does quality assurance for breweries, to create a production package that “we hope to share with other Canadian distillers and brewers that are legally able to blend spirit.”

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