Revivalist Gin Producing Sanitizer in their Chester County, PA Distillery

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Suburban Philadelphia Craft Spirits Producer Pivots to Healthcare Product During Coronavirus Crisis

Don and Scott Avellino

We are taking care of the heroes on the frontlines and in hospitals first, but we hope to be able to produce enough sanitizer to help as many others as possible in the coming weeks.

Scott and Don Avellino of Revivalist Spirits have turned their craft gin distillery in Elverson, PA into a sanitizer production facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

With an extreme shortage in (hand) sanitizer throughout the U.S., the sibling gin producers decided to convert their production facility into the sterilizing agent by utilizing their neutral grain spirit to produce as much sanitizer as possible for healthcare professionals on the frontlines, including doctors, nurses, first responders and paramedics.

Their facility consists of two floors — 5,000 square feet each — and the Avellino Brothers are temporarily utilizing their entire first floor distilling plant to mass produce sanitizer. Furthermore, the Avellinos are working on developing a botanical hand sanitizer which will have an aroma similar to their gin.

The TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau), as well as the PCLB, which is in charge of alcohol taxation within PA, told producers last week that they would get out of their way and not tax spirits producers for this type of production during this crisis, as long as the approved distilleries were following the recipe of the World Health Organization.

"The federal and local government agencies that regulate us really stepped up and made it easy for us to do this," said Scott Avellino. "We are trying to help as many people as possible. We are taking care of the heroes on the frontlines and in hospitals first, but we hope to be able to produce enough sanitizer to help as many others as possible in the coming weeks."

Revivalist Spirits by Brandywine Branch Distillers is located at 350 Warwick Road in Elverson, PA. Learn more by visiting http://revivalistspirits.com.

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