As the coronavirus continues to impact lives, many common products have become coveted items in short supply.


From toilet paper to cleaning supplies, things once taken for granted are now prized for protection from the rampant virus. Many Savannah businesses are stepping up to meet the demand, pivoting from regular production to fill shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Ghost Coast Distillery has re-purposed its bottling facility to produce hand sanitizer for essential businesses and health care workers on the front lines.


Production kicked-off in early April, with the distillery churning out bottles of its new Daisy Maze Hand Sanitizer. The first batches will be going to first responders and medical personnel, with more production on the way for the general public, company officials said.


It’s one way of helping to fulfill a critical community need in the face of the coronavirus crisis, says General Manager and co-founder Chris Sywassink.


“Hand sanitizer is something that has been in short supply and we evaluated our process and determined that was something we could produce pretty easily,” Sywassink shared.


“Ghost Coast has always had a goal of giving back to our community. It really was a no-brainer, once we got the go-ahead from the powers that be.”


Daisy Maze Hand Sanitizer is marketed as a total antiseptic solution, produced using 80 percent alcohol. The hand sanitizer will be available for public purchase in 750 milliliter and 1-liter bottles through the Ghost Coast Distillery sales department.


The sanitizer’s formula is based on Ghost Coast Distillery’s original Daisy Maze grain alcohol, now combined with glycerin to create a topical solution capable of killing germs on the hands and skin.


While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing hands with soap and water to most effectively reduce the spread of the coronavirus, hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol content is shown to reduce dangerous microbes on the skin and help fight germs.


It’s a crucial hygienic tool in short supply for first responders, nurses and doctors who continue to care for patients suffering from the coronavirus.


The distillery’s original production target is to package 24,000 bottles of the hand sanitizer in the coming weeks, which would be about 5,000 gallons worth, company officials said.


To ensure the public and distillery staff remain protected from the coronavirus, payments for batches of the hand sanitizer will be placed over the telephone and pickup will be available curb-side at the distillery.


Ghost Coast Distillery first opened its doors in 2017, and has produced more than 20 spirits in the years since. The distillery was recently named one of the Top Five Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distilleries by USA Today, known for locally producing a range of premium spirits including vodka, gin, rum, whiskey and more.


Organizations in immediate need of hand sanitizer are asked to contact the distillery’s sales manager, Jack Carr, via email at Jack@ghostcoastdistillery.com​