Newport’s New Riff Distilling Makes Hand Sanitizer for First Responders

Newport’s New Riff Distilling is pivoting part of its spirit production to focus on making hand sanitizer for first responders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.

20200330162330Head distiller Brian Sprance and distiller Bryon Martin filling the 55-gallon drums for distribution to first respondersPHOTO: PROVIDED BY NEW RIFFThe distillery says it has diverted some of its alcohol manufacturing to create more than 400 gallons of sanitizer per week — the equivalent of 2,400 travel-sized containers — to donate to Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati police and fire departments.

There are no plans to sell the sanitizer to the public.

“The employees of New Riff are thrilled to be a small part of supporting our first responders at this time of national crisis,” said New Riff founder and president Ken Lewis in a release.

New Riff will be also be dropping off hand sanitizer to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Fort Thomas.

If you are a first responder who would like to be added to the waiting list for sanitizer, please email

Additional project support came from Ferm Solutions, Wilderness Trail Distillery, Owensboro Grain Company and Verst Logistics, which provided the truck for transporting the 55-gallon drums of sanitizer.

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