Cane River Brewing Company produces sanitizer for essential personnel, Natchitoches community

Showing the 8 ounce bottles of sanitizer made by Cane River Brewing Co. are, from left, Mayor Lee Posey, CRB co-owner Justin Krouse and City Chief of Staff Edd Lee. Krouse said each run yields 75 gallons of sanitizer.

Source: City of Natchitoches

In light of hand sanitizer scarcity in the Natchitoches area due to COVID-19, Cane River Brewing Company sourced materials for, produced and distributed hand sanitizer for the Natchitoches community earlier this month. Inspired by other breweries across the country taking on similar projects and in search of a way to help, Cane River Brewing began working on the hand sanitizer initiative in late March.

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“We have the capability and the equipment to make hand sanitizer, so it was a no-brainer for us to make the decision to create a product that keeps our first responders, frontline workers and Natchitoches community members safe,” said Justin Krouse, co-founder of Cane River Brewing.

“Our normal operations have changed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but our community is the center of our focus during this uncertain time.” Krouse said one run yields 75 gallons and the sanitizer is being sold in 8 ounce, half-gallon and gallon containers. He said the transition from beer to sanitizer was fairly simple. “We can mix in the big vat,” he said. “Then it is easy for our equipment once we have the supplies. We’re hoping to have supplies within a week to make another run.”

Cane River Brewing is also accepting donations to provide sanitizer to local organizations most in need, including medical facilities, nursing homes, pharmacies, first responders and more. If members of the public would like to donate, they can contact the brewery directly or visit Facebook and/or Instagram for details.