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La Crosse Distilling Co. to start making free hand sanitizer

Kaitlyn Riley

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Going against the typical grain of their products, the staff at La Crosse Distilling, Co. announced they will offer a new hand-sanitizing product free of charge.

All of the house spirits are distilled from a certified organic ethanol base. The distillery said that allowed its production team to develop an 80 percent alcohol antiseptic topical solution.

“As COVID-19 continues to influence nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives, the health and well-being of our community is top of mind,” Founder Nick Weber said. “Amid all the negative, we saw an opportunity to make a positive impact. This is our small contribution to our community and a slight nod to finding the positive in every situation.”

La Crosse Distilling Co. planned to have their new product available in the tasting room next week.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in both radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.