The initial batch of 80-percent-ethyl-alcohol sanitizer is called “Dr. Wright’s Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer,” named after Moeller’s wife, a pharmacist, the brewery founder said.
Moeller said he has been contacted by county emergency medical officials, local hospitals and other organizations and employers that are seeking hand sanitizer, and he is looking forward to helping fill that need. Production will start in the coming days, he said.
Moeller Brew Barn has operated a brewery and tasting room in Maria Stein, south of Celina in Mercer County, since 2015. Its second location, an 8,000-square-foot former-church-turned-brewery at 214 W. Main St. in downtown Troy, opened in August 2019.
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There are no plans to replicate the distillery operation at the Troy location of Moeller Brew Barn, Moeller said.
“We are only planning to do this in Maria Stein, since we have the adequate space and warehouse and packaging equipment to handle the scope of this project,” he said.
Moeller Brew Barn is gearing up to produce Dr. Wright's Hand Sanitizer and has long-term plans to produce craft spirits at its Mercer County location.