Since production of sanitizers began, Calwise Spirit Co. has made more than 4,000 gallons.
The distillery's owner and president Aaron Bergh wants to give back to local businesses working to reopen as San Luis Obispo County enters further into the second phase of reopening.
"We were in a fortunate position that we were able to weather the storm and keep it rolling with sanitizers," Bergh said. "I feel for the other businesses out there that didn't have that opportunity. And I wanted to help by donating a free bottle to every retail customer facing business on the Central Coast."
"It's one item they can check off your reopening list."
Bergh and crew will give away 500 bottles for free. All a business has to do is send an email to email@example.com and show a business card to verify. Pickups will be offered Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from noon until 4 p.m.
The distillery, which opened two years ago and operates in Tin City near Paso Robles, is still selling its spirits during this time.
"I empathize with other small business owners because we're all just trying to make a living on the Central Coast. And small businesses are what we have to thanks for the vibrant culture that we have here."
Bergh says Calwise will continue to make sanitizer through the end of the year. You can find options for personal use and in bulk here.