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Matt Greif, the head distiller and co-owner of 28 Mile Vodka in Highwood, looks on at a batch of hand sanitizer being made in the company’s distillery. Photos by Erin Yarnall/22nd Century Media
Highwood’s 28 Mile Vodka has ceased vodka production in its distillery and has been focusing on making hand sanitizer for first responders and people currently providing essential services.
The distillery can make approximately 100 gallons of hand sanitizer every four days.
Erin Yarnall, Editor
2:04 am CDT March 27, 2020

Early into the panic over COVID-19, or coronavirus, 28 Mile Vodka co-owners Matt Greif and Eric Falberg began receiving calls.

People were asking them to help in the production of hand sanitizer.

While for some, vodka and hand sanitizer might seem completely different — the process to make them is almost identical, according to Greif.

So the distillery shut down its vodka production for the foreseeable future and is now focused solely on hand sanitizer — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.