SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — In the midst of restaurant and bar owners adapting to new restrictions due to the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, a Scottsdale distillery has changed their business model to make ends meet and serve the community.
On a normal day, the stills at Blue Clover Distillery would be distilling alcohol into their famous vodka and gins.
“We’re the first and only distillery in Old Town Scottsdale, and we’re proud to say that.” Said Weston Holm, co-owner of Blue Clover Distillery.
But these are no ordinary days, and there is a much more valuable product to be made in the copper stills.
"Of course, things have kind of taken a turn for us in the restaurant side," Holm said. "So, we’re kind of channeling our efforts right now."
The distillery is channeling its efforts into making the much-sought-after hand sanitizer.
This is a new process for Blue Clover, so new that the bottles to fill with sanitizer haven’t even come in yet. But that’s not a problem, Holms says. Blue Clover is asking customers to bring in whatever container they want, and Blue Clover will fill them with sanitizer.
“Not only do we feel it’s the best move to try to stay alive as a business, but also to reach out and support our community.”
The distillery will donate a portion of their sanitizer but plans to sell the rest for $1.50 per ounce.
“We’re not trying to price gouge anybody, we’re just trying to make it (survive).”
Blue Clover was able to quickly switch their operation to hand sanitizer once the government removed, as Holm calls it, red tape. The distillery still has guidelines they must follow to keep their product legal.
Customers can come to their distillery at 7042 E. Indian School Road to fill up on sanitizer and, as the folks at Blue Clover hope, purchase a few bottles of their vodka, gin or Bloody Mary mix.