Franklin County distillery makes hand sanitizer to fight COVID-19

Twin Creeks Distillery joins effort to fight spread

Twin Creeks Distillery making hand sanitizer
Twin Creeks Distillery making hand sanitizer

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – The need for hand sanitizer is increasing, and a local business has stepped up to help.

The latest efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 can be found in rural Virginia, in an area steeped in moonshine and liquor history.

Twin Creeks Distillery in Franklin County is now making hand sanitizer and giving it out to the community, joining the growing list of distilleries who have changed their production strategy during the crisis.

Chris Prillaman, the owner of Twin Creeks, has heard the old stories of the moonshiners’ ingenuity. He’s keeping Franklin County’s liquor legacy going not only by making whiskey and brandy, but by doing something he never thought he’d do: making hand sanitizer to help fight the pandemic.

“The whole country ought to be people helping people. That's what built this country,” Prillaman said.

Anyone can stop by the Rocky Mount tasting room on Franklin Street to fill up their own 4-ounce bottle Thursday through Saturday afternoons from 1 to 7 p.m.

The CDC loosened its regulations so distilleries like his can make hand sanitizer. Prillaman switched up his recipe, learned about the CDC guidelines and started churning it out two weeks ago.

They’re not able to sell it, so they're accepting donations.