From spirits to sanitizer: Distillery comes to pandemic rescue by changing gears

March 25, 2020 / In The News, Local Characters

Written by Taylor Ann Bradford, Staff Writer | Gloucester Daily Times | Photo: PAUL BILODEAU/Staff photo | March 25, 2020

We are all in the same dory here and we just have to behave and do what is best.” – Bob Ryan, co-owner of Ryan & Wood Distilleries in Gloucester

A local distillery remains open for business during the COVID-19 shutdown, but is filling their liquor bottles with something other than spirits. Ryan & Wood, Inc.

Distilleries of 15 Great Republic Drive has switched from producing spirits to hand sanitizer to help with the shortage across Cape Ann during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“I am sure that we aren’t going to be able to make enough to satisfy all the needs when the hospitals call and they want so much,” co-owner Bob Ryan said. “But we are doing the

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