SanTan Brewing Company announced today a partnership with Crescent Crown Distributing to recycle over 16,000 gallons of draft beer that will not be delivered to Arizona bars and restaurants.  The beer will instead be distilled to produce 400 gallons of medical grade hand sanitizer. The majority of which will be donated to HonorHealth, and the City of Chandler. The community will be able to purchase bottles of hand sanitizer when they order food from SanTan’s brewpubs for takeout, curbside pick up or delivery. 

“SanTan beers are best served fresh, we insist on serving each beer within 90 days of brewing. So, this idea struck me as a great way to repurpose and give back to our Arizona community. We want to do our part to help flatten the curve, save lives and get Arizona back to work,” said Anthony Canecchia, founder + brewmaster, SanTan Brewing Company. 

On Friday, April 3, 2020 – Crescent Crown Distributing will deliver SanTan’s beer back to its production facility. The majority of the beer to be repurposed is IPA style, so the SanTanitizer will have a pleasant tropical hop aroma. Then, early next week the team at SanTan will begin distilling and kegging batches of sanitizer to get ready to deliver to HonorHealth. 

“With local bars and restaurants closed to dine-in business, we have an abundance of keg beer that is going past the “best before” date. Under normal circumstances at Crescent Crown we would simply destroy the out of date beer. However, once Anthony from SanTan found out about this process he asked us to send his beer back to him so that he could distill it and turn it into medical grade hand sanitizer,” said Joe Cotroneo, EVP General Manager, Crescent Crown Distributing.

 “Anthony never stops thinking of ways to innovate and make the world better, this is the perfect way to make less waste while helping out those in need.” 

SanTan Brewing Company will post on it’s website and social media channels as soon as SanTanitizer is available for public purchase. Visit online at

Floratech makes and donates hand sanitizer

Floratech, a company that produces botanical ingredients used by formulators of cosmetic and personal care products, decided to start producing its own sanitizer and is donating it to those who need it the most.

On March 24 the company donated 800 bottles to the 7th Street Food Pantry and Outreach located at 4223 S. 7th Street in Phoenix.

Floratech’s hand sanitizer is comparable to other commercially recognized brands and uses ingredients from botanical sources including Jojoba oil, which is a native species to Arizona. Floratech also just received a new shipment of 10,000 empty bottles they can use to fill with hand sanitizer that will be donated to those who are most in need. 

UArizona Research Labs produce hand sanitizer for healthcare workers

Researchers in the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are working to produce much-needed hand sanitizer for health care workers in Southern Arizona hospitals.

“With the goal of keeping our laboratory personnel safe, and also to do our part in ‘flattening the curve,’ we rapidly scaled down our ongoing research projects on bacterial infectious diseases,” said Gayatri Vedantam, an associate professor in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences and a BIO5 Institute member. “At the same time, our entire group came to the realization that stepping back was not aligned with what we do as scientists.”

“We decided to focus on the most immediate way we could help with the COVID-19 response. We realized that the hospital workers on the forefront needed things that would keep them safe – masks, gowns and hand sanitizers – more immediately than any kind of research we could do at this moment,” said VK Viswanathan, also an associate professor in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Science and a BIO5 Institute member.