Old Dominick Distillery Partners With Shelby County Government to Produce Hand Sanitizer During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Health Crisis for Residents of Shelby County

March 24th, 2020

March 23, 2020

Media Contact: 
Zoie A. Wilson, Marketing Director
Old Dominick Distillery
zwilson [at] olddominick [dot] com 


Old Dominick Distillery partners with Shelby County Government to produce hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) health crisis for residents of Shelby County


MEMPHIS, TN – Old Dominick Distillery has partnered with Shelby County to produce up to 10,000 units of hand sanitizer for distribution to the lower income community and homeless population of Shelby County.


County Commissioner, Tami Sawyer, sponsored a resolution, which has since passed through the Shelby County Commission and Health Committee, that allows emergency funding to cover costs of Old Dominick hand sanitizer production.


“In this unprecedented time of crisis, the Old Dominick team wants to help our community anyway we can,” says Alex Castle, Master Distiller and Senior Vice President of Old Dominick Distillery. “We‘ve only recently received permission from the federal government to produce hand sanitizer, which we are actively pursuing at this time.”


Old Dominick expects small-scale testing of hand sanitizer to begin early this week, with full production beginning the week of March 30th. “Once I was notified that distilleries were legally allowed to start producing hand sanitizer, I began studying the two formulas provided by the World Health Organization which Distillers are required to use,” says Castle. “My chemistry skills were a little out of practice and I wanted to ensure that my team and I were more than prepared to start test batches the moment the raw materials were delivered.” 


Shelby County will distribute all hand sanitizer produced by Old Dominick. Commissioner Sawyer plans for a large portion of the hand sanitizer units to be distributed to low income communities and the balance given to the homeless population and SCS food distribution sites. 


“Old Dominick will continue to consider all the possible ways in which we can further support our community,” says Castle. At this time, all hand sanitizer produced will be given to Shelby County. Old Dominick will not be selling hand sanitizer and will continue to monitor the need in the community until supplies on store shelves are re-stocked.


Old Dominick Distillery has suspended all distillery tours and The Bar at the distillery will remain temporarily closed in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Our first priority is always the health and wellbeing of our tour and bar guests, as well as that of our community and employees,” said Chris Canale Jr., President of Old Dominick Distillery. Canale remains committed to his employees and is continuing to pay the Old Dominick Distillery team during the temporary suspension of distillery tours and bar activity. 




About Old Dominick 

Old Dominick is a revitalized whiskey brand based in Memphis, TN. Established in 1866 by Domenico Canale, fifth-generation grandsons Chris and Alex Canale opened the Distillery in the heart of downtown Memphis in May of 2017. In addition to the new release of Old Dominick Gin, Old Dominick has four other products available to purchase: Huling Station Small Batch High-Rye Bourbon, Memphis Toddy- a recipe original to Founder, Domenico Canale- Memphis Vodka, and Honeybell Citrus Vodka. Old Dominick Distillery offers full Distillery tours and tastings, visit olddominick.com for more information. Visit The Bar at Old Dominick Distillery for a one-of-a-kind, craft cocktail made exclusively with spirits distilled by Master Distiller, Alex Castle.


About Master Distiller, Alex Castle

“Kentucky by birth, Tennessee by choice”

Alex Castle started with Old Dominick in September of 2015 as the first female Head Distiller in the state of Tennessee. Castle moved to Memphis, Tennessee from Kentucky where she was Production Supervisor for international bourbon brand, Wild Turkey. Castle received her degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. In January of 2019, Castle was promoted to Master Distiller overseeing all facets of production at Old Dominick Distillery and in December of 2019 Castle was again promoted to Senior Vice President overseeing all Distillery operations.



Zoie A. Wilson
Marketing Director
Old Dominick Distillery

« Back

Back to top
Events Locations Parking