Cheyenne distillery to make hand sanitizer while closed

Published: Mar. 21, 2020 at 12:12 AM CDT
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A Cheyenne distillery is looking to switch gears and lend a helping hand amid the coronavirus pandemic. Chronicles Distilling is looking to help make hand sanitizer for agencies like hospitals and the VA.

"It just made sense,” Chronicles co-founder, Chase Lesher, told Wyoming News Now. “Everyone was saying how hard it was to get hand sanitizer.”

Chronicles recently shut its doors, unable to serve their products in their barroom after Governor Gordon’s emergency orders to close public places.

Chase says he saw on social media that many distilleries were using their alcohol to help make hand sanitizer.

Thinking it was a good idea, they figured they'd pitch in. But it turns out the need was greater than they realized.

"At first we were going to do it on our own to provide it to people in Cheyenne, whoever needed it or wanted it.” Leasher said, “I got a phone call from EMS, and he said that they needed a hell of a lot of hand sanitizer for hospitals and rest homes, and we're like 'Ok, so this is a little more serious than we thought."

To get this done, they are teaming up with multiple agencies. Chronicles is working with Jackson Hole Still Works, along with Snowy Elk Coffee Company and others.

The project is still in its beginning stages, but Chronicles says if you want to help out, head to