Charles County Distillery Helps Locals Sanitize

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, December 1, 2020

As the country rallies to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Charles County’s East Road Beverages is contributing to the production of a crucial resource—hand sanitizer. They’ve been manufacturing hand sanitizer since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to distribute to local hospitals, doctors’ offices, and nursing homes, and also donated hand sanitizer to local community organizations.

Speaking on her decision to switch over, Owner Dr. Kathleen Bravo said, “I was very hesitant about making anything other than our beverages, but after a weekend of contemplating a pivot, I realized that we could help the community and save lives, which is my ultimate passion as a business owner and entrepreneur.” Once they were able to perfect the FDA-approved, World Health Organization’s (WHO) formula, they were off and running.  

 “We were able to produce 600 gallons of hand sanitizer in less than a week to meet the Charles County Health Department’s immediate need,” said Bravo. Knowing that the cost of hand sanitizer creates a challenge and extra burden for organizations, they are committed to make hand sanitizer affordable to organizations in need.   

Their hand sanitizer is also being used by over 600 small businesses throughout Maryland.  Bravo said, “I remember when I first noticed our hand sanitizer at a local restaurant, I felt really proud to know that we were helping 600 small businesses throughout the county keep their customers safe.”

The business is still in operation, but tasting and tours are by appointment only. Besides hand sanitizer, they sell alcoholic beverages, rum cakes, rum jam and jelly, masks, and more. Although their products are available in stores throughout Maryland, they also offer Delivery, Pick Up, and Shipping.

About East Road Beverages’ Hand Sanitizer & Disinfectant

  • FDA approved World Health Organization (WHO) Formula
  • Contains 80% Alcohol (Medical Grade)
  • Available in any size required to meet organization’s need


Businesses and organizations wishing to place a bulk order for hand sanitizer should contact them at 240-270-2411 or for bulk pricing.

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