It’s Teddy’s Brewhaus, our very own craft brewery, that came to Brownwood’s rescue in late March. Mid-March brought coronavirus to our literal doorstep. Shelves were soon barren of cleaning supplies, soap and hand sanitizer. Alcohol, bleach and hydrogen peroxide were sold out online.
So master brewer Wes Kearney and Jeff Tucker – co-founder of Teddy’s – shifted production from their popular craft brews to hand sanitizer. Less than six months after opening to the public, Tucker never imagined he’d be repurposing beer equipment to make sanitizer. But after seeing stories about distillers and brewers producing a much-needed supply, they thought they’d see if their community had a need.
Turns out, there was demand. A lot of it. Not just locally, but statewide, nationally and even as far as Australia. Initially thinking he’d make 50 gallons, Tucker publicly announced he’d be pumping out 1,000 gallons by March 30.
“I wasn’t really sure what the supply chain’s been,” Tucker said. “Turns out there’s a big need locally. If we can make it in-house for everybody, we’re just going to do it. We use the equipment for sanitation. We’ve also got in-house sanitation components. We’ve got our own supply of glycol. The recipe’s simple.”