Cedar Park brewery working to mix 100 gallons of sanitizer for Williamson County

The business plans to produce 100 gallons of sanitizer over the next week. (Community Impact Newspaper)
The business plans to produce 100 gallons of sanitizer over the next week. (Community Impact Newspaper)

The business plans to produce 100 gallons of sanitizer over the next week. (Community Impact Newspaper)

The team at Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co. is working to mix 100 gallons of hand and surface sanitizer for Williamson County as the county continues to fight the coronavirus while maintaining key functions.

Zach Gardner, head brewer of Red Horn, said that Red Horn and other beverage producers were first approached by the Williamson County Emergency Management Department because of their ability to handle large-scale production and mixing of liquids.

“We were asked if we could help [Williamson County] procure and mix surface sanitizer and hand sanitizer to have ready as quickly as possible,” Gardner said in an email. “These sanitizers are helping county workers at all levels and departments ensure that they are doing everything they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

So far, Gardner said, the business has produced about 4 gallons of surface sanitizer and 10 gallons of hand sanitizer, with plans to produce a little over 100 gallons of sanitizer over the next week.

Gardner said breweries and distilleries are particularly ideal for the job because they have an abundance of sanitation equipment and chemicals as well as sanitary vessels, sanitary hoses and sanitary pumps that are large enough to mix very large volumes of liquids at once. The businesses also have the equipment necessary to handle large drums and bulk totes of the chemicals needed for production, he said.

Red Horn has the ability to handle up to 150 gallons of material at a time, and as a brewery, it also has easier access to higher concentrated chemicals than the general public does, Gardner said.

Sanitizers only take about five to 10 minutes to mix; the difficulty and need for creativity is found in securing the chemicals that are needed while meeting World Health Organization standards, Gardner said.

Gardner added that some of the county departments the supply has helped so far include vehicle fleet maintenance, road and utility crews, court house employees and judges, EMS, fire and essential government office employees.

“This project is more taking [the] place of beer production, which we have significantly slowed down as a response to slowed business,” Gardner said. “It is part of a county effort to help businesses like ours put our skills, employees and equipment to use during this slowdown due to the necessary distancing measures.”

In between helping the county, Red Horn is still open as a to-go only operation. The business is selling growlers and crowlers of beer to go as well as food, coffee, tea, gift cards and merchandise. Online preorders for food, drinks and beer can be made at www.redhornbrew.com/shop.
By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


A medium sized black and white dog.
Two overcapacity Georgetown animal shelters are offering free adoptions through June 20

The shelters have teamed up to help with an overflow of adoptable dogs and cats.

Volunteers of Austin Vaccine Angels gathered after becoming fully vaccinated. (Courtesy Jodi Holzband)
Grassroots groups aimed at vaccine outreach look toward the future

For the past five months, grassroots volunteer groups have been working to connect thousands of Central Texans to COVID-19 vaccines.

The two intersection improvement projects cost $875,350 and took seven months to complete. (Courtesy Williamson County)
Williamson County celebrates completion of projects along Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Georgetown

Williamson County held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of two key intersection improvement projects.

Washington Prime Group Inc. owns six area shopping centers, including The Arboretum. (Courtesy The Arboretum)
Owner of Austin-area shopping centers files for bankruptcy; entertainment complex coming to Cedar Park and more top area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

The Bloomhouse—an 1,100-square-foot home in the hills of West Austin—was built in the 1970s by University of Texas architecture students for fellow student Dalton Bloom. It was featured in the Austin Weird Homes Tour of 2020. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Weird Homes Tour ends; Z’Tejas to close Arboretum restaurant and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

The safety and mobility project, which will widen D.B. Wood Road, will begin construction in 2022. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown hosts open house, seeks public feedback on D.B. Wood Road widening project

The City of Georgetown is hosting an open house in person and online where they will present information and take questions regarding the D.B. Wood Road safety and mobility project.

One of the most recent city projects being completed through the use of eminent domain is the Northwest Boulevard Bridge project, an I-35 east-west overpass bridge that connects north of Rivery Boulevard with FM 971. (Fernanda Figueroa/Community Impact Newspaper.
Updated: Georgetown has used eminent domain on 6 city projects since 2016

By acquiring the land, the city has been able to complete six road and wastewater projects.

A continuous flow intersection allows vehicles to cross to the left side of the roadway to make a left turn. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)
TxDOT seeks public input on proposed changes to I-35 in Georgetown

The state agency is proposing major changes between SE Inner Loop and RM 1431, including adding a continuous flow intersection at I-35 and Westinghouse Road.

The front of a small health clinic.
Outpatient clinic opening at end of June in Georgetown

The new clinic will provide care for individuals recovering from debilitating injuries or illnesses, including long-term effects of COVID-19.

A photo of inside a main room of Arbor Academy
Project-based private school in Georgetown now enrolling for August opening

Arbor Academy aims to provide a smaller community for students.