San Diego distillery reveals immediate plans to support community during COVID 

San Diego, CA – March 25, 2020 Today, San Diego’s largest distillery, Cutwater Spirits announces plans to offer community support in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The Miramar-based business is using its production resources and facility to produce an 80% alcohol hand sanitizer in accordance with FDA guidelines. On March 30th, Cutwater will begin donating the first batches of hand sanitizer to non-profits within San Diego County including longtime charity partner, The San Diego Food Bank. Cutwater will also be donating funds to the Food Bank that will help the organization produce over 50,000 meals for distribution in San Diego. 

“As a San Diego business with deep ties to the community, Cutwater is committed to supporting locals in need,” says Shreyas Balakrishnan, General Manager of Cutwater Spirits. “In response to the COVID crisis, we are leveraging our production resources to make an ethanol and glycerin-based sanitizer that we will donate to local non-profits including the San Diego Food Bank, our Miramar neighbors. We are also working on additional initiatives to support and give back in San Diego with more news to come.”

Cutwater had been planning an event to benefit the San Diego Food Bank in May and the immediate donation is intended to help the organization in a time when events and fundraisers are being cancelled. 

“The Food Bank is always a vital local resource,” says Shreyas. “They need our help now more than ever to support those who have been affected by this crisis situation.”

Cutwater will be engaging with its social media community, launching a campaign within the week to raise awareness and drive support for the Food Bank’s virtual Food Drive and other efforts in San Diego. 

For more information about Cutwater Spirits and its community support initiatives, please contact Natalie McCain, PR & Communications Manager at 

About Cutwater Spirits: Cutwater Spirits is a San Diego-based distillery known for its award-winning lineup of over 18 canned cocktail classics made from its portfolio of premium bottled spirits including: gin, whiskey, bourbon, vodka, rum, and tequila. Co-Founder and Master Distiller Yuseff Cherney began distilling as side project under Ballast Point Brewing. He started canning cocktails because he wanted to make drinks he could enjoy while doing the things he likes to do (mostly fishing and hiking). In 2017, Cutwater Spirits was established as a separate entity from the brewery and now operates from a 50,000 square foot distillery and production facility, which includes a 250-seat world-class tasting room offering lunch, dinner, cocktails, and tours. To date, Cutwater has earned over 620 awards across their portfolio of products and is currently distributed in 38 states

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