This week, The Texas Tail Distillery began producing hand sanitizer from the ethyl alcohol it would normally use to make vodka, said Nick Droege, the president of the distillery.

The Texas Tail Distillery is in the heart of the economic crater left by the coronavirus on Galveston Island.

Bars and restaurants to the east and west of the distillery along Seawall Boulevard have closed their doors to customers as part of the city’s efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The doors of the distillery, 4116 Seawall Blvd., are open. But the only thing you can buy from the year-and-half-old establishment isn’t something you would or should drink.

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