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Showing Solidarity in the Corona Crisis: Weihenstephan Brewery Supports Doctors

In times like these we have to stick together – and the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan is delighted to be able to make a small contribution by supporting medical supplies in Bavaria.

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Last Friday, in cooperation with the Bavarian Association of Statutory Health Insurance Dentists and the Michaeli Pharmacy in Moosburg, 1500 liters of disinfectant were mixed and bottled –  with ethanol from the Weihenstephan brewery that is produced during the dealcoholization process of the beers. This was also made possible by an announcement made by Customs which stated that, with immediate effect, also untaxed and undenatured alcohol may be used to produce disinfectant. Initially, the regulation will be applicable until May 31, 2020.

Dr. Manfred Kinner, Executive Board member of the KZVB, explained the necessity of the initiative: “Dentists in Bavaria are running out of disinfectant. And we have no way of obtaining supplies from anywhere. Without disinfectant, we will no longer be able to provide emergency services.“ Then came the perfect idea: there must be alcohol in breweries that could be used to produce supplies of the disinfectant so urgently needed in the dental surgeries. And one call with the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan was enough. On March 27, the pharmacist Daniel Schwinning from Moosburg, Dr. Kinner with his team, Brewery Director Prof. Dr. Josef Schrädler and First Master Brewer Tobias Zollo convened at the brewery – equipped with thousands of bottles and supported by the Weihenstephan brewery fire brigade, who took care of all the relevant safety issues and provided the necessary pump systems.

Hour after hour, disinfectant was mixed from ethanol, glycerin and hydrogen peroxide and subsequently filled into bottles. Now initially, the 1500 liters will be distributed to the emergency dental clinics across Bavaria, explained Dr. Kinner. Director Prof. Dr. Schrädler emphasized that of course the district of Freising will also be supported by the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan as required.