Living through coronavirus: Middletown distillery shifts to hand sanitizer, ‘overwhelmed’ by sales

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

When Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine closed the bars earlier this month to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, a West Chester Twp. couple knew they had to shift their business model.

Mike and Debbie Dranschak opened White Dog Distilling Company on Central Avenue in Middletown 16 months ago and they realized the retail bottle liquor business wouldn’t be enough to keep them open.

“We got worried how are we going to survive like everybody else,” Debbie Dranschak said. “We didn’t want to fall through the cracks.”

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