Zac Trimert received a Great Gifts of Gratitude award from Great Western Bank

Local Hero: Zac Triemert

Zac is the owner of Brickway Brewery and distillery, a local craft brewery in the heart of downtown Omaha known as the Old Market. When the pandemic hit, Zac immediately did only what he knows to do - jump to action. His brewery and distillery became a manufacturer of the ever needed resource: hand sanitizer.

Zac and other volunteers worked tirelessly over countless hours to make and bottle as much as possible - sometimes being limited by the number of plastic bottles available. They were met by overwhelming demand by both the healthcare industry as well as individuals. They devoted primary availability to the health care industry but when inventory allowed, they allowed ""take-out"" in the form of free 10 oz bottles to the general public, sometimes up to 64 oz for those who brought their own bottles. His efforts caught the attention of major companies in the Omaha market that joined in - Cargill and Union Pacific to name a few. Cargill donated ethanol to make more sanitizer and Union Pacific who found a source to provide 48,000 plastic bottles.

Zac Triemert and his brewery (Brickway Brewery and Distillery) have donated right around 1,280,000 ounces of hand sanitizer to the local community since COVID hit. This includes around 50,000 small bottles that people have been able to pick up at their location, approx. 5,000 half and full gallon containers and even some 55 gallon drums that were donated to local healthcare facilities. Every ounce has been donated and he and the brewery have only accepted donations for the cause. They plan to continue making hand sanitizer through the end of 2020 and will reassess the community need in January.

Zac's determination and grit to do all he can for his community is inspiring and should be recognized. His positive attitude has become infectious in Omaha and has given hope to countless people.

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