National Distributors is a family owned company that has been providing quality beverages to retailers for the benefit of consumers for over 50 years. Predominantly servicing retailers in Southern Maine, we also distribute and sell wines in Central & Coastal Maine. We are a company with a vision for the future while doing business in Maine. We are concerned about our environment and have an active “going green” program within the company. We stand behind our products while being good community leaders by promoting the responsible consumption of our products.
Blue Current Brewery, maker of handcrafted sake in Kittery, Maine, is nominated as Small Business Success Story of the year by Seacoast SCORE chapter 185 of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Daniel Ford developed a passion for sake while working in Japan in the financial information technology business between 2005 and 2008. After losing his job in the financial crisis, he decided to turn this passion for sake into a new career. Ford felt certain the pure water and cool weather of coastal Maine, which is similar to Japan, would provide the perfect environment for brewing sake in small batches from natural ingredients. He believes the United States is a huge untapped market for high-quality, domestically produced sake. He explains Blue Current is much more than a beverage to go with sushi. “Think of it as a white wine. It’s like a nice Pinot Grigio, but without the sulfites,” Ford explains.
We are excited to announce that we are now distributing beers by Stoneface Brewing Co. out of Newington, New Hampshire. The name Stoneface is a reference to the The Old Man in the Mountain, and the company's logo features a leafy hop cone with the profile of the famous rock formation. The company's motto, "Live Free, Drink Craft" pays respects to the Granite State's motto, "Live Free or Die."
Stoneface's brewer, Peter Beauregard, began home brewing in his senior year at theUniversity of New Hampshire. He honed his recipes over the years, and in February 2013 he won the IPA category at the Boston Homebrew Competition. In 2014, Beauregard left his software industry job to brew beer full time and has been cranking out stellar brews ever since. In reference to Stoneface's hop-forward concoctions, Beauregard "hopes it's going to be a beer that beer geeks will like and also crossover drinkers or novices to craft beer." The response has been amazing so far with beer ratings in the 90s on ratebeer.com and beeradvocate.com.
Currently, National will have Stoneface's IPA and Porter in stock in kegs and bottles. Their American Pale Ale and American Red Rye Ale will be coming soon. Quantities are limited and subject to out of stock. Please ask your sales rep about availability.
We are pleased to announce that we are now distributing beers by Foolproof Brewing out of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Launched in January 2013, Foolproof is one of the newest craft breweries in Rhode Island. In addition to Portland, Maine, Foolproof's beers are also distributed statewide in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
"We are so excited to be introducing Foolproof's beers to one of the most renowned craft beer markets in the country," said Nick Garrison, Foolproof's president and founder. "Partnering with National's experienced and reputable team, we look forward to introducing the Foolproof brand to beer lovers in Maine."
Foolproof produces five year-round beers, which are available in draft and 12 oz. can format. These year-round offerings include Barstool American golden ale, Raincloud robust porter, Backyahd IPA, La Ferme Urbaine (LFU) farmhouse ale, and King of the Yahd imperial IPA. The brewery also produces a line of rotating specialty beers, including Peanut Butter Raincloud porter, Augtoberfest fest bier, Revery Russian imperial stout, and Shuckolate chocolate-oyster stout that are available in draft and cans.
Although Foolproof is a relatively new brewery, they have already gotten some nice accolades in the beer world. Barstool American Golden Ale was the 2013 Gold winner at the Great International Beer Festival. Backyahd and La Ferme Urbaine have also received silver medal awards at GIBF in 2013 and 2014, respectively. La Ferme Urbaine has also been recognized by Men's Journal as one of the 101 Best Beers in America.
We will be getting inventory for Foolproof in the next few weeks. Ask your sales rep to find out more about this great brand. It's a 'foolproof' choice...