March 2015


It has been a long winter for us here in Maine. With record snowfalls and bitter cold temps, I think I can speak for everyone and say that we're looking forward to spring. Everyone's favorite (drinking) holiday, St. Patrick's Day, is this Tuesday. What better way to kick the winter lull than throwing back a few to celebrate? If you are looking for something to do on St. Patrick's Day, check out some of our promos on our Facebook & Twitter pages for great Irish food & beer specials. If you're staying in but still want to partake in the festivities, you are in luck. We have a number of recommendations below that are guaranteed to get you in the Irish spirit.

For college basketball fans, the big tournament is about to be in full swing. While watching, don't forget to grab some Bud Light to enjoy with all of the buzzer-beating action! Get those brackets ready...

ll of our spring seasonal offerings have arrived in house. Be sure to ask your sales rep about what's new or you can see our full product portfolio by going to our website at and go to the "Our Products" section of the site. In an effort to be more eco-friendly and reduce the amount of paper used, we encourage our customers to access our price books and other materials via our Retailer Login page at If you do not already have a retailer login, simply contact us at or call Customer Service at 800.482.7495.

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the winter, get in some great spring skiing and get ready for warmer weather ahead of us. As always, we ask that while you're enjoying our products you consume them in a responsible manner.

Have a happy and safe St. Paddy's Day!

Jeff Kane

Jeff Kane
President & CEO
National Distributors, Inc. 

Luck of the Irish: 
Brews for St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is universally known as a drinking holiday. Originally a religious holiday, it has since become more of a celebration of all things Irish. Whether you are Irish or not, St. Patrick's Day is meant to be a time of good spirits for all.

Murphy's Irish StoutWe all know that one of the Irish's most revered styles of beer is the stout and what would a St. Paddy's Day be without at least one dark one?! One stout option would be our Murphy's Irish Stout. Founded in 1856, Murphy's smooth, creamy flavor is less bitter and more accessible than other 'famous' stouts.

Brooklyn Dry Irish StoutFor a different take on the classic stout formula, Brooklyn's Dry Irish Stout fits the bill. Brooklyn's Dry Irish Stout uses large amounts of roasted grains to develop nice coffee and chocolate flavors and the famed East Kent Golding hop lends to the earthy aroma. Traditionally light in carbonation, it's brisk enough to pair with oysters, but bold enough to handle a burger.

Harpoon Irish Stout Another craft brand stout choice for the holiday is Harpoon Brewery's Boston Irish Stout. This beer has been a mainstay at Harpoon's brewpub and around the Boston market and now it's available to you! Boston Irish Stout is a traditional dry Irish stout. The Boston Irish Stout is full-bodied but sessionable with a creamy texture (derived from the nitro pour); it combines the roasted character of six malts with delicate Willamette hops.

Gritty's Special Oatmeal Stout For Maine brews, we have Gritty's Special Oatmeal Stout - S.0.S; a robust stout brewed with 7 barley hops, torrified and malted wheat, 10% flake oats and hopped with 3 varieties of Goldings Hops. S.O.S. has a smooth, chocolatey flavor with a light touch of hops.

Rogue Irish Style Lager Lastly, Rogue's Irish Lager is a Lager alternative to the heavy/darker brews that are prevalent during St Paddy's Day. This Irish style Lager has a smooth mellow flavor and an apple crisp finish. This lager has won numerous beer awards and like anything Rogue produces, you really can't go wrong!

NEW! Woodchuck Gumption

Woodchuck GumptionGumption™ is the newest style of our Woodchuck family. You could say the name was inspired by the pioneering liquid in the bottle. At Woodchuck, they had the gumptio to pair the fresh juice of common eating apples with dry European bittersweet cider apples.

This refreshing and traditional cider, with no added flavors, will bring you a bold and unique drinking experience that combines both the American craft innovation with the tradition of European cider.

Those looking for a cider that is not too sweet and one you can enjoy over and over again, look no further. At 5.5% ABV, Gumption has a fresh apple aroma with a sweet apple taste upfront and a dry finish. Gumption will complement any of your adventures as you follow your own path. Step right up! Now available year-round!

Employee of the Month

Here at National, we like to acknowledge all of the hard work that our employees put in every single day. As a sign of our appreciation, every month we honor one employee as the "Employee of the Month" based on their work and staff recommendations. 

For the month of February, we are proud to announce Chris Hall, loading-unloading supervisor, as employee of the month. Chris has been a longstanding employee at National and over the years he hasn't missed a single day of work. Through brutal temperatures this winter, Chris has stayed late to unload side bay trucks by hand. Chris always goes above and beyond and leads his team by example.

Thanks, Chris, for all of your hard work.

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