March 2016


We've been pretty lucky with the weather this winter. It feels like spring is right around the corner. Speaking of luck (of the Irish), St. Patrick's Day is on the 17th. What better way to start spring than throwing back a few green beers to celebrate? If you are looking for something to do on St. Patrick's Day, check out some of our promos on our Facebook and 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 start. While watching, don't forget to grab some Bud Light to enjoy with all of the buzzer-beating action! Get those brackets ready...

As well, all 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.

As always, we ask that while you're enjoying our products you consume them in a responsible manner. After all, "Responsibility Matters."

Have a happy and safe St. Patrick'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.

We 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.

A new addition to our catalog for this St. Pat's is the aptly named Smiling Irish Bastard by Geaghan Bros. Brewing out of Bangor. Geaghan's staple beer is copper in color with moderate maltiness and features grapefruit hop character. This pale ale is brewed with traditional Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest that linger on your palette. The name says it all: American strong, like Officer Bernie Welch, a legend in the Bangor police force. From Freeses' Department Store through "Devil's Half Acre," with his billy club in hand, he wiped the smile off more than one hooligan's face while keeping Bangor's downtown safe.

If you want the best of both worlds, try making a black & tan with the Murphy's and Smiling Irish Bastard...

NEW! Shacksbury Cider from Vermont

We are excited to introduce Shacksbury Cider from Vermont. At Shacksbury, they believe cider can, and should, be daring and complex. From gnarled trees on New England farmsteads to Old World orchards in England and Spain, their cider will change the way you think about this amazing fruit.

To start off, we are offering their Classic; a bold, earthy, lightly sparking, and dry cider made with apples grown by Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall, Vermont and Dragon Orchards in Herefordshire, England then slow fermented with cultured yeast. Also available is Arlo; an aromatic and dry cider with notes of grapefruit made with native yeast fermentation of a blend of eating apples from Sunrise Orchards in Vermont and European bittersweet apples.

Employee of the Month

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 Sean Thompson, accounting specialist, as employee of the month. Sean arrives to work every day with a positive attitude and goes the extra mile in whatever he does. He takes on extra responsibilities with no questions asked and always has the best interest of the company in mind.

Thanks, Sean, for all of your hard work.

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