A new distribution company called Fruit Bat Distribution (instagram) has launched. Fruit Bat will exclusively focus on the distribution of hard cider. Owners Jessie Robb and Josh Lemay have a strong passion for cider as well as deep ties in the restaurant industry. Their goal is to create a bridge that helps the growing cider industry thrive.
The first two producers that Fruit Bat are representing in Maine are Sundstrom Cider and Metal House Cider, both located in the Hudson Valley. Lemay and Robb expect to be expanding their portfolio as they build demand for quality ciders and build relationships with restaurants.
Fruit Bat is collaborating with local restaurants on some cider-centric meals. Here are the first two on the schedule:
- November 16th – Broken Arrow will be serving a 4-course dinner with cider pairings.
- December 11th – Nosh will be holding a cider-centric brunch.