Coppertail Brewing of Tampa, Florida has inked a deal for distribution with Cone Distributing.

Cone Distributing (Team Cone) is proud to announce a partnership with Tampa’s iconic Coppertail Brewing Company.  Coppertail Brewing (Coppertail) is best known for their Free Dive IPA, rotating selection of IPAs, Florida-themed Berliner weisses, and all-around quality and consistency in the craft of brewing.  Coppertail Brewing’s staff, captained by owner Kent Bailey and brewer Casey Hughes, strive to bring a thoughtful and thought-provoking beer to every can, bottle, and keg.

“We at Team Cone enjoy partnering with such a unique Florida brewer,” says Charlie Ingrilli, Vice President of Sales for Cone Distributing.  “Free Dive IPA wowed me from the first time I tried it, and after meeting Kent and the team he has put together we knew this was a World Class operation.”

Team Cone’s enthusiasm is met by Coppertail Brewing, who is looking forward to a fruitful partnership. “We chose to partner up with Team Cone because we love their values, their company culture and their ability to get things done,” Bailey says. “The feeling I get walking the warehouse at Cone is the same feeling I get walking around our brewery: it’s like a big family.  We only get to choose a distributor in that area once, and we feel confident putting the future of our brand in Team Cone’s hands.”

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After signing a contract, Coppertail owner Kent Bailey and Cone Distributing President Douglas Cone shake hands.

As for the chance to sell their beer in Team Cone’s 20-county, geographically diverse counties, Bailey welcomes the opportunity: “We love the unspoiled, old-Florida feeling in much of the country up there, and it’s exciting to be able to sell beer in our state Capital.”  That old Florida feeling will not be the only thing that gets Coppertail away from their Tampa home base, admitted Bailey.  “We’re also looking forward to having a good excuse to drive up for some football games.”

Team Cone will be bringing in and selling many of Coppertail Brewing’s beers, with a focus on selling Independent Pilsner and Free Dive IPA first, with other releases to follow.  Look for a complete schedule of release events further down the page.

 

About Coppertail Brewing’s Beers

 

 

Coppertail Brewing Free Dive IPA BottleCoppertail Brewing makes their “Florida Inspired. Tampa Brewed” beers in their “Barely in Ybor” facility.  Coppertail Brewing’s lineup of beers is anchored by four core beers, and while these beers will all be available, look for Free Dive IPA and Independent Pilsner to be available first.

 

 

 

Coppertail Brewing Independent PilsnerFree Dive IPA: Whether you’re diving for stone crabs under Tampa Bay’s Sunshine Skyway or just wishing you were, this beer’s got you covered.  Expect huge hits of citrus and pine aromas layered over a bright malt backbone.  Perfect for a day on the water.

 

 

 

Coppertail Brewing Night Swim PorterIndependent Pilsner: A German-style Pilsner, Independent Pilsner celebrates the independent spirit that started the good ol’ U-S of A and its beloved craft brewing movement.  One of Coppertail Brewing’s much loved seasonal beers, we hope to see a lot more of this golden beauty.

 

 

Night Swim Porter: Dark and luxurious like a midnight dip in the warm gulf waters off St. Pete Beach.  Rich and Roasty with a hint of chocolate.  Both this porter, and a night swim, are best enjoyed with a friend.

 

 

Unholy Trippel: Coppertail’s take on the Trippel style originally brewed by monks in Belgium features fruity / funky notes from the traditional Belgian yeast paired with a sacrilegious American hop character.

 

 

Look also for Coppertail Brewing’s seasonal and Florida Weisse rotating beers, beginning with Oktoberfest Lager and Guava Pastelitos Florida-Style Berliner Weisse.

 

Coppertail Brewing Launch Events– The first place to try one of Coppertail’s beers:

Tuesday, August 22nd

World of Beer in the Tioga Town Center – Beginning at 6:00 p.m.
140 SW 128th Ave in Gainesville
Coppertail Spotlight/Launch Party
Drafts will include:Free Dive IPA, Unholy Tripel, Night Swim Porter, Oktoberfest, and Guava Pastelitos Florida Berliner Weisse on draft.

The Top – Beginning at 7:00 p.m.
30 North Main Street in Gainesville
Coppertail Spotlight/Launch Party
Drafts will include:Free Dive IPA, Unholy Tripel, Night Swim Porter, Oktoberfest, and Guava Pastelitos Florida Berliner Weisse on draft.

Midtown Social – Beginning at 8:30 p.m.
1728 West University Ave in Gainesville
Goin’ For a Free Dive 
Come out and try a Free Dive (IPA).  Free Dive IPA will be available for a sample and on draft.

Wednesday, August 23rd

World of Beer Villages (BrownWood square, Wildwood) beginning at 5 p.m.
2751 West Torch Lake Drive in Wildwood
Coppertail Spotlight/Launch Party

Drafts will include: Free Dive IPA, Unholy Tripel, Night Swim Porter, Oktoberfest, and Guava Pastelitos Florida Berliner Weisse on draft.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COPPERTAIL LAUNCH PARTY IN THE VILLAGES WILL BE RESCHEDULED.

Thursday, August 24th

7th Hill Taproom beginning at 7 p.m.
2475 Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee
Coppertail Tallahassee Spotlight/ Launch Party
Drafts will include: Free Dive IPA, Unholy Tripel, Night Swim Porter, Oktoberfest, and Guava Pastelitos Florida Berliner Weisse on draft.

The Wilbury beginning at 9p.m.
513 West Gaines St
Goin’ For a Free Dive
Come out and try a Free Dive (IPA).  Free Dive IPA will be available for a sample and on draft.

 

Team Cone and Coppertail Brewing
The staff of Coppertail Brewing and Team Cone pose for a picture after signing distribution agreement.

 

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About Coppertail Brewing Company
Coppertail Brewing Company poured its first beer in 2014, and opened its current brewery and tasting room after much renovation and sweat equity.  The brewing staff craft flavorful beer for the Florida lifestyle. Coppertail believes in time-honored, old-world production techniques like natural carbonation, whole leaf hops, and a lack of filtration. It takes longer to make beer this way, but sometimes amazing things come to those who wait.  Coppertail produces four core beers year round, available in draft and bottles alongside a number of limited beers throughout the year.  100% of Coppertail beer is brewed and bottled in Tampa, Florida.

 

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About Cone Distributing
Founded by Douglas P. Cone, Jr. in 1985, Cone Distributing (Team Cone) began business with selling five brands of beer in four rural counties. Less than two years later, the company began expanding territory and suppliers and has not stopped since, building the largest geographic footprint in the state for a Florida beer distributor. Today Team Cone sells beer from over 40 suppliers in 22 Florida counties from a state-of-the-art facility in Ocala and a facility in Tallahassee. Cone Distributing’s goal is to operate a World Class company, distinguishing itself by doing the Right Thing the Right Way All the Time.