Ten things to know about Ocala’s Infinite Ale Works

Infinite Ale Works holds the title of being Ocala’s first craft brewery. The brewery and its staff celebrated seven years of making beer in the Brick City and have constantly worked to live up to their tagline of “traditionally inspired and infinitely creative.”

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The brewery has been through a few changes and has a number of projects in the hopper. We recently sat down with Infinite Ale Works owner Tom McDonald to learn more about what has been going on with Ocala’s first craft brewery. Here are ten things to know about Infinite Ale Works:

  1. Infinite Ale Works is now offering food options in a “test kitchen” format. Tom says that the addition of food options has allowed them to open the brewery tasting room earlier during days when lunch is served (including weekends).
  2. The brewery has hosted their first beer dinner with the kitchen and hopes to do more of these types of events in the future. Infinite’s food manager, Aaron, loves to incorporate Infinite’s ales into the food, including a Berry Gose jelly that he serves with a brie sandwich on the limited lunch menu.
  3. Infinite Ale Works has several barrel-aged variants of West Floridian and Into the Dark Roast. Tom spoke excitedly about the brewery’s various barrels currently housing these two beers, including bourbon, maple syrup, and vanilla extract along with a few surprises.
  4. The brewery is solidifying their seasonal lineup of beers. Tom shared that Infinite is aiming to release a solid rotation of customer favorites this year, and it all started with Fuzzy Peach Gose in the first part of the year, followed by Berry Gose. Those two will be followed by one more beloved seasonal gose (read on!). Then, in the fall, expect Buzzfest Octoberfest and bookend the year with West Floridian Christmas.
  5. The next seasonal beer will be… Infinite Ale Works Watermelon Gose! This one was
    “always the favorite gose in the tasting room,” according to Tom. The beer will be canned and released soon.
  6. The brewery is hoping to send more limited and special beers into distribution this year, including Shaky Hands New England IPA. As Infinite exercises their creativity, Tom expects to send more limited and one-off beers into distribution.
  7. For the curious – the namesake of Apeiron IPA is the Greek work for “infinite.” While the rest of Infinite’s lineup is pretty straightforward, people often ask for help understanding this one.
  8. Infinite Ale Works is looking at a new facility locally in Ocala. While many of the details on this announcement remain under wraps, Tom and Kristin did tell us that the brewery is looking for a new space in the Ocala/ Marion County area.
  9. Infinite Ale Works packages beer in both glass and aluminum cans. For the most part, bottles remain the favorite package for higher-gravity brews. Look for Into the Dark Roast and West Floridian to remain in glass bottles, while the brewery’s seasonal and limited beers will likely go into cans.
  10. The most-loved and best-selling beer at Infinite remains West Floridian, a Belgian-inspired quadruple with a 9.5% alcohol presence. While this fact is surprising, Tom talked about this in a previous interview. He said, “We heard things like that all the time,” Tom remembers. “’A Belgian quad in this area?’ people would say.  But this area is no different than anywhere else except that they may not have had the exposure of trying new things.  Give the beer to them and they’re like ‘Wow. That’s what that is?  That’s good.’”

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Infinite Ale Works is available on draft and in cans and bottles throughout Team Cone’s 22-county distribution footprint. The brewery is located on Magnolia Street, near downtown Ocala.

 

To locate Infinite Ale Works’ beers, visit our Beer Finder today.

 

 

Summertime is Miller Time in our next giveaway!

Team Cone is giving away a special prize pack from our friends at Miller Lite just in time for summertime barbecues, pool days, and beach days! We want to help make your summertime into Miller Time by giving you a chance to win a loaded prize packs from Miller Lite! There will be multiple prizes awarded to the winner. Prizes include a Bluetooth speaker, propane grill, fire pit, cooler, and portable chairs. Remember – you can’t win if you don’t enter!

Summer Time Means Miller Time Sweepstakes

What’s different about this sweepstakes?

In most sweepstakes, there is a great prize, but entries come from all over the United States or the world.

In this sweepstakes, the prize is still great, but in order to win, the winner MUST pick up his or her prize from either Ocala or Tallahassee, limiting contestants’ eligibility. In fact, all of the winners that have won our sweepstakes in 2021 have been from within the 22 counties that we serve. Entrants are not competing with people in other states or other countries. We are not able to ship the prizes!

How to Enter:

Enter today! Simply visit the sweepstakes website HERE and enter information for the chance to be drawn randomly as a winner.  The winner will be chosen on or around June 30th and will be given the chance to come to Team Cone’s offices in either Ocala or Tallahassee to claim the grand prize. (Note: anyone chosen as a winner must pick up their prize in person at one of Team Cone’s facilities.) Want an extra chance to win? Use the sweepstakes website to tweet out a message about the contest.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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For complete contest rules and terms, please visit the contest website HERE.

Want to learn more about where you can grab a Miller Lite?
Head over to our Beer Finder page for local retailers, bars, and restaurants.

 

 

Waterbird Spirits inks distribution deal with Cone Distributing in 22 Florida counties

Cone Distributing (Team Cone) is proud to announce that the team is now selling ready-to-drink cocktails from Waterbird Spirits of Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

Welcome to Florida Waterbird Spirits!

“After tasting Waterbird’s spirits-based cocktails from a can, I couldn’t wait to have them available for our customers,” says cocktail enthusiast and Team Cone Vice President of Sales Charlie Ingrilli. “We are nothing but thrilled to partner with world-class beverage maker Waterbird Spirits and their product will be in the market on May 1st.”

“We at Waterbird are thrilled to work with Cone Distributing in Ocala, Tallahassee, and Gainesville,” says Wilson Craig, founder of Waterbird Spirits. “Together, we look forward to serving Ocala, Tallahassee, and Gainesville the highest quality canned cocktails made with real, premium distilled spirits! Wet Your Beak with Waterbird and Cone Distributing this May!”

Team Cone will begin distribution of Waterbird Spirits with Ranch Water 12oz cans in a four-pack, and Vodka Variety Six-Pack (containing 12oz cans of Vodka Cucumber & Mint, Vodka Watermelon & Basil, and Vodka Citrus Squeeze). Ask your Team Cone representative for more information about these exciting new vodka- and tequila-based drinks or cruise over to our Beer Finder for more information!

 

 

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About Waterbird Spirits
Waterbird Spirits was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. 100% family owned and operated, Waterbird makes high quality canned cocktails with real, premium distilled spirits. After successfully testifying in the House and Senate in the Commonwealth of Virginia to allow the manufacture and sale of canned cocktails, the Waterbird Team launched in September 2019.

 

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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.

Springtime Seltzers for Sunshine Sippin’

One of the hottest categories in the world of beverages right now, springtime is one of the best times to enjoy these fizzy treats – the weather is heating up and pools, grills, and patios are opening back up after the cold of Florida winter is gone. After we told you about some of the newest and hottest hard seltzers and where to find them, then we gave away a year of White Claw, we knew about at the beginning of 2021, there came a whole new blitz of options for seltzer lovers to enjoy, so we thought it was only fitting to follow up and let you know about some of the hottest new flavors, what package they’re in, and which retail stores are carrying these hot new seltzers.

White Claw Watermelon Hard Seltzer

 

 

White Claw Watermelon (5.0% ABV): One of the most popular hits from White Claw Variety Pack #2, Watermelon is bringing all of its light and lively refreshment to a new solo package. Delight in the delicate taste of fresh Watermelon. This sweet and refreshing flavor is complemented by the pure refreshment of White Claw Hard Seltzer and can be found in the White Claw Variety Pack #2 as well as its own solo 12-pack.

White Claw Blackberry Hard Seltzer

 

 

White Claw Blackberry (5.0% ABV): All of the flavor of these subtle and earthy berries brought into a new hard seltzer, you can now experience the crisp taste of ripe blackberries in this sessionable spin on White Claw. This refreshing flavor strikes the perfect balance between sweetness and tartness, found only in the White Claw Variety Pack #3.

White Claw Pineapple Hard Seltzer

 

 

White Claw Pineapple (5.0% ABV): Just when you thought White Claw couldn’t release one more tropical flavor, White Claw Pineapple comes along with an exceptionally clean finish and a refreshing hint of sweetness. White Claw Pineapple is juicy, tropical, and sessionable, found only in the White Claw Variety Pack #3.

 

Truly Watermelon Lemonade Hard Seltzer

 

Truly Watermelon Lemonade (5.0% ABV): In an unexpected twist, the folks at Truly Hard Seltzer are bringing in a new flavor to their much-loved Lemonade Hard Seltzer Variety Pack just in time for the summer swelter. Expect the best out of the juicy goodness of watermelon lemonade. Summer on, everyone! Watermelon Lemonade will be available in the Truly Hard Seltzer Variety 12-pack.

 

Truly Tropical Punch Hard Seltzer

 

 

Truly Tropical Punch (5.0% ABV): Truly Hard Seltzer knows how to bring the flavor to the hard seltzer party, and the Truly Punch Variety 12 Pack is one of the hottest new combination of flavors this year! The folks at Truly are bringing the burst of fruit flavor without all of the calories and carbs – look for more information soon, as the flavor of tropical punch hard seltzer will be available in May.

Truly Citrus Punch Hard Seltzer

 

 

Truly Citrus Punch (5.0% ABV): Truly Hard Seltzer has already teased flavors of Tropical Punch, but they are also teasing citrus punch! Think waves along a tropical shore and the sweetest citrus blend of flavors, minus all of the calories! Look for Truly Citrus Punch Hard Seltzer in the Truly Punch Variety 12 Pack, coming in May!

 

Funky Buddha Premium Hard Seltzer Passionfruit Dragonfruit

 

Funky Buddha Premium Passionfruit Dragonfruit (4.5% ABV): While the masters of funk from South Florida continue to rock the world of hard seltzer, one of the gems of their new variety pack comes with flavors of passionfruit and dragonfruit. Described as “a tropical funkadise for your mouth,” this new seltzer has fruity, funk-forward flavors inspired by the hot-hot heat of the tropics and the radical sunshine of the Florida coast. Look for it in the new Funky Buddha Premium Hard Seltzer Variety Pack.

 

Topo Chico Strawberry Guava Hard Seltzer

 

Topo Chico Strawberry Guava (4.7% ABV): It was newsworthy enough that iconic brand Topo Chico was coming to the world of hard seltzer, but they chose to introduce the tropical flavor of guava combined with the familiar sweetness of strawberries. These flavors combined with the vigorous carbonation of Topo Chico create a crisp, clean tasting hard seltzer. Now available in the Topo Chico Variety 12-pack and soon to be available in a 24oz can.

 

Two Lane Cherry Limeade Hard Seltzer

 

Two Lane Cherry Limeade (4.7% ABV): Country superstar Luke Bryan has his own beer and now his own hard seltzer variety pack. Two Lane Cherry Limeade Hard Seltzer brings a twist on traditional lemonade to a variety pack full of new twists on old favorites and a taste that is sweet and refreshing. Perfect for sippin’ lakeside on those endless sunshine-filled days. Available in the Two Lane Hard Seltzer variety 12-pack.

 

 

Whichever seltzer you’d like to try, cruise on over to our Beer Finder to locate a store near you and pick up some of these new flavors today!

Team Cone’s Tallahassee Spring Rib Sale raises over $4,000 for St. Jude

Team Cone hosted their first Spring Rib Sale to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at their Tallahassee warehouse. Because of the generosity of those who participated, Team Cone raised $4,136 dollars in charitable donations.

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This giveaway will make your Cinco de Mayo extra especial

Team Cone is giving away a special prize pack from our friends at Corona and Modelo just in time for Cinco de Mayo! We want to help make your Cinco de Mayo Extra Especial by giving you a chance to win one of FOUR prize packs from Corona & Modelo! There will be two first prizes and two second prizes awarded in this sweepstakes! Remember – you can’t win if you don’t enter!

Make Your Cinco Especial

What’s different about this sweepstakes?

In most sweepstakes, there is a great prize, but entries come from all over the United States or the world. In this sweepstakes, the prize is still great, but in order to win, the winner MUST pick up his or her prize from either Ocala or Tallahassee, limiting contestants’ eligibility.

How to Enter:

Simply visit the sweepstakes website HERE and enter information for the chance to be drawn randomly as a winner.  The winner will be chosen on or around May 3rd and will be given the chance to come to Team Cone’s offices in either Ocala or Tallahassee to claim the grand prize. (Note: anyone chosen as a winner must pick up their prize in person at one of Team Cone’s facilities.) Want an extra chance to win? Use the sweepstakes website to tweet out a message about the contest.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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For complete contest rules and terms, please visit the contest website HERE.

Cinco de Mayo at Oxford DownsWhat is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the unexpected victory the outnumbered Mexican army claimed over the French during the French-Mexican War of 1862. For more information about the history of this holiday, check out our post about the history of Cinco de Mayo.

 

To find locations where you can buy Corona Extra, Corona Premier, Modelo Especial, or other fine beers for Cinco de Mayo, click over to our Beer Finder to search for a retailer near you!

Team Cone is giving away a kayak with Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer

Team Cone recently launched the new Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer in four unique flavors. Now, to help you take Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer outdoors, two lucky winners will be awarded a kayak branded with Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer!

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What’s different about this sweepstakes?

In most sweepstakes, there is a great prize, but entries come from all over the United States or the world. In this sweepstakes, the prize is still great, but in order to win, the winner MUST pick up his or her prize from either Ocala or Tallahassee, limiting contestants’ eligibility.

How to Enter:

Simply visit the sweepstakes website HERE and enter information for the chance to be drawn randomly as a winner.  The winner will be chosen on or around April 30th and will be given the chance to come to Team Cone’s offices in either Ocala or Tallahassee to claim the grand prize. (Note: anyone chosen as a winner must pick up their prize in person at one of Team Cone’s facilities.) Want an extra chance to win? Use the sweepstakes website to tweet out a message about the contest.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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What does a MIKE’S HARD LEMONADE SELTZER KAYAK look like?

The grand prize for this sweepstakes will be a 9′ sit-on-top kayak with the logo of Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer custom printed.

Once selected, the winner(s) will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond, or another winner will be selected.

For complete contest rules and terms, please visit the contest website HERE.

What is Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer?

It’s the newest addition to the Mike’s Hard Lemonade line, made by the lemonade experts. Look for new flavors of lemonade hard seltzer like:

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Mike’s Lemonade Hard Seltzer (5.0% ABV; 100 calories)- The sippable seltzer perfected with a delicious balance of lemonade sweetness and tartness that only Mike’s could make.

 

Mike's Hard Strawberry Lemonade

 

Mike’s Strawberry Lemonade Hard Seltzer (5.0% ABV; 100 calories)- Refreshing Mike’s Hard Lemonade bursting with ripe strawberry flavor. It’s a tried and true lemonade combo in an all-new lemonade seltzer.

 

Mike's Hard Mango Lemonade Seltzer

 

 

Mike’s Mango Lemonade Hard Seltzer (5.0% ABV; 100 calories)- Taste the mouthwatering balance of craveable, ripe mango flavor with lemon sweetness and tartness. All in a perfectly sippable seltzer with a crisp, clean tasting finish.

 

Mike's Pineapple Lemonade Seltzer

Mike’s Pineapple Lemonade Hard Seltzer (5.0% ABV; 100 calories)- Hard lemonade seltzer with a fresh twist of pineapple flavor: full flavor, tropical perfection.

 

To find locations where you can buy Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer, click over to our Beer Finder to search for a retailer near you!

Team Cone launches White Claw Iced Tea Variety 12-Pack

White Claw, the hard seltzer category leader, recently introduced its latest innovation, White Claw® Hard Seltzer Iced Tea – a hard seltzer iced tea made with sustainably sourced brewed tea. White Claw® Hard Seltzer Iced Tea is crafted using a unique BrewPure® process, sustainably sourced brewed tea, and the finest flavors to deliver a wave of pure refreshment like no other.

Now available, White Claw® Hard Seltzer Iced Tea offers consumers a different way to enjoy the same gluten-free, 100 calories and 5% ABV White Claw® Hard Seltzer is beloved for. With the better- for-you tea category growing at a rapid pace and White Claw® Hard Seltzer’s continued leadership in bringing innovation to the industry, the fusion of tea with the #1 hard seltzer is the perfect drink to satisfy tea lovers and hard seltzer drinkers alike.

“Since its inception in 2016, White Claw has seen incredible growth, and we don’t plan to stop anytime soon. Our consumers crave more flavor and more variety, and that’s just what we’re delivering with White Claw® Hard Seltzer Iced Tea. You combine the leader in hard seltzer with the ever-growing tea trend, and you’ve got a winner,” said John Shea, Chief Marketing Officer, White Claw Hard Seltzer, North America.

White Claw® Hard Seltzer Iced Tea comes in a 12-can variety pack with four popular tea flavors – Lemon, Raspberry, Mango and Peach – all blending the perfect flavor balance of sustainably sourced brewed tea and the finest fruit flavors.

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  • White Claw® Hard Seltzer Iced Tea Lemon is crafted with cold pressed lemon zest, providing just the right balance of zesty and sweet, with that refreshing iced tea and lemon taste.
  • White Claw® Hard Seltzer Iced Tea Raspberry is complete with a fruity berry flavor thoughtfully paired with a hint of tartness.
  • White Claw® Hard Seltzer Iced Tea Mango has an unmistakable mango flavor that immediately transports you to the world of warm and tropical. Not overpowering, the flavor is crisp and refreshing.
  • White Claw® Hard Seltzer Iced Tea Peach has a splash of refreshing ripe peach flavor that’s a little more sweet than tart, embodying the delicate balance of biting into a ripe peach.Learn more at @whiteclaw on Instagram, @whiteclawseltzer on Facebook or @whiteclaw on Twitter. Visit our Beer Finder to find the closest location to try White Claw® Hard Seltzer Iced Tea!

 

 

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ABOUT WHITE CLAW HARD SELTZER:

White Claw Hard Seltzer is the nation’s leading hard seltzer known for pure, crisp refreshment. Crafted using the proprietary BrewPure ® process, White Claw is gluten free with 100 calories and 5% alcohol, per 12 fl oz. White Claw is available in a variety of fruit flavors. Visit www.whiteclaw.com to learn more.