Where can I sample Saint Archer Gold?

If you have wanted to sample Saint Archer Gold, the newest light lager from Saint Archer Brewing Company, then we encourage you to stop by during any of the promotions that our On-Premise teammates will be holding at a number of fine bars and restaurants throughout our 22-county distribution territory.

Where can you try a sample of Saint Archer Gold?

Saint Archer Gold Promotions

Cinco de Mayo’s Saint Archer Gold sampling 6-7:00pm
Feb 5, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Cinco de Mayo’s 3550 Mahan Dr. Tallahassee

Hooters Saint Archer Gold sampling 6-6:30pm
Feb 6, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Hooters 3105 SW 34th St., OcalaSt Archer Gold

Cancun’s Saint Archer Gold sampling 6-7:00pm
Feb 10, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Cancun’s 2549 West Tennessee St. Tallahassee

Ale House Saint Archer Gold sampling 6-6:45pm
Feb 10, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Ale House 2881 Bass Pro Shops Blvd, Gainesville

926 Bar and Grill Saint Archer Gold sampling 7-8:00 pm
Feb 11, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at 926 Bar & Grill 926 West Tharpe St. Tallahassee

Black Sheep Saint Archer Gold sampling 6-7:00pm
Feb 11, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Black Sheep 128 SW Broadway St., Ocala

Island Wing Company Saint Archer Gold sampling 6-7:00pm
Feb 13, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Island Wing Company 1370 Market St. Tallahassee

4th Quarter Saint Archer Gold sampling 7:30-8:30 pm
Feb 13, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at 4th Quarter 2033 North Monroe St Tallahassee

Tipsy Turtle Saint Archer Gold sampling 6-6:30pm
Feb 13, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at The Tipsy Turtle 203 Courthouse Square, Inverness

Zingales Saint Archer Gold sampling 7-8:00pm
Feb 18, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Zingale’s 1147 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee

Dugout Saint Archer Gold sampling 6-7:00pm
Feb 18, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Dugout 6833 SW Maricamp Road, Ocala

Munchies Saint Archer Gold sampling 6-6:45pm
Feb 18, 2020
Saint Archer sampling at Muchies 1702 W University Ave., Gainesville

Just One More Saint Archer Gold sampling 8-9:00pm
Feb 19, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Just One More 3808 North Monroe St. Tallahassee

Bird’s Saint Archer Gold sampling 6:30-7:30pm
Feb 20, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Bird’s 325 North Bronough St. Tallahassee

EDT’s Saint Archer Gold sampling 6-7:00pm
Feb 20, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at EDT’s 3865 SE 58th Ave., Ocala

Sauced Hog Saint Archer Gold sampling 6-6:30pm
Feb 20, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at The Sauced Hog 2408 N Fatima Ave., Hernando

Brass Tap Tallahassee Saint Archer Gold sampling
Feb 21, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Brass Tap – Tallahassee 1321 Thomasville Rd.

Murphy’s Saint Archer Gold sampling 6-7:00pm
Feb 24, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Murphy’s 3821 NW Blichton Road, Ocala

Geo’s Saint Archer Gold sampling 7-8:00pm
Feb 25, 2020
Saint Archer Gold Sampling at Geo’s 2717 Mahan Drive Tallahassee

Momo’s Brew Pub Saint Archer Gold sampling 7-8:00pm
Feb 27, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Momo’s Brew Pub 1416 West Tennessee St Tallahassee

Backwoods Bistro Saint Archer Gold sampling 6:15-7:15
Feb 27, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Backwoods Bistro 401 East Tennessee St Tallahassee

Mickey’s Bar & Billiards Saint Archer Gold sampling 4:30-5:30pm
Feb 28, 2020
Saint Archer Gold sampling at Mickey’s Bar & Grill 770 NE 5th St., Crystal River

 

Join us for a sample of Gold! We think you’ll find it has been worth the wait.

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Team Cone donates over $105,000 to Saint Jude after 2019 fundraising campaign

Ocala- and Tallahassee-based beer distributor Cone Distributing (Team Cone) combined forces with community members throughout the company’s 22-county footprint to give $105,500 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

“This was effort was truly from the team,” says Team Cone founder and president Douglas Cone, Jr.  “Hats off to our team and all they did to raise these funds. No event was organized and mandated. Each time we raised money, the effort started with one teammate saying, ‘I want to help.’ This truly was a team effort in 22 counties, and we could not have done it without our community and retail partners helping our teammates.”

2019 marks the eleventh year that Team Cone has hosted events and community activities throughout the 22 counties they serve to make a large donation to the hospital.

Planning and progress are already underway for Team Cone’s 2020 St. Jude fundraisers.  The company’s goal in 2020 is to continue the company’s legacy of community contribution by continually giving back with caring.

Team Cone Saint Jude 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Cone’s Saint Jude event leaders joined with the company’s leadership team to present the 2019 Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital donation check. Team Cone teammates (from left) Jim Anderson, Charlie Feagin, Wayne Johnson, Matt Goldsmith, Douglas Cone, Jr., Ty Chatterton, Charlie Ingrilli, Steve Hayes, and Jason Baas (Steve Beckwith not pictured) all organized, executed, or worked fundraising events for Team Cone.

 

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About Cone Distributing
Founded by Douglas P. Cone, Jr. in 1985, Cone Distributing (Team Cone) began doing business by selling five brands of beer in four rural counties. Two years later, the company began expanding and has not stopped since, building the largest geographic footprint in Florida for a beer distributor. Today Team Cone sells beer from over 40 suppliers in 22 counties from a state-of-the-art facility in Ocala and a warehouse 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.

Beer Can Appreciation Day – Ten facts about beer cans

While beer cans are wildly popular on Fridays, this particular Friday happens to be the day in history when the first beer can was sold, so it is remembered as Beer Can Appreciation Day. While beer cans have undergone many changes in style and structure, cans have made it possible to enjoy beer in ways and places that glass simply cannot go.

Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale

Since it’s Beer Can Appreciation Day, and what better way to mark this celebration than with facts about America’s favorite beer-holding vessel?  How many of these did you know?

Did you know:

  1. Beer cans were first invented in 1935. Krueger’s Finest and Krueger’s Cream Ale were first sold in cans in Richmond, Virginia.
  2. Beer cans chill down faster than bottles.
  3. Beer cans are the most recycled packaging materials on earth.
  4. Beer cans are preferred by most brewers because they help keep out two of beer’s worst enemies: light and oxygen.
  5. Cans are better for brewers’ and consumers’ wallets – they are lighter and more transportable than bottles.
  6. While beer bottles have always outsold beer cans, 2020 could be the first year where beer cans dethrone their glass brethren from the #1 spot.
  7. Beer cans, at one time, were capped with bottle caps. As a transition between bottling equipment and canning equipment, manufacturers made it possible to seal a beer can with bottle caps.
  8. One large keg of beer (a half-barrel of 15.5 gallons) contains the liquid of 165 twelve-ounce cans of beer.
  9. In 2018, the United States beer industry sold over 2.8 billion cases of beer.  That’s more than 67 billion 12-ounce cans of beer!
  10. The state of Florida produced enough beer last year to sell 2.6 gallons (or roughly 28 cans) of beer every resident of legal drinking age.

 

Blue Moon Light Sky

Coppertail Free Dive IPA on ice

What are the best ways to celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day?

Enjoy beer from a can! Whether you enjoy local craft beer like Infinite Ale Works Trails or Lake Tribe Red Cloud, national craft beer like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Samuel Adams Boston Lager, or a drinkable lager like Miller Lite or Saint Archer Gold – crack one open and savor the flavor.

Check out some of the newest cans available! Beers like Blue Moon Light Sky are brand new to cans and available in one of the newest types of cans: slim cans.

Appreciate the art on a beer can’s label! Check out the unique art of beers like Coppertail Brewing’s Free Dive IPA cans with art by artist Evan Harris, Swamp Head Brewery’s eco-themed art on their Stumpknocker (or any other) cans, or the turtle-themed adventures of Terrapin Beer Company’s Hopsecutioner or Up-Hi IPA cans.

When you’re finished with the can, recycle it and revel in one of the finest attributes of the can.

However you decide to celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day, we hope it’s with one of these wonderful vessels in your hand!  Cheers!

 

Team Cone holiday schedule update 2019

Team Cone Holiday Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To our valued customers and teammates,

Team Cone will be adjusting our operating hours during the week of December 23rd in order to give our teammates Christmas Day, December 25th to spend with their families.

We will be following the schedule below and working a day ahead, beginning on Sunday, December 22nd.  This schedule will apply to both our Sales Team and our Delivery Team.

 

If your normal SALES DAY is:

Monday, December 23rd

 

Tuesday, December 24th Wednesday, December 25th Thursday, December 26th Friday, December 27th Saturday, December 28th
Your sales representative will visit on:
 

Sunday, December 22nd

 

Monday, December 23rd

 

Tuesday, December 24th

 

Thursday, December 26th

 

Friday, December 27th

 

Saturday, December 28th

 

If your normal DELIVERY DAY is:

Tuesday, December 24th Wednesday, December 25th Thursday, December 26th Friday, December 27th Saturday, December 28th
 

Your delivery will come on:

 

Monday, December 23rd

 

Tuesday, December  24th

 

Thursday, December 26th

 

Friday, December 27th

 

Saturday, December 28th

As always, if you have any issues or concerns, please contact us via telephone, email, or website, or reach out to your Team Cone teammate.

We thank you for helping us make this adjustment so that we can give our hard-working teammates time with their families. We are grateful for your continued understanding, and we wish you a happy, safe, and peaceful Christmas and New Year’s season.

 

Sincerely,

Team Cone Management

Team Cone Thanksgiving schedule update 2019

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we wanted to give you, our teammates, customers, and community an update on our sales and delivery schedules we will run during the week of the holiday, from Sunday, November 24th until Saturday, November 30th.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we run this altered schedule in order to help our teammates spend this special day with their friends and family.

Please see the schedule below for details.  If you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to your Team Cone representative or call our offices.  Click here for our contact information.

Please note that our Sales and Delivery departments each have schedule alterations below.

If your normal SALES DAY is:

Monday, November 25th Tuesday, November 26th Wednesday, November 27th Thursday, November 28th Friday, November 29th Saturday, November 30th
Your sales representative will visit on:
Sunday, November 24th Monday, November 25th Tuesday, November 26th Wednesday, November 27th Friday, November 29th Saturday, November 30th

 

 

If your normal DELIVERY DAY is:

Tuesday, November 26th Wednesday, November 27th Thursday, November 28th Friday, November 29th Saturday, November 30th
Your delivery will come on:
Monday, November 25th Tuesday, November 26th Wednesday, November 27th Friday, November 29th Saturday, November 30th

 

 

Winter Seasonal Beers: No snow but plenty of cheer

While Floridians don’t usually have to hunker down for an intense winter like their northern counterparts, the beers of winter still make their annual rounds.  The Sunshine State may still hold its name during the snowy winter months, but with the holidays around the corner there are plenty of chances to enjoy that cold beer with loved ones.

 

After all, just because Florida doesn’t get sleet, snow, and ice doesn’t mean that a Floridian will turn down beers next to the fire pit on a chilly night or with friends at your favorite hangout.

 

Here are a few winter brews to taste against the winds of Florida’s cold season:

 

Samuel Adams Winter Lager

 

 

Samuel Adams Winter Lager (5.6% ABV): a classic winter beer, this relatively strong lager blends the sweetness of malted barley with spices synonymous with wintertime like cinnamon, ginger, and orange peel. Like the liquid version of ginger snap cookies, Winter Lager can pull up a chair for dinner or dessert, pairing well with baked brie, a roast turkey, or gingerbread.

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2019

 

 

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (6.8% ABV): First brewed in 1981, Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale is the perfect gift for those who love hoppy beers – as its hops are picked at the peak of freshness. A massive dose of citrus and pine greets the nose before every sip and lingers around into the beer’s finish.  Try this American classic and see for yourself why it continues to stand the test of time.

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA

 

 

Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA (7.5% ABV): This crowd-favorite IPA began its life as a draft offering in the Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats in Rehoboth, Delaware. After pubgoers loved it, the beer saw national distribution and has grown each year since it became a regular wintertime offering from Dogfish Head. The beer is an IPA that features the addition of maple syrup and is continually hopped throughout the boil, then dry-hopped for even more hoppy aroma. The liquid speaks for itself – especially among grilled meats or guacamole appetizers.

 

 

 

 

Coppertail Brewing Alpha Hunt: Pax Odeon

 

 

Coppertail Brewing Alpha Hunt Series: Pax Odeon (8.4% ABV): Coppertail Brewing’s Alpha Hunt Series is all about exploration both in the story and in the beer. In story, each beer is named for fictional hunters that go in search of the mythical Coppertail monster that the brewery is named for. In reality, the beers are about Coppertail brewer Casey Hughes brewing IPAs to try out new and cutting-edge hop varietals and hop blends in a similar spirit of exploration.  Pax Odeon is a hazy IPA that features a blend of Loral, Sabro, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops that tempt the spirit of adventure all the way around.

 

 

New Belgium Brewing Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale

 

 

 

New Belgium Brewing Up Next: Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale (5.0% ABV): While winter is infamous for its darker beers that have a higher alcohol presence, New Belgium Brewing has crafted one of the lightest brews of the winter, releasing a cream ale with Austin, Texas-based High Brew coffee.  The beer is light in body and infused with coffee that is then canned with nitro for the nitro cold brew experience in a 5% ABV beer.

 

 

 

 

Funky Buddha Last Snow can

 

 

Funky Buddha Brewery Last Snow (6.4% ABV): Funky Buddha Brewery calls Last Snow its “ode to that special time in our home state where the needle dips just south of 75 – even for the briefest of moments.”  The beer is layered with tones of coffee, chocolate, and coconut throughout the aroma, flavor, and finish.  Open one today and watch the aroma draw in those around you, or better yet, open one and enjoy it with braised beef or black forest cake.

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever beer you decide to celebrate the winter with this year, we hope the season is a happy one for our teammates, families, customers, and communities.

Stout Day: A Day for Dark Beers

International Stout Day has been a hallmark of November for the last seven years, the same way that IPA Day has become a big part of August each year.  These “beer holidays” are a great day to branch out and try something new, something you may not have tried otherwise.

Be careful, and do not underestimate stouts – they can carry a larger alcohol presence, depending on which style of stout the brewer decides to brew.  Even the beers listed in this article begin at 5.2% ABV and rise all the way up to 10.2% ABV – so drink slowly and share with friends, if you like.  Or if sharing a bottle is not an option, bring enough for the whole party.

Here are a few suggestions of beers to warm your November – on International Stout Day and beyond:

Swamp Head Brewery Udderly Calm Milk Stout

 

 

 

Swamp Head Brewery Udderly Calm (5.2% ABV): Gainesville’s Swamp Head Brewery chose this milk stout (stout brewed with lactose, or milk sugar) as the wintry entry in the Migrational Series of beers.  Imagine candy bar chocolate, milk chocolate, and chocolate cookies in beer form, then wake up and enjoy a can of this dessert-forward limited beer.

 

 

 

 

Captain Jack's Stone Crab Stout Label

 

Coppertail Brewing Captain Jack Stone Crab Stout (8.3% ABV): One of the few of these stouts that can boast a bit of Florida in every bottle, Coppertail Brewing’s Captain Jack’s Stone Crab Stout starts with a boatload of Florida Stone Crabs. “Our Brewmaster Casey drives to Key West and loads up a couple of hundred pounds of fresh-caught stone crab from the legend himself, Captain Jack.  Meanwhile back at the brewery, the crew times the brew day just right for Casey’s arrival. Minutes later the crab is added to the stout boil.”  These crabs give a briny edge to the roasty, earthy, and chococlatey stout that bears the name of the legendary Key West boat captain.

 

 

 

Infinite Ale Work Into the Dark Roast

 

 

Infinite Ale Works Into the Dark Roast (9.0% ABV): Dark, black, and viscous, Infinite Ale Works’s Into the Dark Roast brings layers of coffee and roasted malts to bear on the palate in this sipping beer. Into the Dark Roast is available all year long, but it is especially delicious in the dark months of Florida winter, where the air is cold and the nights are long. This stout is at home with a piece of chocolate cake or a robust cigar – for best results, bring some to share with friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra Nevada Narwhal 2019

 

 

 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Narwhal (10.2% ABV): When the beer dictionary is written, and the entry about imperial stouts is written, Sierra Nevada’s Narwhal will be the picture that illustrates the style.  Inspired by the mysterious creature that lives in the depths of the oceans, the Narwhal is a beast that loves to share its nuances of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke. Narwhal brims with malt complexity and a warming alcohol presence that can stand up to even Florida’s winter chills.

 

 

 

 

Abita Brewing Company Office Party Stout

 

 

 

Abita Brewing Office Party (6.8% ABV): Just like an office party brings people out of their shells to celebrate the holidays, Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company’s Office Party Stout brings all of the different flavors present in dark beer out to play. Generous amounts of cocoa nibs, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg are added to infuse the spirit of the holidays into this limited release.

 

Fall is the best time for hoppy beers

The Hoppiest of times is here!

October is the hoppiest month of the year – the month to celebrate for everyone who enjoys pale ales, IPAs, double IPAs, and any beer that shares in the glory of hops.

Why is October a month for hoppy beer?

Late September/ early October is hop harvest in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. These three Pacific Northwest states are the heaviest hop-producing states in the United States. Hop farmers in these states are forecast to produce 106 million pounds of hops in 2019 – over 75% of the American hop yield. Hops are only harvested in these states once each year, and the crop is dried, pelletized, and processed to be usable for the rest of the year.

October is when the hops are the freshest and at their peak.  Each October, a unique style of IPA becomes possible, and several brewers take advantage of hop harvest to make a wet-hopped IPA.

A bunch of green hops on a tree

Wet-hopped IPAs are unique and made during hop harvest because timing is crucial.  In order to be considered a “wet-hopped” IPA, hops are added to boiling wort within 24 hours of being picked.  This is not an easy feat for a brewery down the road from a hop farm, let alone one across the country.  Wet-hopped beers are also challenging to put through a typical brewing system.  Since they have not been dried or pelletized, it is common for hop particulate material to separate from the plant during the brewing process, requiring extended cleaning times and special procedures while brewing.

Why go through all of the trouble, then?  Well, the resulting beer is unlike any other beer experience available – hoppy or otherwise. The amount of oil and hop essence released when brewing with fresh hops is different than the same beer brewed with traditionally packaged hops.

In other words, for many breweries, wet-hopped beers are labors of love.

Check out these labors of love, and experience for yourself the joys of a hoppy October.

Wet-hopped beers:

Lagunitas Born Yesterday Wet Hop Pale Ale

 

 

Lagunitas Born Yesterday (7.2% ABV) – The brewers at Lagunitas are located in Petaluma, California – just down the highway from hop country. Born Yesterday is Lagunitas’s version of a pale ale, but instead of traditional hops, they add “wet, lupulin-drenched, un-kilned, whole-cone, fresh-picked-and-rushed-straight-from-Yakima hops for your immaculate reception. This Un-Freakin-Filtered, wetter-than-wet beer has 11lbs-per-barrel of Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic and Indigenous Catawampus.”

 

 

 

 

 

Swamp Head Brewery Gainesville Green LabelSwamp Head Brewery Gainesville Green (7.0% ABV) – For over five years now, Gainesville’s Swamp Head Brewery has made this fresh-hop IPA with a different strain of hops each year. No one outside of the brewery knows what version of this beer will appear each year – what strain of hops? Which state will the hops originate? Will the beer be a traditional IPA or a hazy IPA?  While the brewery seems to savor the suspense, the beer never disappoints.

 

2019 Terrapin Beer So Fresh and So Green Green Wet Hop IPA

 

 

 

Terrapin Beer Company So Fresh and So Green Green (5.2% ABV) – Athens, Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Company has been making this wet-hopped beer as an IPA for ten years now. Like Swamp Head, Terrapin has been using a different hop(s) each year. 2019 is no different – the brewery announced that So Fresh will be made this year using Zuper Saazer hops from Michigan. Give it a try and see what flavors these new hops give the beer.

 

 

 

 

Fresh-hopped beer
After wet-hopped beer, another type of beer that expresses the freshness of newly picked hops is a fresh-hopped beer (usually an IPA).  Fresh-hopped beer is a beer (almost always an IPA) that is brewed only with hops that have been picked in the October harvest.  While the hops have been kilned, dried, and pelletized, being used quickly after picking ensures that the beer gives off aromas and flavors of the hoppiest time of the year.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2019

 

 

 

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (6.8% ABV) – Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale has been one of the few American IPAs released for the holidays ever since 1981.  While many brewers release stouts and spiced beers, Sierra Nevada takes the hops from the October harvest and uses them while they’re at their peak freshness.  Celebration Ale’s holiday release is the gift that hoppy beer enthusiasts want (and get) year after year.

 

 

 

 

Intense beer
When talking about hoppy beer, no discussion is complete without mention of Dogfish Head’s IPAs.  120 Minute IPA has been a standard of hoppy beer for over 15 years and it is one of the few IPAs that can be cellared for years.

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

 

 

 

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (15-20% ABV) – No, it’s not a wet-hopped beer or even a fresh-hopped beer, but Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA has been pushing the boundaries of hoppy beer since it was first brewed in 2003.  Brewed to test the boundaries of continual hopping, a technique developed by Dogfish Head, 120 Minute IPA is meant to be sipped slowly over the course of an evening since it contains such a monumental hop and alcohol presence.  For all those lovers of extremely hoppy beer, 120 Minute’s release has been circled on the calendar for a while.