Show us your Guinness spirit on St. Patrick’s Day and you could win!

We want to see your Guinness spirit on St. Patrick’s Day!

We will be out in force this Sunday for St. Patrick’s Day! Look for us working and enjoying events in the 22 counties that we serve, but we can’t be everywhere.

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We will be pouring pints of Guinness and celebrating one of our favorite days of the year, but we realize that we may not see everyone, and we want to find the best picture of St. Patrick’s Day from the counties that we serve.  So, we ask you to show us your best Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram St. Patrick’s Day photos featuring our friends at Guinness!  No matter what Guinness is in the glass, if it’s in your photo and we’re tagged, then you’re entered into the contest!

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We’re looking for a creative picture, we’re looking for you and your friends in it, and most of all, we’re looking for the most fun photo with Guinness in it!  All you have to do is post a picture with your friends and a pint of Guinness in it, tag us and your friend(s), and you’re entered.  You can post once per day, per platform (as long as it’s a unique photo) – that’s up to three entries per day!


What do you get?  Well, the winner chosen by our judges gets to pick up this Guinness dartboard!  Then you can share the spirit of this classic Irish beer with your friends any time you want to. We’ll give you the first round, too, with a pack of Guinness cans when you pick it up at our office.


All that just for posting pictures!  Make sure you tag us in the picture (we’re @teamconebeer on all platforms).  You can use Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, just tag us and at least one other friend in the picture and make sure you like and follow us!  The contest starts today, Wednesday, March 13th and runs until the bars close on Sunday, March 17th!  Our crew will choose a winner on Monday, March 18th and we will alert the winner the same day.


We look forward to seeing all of you out celebrating the spirit of Ireland during this great weekend!  If you’re looking for Team Cone’s teammates, you can find us at these events and traveling between them.  Make sure you click “Load More”- there’s so much to celebrate this weekend and so many friends to celebrate with!


We hope you have a happy St. Patrick’s Day, and please enjoy this wonderful day responsibly!  Slainte!

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5 Things to love about Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day and beyond

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On St. Patrick’s Day, it’s said that everyone is Irish and that the beer flows like water in pubs all over the world.  While that may be true, but there’s so much more to a pint of Guinness stout than just what can fit in a pint glass.

While they’re not the world’s oldest brewery, Guinness has made up for lost time with their good works done under the Guinness family.  Ever since their 18th-century start, the brewers of Guinness have been making world-renowned stout in Dublin – a that tradition continues to this day. Looking back through the company’s long history, it is clear that the people of Guinness make as much difference as the beer.

Here are five things to toast in the history of Guinness, the legendary stout:Guinness Toast

*There are ten million glasses of Guinness consumed each day around the world.  That’s approximately 2 billion pints of Guinness per year!

*In 1759, Arthur Guinness founded the brewery at St. James Gate in Dublin and had an idea that the business would last.  The term of the lease was 9,000 years! 

*During World War I, Guinness guaranteed jobs to all employees who left the brewery to serve in the military.  They also paid half salaries to the families of those fighting men while they were away!

*In December of 1939, Guinness gave every soldier in the British army a pint of stout to enjoy with Christmas dinner. 

*In 1900, Guinness employed a chief medical officer for the company. Dr. John Lumsden was so respected that he was given a knighthood by King George V for his efforts fighting disease and squalor while working for the Guinness brewery!

This St. Patrick’s Day, when you raise a toast to the Irish, their patron saint, or the friends in front of you, know that there’s a story in every pint of this smooth stout. Cheers!Guinness Pint

Congratulations to the winners of 2019 Best Florida Beer awards

Team Cone is proud to work every day towards our goal: maintaining a World Class organization.  We know that the breweries who supply us with beer all strive for the same goal.

Each year, the Best Florida Beer Competition accepts entries from Florida’s breweries and judges them, awarding medals to the top three scoring beers in each category.

We are proud and excited to congratulate these breweries on their awards at this weekend’s Brewers Ball, where the Best Florida Beer Competition awarded medals to professional brewers.  All awards were handed out by Best Florida Beer Vice President Jason Toft (pictured).


Coppertail Brewing Company won a gold medal for Soul Finger Barrel-Aged Sour.

Coppertail Brewing's Casey Hughes accepts a medal at 2019 Brewers Ball Best Florida Beer Competition

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Halpatter Brewing Company won a silver medal for O’Leno Cream Ale.

Halpatter Brewing's Jonny Frazier accepts a medal at Best Florida Beer Brewers Ball 2019

Halpatter Brewing's Jonny Frazier accepts a medal at Best Florida Beer Brewers Ball 2019














Infinite Ale Works won a gold medal for Jarrahdale Saison.

Infinite Ale Works crew poses after winning a medal at Best Florida Beer Brewers Ball


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Swamp Head Brewery won a gold medal for Swamp Fest and a silver for Land Manatee NEIPA.

Swamp Head Brewery's Luke Kemper accepts a medal at 2019 Best Florida Beer Brewers Ball 2019

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The Best Florida Beer Competition has grown as the number of Florida craft breweries has, and each year more Florida breweries enter the competition adding to the prestige of winning a medal.

Congratulations to all of the winners from the 2019 Best Florida Beer Competition!


Team Cone raises $75,000 to donate to St. Jude

Ocala- and Tallahassee-based beer distributor Cone Distributing (Team Cone) combined forces with members of the community to raise the largest donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in company history: $73,577.

For the last ten years, Team Cone has worked together with bars, restaurants, and retailers to raise money for the ground-breaking research done at St. Jude.

“One of our most cherished Core Values is to give back with caring,” says Team Cone Vice President of Sales Charlie Ingrilli.  “Hats off to our team and all they did to raise these funds. 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.  Together, we hope we can continue to make a difference for St. Jude.”

This is the tenth year that Team Cone has hosted events and community activities throughout their 22-county footprint to make a large donation to the hospital. Each year the beer distributor has exceeded totals from the previous year.

Planning and progress are already underway for Team Cone’s 2019 St. Jude fundraisers.  Team Cone’s goal in 2019 is an $80,000 donation.

If your business works with Team Cone and would like to help with our fundraising efforts, please reach out to your Team Cone teammate.

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Team Cone teammates John Finch, Matt Goldsmith, Charlie Feagin, Jim Anderson, Ty Chatterton, and Ben Whiting (Steve Hayes not pictured) all organized and executed large 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 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.


Let’s talk about corn syrup in beer


Miller Lite. Coors Light. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Russian River Brewing’s Pliny the Elder double IPA. Corona Extra. Busch Light. Natural Light. Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer. The list of beers goes on and on.

Each uses a corn-derived sugar or corn syrup called dextrose.

From leading lagers to pastry stouts to pale ales to IPAs, dextrose is widely used across the beer industry by brewers large and small in large part because it cleanly and efficiently converts to alcohol during fermentation and has a neutral taste. In short, during the fermentation process, yeast eats these simple sugars and converts them to alcohol and carbon dioxide.

As Anheuser-Busch pointed out in a series of low-performing television spots aired during Sunday’s football game, both Miller Lite and Coors Light use corn-derived sugars during fermentation, which aids in making them light-bodied, easy-drinking beers with reduced calories and carbohydrates. None of these sugars are in the final product.

Bud Light, the brand behind the ads, uses the same trick. It is brewed using rice, another fermentable carbohydrate that contributes very little flavor. (But no yeast, apparently? The brands new nutritional panels don’t make mention of a key ingredient in the beer-making process.)

So what’s behind the attack?

Bud Light VP Andy Goeler told Ad Age’s E.J. Schultz Sunday that the brand aimed to bring “ingredient transparency” to the industry and elevate the standards. “As the lead brand in the industry this is something that’s good for beer. It’s good for us, the lead brand, to make a bold move like this.”

What Goeler didn’t tell Schultz was that a number of Anheuser-Busch products also use corn syrup. And on top of that, some of them use high-fructose corn syrup, which nutritionists have called “Public Health Enemy No. 1.” No MillerCoors product uses high-fructose corn syrup.

MillerCoors CEO Gavin Hattersley has his own suspicions on Bud Light’s motive.

“Bud Light is starting this fight for one simple reason. They are scared. Coors Light and Miller Lite are making inroads and Bud Light doesn’t have an answer. We’re getting under the competition’s skin, and we’re ready to take more of their market share too,” he said in a Sunday note to distributors.

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Wide acceptance

“We’re proud of our beers, we’re proud of our ingredients, and we’re happy to have this fight any day of the week because we know this: While Bud Light has more calories and more carbs, Miller Lite has more taste and Coors Light is the World’s Most Refreshing Beer.”

Among several media outlets to weigh in on Bud Light’s attempt at a broadside, Men’s Health took up the question of whether corn syrup in beer is bad for you. The answer? “It doesn’t matter whether your beer contains corn syrup, because those refined sugars are eliminated in the fermentation process anyway,” the publication wrote. “In short, it’s no big deal if the sweetener is coming from corn syrup or milk sugars or Gisele’s tears of joy if no residual sugars are left after fermentation.”

Craft brewers know this. Vinnie Cilurzo, owner and brewmaster of Pliny The Elder-maker Russian River Brewing Co., recommends using up to 5 percent dextrose sugar in the kettle in order to brew the dry, lighter-bodied beers he prefers. “This will give you a drier beer while not contributing any additional body,” he told the American Homebrewers Association.

And other craft breweries that bottle condition their beer, or allow the beer to ferment and carbonate naturally in the can or bottle, use corn-derived dextrose and other sugars during that process. That includes craft stalwart Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. And an entire class of Belgian ales, Kate Bernot noted in a piece on the Takeout.

“If corn sugars are fine for the ‘best’ double IPA and Belgian grand crus in the world,” Bernot asked, “why wouldn’t they be fine” in light lagers?

“We don’t have anything against corn syrup, we just don’t use it for Bud Light. Consumers want transparency and we’re providing it,” said Josh Gold, an Anheuser-Busch spokesman, in an email. “It’s up to them to decide what beer is right for them. Bud Light’s Super Bowl commercials are only meant to point out a key difference in Bud Light from some other light beers.”

Cool reception

Then there’s the other question of whether the series of Bud Light ads moved the needle for the brand, which remains the largest beer brand in the U.S. despite shipments dropping 6.7 percent in 2018, its largest percentage decline on record, according to Beer Marketer’s Insights.

USA Today’s annual ad meter broadly panned the spots. The “Special Delivery” spot, which first highlighted the corn syrup issue, ranked No. 17. The brand’s follow-on spots, “Trojan Horse Occupants” and “Medieval Barbers,” came in at Nos. 37 and 43, respectively.

Adweek named the first spot as one of five moments during the game that didn’t end well with the internet. “We’re not sure the brand knew the debate it was starting. People were confused why the brand would choose to promote that fact of all things,” the publication said.

Ad Age likewise gave the ads a thumbs down, saying “unfortunately … there isn’t much in the way of wit, other than the suggestion that Bud Light doesn’t use corn syrup, which no doubt has been plaguing the drinkers of Bud Light.”

Perhaps the only stakeholders the brand did manage to rile up were the nation’s corn growers, which tweeted after the ad: “America’s corn farmers are disappointed in you. Our office is right down the road! We would love to discuss with you the many benefits of corn!” The National Corn Growers Association then went on to thank Miller Lite and Coors Light for supporting the industry.

The original form of this article appeared on MillerCoors’ website.

New Year – New Flavors: Crook & Marker

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While the spiked and sparkling category seems to grow more crowded by the minute, Crook & Marker offers drinkers something different.  While some beverages have intense flavor with a price tag of high calories and carbohydrates, Crook & Marker’s beverages are offering a taste that drinkers can indulge in with only 80 calories.

From the creative mind that brought the world Bai Antioxidant Beverages, Crook & Marker takes great care to distinguish themselves from the rest of the spiked and sparkling beverages available by creating a fruit-inspired spiked beverage with a flavorful fruit burst, no gluten, and 80 calories.

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Crook & Marker drinks exist at the intersection of tasty and guiltless beverages.  Their drinks are the only spiked and sparkling beverages made with organic alcohol and zero sugar.  The Crook & Marker formula uses ancient grains like quinoa, amaranth, and millet, along with cassava root, to create organic alcohol that the company calls BaseBrew.  From there, the BaseBrew is paired with luscious fruit flavors that bring the zing of fruit with zero grams of sugar, 80 calories, and less than one net carbohydrate. The drinks are sweetened from natural sources, certified organic, and vegan.  Crook & Marker beverages contain four percent alcohol by volume and are available in 11.5oz cans of single flavors and variety packs.


Crook & Marker uses fruit in both conventional and innovative fruit combinations to leave the curious wanting to try just one more sip.  From black cherry at the pool’s edge to mango on the beach, blackberry lime while stargazing, or strawberry lemon around a campfire, Crook & Marker’s flavors, not their calories, are the most memorable part.


Look for Crook & Marker beverages in wide release during the month of January.  These beverages will be available throughout Team Cone’s entire 22-county footprint in the state of Florida.  Pick one up today and see what unbound flavor tastes like.

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Team Cone’s 2019 Christmas Giveaway is here: Maple Bacon Christmas

Last year, Team Cone gave away some really special items to our community for Christmas 2018.

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Santa has really been loving his breakfast this year, though.

Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

In his newfound love for all things breakfast, Santa has rather enjoyed Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha Brewery, and he had a new idea – what better way to enjoy this beer than at the brewery fresh from the source???   It’s time for MAPLE BACON CHRISTMAS 2018!

In that spirit, Santa wants to see how much everyone enjoys the beers from his friends at Funky Buddha Brewery!  To enter for a chance to win a trip to Funky Buddha Brewery for Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Day on January 12th, 2019, all you have to do is post a picture of you and your favorite Funky Buddha beer between now and December 23rd!  Every unique post on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM with the hashtag #maplebaconchristmas2018 between now and December 23rd will be considered an entry – limit one per person per day!  On Christmas Eve, while Santa is getting ready for his worldwide work, we will announce the winner of the sweepstakes.  The winner can then come to our office and pick up what he or she has won!


TWO (2) VIP Tickets to Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Festival
TWO (2) nights lodging in Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Friday and Saturday
TWO (2) cases of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter (included with ticket)

Santa loves Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

The winner will be chosen randomly FROM TWITTER OR INSTAGRAM, so the more UNIQUE posts you make, the better your chances to win!  Just REMEMBER to have your privacy settings set to allow others to see your posts and tag each daily post with the hashtag #maplebaconchristmas2018.

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Happy Holidays, Happy Posting, and GOOD LUCK!

Want to learn more about Funky Buddha Brewery? Click here.

Want more info on Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Day? Click here.

For Full Sweepstakes Terms and Conditions, click here.

Team Cone Fall Rib Sale 2018 raises $4,500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Ocala, FL – Ocala- and Tallahassee-based beer distributor Cone Distributing (Team Cone) raised over $4,500 on Saturday, December 1st through the company’s semi-annual rib sale.

Event organizer Ben Whiting says that he is grateful that this event can bring together the community and raise money to make a difference in children’s and family’s lives.  Whiting also extends his thanks to Martin’s Yamaha of Ocala who graciously hosted the event this year.

“We look forward to the Fall Rib Sale every year,” says Team Cone Vice President of Operations Steve Beckwith.  “Ben and his team do a great job of putting together an event that brings members of the community together to have a great time and raise funds to donate to St. Jude.”

This is the second year that Team Cone has held their Fall Rib Sale to benefit St. Jude, and the event and the charitable donation it raises has grown larger each time.

Through events held in Team Cone’s 22 county footprint, the company was able to make a $51,000 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2017.  Currently, the company will break their own fundraising record thanks to events like the Fall Rib Sale 2018 and the upcoming December 9th Ocala Golf Tournament and December 9th Tallahassee Bingo Tournament.

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Team Cone teammates and community members gather together to support St. Jude at the Rib Sale 2018.

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About Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, is one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Children from all 50 states and from around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more around the world have benefited from the research conducted at St. Jude – research that is shared freely with the global medical community. No family ever pays St. Jude for anything.

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.