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.

Terrapin Beer is now brewing with solar power

Since the beginning of the company Athens, Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Company has been making beers that love the outdoors and can go anywhere.  (Don’t believe it?  Follow the hashtag #TakeTerrapin.) Recently, the brewer has formed an alliance that will use solar power to offset the energy used to brew Terrapin’s beer (roughly 30% of total energy consumption), according to a recent article in MillerCoors’s Behind the Beer Blog.

Terrapin Beer Company logo

“Terrapin’s sustainability efforts, dubbed Terraprint, encompass the brewery’s consideration for its effect on the local watershed, energy use, soil quality and other resource consumption. Among its other sustainability initiatives:

  • Terrapin was the first craft brewery in Georgia to package its beer in recyclable aluminum cans, and all of its cartons and case boxes are made of recycled material and are 100% recyclable.
  • The brewery installed a wastewater pretreatment facility that mitigates strain on its municipal treatment plant and ultimately contributes to improved quality of the local watershed.
  • It also saves water with equipment that captures condensate within its steam line and via the implementation of a new clean-in-place system on brewing and fermentation tanks.
  • It has installed LED lighting with automated sensors in its warehouse and high-efficiency on-demand boilers in the brewery.
  • Terrapin has instituted a no-idling policy across its Athens campus.
  • The byproduct from the brewery’s wastewater pretreatment facility is composted and returned to the brewery landscape for beautification, plant health, and erosion mitigation.
  • And its Ales for Trails program helps enhance outdoor experiences in the communities where Terrapin is sold.

“Every decision we make at the brewery has an effect, and we continue to look for opportunities to be better,” [Terrapin President Dustin] Watts says. “A lot of people make beer, and these days a lot of people make good beer. We want to stand for something bigger than beer.”

Terrapin Beer Company’s beers – Like Up Hi IPA, Hopsecutioner IPA, Luau Krunkles IPA, and seasonal beers like Jazz Cabbage Hemp-Infused IPA are available throughout Team Cone’s 22-county distribution footprint.

 

Terrapin Beer Company three cans

 

Terrapin Beer Company calls their carbon footprint their "Terraprint"

The Swamp Head Tailgate is coming to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium’s Gator Walk Village

Swamp Head Brewery is proud to partner with the University of Florida to bring the Swamp Head Tailgate to The Gator Walk Village on the North Lawn outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium beginning this weekend (September 7th) for the game against the University of Tennessee Martin Skyhawks.

“Growing up in Gainesville and being a Gainesville brewery, we’re obviously super excited about partnering with our hometown team,” said Luke Kemper, owner of Swamp Head Brewery.  “We thought this would be a great experience for Gator fans, so we’ll be set up with plenty of beer, shade, music, and tailgate games before every home game.”

According to the University of Florida Gameday Initiatives website, the Swamp Head Tailgate will be a staple of “The Gator Walk Village.  The Gator Walk Village is host to a premium tailgate setup, along with Gator Walk and a designation spot for all Gators Fans with music, drinks, fun & food trucks. The Village, which opens at 3 p.m. on Sept. 7, is located on the North Lawn in between University Ave. and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will once again expand this season, adding to the lively pregame atmosphere and entertainment surrounding the stadium.”  The tailgate will also feature food from local food trucks.  “The Official Swamp Head Tailgate will open between three-four hours prior to kickoff (depending on kickoff time) and close 45 minutes before kickoff. Fans of all ages can stop by the tailgate for shade, tailgate games, live music and more.”  There will also be water for sale at the water station located near the Swamp Head Tailgate.

Swamp Head Tailgate
The Swamp Head Tailgate is coming to Gator Walk Village at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium!

While the lineup of bands and food trucks will change for every game according to the university’s website, Swamp Head Brewery will proudly anchor the tailgate with their beer before every home game for the 2019 season.

The venue will be open to fans of all ages, with fans 21 and up being allowed to purchase beer prior to the game.

For more information about the Swamp Head Tailgate including a map to its location, please visit the University of Florida’s Gameday Initiatives website.

 

Team Cone TUESDAY Hurricane Dorian update

In order to keep our teammates out of a potentially dangerous hurricane or its associated severe weather, Team Cone is adjusting our schedule for September 1-3, 2019.

While we are still uncertain the path that Hurricane Dorian will take, we would rather be prepared and keep our teammates safe and prepared.  The safety of our teammates is our first priority. To keep our teammates out of some potentially dangerous weather, so we will be working a day ahead this week.

The planning and management team met this afternoon, Tuesday, September 3, 2019 concerning the issues presented by Hurricane Dorian. The primary focus of the leadership at Cone Distributing is the safety and well-being of the members of Team Cone and their families. Accordingly, the plan is to shut down ALL operations on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Again, both Ocala and Tallahassee facilities will be closed tomorrow, September 4th, 2019. Cone Distributing will reopen and resume operation on Thursday, September 5th at both our Tallahassee and Ocala facilities. 

(Please note: due to Department of Transportation regulations, if wind speeds grow too great, then our trucks cannot operate on roads and highways.)

We will continue to watch Hurricane Dorian

Our team is monitoring the storm very closely, and while we do not want further changes to the schedule, if the hurricane shifts, then we will make changes for the safety of our team.

We will do our best to communicate these changes to our teammates and to you, our customers.  Please monitor this post or our social media channels as the hurricane continues to move towards the mainland United States.  We will post information as the situation evolves and changes to affect our service.  Our aim is for service changes to be minimal.

Thank you, as always, for your help with this.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you or your staff.  If you have any questions, please email info@conedist.com. Thank you for understanding!

Team Cone Tuesday Storm Update

Team Cone Hurricane Dorian update

In order to keep our teammates out of a potentially dangerous hurricane or its associated severe weather, Team Cone is adjusting our schedule for September 1-3, 2019.

While we are still uncertain the path that Hurricane Dorian will take, we would rather be prepared and keep our teammates safe and prepared.  The safety of our teammates is our first priority. To keep our teammates out of some potentially dangerous weather, so we will be working a day ahead this week.

SALES Team

Our sales teammates will be visiting Monday stops on Sunday and normal Tuesday stops on Monday.

If your business is a normal Monday stop, then our teammates will visit on Sunday, September 1st.
If your business is a normal Tuesday stop, then our teammates will visit on Monday, September 2nd.

Your account manager will be able to tell you when your order will be delivered.  (Please note: due to Department of Transportation regulations, if wind speeds grow too great (i.e. hurricane conditions), our trucks cannot operate on roads and highways.)

We will continue to watch Hurricane Dorian

Our team is monitoring the storm very closely, and while we do not want further changes to the schedule, if the hurricane shifts, then we will make changes for the safety of our team.

We will do our best to communicate these changes to our teammates and to you, our customers.  Please monitor this post or our social media channels as the hurricane continues to move towards the mainland United States.  We will post information as the situation evolves and changes to affect our service.  Our aim is for service changes to be minimal.

Thank you, as always, for your help with this.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you or your staff.  If you have any questions, please email info@conedist.com. Thank you for understanding!

School is back in session, please drive carefully

As students in many counties return to school today, Team Cone’s Corporate Trainer and Safety Officer Dan Yero has a few reminders for those drivers who operate large vehicles, especially tractor-trailers.

As schools resume, remember to be patient.  School buses take more time to load and unload, especially along rural routes.  This could also mean frequent stops, so be prepared with longer following distances and increased focus on the road.

All traffic each way must stop for school buses unless divided by a median.  Evan an unpaved or paved median requires traffic to observe caution, since younger pedestrians may need to cross in order to get to their school bus.

Back to School also means significantly increased pedestrian traffic, too.  People walk and bike to school, so intersections and crosswalks will have more pedestrians traffic.  Observe caution and add a shot of patience to your morning coffee and everything will be ok.

Additionally, remember that the texting ban has gone into effect in Florida.  Having a device in your hand on the road is a primary (and ticketable) offense, and motorists can be pulled over by law enforcement.

Finally, remember to stay hydrated.  It seems like a simple thing to remember, but dehydration can cause a number of problems for drivers like headache, nausea, or drowsiness.  Something as simple as having a water bottle in the car and drinking from it regularly can avert minor problems on the road.

Bus stop sign
As school buses return to the road, remember to be patient.

 

It’s Florida, so the rain comes on an almost daily basis. When the rain comes, there are a few points of caution that Dan brings up for Team Cone’s drivers:

It's Florida, so the rain comes almost daily.
It’s Florida, so the rain comes almost daily.

Reduce speed to one-third the posted speed limit.  If the speed limit is 60 miles per hour (MPH) then in a commercial tractor-trailer, reduce speed to 40 MPH.  Remember that it takes a tractor-trailer much longer to stop than other vehicles on the road.

In the case of lightning, be aware.  Do not expose yourself to lightning if unnecessary.  The true danger is when the driver is outside the vehicle in a lightning storm.

If struck your vehicle is struck by lightning, chances are that the electrical systems will become inoperable. In that case, pull over quickly, set up hazard indicators, and follow standard breakdown procedure until the vehicle can be operated safely again.

Double the following distance.  When the rain first begins is when the roads are most dangerous.  The initial burst of rain will bring up some of the oils that may have settled on the road.  In the rain, wet roads can wreak havoc on a tractor-trailer with the added danger of jackknife or rollover.  Increasing the following distance between vehicles can save lives.

No flashers while driving.  In Florida, flashers are only used to signal a breakdown or road hazard/emergency.  It is against the law to drive in the rain with emergency/hazard lights flashing.

 

Team Cone beer truck
We take safety seriously at Team Cone, and we count on our drivers to do The Right Thing The Right Way All the Time.

Team Cone partners with Goldring Gulf Distributing ensuring that Franklin county students will have school supplies

Cone Distributing of Tallahassee and Ocala (Team Cone) and Goldring Gulf Distributing, LLC, today committed $20,000 to ensure every student at Franklin County School has the tools they need to succeed this upcoming school year.

 

“Hurricane Michael devastated so many of the communities and families we serve less than one year ago. While many families are still rebuilding their homes and businesses, we wanted to do what we could to ensure their future is bright,” said Doug Cone, founder of Team Cone.

In this photo is sheriff AJ Smith (hat), state representative Jason Shoaf, and Doug Cone (green shirt). Also school superintendent Traci Moses.
In this photo is sheriff AJ Smith (hat), state representative Jason Shoaf, and Doug Cone (green shirt). Also school superintendent Traci Moses.

Team Cone teamed up with Goldring Gulf Distributing, LLC, to make the contribution after learning that nearly 400 students in the Pre-K through 12 public school were without school supplies. Many supplies had already been donated by the district and other local businesses, but the previous donations provided for only half of the school’s student population.

 

“We wanted to close the gap and make sure that every student starts the year off right, and that requires the necessary tools to get the job done,” said Cone.

 

Team Cone founder Doug Cone in front of Franklin County school

 

“We know all too well what our neighbors in the Panhandle are going through after Hurricane Michael, “ said Elliot Maisel, Chairman and CEO of Gulf Distributing Holdings, LLC. “Cone Distributing’s commitment to their community inspired us, and we felt compelled to offer our support.”

 

The school supplies will be distributed at the Back-to-School Orientation on August 8, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Franklin County School, 1250 Highway 98, Eastpoint. Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith will join Team Cone at the event to help the students get the supplies and find their way to class.

 

“Our most important role as community leaders is to keep our students safe, provide them with a high-quality education and give them the tools they need to succeed,” said Sheriff Smith. “We’re proud to partner with Team Cone to make sure these students have a great year and a bright future.”

 

“This school year is already off to an excellent start for the Seahawks, thanks to Team Cone!” said Frankly County Schools Superintendent Traci Moses. “Their generous contribution, combined with others, enabled us to provide school supplies to every student at Franklin County School for the upcoming year.”

 

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About Team Cone

Founded by Douglas P. Cone, Jr. in 1985, Cone Distributing (Team Cone) began business selling five brands of beer in four rural counties. Less than two years later, the company began expanding its territory and suppliers and has not stopped since, building the largest geographic footprint in the state for a Florida beer distributor. Today Team Cone distributes a broad portfolio of beverages from over 40 suppliers in 22 Florida counties out of 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.

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Goldring Gulf Distributing, LLC is located in Milton, FL and is a division of Gulf Distributing Holdings, LLC. Gulf Distributing Holdings manages and operates seven beverage distribution entities, servicing licensed retail accounts in central and southern Alabama, essentially from Birmingham to Gulf Shores as well as the Florida panhandle and two major markets in Mississippi. Gulf Distributing Holdings carries exclusive rights to distribute world-renowned beverage brands through these wholesale distributorships. As a wholesaler, each of our companies has a commitment to its suppliers, retailers, and consumers to provide quality products in its local markets. Gulf Distributing Holdings is constantly growing and currently represents nearly 100 beverage manufacturers and employs more than 900 people throughout the primary company footprint.  Gulf Distributing Holdings takes great pride in providing its employees a quality work environment and culture, along with competitive wages and benefits.

 

Team Cone and Goldring Gulf Distributing, LLC, are proud members of Beer Industry of Florida.

Team Cone named to list of Best Companies to Work For in Florida

Team Cone named to list of Best Companies to Work For in Florida™

July 29th, 2019 (Ocala, Florida) The leadership of Cone Distributing (Team Cone) is proud to announce that the company has been named to Florida Trend Magazine’s 2019 list of Best Companies to Work For in Florida™.

Team Cone earned this designation after evaluation by an independent third-party organization of the company practices, policies, information, and especially employee satisfaction surveys.  The anonymous employee satisfaction surveys contributed 75% to the overall competition score.

Team Cone’s Human Resources Director Jonathan Jarrell attributes employee satisfaction to Team Cone’s emphasis on Core Values and company culture.  “Being voted one of the Best Companies to Work For in Florida means that our teammates love coming to work here,” says Mr Jarrell,  “We promote and reward teammates that are committed to our culture and we are investing our resources in developing people to their fullest potential both at work and in their personal lives.”

“Making this list of Best Companies took a lot of work,” says Team Cone veteran Key Account Manager Charlie Feagin.  Feagin celebrated his 23-year employment anniversary with Team Cone on the same day that the company announced its place on the list of Best Companies to Work For in Florida.  “But now, more than ever, our teammates are showing how much the company’s Core Values like Team, Communication, and Giving Back With Caring mean to them.”

The title is most significant for the company’s founder.  “This designation, to me, is probably one of the greatest honors that this company has had in its 34 years of existence,” says Douglas P. Cone, Jr., Team Cone’s founder and president.  “We are humbled by it, we are proud to have earned it, and we’ll be proud to try to keep it and make sure that every day going forward we deserve what we’ve earned.”

 

TEAM CONE Horizontal No BackgroundAbout Team Cone

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 distributes a broad portfolio of beverages from over 40 suppliers in 22 Florida counties out of 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.

 

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About Florida Trend’s Best Companies to Work For in Florida™ competition

Each year, Florida Trend Magazine partners with the Best Companies Group to administer anonymous surveys to employees in eligible companies around Florida.  Employers complete an in-depth questionnaire and employees will have the opportunity to offer their honest feedback by taking part in a company-wide survey. Once both portions of the assessment are complete, the data is analyzed to determine if an organization has what it takes to be the “best.”  The list of Best Companies is published in the August edition of Florida Trend Magazine.

 

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