Beers of Summer: Pale Ales

Beers of Summer: Pale Ales

As the mercury continues to rise and afternoon showers make walking feel like swimming, the beers of winter and spring aren’t always as refreshing as they are in their own season.  Enter the beers of summer – the light, sessionable, and refreshing thirst-quenchers.  These are the beers that are at home anywhere from a bonfire to a cookout to a pool party, and they will be here for you throughout the summer.

While India Pale Ales (IPAs) are currently the hottest style in craft beer, their older and wiser cousins – the pale ales – are ready and waiting for their turn in the beer cooler this summer.  American pale ales are one of the oldest styles in craft beer and though they are inspired by British pale ales, American brewers love to put their own spin on the style.

The original American pale ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, was brewed in the 1980s and slowly grew in popularity until it became distributed nationwide and brewed on both coasts.  Americans’ fascination and love of these hoppy and relatively low-alcohol beers continues today.  Combined with their history and low-alcohol quality, their thirst-quenching nature helps make these some of summer’s perfect beers.


Here are a few inspired summer pale ales to check out this season:

Swamp Head Brewery Stump Knocker Pale Ale


Swamp Head Brewery Stumpknocker Pale Ale (5.6% ABV)- This summer pale ale is made by fishermen with the outdoors in mind!  Named for a little fish with a big attitude, Stumpknocker packs the hop aroma and flavor of a huge hoppy beer miniaturized into a pale ale.  Light in body and big on taste, this easy-drinking pale ale is a regular resident of boat coolers everywhere.  Knock one back and see for yourself!

Samuel Adams New England Pale Ale



Samuel Adams New England Pale Ale (5.5% ABV)- Bringing the hoppy flavor to any cookout!  The Boston Beer Company debuted their New England IPA in 2018 and 2019 sees the release of IPA’s little brother – New England Pale Ale. Bursting through the can with juicy hop flavors of mangoes and peaches, New England Pale Ale brings new layers to any summertime table. If hoppy beers aren’t your favorite, check out this style of beer since hop aroma and flavor are more on the side of “juicy” than “bitter.”


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Infinite Ale Works Trails Pale Ale (4.8% ABV)- The best of old-world tradition and new-world innovation!  The same yeast that makes Infinite Ale Works West Floridian Quadruple is used to make Trails Pale Ale giving the beer the fruity aroma and flavor that Belgian ales are known for. The brewery calls the beer “an easy drinking and refreshingly hoppy fusion of American hops with a distinctive Belgian yeast character.”  We call it a great twist on a refreshing pale ale with some of the great fruity flavors that make Belgian beer so interesting.

Dogfish Head American Beauty Pale Ale Bottle



Dogfish Head American Beauty Pale Ale (6.5% ABV)- Made for music-lovers by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in collaboration with the Grateful Dead and their fans everywhere! American Beauty, a pale ale inspired by the Grateful Dead, captures the spirit of the band’s 30 years of touring and recording.  The beer is made with granola (an ingredient selected by fans of the band), wildflower honey, and all American hops. Check out this sweet beauty of an American pale ale today!


Check out our BEER FINDER page to see where any of these summer pale ales can be found! No matter what beer you choose to enjoy, please enjoy responsibly.  Cheers!

Happy National Craft Distillery Day to Fish Hawk Spirits

Today is the day where the nation raises a glass to small-batch distillers around the country, and we at Team Cone are proud to do sell the handcrafted spirits of Marion County’s Fish Hawk Spirits.

From some of the best water in the world, Fish Hawk Spirits distills award-winning whiskeys and rums that are available throughout Team Cone’s 22-county footprint.

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About Fish Hawk Spirits – in their own words
There is no distillery in Florida like us making spirits the way we do. We are not in a warehouse or a fancy building. We distill on a farm in a shed with hand built stills and processing equipment. We grow our own corn for our whiskey on our land next to the distillery. We harvest fresh fruit from our own groves and from our agricultural partners. We grow our own herbs and botanicals for our infused spirits in raised gardens at the distillery. We pump our water from the Rainbow River watershed that feeds Rainbow Springs from the wells on our land, use it directly in the mash and distill it separately for blending. No municipal water or reverse osmosis found here.

Learn more about Fish Hawk Spirits’ “farm-to-bottle” mission and origins here.

Please join us in enjoying some Fish Hawk rum and whiskey and raising a glass to this World Class distillery today!


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About National Craft Distillery Day
On May 22, National Craft Distillery Day adds spirits to the small batch revolution. Recognizing the diversity of distilled spirits, the industry followed in the footsteps of the craft brewers and began creating a market for themselves.

Celebrate National Craft Distillery Day with a glass of handcrafted spirits and support your local craft distillery by using #NationalCraftDistilleryDay. Visit a local distillery and enjoy your favorite spirit. Take home your favorite and one for a friend. Use #NationalCraftDistilleryDay to share your favorites on social media.

Team Cone celebrates 34 years in the beer industry

Team Cone is proud to celebrate 34 years of selling World Class products from the best in the business. 

On May 20th, 1985, a bright-eyed Doug Cone opened Cone Distributing, Inc. for the first time and began selling five beers in four counties of rural Florida.

With the help of his family, Cone had purchased the assets of an existing distributor and opened the doors of the facility at 500 Northwest 27th Avenue in Ocala as Cone Distributing, Inc.  With hard work and dedication, Cone Distributing began growing into the business it is today.  Team Cone has purchased distribution territory and has been awarded selling rights from breweries across the world. To accommodate a growing team and territory, Cone Distributing built a 160,000 square-foot warehouse in Ocala in 2011. From small roots to now serving almost a third of the counties in Florida, Cone Distributing’s trucks and cars can be seen all around those same counties and in front of the fine establishments of the customers they serve.

Although Cone Distributing, known to many as Team Cone, now sells beer, energy drinks, soda, fermented spirits, and distilled spirits from over 40 suppliers in 22 counties, the company is proud to maintain and uphold the Core Values it always has. The values that drive the organization can be seen in many facets of the operation – from excellence in serving customers to giving back to the community it serves. Team Cone would not have grown and continue to grow without World Class people and products in the market every day.

Team Cone thanks the teammates that have helped grow the business and customers that continue to look to Team Cone for World Class products and service – for the last 34 years and onward into the future.


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Team Cone founder, Douglas P. Cone, in front of beer truck circa 1985.
Team Cone trucks, circa 1985
Team Cone truck with kegs
While the trucks and the beers have changed a little over time, Team Cone’s commitment to excellence remains the same.

Team Cone Spring Rib Fest raises over $5000 for charity

Cone Distributing (Team Cone) is proud to announce that their 2019 Spring Rib Fest earned $5,660 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Team Cone’s Rib Fest is an employee-run event that involves teammates selling tickets for slabs of ribs and proceeds being donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Ribs are then cooked up and teammates come to pick up the ribs at Martin’s Yamaha in Ocala.

In 2018, Team Cone Rib Fest Coordinator Ben Whiting noticed that the event would routinely bring in between $4000 and $5000 for St. Jude. After a discussion with Team Cone management, he decided to organize the event twice each year.

Whiting says that he is grateful for all of the help and all of the money the company is able to raise for St. Jude Children’s Hospital:

“I would like to say thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s spring event. Special thanks to Steve Beckwith, Charlie Ingrilli, Clarence Thomas, John Finch, Hunter Spink, Ty Chatterton and the entire Brady family for all their help. We raised $5660.00 making this our largest Ribfest yet.”

Team Cone Teammates pose during 2019 Spring Rib Fest
Team Cone Teammates pose during 2019 Spring Rib Fest

Each year, Team Cone raises money with the help of local businesses across the 22 counties in the state of Florida and makes a large donation to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the conclusion of the year.

Team Cone’s fundraising goal for 2019 is $75,000 to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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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.


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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. The company expanded 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.


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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We’ll see you in the pubs on St. Patrick’s Day!

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

Group from Swamp Head Brewery poses after winning a medal at Best Florida Beer's Brewers Ball 2019













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.