Twisted Tea wants to send you to Florida’s BIGGEST rivalry game

Team Cone is giving away a special prize pack from our friends at Twisted Tea – we want to send you to Florida’s hottest rivalry game on November 27th!
We’re giving away a prize pack that includes two tickets to one of college football’s biggest rivalries – and this year the game is in Gainesville! Remember – you can’t win if you don’t enter!

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. Previous winners have come from Ocala, Homosassa, Crystal River, and Tallahassee! 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 October 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? Check the sweepstakes website to see how you can enter multiple times!

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 cold Twisted Tea® near you?
Head over to our Beer Finder page for local retailers, bars, and restaurants.

 

 

Allagash Brewing returns to Florida, signs distributionwith Team Cone

Beer from one of the nation’s most celebrated breweries will now be available, year-round, to beer lovers in Florida. Today, award-winning Maine-based Allagash Brewing Company announced it would once again distribute its beer across Florida beginning in mid-October. Allagash’s offerings will be anchored in its flagship beer Allagash White, with an array of formats including draft, 4 packs of 16 ounce cans, 12 packs of 12 ounce cans, and 19.2 ounce cans available throughout the state. River Trip and other specialty beers will follow in the coming months.Allagash-White-Chalice

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“Since we left Florida nearly a decade ago, our fans there have been constantly asking us to come back,” said Rob Tod, founder, Allagash. “We’re happy to finally make that happen, bringing my favorite beer, Allagash White, to our friends in Florida.”

Heralded as “one of the top 25 most important Craft Beers in America,” and “one of the most consistently perfect beers ever brewed on American soil”, Allagash White is revered around the world, earning coveted awards and accolades. In 2020, Allagash White took home the gold for Belgian-style witbier in the Great American Beer Festival–the fourth time it received that honor.

Allagash first started distributing in Florida in 2002, but pulled out of the state in 2010 in order to meet demands in other markets. The brewery made a return in May 2020, with a one-time drop throughout the state.

“Florida is the state we get the most requests from fans to return to, and we were able to successfully pilot a test return to the market last year,” said Naomi Neville, sales director, Allagash Brewing Company. “We’re thrilled to be able to expand in the state and work with our distribution partners to meet the demand there for our beer.”

With its expansion to Florida, Allagash now distributes in 19 states plus D.C. To learn more and locate Allagash beer, visit allagash.com.

 

 

 

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ABOUT ALLAGASH BREWING COMPANY
Allagash Brewing Company is a Certified B Corp founded in Portland, Maine, by Rob Tod—winner of the 2019 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional. Since 1995, the brewery has been dedicated to crafting the best Belgian-inspired beers in the world, all while giving back to the community that has supported them along the way. Earning coveted Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup, and European Beer Star Awards, Allagash has been deemed one of the best American Breweries of the decade by Paste Magazine and one of the best breweries in America by Gear Patrol. Allagash is available in CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, Chicagoland, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT, and WI. Learn more on allagash.com and connect with us on our Webby-honored social channels: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. From Maine, with love.

What is a Ranch Water cocktail?

What is Ranch Water cocktail

One of the hottest new cocktails to appear in bars and restaurants is Ranch Water – but what is this tequila drink? Where did it come from? Why is it appearing in so many bars and restaurants in this area?

What is Ranch Water?

Put simply, Ranch Water is a cocktail that is made by combining tequila, seltzer water, and lime juice.

According to the Washington Post, “A bunch of people out here refer to it as the Ranch Water because cowboys are out there working hard all day, and they want good water, but they want it a little bit spiked,” says Eloise Bryan, lead concierge at the Gage Hotel in Marathon, Tex., whose White Buffalo Bar is often named as one possible originator of the drink. But, she admits, “there’s really not hard details. It’s been such a popular drink for such a long time that everything gets a little fuzzy.”

Where did Ranch Water originate? 

The legend of Ranch Water goes to west Texas where the cowboys work all day in the hot sun and want a drink to both quench their thirst and help them relax – something uncomplicated that could be made from available ingredients.

According to an article in the online magazine Punch, the drink’s origins are the stuff of legends. “There’s a rumor that it was concocted by a wild-haired rancher in Fort Davis in the 1960s,” says Phillip Moellering, Manager and Food & Beverage Director of the Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas. “Allegedly, the spirit of the drink had him following the West Texas stars all the way from Fort Davis to Marathon by foot, where he was found asleep under a piñon tree.”

What canned versions of Ranch Waters are available? 

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Waterbird Ranch Water (5.0% ABV) – Waterbird Spirits launched their products with a bang in Florida, and quickly brought their popular canned Ranch Water to the Sunshine State. Waterbird Ranch Water is a canned version of the classic cocktail made with real tequila that was distilled in Jalisco, Mexico.

 

Lone River Ranch Water Variety PackLone River Ranch Water Variety Pack (4.0% ABV) – New to Florida, but one of the original Ranch Waters – Lone River is now available! Whether you prefer your Ranch Water to be made in the classic fashion, or you prefer it spicy, with a hint of grapefruit or prickly pear, Lone River is a hard seltzer-based Ranch Water that is made with agave and natural lime along with another ingredient or two in this variety pack from the Lone River of West Texas.

No matter the type of Ranch Water you prefer, give one of these brands a try and taste the spirit this Texas-inspired cocktail today!

 

IPA Day has returned – which type of IPA drinker are you?

A Happy Hoppyday – National IPA Day

National IPA Day has returned! While American IPAs are an undoubtedly classic style, the drinking public’s tastes have changed, so the style continues to evolve. Whether its hazy and juicy IPAS, new and experimental hop styles and formats or simply a new adjunct added to these hoppy beers, remember that this day is all about the exploration of the style that keeps moving craft beer forward.

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For the person who has tried everything: IPA Day is a great day to remember the classic beers that turned heads in the first place. Remember that Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA (9.0% ABV – technically an Imperial IPA) and 60 Minute IPA (6.0% ABV were innovations that made the bitterness of IPAs palatable to those casual drinkers who had not yet experienced craft beer. Owner Sam Calagione’s experimentation with continually hopping a beer (hence the numbers) led him to these IPAs that express the citrusy and pungent aromas without the bitter bite that many other IPAs had at the time.

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For the person who doesn’t like IPAs: While not everyone loves IPAs, but hopefully the spirit of experimentation is strong on this hoppy holiday. In that case, the use of lighter malts, its grapefruit character, and subtle dryness of Coppertail Brewing’s Free Dive IPA (5.9% ABV) can appeal to even the most ardent anti-IPA drinker. If more convincing is needed, try Free Dive with spicy shrimp, Indian curry, or ceviche.

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For the die-hard IPA fan: For the drinker that’s had them all, and has a locked-in favorite, it’s rewarding to remember that even the “hops in my veins” drinker started somewhere. In this case, enjoying the strong caramel malt presences and hop-forward pine and citrus of Swamp Head Brewery’s Big Nose IPA (7.3% ABV) can bring back memories of a time when a favorite local IPA just hit the spot. Gainesville’s first craft brewery’s Big Nose IPA still holds up – strong hoppy aroma that follows through into the finish along with plenty of malty sweetness to balance the bitterness.

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For the person who loves hops not alcohol: For those who want the hoppiness of an IPA but for one reason or another choose not to drink the alcohol, a beer like Lagunitas’s IPNA (non-alcoholic) illustrates the great taste of a classic IPA with none of the alcohol. While the beer has 0% alcohol by volume, it maintains both the malt and the hops of a traditional IPA.

 

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For the person wondering about hazy IPAs: Some beer fans don’t like the bitterness present in traditional IPAs and pass up the entire category. That can be a mistake as hazy IPAs are here to offer something different. While many of these beers are unfiltered, hence the “hazy” moniker, they are also made differently than traditional IPAs and tend to express the fruity character of hoppy beer without all of the customary bitterness. Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Hazy Little Thing IPA (6.7% ABV) is just such a beer – the brewery brags that they “package Hazy Little Thing in all its raw glory: unfiltered, unprocessed, straight from the tanks and into the can.”

 

Whatever your hoppy persuasion or whichever category you fall into on IPA Day, it’s a great day to try something new and discover your next favorite beer. Click over to our Beer Finder page and discover where these beers are available near you.

Red, White, and Truly paddleboard giveaway is happening now!

Team Cone is giving away a special prize pack from our friends at Truly Hard Seltzer just as the summer starts to heat up! We want to make your summer Red, White, and Truly!
We’re giving away a prize pack that includes an inflatable paddleboard, wearables, beach chairs, and a Bison® cooler to store all of your TRULY! There will be multiple prizes in the winner’s prize pack. Remember – you can’t win if you don’t enter!

Red, White, and Truly 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. Previous winners have come from Ocala, Homosassa, Crystal River, and Tallahassee! 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? Check the sweepstakes website to see how you can enter multiple times!

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 cold Truly® near you?
Head over to our Beer Finder page for local retailers, bars, and restaurants.

 

 

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.