Team Cone Thanksgiving schedule update

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.

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!