Team Cone donates over $70,000 for St. Jude in 2021

Ocala- and Tallahassee-based beer distributor Cone Distributing (Team Cone) combined forces with community members throughout the company’s 22-county footprint to give over $70,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

In an especially challenging year, Team Cone set a goal to fundraise $30,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They exceeded their goal by over 100%.

“We knew we wanted to continue living out our Core Value of giving back with caring, but we knew with COVID concerns we also had to cancel indoor, in-person events,” says Steve Beckwith, Team Cone’s Vice President of Operations. “Our team, our suppliers, and our community came through huge for us in making another impactful donation to this amazing organization.”

2021 marks the 13th year that Team Cone has hosted events and community activities throughout the 22 counties they serve to make a large donation to the hospital.  Team Cone’s business partners collect funds, make donations, or work to support the company’s annual drive for St. Jude. In those 13 years, Team Cone and their community have together raised $471,908 for the nonprofit hospital.

Planning and progress are already underway for Team Cone’s 2022 St. Jude fundraisers.  The company’s goal this year is to continue their legacy of community contribution by continually giving back with caring.

Team Cone Leadership Team

 

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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.

Blue Moon is giving away a Solo Stove – enter here to win

Team Cone is excited to partner with our friends at Blue Moon Brewing Company to give away a special prize for all of you campfire enthusiasts to enjoy for those cold nights here at home or wherever your travels may take you.  A Blue Moon branded Solo Stove!
That’s right! We’re giving away a prize pack that includes some of the hottest gear on the market! Remember – you can’t win if you don’t enter!

Blue Moon Sweeps for Solo Stove

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!

TWO ways to enter

You can enter to win by:

YOU CAN: find one of our tags at your favorite grocery, convenience, or beer store and scan the QR code to enter!

OR YOU CAN: enter today by visiting the contest website! 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 February 28th 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 Blue Moon Light Sky near you? Or maybe a cold Blue Moon Belgian White?
Head over to our Beer Finder page for local retailers, bars, and restaurants.

 

 

Team Cone holiday schedule update 2021

Team Cone Holiday Schedule

 

To our valued customers and teammates,

Just like we did for Thanksgiving week, Team Cone will be adjusting our operating hours during the week of December 20th in order to give our teammates Christmas Day, December 25th to spend with their families.

We will be following the schedule below and working a day ahead, beginning on Sunday, December 19th.  This schedule will apply to both our Sales Team and our Delivery Team.

SALES DEPARTMENT

If your normal SALES DAY is:

Monday, December 20th

 

Tuesday, December 21st Wednesday, December 22nd Thursday, December 23rd Friday, December 24th Saturday, December 25th
Your sales representative will visit on:
 

Sunday, December
19th

 

Monday, December 20th

 

Tuesday, December
21st

 

Wednesday,
December 22nd

 

Thursday, December 23rd

 

Friday,
December
24th

 

DELIVERY DEPARTMENT

If your normal DELIVERY DAY is:

Tuesday, December 21st Wednesday, December 22nd Thursday, December 23rd Friday, December 24th  Saturday, December 25th
 

Your delivery will come on:

 

Monday, December 20th

 

Tuesday, December  21st

 

Wednesday, December 22nd

 

Thursday, December 23rd

 

Friday,
December 24th 

 

As always, if you have any issues or concerns, please contact us via telephone, email, or website, or reach out to your Team Cone teammate.

We thank you for helping us make this adjustment so that we can give our hard-working teammates time with their families. We are grateful for your continued understanding, and we wish you a happy, safe, and peaceful Christmas and New Year’s season.

Please note that we will not work an adjusted schedule for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Both of those days will be normal service days for all Team Cone departments. Please check our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the most up-to-date announcements regarding schedules, products, giveaways, and our Team.

Sincerely,

Team Cone Management

 

The Twelve Days of Giveaways are here

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we are ready to play Santa! We have decided that we would love to spread some holiday cheer with some beer-related gifts for the wonderful people in our area.  We have some awesome beer-related presents to give away.  If you love ’em, then keep ’em!  If the beer lover in your life would like them, then we won’t tell if you regift!

Here’s how it works…

1. Simply check out our social media channels EACH weekday between now and December 21st for a NEW GIVEAWAY!  That is ONE NEW GIVEAWAY EACH WEEKDAY between now and December 21st.

2. One winner will be chosen at random each weekday starting Monday, December 6th. The winner’s name will be drawn by 8am the next weekday morning, to give a full day to each giveaway (ex. day 1 winner will be drawn at 8am on day 2; Friday’s winner will be chosen on Monday).  (Exception: final winner will be drawn at 5pm on 12/21.)

3. All entrants will be collated into a number pool and a random number will be drawn for a winner.

4. Winners will be posted and tagged on the giveaway thread via social media and he or she will have 24 hours to get in touch with Team Cone and claim their prize(s).  If 24 hours pass and our message is not returned and/or the winner does not contact Team Cone, then a new winner will be picked and notified.

5. Prizes must be picked up at one of our Cone Distributing office locations either 1551 NW 44th Ave in Ocala or 3214 W. Tharpe Street in Tallahassee on or before December 29th, 2021.

 

Now for the goodies! See below – the winner’s name will be posted next to their prizes as soon as the item is claimed. Check ‘em out!

Miller Lite - It's Miller Time! Ugly Sweater set

 

DAY 1 – Monday, December 6th, 2021:

Miller Lite Ugly Sweater Set

Ugly Sweater Party? Bring Miller Time with you!

Drawings held on: Facebook and Instagram – 2 winners will be chosen!

 

 

 

Samuel Adams ugly sweater

 

DAY 2 – Tuesday, December 7th, 2021:

Samuel Adams Lighted Ugly Sweater

Be the highlight of the party with this lighted Samuel Adams Ugly Sweater!

Drawings held on Facebook and Twitter – 2 winners chosen!

 

 

 

 

 

Truly Ugly Sweater and Gift Set

 

DAY 3 – Wednesday, December 8th, 2021:

Truly Ugly Sweater Gift Set

So much Truly swag – this giveaway comes to a first prize of a Truly ugly sweater, beach chair, fanny pack, and beach shirt. Runner up gets a Truly ugly sweater.

Drawings held on Facebook and Instagram – multiple winners will be chosen!

 

 

 

 

 

Corona Can Cooler

 

DAY 4 – Thursday, December 9th, 2021:

Corona Cooler

Pop the top of this Corona cooler and it has room for bottles or cans and some ice! Keep your Coronas cold on the beach or in the backyard!

 

 

 

 

 

Heineken Cornhole Cooler

 

DAY 5 – Friday, December 10th, 2021:

Heineken Cornhole Cooler

The best kind of multitasking! Have a game of cornhole on top of the same cooler that keeps your drinks cold!

 

 

 

 

 

White Claw Surge Bluetooth Cooler

Day 6 – Monday, December 13th, 2021:

White Claw Surge Bluetooth Cooler

This soft-sided wonder will play music and keep some cold White Claw ready for you!! 

 

 

 

 

 

Days 7- 12: Follow us on our social media channels to find out more! You won’t want to miss these giveaways! We are @TeamConeBeer on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Team Cone Thanksgiving schedule update 2021

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 21st until Saturday, November 27th.  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 22nd Tuesday, November 23rd Wednesday, November 24th Thursday, November 25th Friday, November 26th Saturday, November 27th
Your sales representative will visit on:
Sunday, November 21st Monday, November 22nd Tuesday, November 23rd Wednesday, November 24th Friday, November 26th Saturday, November 27th

 

 

If your normal DELIVERY DAY is:

Tuesday, November 23rd Wednesday, November 24th Thursday, November 25th Friday, November 26th Saturday, November 27th
Your delivery will come on:
Monday, November 22nd Tuesday, November 23rd Wednesday, November 24th Friday, November 26th Saturday, November 27th

Please note that we will post our edited Christmas hours in early December. We will once again be altering our working hours so our teammates can be with their friends and family during the holidays. We will always strive to work ahead and to make sure that our customers and communities are taken care of and have plenty of world-class beverages to celebrate get-togethers, events, and parties.

We thank you for your help and understanding. Again, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your Team Cone teammate or call our Ocala or Tallahassee offices.

 

Fall is the best time for hoppy beers

The Hoppiest of times is here!

This time of year is the hoppiest 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 this time the best 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 year, a unique style of IPA becomes possible, and several brewers take advantage of hop harvest to make a fresh-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:

 

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.

 

 

 

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 (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.

 

 

 

 

 

New Belgium is giving away a Traeger grill for the holidays!

Team Cone is excited to partner with our friends at New Belgium Brewing to give away a special prize pack just in time for the holidays – this prize pack is best for all those who love to grill out! The prize is a Traeger Ranger Grill!
That’s right! We’re giving away a prize pack that includes one of the hottest grills on the market! Remember – you can’t win if you don’t enter!

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Grill 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 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 Hoppy Voodoo Variety Pack near you? Or maybe a cold Fat Tire?
Head over to our Beer Finder page for local retailers, bars, and restaurants.

 

 

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.