Win Your Personal Paddy’s Day Kit

Team Cone announces Personal Paddy’s Day Giveaway

This year, while our team is filling the shelves and taps with everyone’s favorite dark and creamy Irish stout, we were looking for a way to spread cheer for St. Patrick’s Day.

We decided that the best way to honor this most Irish of holidays would be to give away a few items on our social media channels!

Look for our Personal Paddy’s Day Kits, given away every Wednesday leading up to St. Patrick’s Day!


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Wednesday, February 10th.         Instagram                        Winner chosen on February 11th

Wednesday, February 17th          Facebook.                        Winner chosen on February 18th

Wednesday, February 24th.        PLATFORM TBD.          Winner chosen on February 25th

Wednesday, March 3rd                PLATFORM TBD.          Winner chosen on March 10th

 

What’s in a Personal Paddy’s Day Kit?

Our team thought that the kit should be made of the St. Patrick’s Day classic celebration beer, Guinness, and then some wearables, some shareables, and enough fun to fill a pot of gold!

Traditional Guinness Home Bar Pack – complete with bar mats, glasses, and a bar towel

Guinness T-Shirt – to go with you wherever you decide to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Guinness Poker Set – complete with decks of cards, chips, and more

Guinness Windbreaker Jacket – The wind may always be at your back, but that doesn’t mean you should be cold.

(See pictures of items below.)

Remember to watch for giveaway announcements every Wednesday counting down to St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terms & Conditions: Must be 21 to enter and to win. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary to win sweepstakes. To enter, follow directions posted on each day of the sweepstakes and winner will be chosen at random on the day indicated. IMPORTANT: Winner will be notified by social media platform tag or direct message. Once tagged, winner will need to reply to message and indicate Cone Distributing’s Ocala Or Tallahassee office as a preferred pickup site.
All prizes must be picked up; no items will ship.
Please direct any questions to email address info at conedist dot.

Happy Cheese Lover’s Day from cheese’s best friend – BEER

Cheese Lover’s Day comes around each year – a day to celebrate what happens to milk as it becomes a few layers more awesome. Cheese Lover’s Day is also a day that is best celebrated with a gift from one of the few liquids that will make cheese more enjoyable – beer!

Few flavors pair as naturally with cheese like good beer, and for Cheese Lover’s Day, we have a few suggestions for your cheese-pairing delight:

(Note: all of these cheeses and most of these beers are available at local supermarkets and cheese stores.)

Cheese Pairing: Swamp Head Brewery Wild Night with Wensleydale Yorkshire Apricot

 

 

Swamp Head Brewery Wild Night Honey Cream Ale and Wensleydale Creamery’s Yorkshire Wensleydale & Apricots cheese: The sweetness of Swamp Head Brewery’s Wild Night Honey Cream Ale matches well with the creamy English cheese from Wensleydale. The blend of apricots in the cheese provides a slightly tart counterpoint to the beer. The light body and sweet finish in the beer dance well with the fruit in this mild cheese both finishing with a sensation that the blend of the two is greater than the sum of their parts.

 

 

Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen with Publix Honey Goat Cheese

 

 

 

Funky Buddha Floridian and Publix Deli Honey Goat Cheese: The phrase “goat cheese” can conjure many different images in the listener’s mind, but this particular goat cheese is mild with a honey sweetness that cuts through the flavor profile of the cheese and pairs well with a hefeweizen like Funky Buddha Brewery’s Floridian. The light orange and sweetness of Funky Buddha’s signature beer leave plenty of room for the cheese to express the honey and some mild funk while making it a bit sweeter in the end and blending the final flavors wonderfully.

 

 

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with Yancey's Fancy Hatch Chile Cheddar

 

 

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Yancey’s Fancy Hatch Chile Cheddar Cheese: Whenever a cheese contains peppers of any spice level, it screams out for a hoppy ale to accompany it, and this duo is no exception. Yancey’s Fancy Hatch Chile Cheddar is from a wonderful creamery in New York that does this particular cheese well – it is not overly spicy, it simply has notes of earthy hatch chiles. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale brings the hops to the party which provide a bitterness that can cut through some of the vegetal pepper notes and bring in the caramel flavors, too. The end result has sweet character from the Pale Ale’s malted barley, some sharp notes from the chiles, and bitterness from the beer that allows the sharpness of the cheddar to join the flavor of the pairing as well.

 

 

Coppertail Brewing Unholy Trippel with Tennessee Whiskey Bellla Vitano

 

 

Coppertail Brewing’s Unholy Trippel with Sartori’s Tennessee Whiskey Bella Vitano: This pairing may seem a bit counter-intuitive, but trying will eliminate any doubt. Coppertail’s Unholy Trippel brings in some slight earthy character and an American hoppiness that just gets to the heart of the cheese. The Whiskey Bella Vitano has a great deal of vanilla character that just gets to the heart of the Unholy Trippel, with the hops leading everyone to the dance floor. The final flavor is an unusual but intriguing mix of funk from the Trippel, sweetness from the whiskey aging, and creaminess from the cheese.

 

Whatever your favorite flavors, we invite you to try a new cheese and pair it with a beer of your choice, looking for the best out of the pairing. Click here for our beer finder, where you can find your next favorite beer.

 

 

About Cheese Lover’s Day:
A day to celebrate cheese? Absolutely!
While there is no firm evidence of how cheese making was discovered. but legend tells us it was likely by chance that someone created the first cheese. Thousands of years ago, people transported milk and stored it in sheep’s stomachs. Left to sit a few days, the proteins would separate into curds and whey. From there, preserving the solids with salt may have seemed a logical next step. Salt was a highly valued preservative in ancient times.

How to celebrate Cheese Lover’s Day: Enjoy some cheese with your lunch or as a snack. Share your favorite cheesy recipes or puns. Try a new cheese pairing. Visit your favorite cheesemonger and be sure to give a shout out, too. Use #CheeseLoversDay to post on social media.

Win a YEAR supply of White Claw Hard Seltzer

With the start of a new year, Team Cone is hosting sweepstakes to win a year of White Claw Hard Seltzer.

White Claw Hard Seltzer, the hottest-selling brand of hard seltzer on the market, has been taking the world by storm and someone in Florida could potentially win a supply of White Claw Hard Seltzer for twelve months!

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.

How to Enter:

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 his or her 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.

 

What does a YEAR’S SUPPLY OF WHITE CLAW LOOK LIKE?

One year of White Claw Hard Seltzer is calculated to one (1) six-pack of product per week, which equals fifty-two (52) six-packs per year. Cases of White Claw Hard Seltzer contain four (4) six-packs, so the final winner will be awarded a prize of thirteen (13) cases of White Claw Hard Seltzer.

Once selected, the winner(s) will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond, or another winner will be selected.

For complete contest rules and terms, please visit the contest website HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

For updates on the sweepstakes, giveaways, new products, and other information, follow Team Cone on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & LinkedIn.

 

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The Brewer’s Story: Oyster City Brewing Company

The beginning of Oyster City Brewing Company

The story of Oyster City Brewing Company starts with Rex, Cassie, and Susan, who own the Owl Café in Apalachicola. They opened up a bar called The Tap Room, and people kept coming in and asking,” what’s your local beer?” At that time there wasn’t one. After hearing that question many times, the trio began to ponder what it would really take to open a brewery in the Oyster City. The first step was a home for this new business, so they began acquiring the building across from the Owl Café. The answer was not far from the café.

Welcome to Apalachicola sign

In a previous life, the building had been a bar called The Oasis. “It was an old Florida bar where the all the shrimpers and fishermen came to, and the city had outgrown it,” says Oyster City Brewing’s Director of Operations Clayton Mathis. “The building was closed up and was available.” Since the building was built as a bar and not a brewery, a few adjustments had to be made, but the group had found a home for Apalachicola’s first local brewery.

After acquiring the building, the brewery needed someone to steer the brewing. The group hired brewer Jamie Ray as a consultant in 2013. Ray has brewed beer all over the United States, and he would help Oyster City with their initial launch and then return to work for the brewery in 2019. The ownership group worked with Ray and started brewing test batches of beer while they were converting the Oasis building into the home of Oyster City Brewing Company.

It took over eight months to get the building ready for its new life as Apalachicola’s local brewery. Once the building was ready, the team installed fermenters and their brewhouse and set to work.  The first official beer of Oyster City Brewing was Hooter Brown Ale. Clayton remembers that, “Jamie came in and worked on the recipe for a brown ale and used Tupelo honey – it was so abundant back in 2013-2014.” After some tweaks, Hooter Brown Ale was born. “That is what Oyster City is, though. It was built on Hooter Brown.”

 

Grand Opening

Oyster City Brewing Company opened in June of 2014, selling beer on tap and sending beer into distribution. As a brewery favorite and Oyster City’s first beer, Hooter Brown was the first beer sent out in both cans and kegs, followed by Mill Pond Dirty Blonde, then shortly afterward Apalach IPA.

In 2015, after establishing himself as a brewer and working through the jobs in the brewery, Clayton became the brewery’s Director of Operations and helped to shape Oyster City’s core lineup of beers.

 

Oyster City Brewing’s core beer lineup now consists of:

Oyster City Hooter Brown Ale

 

Hooter Brown Ale: A robust ale made with local honey harvested upriver at Owl Creek. Full-bodied and easy-drinking thanks to rich honey and chocolate malts.

 

 

Oyster City Brewing Mangrove Pale Ale

 

 

Mangrove Pale Ale with Mango: Classic pale ale with malty body, hopped with Centennial and Cascade hops. Fermented with mangoes reminiscent of heavenly days spent in tropical climes.

 

Oyster City Brewing Apalach IPA

 

Apalach IPA: An IPA with caramel malt body with appearances by centennial, citra, chinook hops.

 

 

 

Oyster City Brewing Mill Pond Dirty Blonde Ale

 

Mill Pond Dirty Blonde: An “almost easy ale” with a well-balanced, crafty malt structure and hopped with Ahtanum hops. Pairs well with oysters, sunny beaches, and salt water.

 

 

Oyster City Brewing Tate's Helles

 

Tate’s Helles German-style Lager: “Hell-Us” for English speakers means “a light one.” Pacifica hops from New Zealand add a hint of orange marmalade flavor. Named after Tate’s Hell State Forest.

 

 

The brewery steadily grew larger and keeping up with the volume of beer that their fans demanded grew to be a challenge, so the team enlisted the help of Lakeland, Florida-based Brew Hub to help make some of Oyster City’s core beer. This would allow the brewers to focus on making seasonal and limited beers both for the taproom and limited distribution. “We have been able to establish a schedule for seasonal beers and we have released Red Right Return Amber Ale and First Light of Day Golden Ale that will see distribution in 2020. This year was the first year of seasonals, and we were able to establish a good schedule for them,” Clayton insists. “We released a lot more seasonal beer this year. We also have a Raspberry Hibiscus Berliner Weisse, our Red Snapper IPA, which is an IPA with beets, and we’re getting set week to brew Oktoberfest beers. We want to keep our brewers doing something fun and exciting.”

 

Oyster City Brewing Company tap handles
Oyster City tap handles are each made in Apalachicola and are oyster rakes.

Working Oyster City into the beer

From the beginning, the ownership group knew that the brewery’s roots within its home city ran deep. With its home in a bar loved by boat captains, its owners rooted in the community, and its beers ready to help tell the story of Apalachicola, the brewery’s name came from the area’s fame for Gulf oysters. Originally, the owners were going to name the brewery after its home city but kept pondering. “So, instead of naming the brewery Apalachicola Brewing Company, they chose to call it Oyster City Brewing,” recalls Clayton. “At that time, the oyster population was higher, but Apalachicola provided 90% of Florida’s oysters and 10% of the U.S.’s oysters.”

As the city’s first brewery, Oyster City Brewing Company wanted to give a glimpse of the life, people, and culture of Apalachicola to anyone who drank their beer. The did this by incorporating several local elements into their beer names, can designs, and branding.

 

The wall of buoys in Apalachicola has provided Oyster City Brewing with colors for its beer cans.
The wall of buoys in Apalachicola has provided Oyster City Brewing with colors for its beer cans.

“Made By The Water”

 On every package of Oyster City Brewing Company’s beer are the words “Made By The Water.”

The brewery’s website describes the unique slice of life that happens in where the Apalachicola River meets the Gulf of Mexico and forms Apalachicola Bay. “The salt and the fresh meet and the water teems with life,” the website reads. “Our life. Our body. Our Language. We are made by this particular piece of water.” Clayton says that it is a point of pride that the brewery keeps with that theme of showcasing the city and people of Apalachicola in each beer they make.

This pride resonates in every aspect of Oyster City Brewing Company.

Each tap handle from Oyster City is actually welded in Apalachicola and is an oyster rake. “This is the same kind of tool used with oysters,” Clayton says. “They are used to cull the oyster beds and then the two parts are the legal size of an oyster.”

The colors of each Oyster City can are unique as well – they are modeled after buoys in a two-story mural of buoys on the waterway of Apalachicola. When the brewery says that their beer is “Made By the Water,” it is true in every sense of the phrase.

 

Challenges now and in the future

When asked about what challenges Oyster City Brewing, Clayton does not hesitate: “Our greatest challenge has been the size of the brewery.” Oyster City Brewing is an expanding brewery and they are working as hard as they can to keep beer lovers supplied with their beer. Combine the size of the brewery with its floorplan that was originally set up to house a different type of business, and then invite people to visit.  Clayton elaborates, “The brewery has an open floor plan, too. When the tasting room and patio is open, there are people walking around while the staff is making beer. We have outgrown this brewery, and that is why we chose to go with Brew Hub.” He also jests about another big challenge: not drinking all of the beer.

Why not simply expand their existing brewery then? Clayton explains, “There is always a thought of expansion,” Clayton admits. “We would love to build a big brewery, but the cost would be a couple million dollars. We always want to make sure we have the demand for the beer and don’t want to put ourselves in the position of trying to expand too quickly and then lose momentum.” Ultimately, Oyster City’s expansion will depend on how much the brewery can grow and stay true to its local roots and mission statement. “We love our beer, we love Apalachicola, and we want to do everything we can to protect the brand. That means strategically finding the right time to build that brewery.”

 

Oyster City Brewing brewer Clayton Mathis
Oyster City Director of Operations Clayton Mathis dumps spent grain in a trailer.

The pearl-bright future of Oyster City Brewing

The future is bright for Oyster City Brewing Company. “The next big achievement is to get our beer in more people’s hands,” Clayton says. “That is what we’re trying to do with Team Cone.” Expanding distribution and moving their beer outward is one step toward their greater goal.  “We believe in our product, we believe that we have a superior product in our great beer, and I want as many people to drink our beer as possible. That is the next move for the brand as expand and we start to talk about possibly building a bigger facility and what our future is.”

No matter how much beer the brewery makes, one thing is for certain, Clayton says. The brewery’s great beer is a product of the team that powers the brewery.

“I believe in the product we have and have a great team,” Clayton emphasizes. “We have a great staff of bartenders, we have a great sales director, we have great ownership, and great brewers.” Making beer is truly a team effort from grain to glass. “These guys keep me coming to work, and it makes it easy to come to work. But I believe in the product, and I believe in the brand.”

Even though the brewery is building momentum, Clayton says he still has one big worry. “At night, from March to October, I worry about how we’re going to get enough beer to the people who want to drink it.” It’s a good problem, but a problem, nonetheless. “Being on the coast, from springtime, summertime until Labor Day, it keeps us up wondering how we’re going to get as much beer as the people want.”

“We’re constantly trying to improve every day.” 

 

 Want to see more? Click over to our Beer Finder to search for Oyster City Brewing Company’s beer near you or speak to your Team Cone representative.
(Please read our Oyster City Brewing announcement to learn which counties we distribute Oyster City Brewing Company in.)

Boats at rest in Mill Pond in Apalachicola
Boats at rest in Mill Pond in Apalachicola

Which lemonade is your favorite on National Lemonade Day?

As the sun rises on National Lemonade Day, there have never been more choices and varieties of lemonade than right now. Lemonade has grown up, and its grown-up self can be either a malt-based hard lemonade or a lemonade-themed beer, or even a shandy (beer/ lemonade mix).  Many of the best brewers and drink-makers are pulling out the stops to create unique spins on this classic drink.  In a year where life has given its share of lemons, here are a few unique options to enjoy with National Lemonade Day.

Swamp Head Brewery Lemon Days Berliner Weisse

 

 

 

Swamp Head Brewery Lemon Days (5.0% ABV) Gainesville’s first craft brewery has come up with another great beer to help with the summer heat. Swamp Head Brewery’s Lemon Days Berliner Weisse is technically a beer and not lemonade, but after a can of this light-bodied, somewhat tart treat, what makes a bigger impact is its thirst-quenching and refreshing nature. Call it whatever you’d like, it’s possible you’ll like another can. Whether it’s the pool, the campsite, or the backyard, any day can be a Lemon Day, and that’s something to look forward to.

 

 

Truly Mango Lemonade Hard Seltzer

 

 

Truly Mango Lemonade (5.0% ABV) When the beverage masters at Truly came out with a lemonade twist on their classic seltzer, they created a unique taste and made seltzer more approachable for everyone. The folks at Truly did not rest on their laurels for too long. They instead found fruit flavors to make Truly Lemonade even better. And rather than making people choose between flavors, Truly put all of these tropical and fruity lemonades together in a variety pack. For Lemonade Day, we would recommend the tropical twist of ripe mango, but don’t take our word for it. Dive into a Truly Lemonade Variety pack and discover your new favorite.

 

Mike's Hard Watermelon Lemonade

 

 

 

Mike’s Hard Watermelon Lemonade (5.0% ABV) A summer treat of hard lemonade from a company who has learned the secrets of lemonade flavors: Mike’s. The sweetness of watermelon blended with some of the tartness of classic lemonade yields this pink drink. Only available for a limited time – enjoy one with the summer since neither will last.

Leinenkugel Summer Shandy

 

 

 

 

Leinenkugel Summer Shandy (4.2% ABV) Originating with the European tradition of a shandy – half-lemonade and half-beer that would be the perfect end to a long hike or bike ride – Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy can make short work of Florida’s summer heat. Originating with a light-bodied wheat beer and then an additional helping of lemonade, after one or two of these treats, they will become a summer favorite.

 

 

Crook and Marker Blueberry Lemonade

 

 

Crook & Marker Blueberry Hard Lemonade (4.0%ABV) A summer sipper from the folks who boast zero sugar and 80 calories in each can of lemonade. Tart, tangy, and tasty with the addition of even more tart berry flavor – Blueberry Lemonade is a treasure to be found in Crook & Marker’s Lemonade Variety Pack.

 

National Lemonade Day illustrates perfectly just how much lemonade has evolved from a summer drink enjoyed as kids to a more grown-up version suitable for any occasion imaginable. Whichever lemonade you prefer or want to try, click over to our Beer Finder to find your next favorite lemonade today!

Team Cone signs deal to distribute Oyster City Brewing Company in nine counties

Oyster City Brewing Company of Apalachicola adds nine counties to their distribution footprint in a distribution agreement with Cone Distributing (Team Cone).

Apalachicola’s craft brewery will now be distributed in (alphabetically) Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Suwannee, and Union counties with Team Cone.

Oyster City Brewing Company image

“Oyster City already has some great distribution partners, and we are extremely excited to add Team Cone to that list,” says Clayton Mathis, Oyster City Brewing Company’s Director of Operations. “Team Cone approached us with a clearly defined plan of brand enhancement with the goal of making sure our beer gets into the hands of as many people as possible. We believe strongly in our product, and it was easy to see Team Cone reflects that same belief.”

“I recognized that the outstanding beer I tried from Oyster City Brewing Company would be loved by drinkers throughout our distribution footprint,” says Team Cone president Doug Cone. “All of us at Team Cone can’t wait to bring the beers and the story of Apalachicola’s craft brewery to the people of these nine counties.”

Team Cone will be distributing Oyster City Brewing Company’s award-winning Hooter Brown Ale in addition to core beers Apalach IPA, Mangrove Mango Pale Ale, Tates Helles Lager, and Mill Pond Dirty Blonde beginning on Monday, August 17th.

 

Oyster City Brewing Company logo small

 

About Oyster City Brewing Company
Oyster City Brewery opened in 2014 in the historic town of Apalachicola, Florida.
Where the river winds south and the gulf creeps toward it, here, where they touch, something happens. The salt and the fresh meet and the water teems with life. Where pieces of the river and the gulf migrate into each other, life is formed. Not simply two parts anymore, but a new body, a new language. Our life. Our body. Our language. We are made by this particular piece of water.

Summer Driving Tips from our CDL Trainer and Safety Officer

June is National Safety Month and just in time for summer, our Corporate Safety Officer and CDL Trainer Dan Yero is back to give us some timely traffic tips. Any one of these items could have a significant impact on drivers of large commercial vehicles. Here are five items to keep in mind for your vehicle in the Florida summer:

Summer Driving Tips and Beer Truck pic

 

Be vigilant with your driving. Children are out of school for the summer and have free time on their hands. Drive with caution, especially around residential and retail areas where children could be playing at any time of the day.

 

Be vigilant about your vehicle, especially the coolant levels. When you inspect your vehicle before a trip or if you suspect a problem, make sure your coolant levels are where they need to be to prevent overheating and causing a breakdown situation.

 

The roads are hot, and this could affect your tires. Make sure that your tires have the proper inflation levels to avoid blowouts and the proper tread depth to avoid hydroplaning. Remember that you should have at least 4/32 of an inch of tread depth on steering tires and 2/32 of an inch of depth on other tires.

 

Beware of low-hanging tree limbs. Summer storms or even showers can saturate branches and cause tree limbs to hang lower than normal. A limb that was always taller than the truck could at any time be too small to clear. Summer brings wind and rain, and that affects tree limbs, too. Summer storms knock down limbs and throw them around. Tree limbs can prove troublesome on the side of the road or obstructing the road after a storm. Vehicular impact with tree debris could cause damage to your vehicle, damage to your tires, loss of control, or injury to the driver.

Car windshield looking at a truck

 

Watch for puddles in your path. Even the RMS Titanic may not have thought much about the iceberg until after impact. There is no telling how deep a puddle truly is from a distance, and the results can be unpleasant. The same puddle that was shallow yesterday could have expanded after numerous vehicles have passed over it. Use caution around water, especially at highway speeds.

 

An alert driver is prepared for the road ahead and has the best chance to avoid obstacles. Please drive carefully, no matter the vehicle that you operate and that includes no distracted driving. Remember that safety is no accident.

National Cheese Day pairings from cheese’s best friend – BEER

National Cheese Day is here again (it’s celebrated each year on June 4th) and although it’s an unofficial holiday, it’s one that is best celebrated with a nice charcuterie board and a few glasses of cheese’s best friend: beer!

Few flavors pair as naturally with cheese like good beer, and for 2020’s National Cheese Day, we have a few suggestions for your cheese-pairing delight:

 

Cheese Pairing: Swamp Head Brewery Wild Night with Wensleydale Yorkshire Apricot

 

 

Swamp Head Brewery Wild Night Honey Cream Ale and Wensleydale Creamery’s Yorkshire Wensleydale & Apricots cheese: The sweetness of Swamp Head Brewery’s Wild Night Honey Cream Ale matches well with the creamy English cheese from Wensleydale. The blend of apricots in the cheese provides a slightly tart counterpoint to the beer. The light body and sweet finish in the beer dance well with the fruit in this mild cheese both finishing with a sensation that the blend of the two is greater than the sum of their parts.

 

 

Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen with Publix Honey Goat Cheese

 

 

 

Funky Buddha Floridian and Publix Deli Honey Goat Cheese: The phrase “goat cheese” can conjure many different images in the listener’s mind, but this particular goat cheese is mild with a honey sweetness that cuts through the flavor profile of the cheese and pairs well with a hefeweizen like Funky Buddha Brewery’s Floridian. The light orange and sweetness of Funky Buddha’s signature beer leave plenty of room for the cheese to express the honey and some mild funk while making it a bit sweeter in the end and blending the final flavors wonderfully.

 

 

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with Yancey's Fancy Hatch Chile Cheddar

 

 

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Yancey’s Fancy Hatch Chile Cheddar Cheese: Whenever a cheese contains peppers of any spice level, it screams out for a hoppy ale to accompany it, and this duo is no exception. Yancey’s Fancy Hatch Chile Cheddar is from a wonderful creamery in New York that does this particular cheese well – it is not overly spicy, it simply has notes of earthy hatch chiles. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale brings the hops to the party which provide a bitterness that can cut through some of the vegetal pepper notes and bring in the caramel flavors, too. The end result has sweet character from the Pale Ale’s malted barley, some sharp notes from the chiles, and bitterness from the beer that allows the sharpness of the cheddar to join the flavor of the pairing as well.

 

 

Coppertail Brewing Unholy Trippel with Tennessee Whiskey Bellla Vitano

 

 

Coppertail Brewing’s Unholy Trippel with Sartori’s Tennessee Whiskey Bella Vitano: This pairing may seem a bit counter-intuitive, but trying will eliminate any doubt. Coppertail’s Unholy Trippel brings in some slight earthy character and an American hoppiness that just gets to the heart of the cheese. The Whiskey Bella Vitano has a great deal of vanilla character that just gets to the heart of the Unholy Trippel, with the hops leading everyone to the dance floor. The final flavor is an unusual but intriguing mix of funk from the Trippel, sweetness from the whiskey aging, and creaminess from the cheese.

 

Whatever your favorite flavors, we invite you to try a new cheese and pair it with a beer of your choice, looking for the best out of the pairing. Click here for our beer finder, where you can find your next favorite beer.

 

 

About National Cheese Day
June 4 is National Cheese Day. Not to be confused with other popular cheese-related holidays like grilled cheese day, cheesecake day, or mac and cheese day. This day is in reverence of the queen of all dairy, the big cheese.

Celebrate National Cheese Day by indulging in cheese and/or charcuterie, preferably with friends. For more information on National Cheese Day, including multiple fun facts about cheese, please click here.