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.

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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.

 

 

This giveaway will make your Cinco de Mayo extra especial

Team Cone is giving away a special prize pack from our friends at Corona and Modelo just in time for Cinco de Mayo! We want to help make your Cinco de Mayo Extra Especial by giving you a chance to win one of FOUR prize packs from Corona & Modelo! There will be two first prizes and two second prizes awarded in this sweepstakes! Remember – you can’t win if you don’t enter!

Make Your Cinco Especial

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 May 3rd 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.

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

Cinco de Mayo at Oxford DownsWhat is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the unexpected victory the outnumbered Mexican army claimed over the French during the French-Mexican War of 1862. For more information about the history of this holiday, check out our post about the history of Cinco de Mayo.

 

To find locations where you can buy Corona Extra, Corona Premier, Modelo Especial, or other fine beers for Cinco de Mayo, click over to our Beer Finder to search for a retailer near you!

Celebrate the culture of Mexico with a few Cinco de Mayo beers

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May in English, has become a day to celebrate Mexican culture with food, drink, and a gathering of friends. But what exactly does this holiday celebrate and how did German- and Austrian-inspired beers get to be brewed in Mexico?

What is Cinco de Mayo?

From History.com: “During the French-Mexican War, in 1862, a poorly supplied and outnumbered Mexican army under General Ignacio Zaragoza defeats a French army attempting to capture Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. Victory at the Battle of Puebla represented a great moral victory for the Mexican government, symbolizing the country’s ability to defend its sovereignty against threat by a powerful foreign nation.

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In Mexico, 6,000 French troops set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles. Juarez rounded up a rag-tag force of loyal men and sent them to Puebla. Led by Texas-born General Zaragoza, the 2,000 Mexicans prepared for the French assault. On the fifth of May, 1862, Lorencez drew his army before the city of Puebla and began their assault from the north. The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers to the fewer than 100 Mexicans killed.”

After the battle, the Mexican Army gained a significant moral victory that inspired American soldiers fighting in the Civil War and helped the Mexicans endure long enough to eventually win the war after the withdrawal of France from Mexico, six years later.

Cinco de Mayo is often mistakenly thought of as Mexican Independence Day, but in the United States, it is a day to celebrate Mexican culture, especially food and drink.

Cinco de Mayo Beers – History

The most popular beers imported from Mexico today are all heavily influenced by the German and Austrian brewing traditions.  Ironically, the same European influence that caused the Battle of Puebla also caused German and Austrian brewers to come to Mexico to start brewing beer.

According to Garrett Oliver’s Oxford Companion to Beer, Mexican beer gets its start during the reign of Maximilian I, the Austrian-born emperor appointed by Napoleon III of France.  After the French invaded Mexico, brewers relocated to the country in order to serve the European population.  These brewers had knowledge and training of Old World traditions, and so they brewed the beers that they knew best.  German light lagers in combination with the hot Mexican climate made these beers event more popular and their popularity continues through today.  Beers with LimeWhile Corona and Corona Light are the most popular Mexican imported beers, the brewers that came to Mexico in the 19th century also brought recipes for Vienna lager from their home countries.  These lagers are called “dark” beer since they maintain a darker color than the light lagers.  These Vienna-style lagers also give a plethora of food-pairing options during Cinco de Mayo, as their darker malts will pair well with earthy dishes like molé poblanos and carne asada – giving earthy chocolate and roasted meats a playmate during this festive holiday.

See chef Rick Bayless (winner of Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters and owner of Frontera restaurant at Disney Springs) talk about how he uses Modelo Negra in his cuisine.

 

 

Cinco de Mayo Events

There are a plethora of Cinco de Mayo events happening from Brooksville to Gainesville, from Lake City to Tallahassee – check out our Events Page to find a few!

Cinco de Mayo Beers

While many beers pair well with Mexican food and particularly spicy Mexican foods, a few beers rise to the top of the pack when it comes to Mexican culture.

Modelo Negra 12oz

 

Modelo Negra (5.3% ABV): One of the beers that may seem strange to include with a list of beers that go well with Mexican foods, never underestimate the power of a dark lager in a Mexican fiesta. Modelo Negra has some toasted malts and a nice carbonation that will clean the palate and refresh it especially in the face of darker meats, like beef, that will challenge a lighter beer. Try Modelo Negra with molé poblanos or a chocolate dessert to see how versatile this beer really is. Modelo Negra also has the power to stand up to spicy foods (more so than its cousin Corona or lighter beers) because the beer’s dark malts will help soften the impact of capsaicin spice.

Coppertail Brewing Free Dive IPA

 

Coppertail Brewing Free Dive IPA (5.9% ABV):  While an IPA is certainly not a traditional Mexican beer,  Coppertail Brewing has come up with a hop profile for this beer that makes it the perfect companion to Mexican dishes.  Free Dive IPA is on the lighter side of this hoppy beer style, clocking in at only 5.9%ABV.  The white grapefruit and citrus character of Free Dive make it dance with fish tacos and sing with guacamole – don’t believe us?  Try it for yourself.

 

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Agave Lime

 

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Lime & Agave (4.5% ABV): One of Sierra Nevada’s newest year-round offerings that has taken ideas from several cultures and made it uniquely theirs. Otra Vez is made in the style of a German gose, so it will carry some wheat flavors and some tartness.  Lime and agave are then added to make this beer a margarita-like refresher. Pair Otra Vez with arroz con pollo or fresh goat cheese for an added fiesta of flavor.

 

Dogfish Head Brewery’s SeaQuench Ale (4.9% ABV): Made in a style typical of Dogfish Head, this beer is a hybrid of several different types of beer with the kind of off-centered ingredients that the Delaware brewery loves. A mildly tart ale, SeaQuench Ale is a blend of a light Kolsch, a salty gose, and a tart Berliner weiss and is made with the addition of sea salt, coriander, and black limes. Try a SeaQuench with chicken fajitas or even chips and a light queso fresco for  a salty, tart start to any meal.

 

 

In the spirit of unexpected victories this month, hop on over to our Beer Finder and find out where to find your favorite beer or a few other choices for pairing them with the tasty and piquant dishes of the U.S.’s southernmost neighbor.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! No matter which beers come to the party, please enjoy responsibly (and with friends).