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.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

 

 

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.

Coppertail Free Dive Can

 

 

 

 

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.

Swamp Head Big Nose Can

 

 

 

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.

Lagunitas IPNA Bottle

 

 

 

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.

 

Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA

 

 

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.

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!