Cone Distributing’s Ocala Charity Golf Tournament raises $55,000 donation to local charities

Ocala- and Tallahassee-based beer distributor raises donation to local charities from golf tournament

The family and friends of Cone Distributing (Team Cone) played their hearts out at a round of golf on August 21st and from donations and fundraising, the beer distributor made $55,000 to donate to local Ocala charities.

Team Cone would like to thank all the members of their community that volunteered, their spouses and significant others who donated their time to this event and those members of the community who came out to support their fundraising efforts. Team Cone extends a special thank you to all business partners, suppliers, Team Cone Teammates, and retailers who helped make our annual golf tournament such an impactful success.

With this event, Team Cone was able to donate $30,000 to His Compassion Food Bank, $10,000 to Voices of Change Animal Rescue (VOCAL), and $15,000 to Interfaith Emergency Services.

“Selecting these charities was done by consensus of our teammates,” says Team Cone president and CEO Douglas P. Cone, Jr. “All three organizations are very worthy and being able to help them with these donations is fulfilling our company’s Core Value of giving back with caring.”

As Mr. Cone alluded, Team Cone’s annual Charity Golf Tournament is part of the company-wide Core Value to “Give Back With Caring.”  The beer distributor hosts events and fundraising drives each calendar year to help raise funds for charities like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and charities local to Ocala and Tallahassee communities.

Interfaith Emergency Services check presentation

His Compassion Food Bank check presentation

Vocal Check Presentation








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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. Less than two years later, the company began expanding 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.

What is #FlagshipFebruary? It’s about trying great beers

Great Beers to Try or Remember for Flagship February


As more beers enter the crowded marketplace and beer shelves, it’s easy to get lost in all of the hazy IPA, fruited sours, and light beers, losing sight of some of the beers that blazed a trail for today’s local, regional, and national craft brewers.

Flagship February was thought up by Canadian beer author Stephen Beaumont and beer writer Jay Brooks. The pair began with a simple question: in a world of special releases and one-off limited beers, what about all those great beers that changed so many minds about craft beer?  The goal of #FlagshipFebruary, both the hashtag and the idea, is to encourage everyone who enjoys craft beer to stop and consider the great beers that may have been overlooked in favor of a limited, a seasonal, or just the latest and greatest.

This is a month for the beers that brought so many people into the world of good beer, and the good news is that they’re still as awesome as they used to be. And the best news is that if given the opportunity, they can continue to do change minds and open hearts to the world of great beer – all they need is a sympathetic ear for their story and an open-minded drinker.


Here are a few beers to try out for Flagship February and beyond:

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA



Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA: The beer that needed a new piece of equipment and a new hop to make it. When Sierra Nevada Brewing realized that the time-honored method for dry-hopping beer wasn’t the most efficient one, they designed a piece of equipment to revolutionize the process, and the Hop Torpedo and this beer were born! One of the first uses of the much-beloved Citra hop is this hoppy beast of a beer.

Allagash White Ale


Allagash White: The first beer that Allagash Brewing of Portland, Maine ever brewed – this homage to the classic wheat beers of Belgium was just the favorite of brewery owner Rob Tod. Rob began trying to sell this beer and he never knew just how far it would go. Now Allagash is a Top 50 craft brewer in the U.S. and Allagash has just re-entered the Florida market, so this beer should be available in beer stores, bars, and restaurants again!

Samuel Adams Boston Lager Bottle 2019


Samuel Adams Boston Lager: Samuel Adams founder Jim Koch used to travel the country looking for distributors for his Boston Lager with a briefcase full of ingredients in baby food jars to explain to distributors who were used to selling beers from Budweiser and Miller about using different ingredients from the light lagers everyone was used to. Simply seeing the beer poured from a bottle or tap let drinkers know that they were in for a different experience. Today, the beer tastes just as good as it did when Jim first sold it – only the beer landscape has changed.

Swamp Head Big Nose Can


Swamp Head Brewing Big Nose IPA: Gainesville’s first craft brewery built their reputation on the back of high-quality, innovative beer available anytime, but especially on an incredibly aromatic and hop-forward IPA called Big Nose. While the beer itself has not changed, many of the beers around it have. The good news is that Big Nose is still available anytime and anywhere Swamp Head’s beers are sold, and while the brewery has found a love of hazy IPAs, their anchor is still clear and malty with the same hop bite you remember.

New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire Amber Ale


New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale: Born from a love of Belgian beer after a fateful bike trip across Europe, it’s easy to forget that Fat Tire began in the founder’s basement and slowly grew in popularity until there was a fever pitch for the brewery to enter distribution in all 50 states. With so many Belgian-inspired beers in the market, it’s possible to forget this biscuity and slightly fruity amber ale that made New Belgium a household name. The great news is that Fat Tire is still available and still has the aroma and flavor that turned your head when you first tried it.


To find any of these great beers, head over to our Beer Finder to see where you can get your hands on these fine ales and lager!


What beer are you most excited about revisiting for Flagship February?