Were you the kid that exclaimed “Look Ma, no hands!”? Have you ever had the urge to appear as if you were wearing over sized Mardi Gras beads and be able to drink without using your hands? What about the need to consume 26 oz of liquid suspended from your neck? If you answered yes to any of these questions I have found the ultimate tailgate party conversation starter, the Beverage Bead.
The Beverage Bead is a hollow beverage container that hangs comfortably from your neck via a lanyard and per the manufacturer, can be filled with up to 26 oz. of liquid. (I have my own Beverage Bead and was able to get a total of 36 oz. in it. Shhh, don’t tell.) With a Beverage Bead around your neck all you need to do is adjust the strap so that the “beads” hang low enough that the plastic flex form straw is about an inch or two below your chin when looking straight forward. When you are ready to take a drink, simply tilt your head down and take a pull. This leaves your hands free for other activities like flipping burgers on the grill or testing the firmness of a fellow tailgaters derriere. Once you have finished the contents, both ends of the beverage bead unscrew which allows for easy, end-to-end cleaning. The dual openings are also ideal for when you are refilling your Beverage Bead.
The concept was originally conceived in Louisiana (what a shocker, huh?) and it is currently offered in a number of color patterns including LSU Purple and Gold and New Orleans Saints Black and Gold. Other colors include Red, White and Blue for you patriotic Americans that want to get hammered without using your hands. You just missed out of getting one in Green and White for St. Patrick’s Day but there is still time to get the FiestaCinco de Mayo colors of Red, White and Green. Fill it up with Margaritas and you will be the partier everyone is talking about and will want to meet.
When I first saw the Beverage Bead I figured it would only be useful around Mardi Gras time. That is not the case. The Beverage Bead just screams usefulness for a Kenny Chesney or Jimmy Buffett concert. Fill the Beverage Bead up with a blender drink, grab a cheese burger in paradise and you are concert tailgating in style.
The Beverage Bead is affordably priced at under 10 bucks but shipping and handling are extra. Custom colors and imprinting is available on very large orders. You’ll just need to call (1-800-737-7555) and get a quote on special custom orders.