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Bru-Bag

Posted by Dave On August - 27 - 2016

Bru-Bag conrhole beer pong game

When you combine two good things you create something great. Like chocolate and peanut. Ribs and BBQ sauce. Or beer and just about anything. Do you remember back in the early 1990’s when Miller Lite had commericals that combined two things to make it very fun and interesting? Like this commercial:

Now what if two of the most popular tailgating games in the parking lots, cornhole and beer pong, had a baby? That’s what you get with Bru-Bag.

Bru-Bag is so simple it makes me wonder why nobody came up with this idea sooner. It takes the game play of cornhole and combines it with the rules of beer pong. Even down to the smaller rules like “bring backs”, reracks and even encourages distracting your opponent just like in beer pong, Bru-Bag combines the best of both games. Take a look at the video instruction on how to play Bru-Bag.

Now that you have seen how the game is played, you want to know is it fun and how will is hold up while tailgating? Fortunately we were sent a sample of the classic version of Bru-Bag and recently tested it out while tailgating.

Bru-Bag in tailgating vehicle(Disclaimer: We received a sample of Bru-Bag free of charge. The fact this sample was provided to us for free in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

We took Bru-Bag to the Chargers vs. Cardinals pre-season game and set up the game boards. They fit easily in our vehicle because the legs are removable and installed quickly once you are ready to play. For this game we had to be especially space conscience because we had four people traveling to the game in one car and could not fold down the seats on our Honda Pilot to accommodate bulky tailgating gear.

Once at the tailgate we set it up and played a couple of games. Passers by immediately recognized the hole pattern to be similar to the pattern of a six-cup beer pong game. It was definitely a conversation starter and everyone that encountered it thought it was a great idea to combine cornhole with beer pong.

We found Bru-Bag to be fun, innovative and improved the game of cornhole dramatically. Sure you will have your cornhole purists out there that may turn their nose up at this game, but normally even the hardest core cornhole snobs will relax that attitude once they hit the tailgate lot. And to be honest, if your hard core cornhole purist can’t let it go for an afternoon of tailgating, do you really want him/her at your tailgate party anyway?

After testing out Bru-Bag at home in the backyard and while tailgating, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. High quality craftsmanship and a fair price makes this a great new tailgating game that will help set your tailgate apart from everyone else. Now you can stop the arguing between the cornhole and the beer pong crowd on which game to take tailgating.

Bru-Bag includes Two (2) game boards, four (4) legs, two (2) bean bags, 12 disc covers, a carrying bag and instructions. It is made and assembled in the U.S.A. Cost of a Bru-Bag complete set is $79.99 with $18 shipping and handling.

You can get your own set of Bru-Bag from our online tailgating gear store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com.

Three girls playing cornhole while camping

Cornhole has been a traditional favorite at fairs, backyards and tailgate parties for generations. It’s also a firm favorite at children’s parties. Although there is nothing wrong with the standard cornhole game rules, there are some non-traditional games that you can play with a cornhole board that will help to keep the kids interested, and that can help them burn off a few of those energy calories that come with eating all that great tailgate fare you have prepared.

Here are three variations on the traditional cornhole game that can help to keep your kids playing with those bean bags for hours.

Slip and Slide Shooter

For those warm summer days, this variation will have the kids running off that extra energy and staying cool at the same time. The game is suitable for children who are old enough to use a slip and slide. To play the game, set up a slip and slide, and then set up your board half way to a third of the way down the slide. Each child is given a bean bag at the top of the slide. The aim is to launch the cornhole bag and to land it on the board or in the hole as the children slide past the playing board. Normal game scoring can be used. You can also use a simple scoring system, like one point for each bag that lands on the board, if the children are younger. One of the parents will need to keep score.

This variation can also be played in teams, with children from each team taking turns. A team scoring system can be used to work out the winning team. This style of play is great for high energy levels, and it also encourages the hand-eye coordination of the children. It is, however, only suitable for outdoor events, hot days and summer activities. Probably not the best for a tailgate unless you tailgate on grass and have access to a hose and running water to keep the sliding surface wet and slippery.

Round the Clock

Another great take on an ordinary cornhole game is to use a timer instead of using the traditional point system. This round the clock cornhole can be played with one or two boards.

For the single board variation, set up the bean bag board at the twelve o’clock position and use a marker to indicate the shooting position. Mark out a circle using markers. Divide the children into teams. One team has a chance, and then the next team has a chance, and the team is timed.

Start with one bean bag at the foot of the board, and one bean bag at the first shooter. The shooter shoots the bean bag at the board, and then runs around the circle to the board. The bean bag is collected, and then the shooter runs around the rest of the circle clockwise and passes the bag to the next shooter. This encourages speed and accuracy for the children, and gives them time to run off all that tailgate party energy.

A two team version can be played with two bean bag boards, one board set up at six o’clock and one board set up at the 12 o’clock position of the circle. Each team is given 4 bean bags. One team is positioned at the 6 o’clock board and the other team starts out at the 12 o’clock board. The teams then throw their bags at the board on the opposite side of the clock – in other words, the team standing at six o’clock throws to the board positioned at 12 o’clock and vice versa.

Once the team has thrown its bags, they race around the circle and retrieve their bean bags and throw again – at the opposite board. The game can be timed – the winning team being the one who scored the most points in the allotted time, or it can be based on the team to reach a specific point total. All team members must race around the circle in a clockwise direction to avoid collisions.

Pass the Bag

This rendition uses two boards and two teams. Set out the boards opposite one another. Use some of the bean bags to mark off distances between the two boards. Divide the children into two teams.

Each team will have one shooter to begin with that stand at the boards ready to shoot. One child stands at the each marker between the boards. There is one bean bag for each team.

When the game starts, the shooter shoots the bag. A parent keeps score for each team. Once the shot is taken, the shooter runs to the end of the line. The child at the end of the line takes the bean bag and runs to the child at marker one, and then passes the bean bag to the child at marker one. The child from the end of the line then stays at marker one while the next child takes the bean bag up the line – it’s like a relay race.

The game ends when one team has had all the children throw the bag; for smaller children or for older children, the team with the most score wins.

Whether you are playing traditional cornhole, or a newer version, cornhole is sure to be fun for the whole family.

(This is a guest post written by Jennifer Cantis, content creator for Baggo. Baggo carries multiple variations of cornhole boards, bags and accessories. Jennifer has been a avid cornhole player for 11 years and doesn’t plan to stop until she is the cornhole champion of the world.)

Stocking Stuffer gift guide 2015

Posted by Dave On December - 14 - 2015

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You might have your holiday shopping done, at least with the big stuff, but what about those pesky stocking stuffers that always seem to befuddle even those most experienced of holiday shoppers? Have no fear, our annual Stocking Stuffer Guide for tailgaters is here to save you. We have some of the most fun items that fit nicely into a stocking that any tailgater or sports fan on your list will love all the way into next year. (Our previous guides are still excellent for ideas as well. Click each year for those stocking stuffer suggestions: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.)

Girl playing strip beer pong

Photo courtesy of theCHIVE

Naked Pong

It might be a bit chilly to use Naked Pong sticker packs while out tailgating but you can give them as a great stocking stuffer. These sticker packs are placed on the bottom of regular party cups usually used for Beer Pong. Once a cup is hit, drink the contents, turn the cup over to reveal the consequence. Consequences range from remove a piece of clothing, the shooter needs to remove a piece of clothing, the player adds a piece of clothing or the player is safe and does not have to do anything. $7.00 per sticker pack and available from SpringBreak24-7.com.
Cooler2See flashlight in cooler

Cooler2See Magentic Koozies with LED flashlight

The ability to combine numerous features into one tailgating product never ceases to amaze us here at Tailgating Ideas. A koozie is standard tailgating equipment but one that is magnetic and has a powerful flashlight on the bottom takes it to the next level. The Cooler2See koozie has strong magnets built in so you can keep your beverage cold and safe while tailgating stuck to your pop-up tent leg or on the side of your car. The LED flashlight comes in handy for those tailgates after dark when you want to see into your cooler and need to identify the beers from the sodas which have invariably been mixed together in the ice. Batteries are included. $14.95 per koozie.
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Pro Glow Cornhole Lights

Posted by Dave On December - 11 - 2015

Pro Glow Cornhole Lights Featured
We tailgaters like to cornhole day and night. Night time cornholing presents a problem because the human eye needs light to see. Typically if you were playing cornhole in a low light situation, you could place a flashlight under your boards to try and illuminate the surface that way. What if there was a way to illuminate the perimeter of your cornhole boards so the entire board was visible? Pro Glow Cornhole Lights are your answer.

We recently had the chance to test out Pro Glow Cornhole Lights and took them to the most recent San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos game. The game started at 1:05 pm but by the time the game was over and we waited the hour for the parking lot to empty out, it was already dark. Even though the parking lot was well lit from the parking lot light poles, the Pro Glow Conrhole Lights really helped us see the boards. Plus, it really made our boards look really cool.

(Disclaimer: We received samples of Pro Glow Cornhole Lights free of charge. The fact these samples were provided to us for free in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

As you can see in the photos, Pro Glow Cornhole Lights illuminate six (6) feet of lights in sections of two (2) feet each. One set of Pro Glow Conrhole Lights can illuminate the entire perimeter of a regulation 2′ x 4′ cornhole board or you can illuminate just the top half or the bottom half of both your regulation size cornhole boards. Buying two sets and you can illuminate the perimeter of both your cornhole boards.

These lights take three (3) AA batteries. The sample that was provided to us included the batteries but if purchasing, we do not know if the batteries are included.

We found that we could easily attach and re-arrange for a custom combination and we were able to remove the lights for storage because they attach to the boards using self-adhesive velcro mounts. The installation for one board took a grand total of about three minutes and that included placing the adhesive velcro mounts on for the first time. While in the parking lot, attaching the lights to the velcro took less than a minute.

Available colors include Red, Blue, Green, White and Pink. All of those colors are solid on/off. Disco colors flash and dance with all colors. Nothing like bringing a little attention to your night cornholing with these lights.

After taking the Pro Glow Cornhole Lights out tailgating and using them in our front yard at night, these lights are definitely “Tailgate Approved”. The only suggestion we can make it to really light up your cornhole boards, consider adding Cornhole Lanterns to your boards to illuminate the cornhole as well. Combining the Cornhole Lantern to light up the hole and Pro Glow Cornhole Lights to illuminate the board’s perimeter, now you have no excuse for your horrible tosses while playing at night.

Pro Glow Cornhole Lights are $19.99 per set and are available from Amazon. If you wanted to illuminate both your cornhole boards, we suggest buying two sets.

Kooba

Posted by Dave On October - 27 - 2015

Kooba game

When it comes to tailgating games, most of the new games coming to market are combo games, combining aspects of two or more games into one. We recently discovered Kooba which combines darts and board games into one tailgating game. Take a look at the video to see the set up and game play of Kooba.

We had a chance to test out Kooba and took it with us to the San Diego Chargers vs Cleveland Browns game. Our first concern was, how would we set it up while tailgating? There are no solid walls to hang things while out tailgating and the majority of examples we saw of Kooba being played were indoors hanging from a wall. As you can see in the photo below, we figured out a way to hang it using a bungee cord and the frame of our pop-up tent.

Kooba Featured

The aspects we enjoyed the most about Kooba was the close proximity to the game of darts it resembles but without the dangerous and sharp points that traditional darts bring to the party. The magnentic “aeros” fly off the sticks at the game board but won’t hurt anyone if there is a miss. If you plan on taking Kooba to a tailgate and hanging it up off your tailgating tent, we would suggest hanging it with your vehicle behind it or hanging a tarp “wall”. That way shots completely missing the Kooba game board don’t go flying into someone else’s tailgate or into foot or vehicle traffic.

Kooba is fun to play and is much more different than the regular cornhole or beer pong you see at most tailgate parties. Once you get the feel for the shot off of the Kooba sticks, you can make accurate shots and even play a little defense against opponents. I found my seven year-old son and I playing Kooba because it was a tailgating game we could play underneath the tent. If you are a regular reader of TailgatingIdeas.com and read our review of the Hang N Out Tailgating Bag Holder, you already know the weather in San Diego for that game was very “Un-San Diego-like” with some rain and wind before kick-off. Kooba was a tailgating game we could play underneath the tent whereas other tailgating games like cornhole would have placed us out in the elements.

After thoroughly testing and playing Kooba, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. Priced at $69.95 at Amazon, it includes: 2 sticks, 3 Aeros, 4 Markers, Kooba center piece, folding portable board with integrated stick handles and instructions for three different games are included on a hanging card.

For more information or to buy Kooba for your next tailgate, visit: koobagame.com

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