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Portland Growler Company Review

Posted by Dave On September - 21 - 2016

Portland Growler Company ceramic growler

Ah, yes. Fresh, craft beer is pure joy. If you follow @TailgatingIdeas on Twitter, you have been subjected to a number of tweets expounding the pageant and majesty of craft beer via the Untappd mobile app. It is well documented our love of the craft beer. And the best craft beer is fresh craft beer directly from the brewery usually transported in a growler. But traditional glass growlers are typically not welcome in tailgating parking lots due to many stadium rules banning glass containers of any type. This is the problem craft beer lovers face each weekend.

We recently discovered the Portland Growler Company which is solving this problem for craft beer loving tailgaters everywhere. Portland Growler Company makes hand poured ceramic growlers in 32 oz and 64 oz sizes. Ceramic is not only a great insulator and keeps your craft beer colder longer, but ceramic is not glass, thus circumnavigating many parking lot glass bans.

no_glass_sign_qualcommWe tailgate at Qualcomm Stadium for the San Diego Chargers games. Qualcomm Stadium has a strict “No Glass” policy and the San Diego Police officers patrolling the parking lots take it very seriously. In our experience, if they even see a glass bottle, even a glass jar of salsa, they will issue a ticket. No warning, just a ticket and they will confiscate the remainder of the glass bottles in your cooler. And for the record, the ticket they issue is not light. Upwards of $250 and if you think about fighting it in court, you better think again. In our experience tailgating in San Diego for 10+ years, we have never heard of anyone getting their ticket overturned or waived.

Now that we have scared you to death about even thinking of bringing glass to a tailgate, we offer you the solution.

Wikipedia defines Ceramic as: An inorganic, nonmetallic solid material comprising metal, nonmetal or metalloid atoms primarily held in ionic and covalent bonds. The crystallinity of ceramic materials ranges from highly oriented to semi-crystalline, and often completely amorphous.

That sounds like a lot of technical science speak but ceramic is not glass. So if a police officer wants to ticket you for glass in the parking lot, let him/her know it is a ceramic growler. We would suggest contacting the stadium you plan to tailgate and find out if ceramic materials are considered glass and if they are allowed. Better to be safe than sorry.

Now that you have a way to bring fresh craft beer tailgating, you should pick up a personalized ceramic growler from Personal Creations.

Tianna Gregory with Portland Growler Company Growler

Model Tianna Gregory holding a ceramic growler from Portland Growler Company. Photo courtesy: SmokSho

Portland Growler Company began in the summer of 2010 as a collective of designers and ceramicists that came together to create hearty, handmade ceramic growlers for beer in a city known for its microbreweries. Each of their unique growlers are slip cast using a high-temperature stoneware clay body and fired to an extreme temperature of 2,232 Fahrenheit. Each growler is handmade and is truly unique in every sense of the word. The bottom of your stoneware growler includes the initials of the artist who made it. Now that is unique.

Portland growlers personalized

Once you fill your growler, you want to keep that beer as fresh as it came out of the tap. Wide-mouth, porcelain flip-top lids and rubber gaskets seal in freshness and carbonation, while thick, ceramic walls prevent light contamination – keeping your favorite beverage tap fresh and cold to the last sip.

And since you are not your average tailgater and you want to personalize your growler, you can even order it engraved with your initials. Personal Creations offers these growlers for sale and you can personalize them. You can see the growler we chose came personalized with the founder’s initials.

After taking the Portland Growler tailgating and enjoying some fresh craft beer in the parking lot, these personalized ceramic growlers are definitely “Tailgate Approved”. (And that’s not the craft beer talking.)

The Portland Growler is $79.00 and includes your choice of one to two initials engraved. Color choices are black or grey and each unique growler is handmade and made in the USA. To order a Portland growler for your next tailgate, visit: Personal Creations.

Dori Pole

Posted by Dave On September - 20 - 2016

Dori Pole
What separates the veteran and hard core tailgaters from the casual tailgater is that you want your tailgate to stand out; to be noticed. In the literal sense of being noticed and standing out while tailgating, you need to have an identifiable marker that can be seen from far away. We recently discovered the Dori Pole and it is a unique way to help your tailgate spot stand out above the sea of RVs, campers and pick up trucks crowding the tailgate lot.

In a nutshell, Dori Pole is a modular display system. Long pennant flags float in the wind and have been proven to help deter nuisance birds such as geese, seagulls and pelicans. (Nothing ruins a tailgate like birds pooping on your guests…) The fiberglass poles are lightweight, flexible and can reach up to 22 feet in height so your tailgating space is sure to get noticed.

The video showed you mounting options by placing it into the grass with the mounting stake. This method would be great for those tailgaters that tailgate on grassy areas. For those that tend to tailgate on hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete, you can use the Wheel Stand that goes under your vehicle’s tire to hold the Dori Pole in place.

Dori Pole Wheel StandThe majority of our football season tailgating takes place at Qualcomm Stadium which is asphalt. We made sure to have the wheel stand to go with the Dori Pole.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of the Dori Pole on a trial basis. After testing the Dori Pole we were given the option to purchase it at a discount or return the Dori Pole. We chose to purchase the Dori Pole at the discounted price and plan to use it for future tailgates.)

When first contacted by the folks at Dori Pole, we immediately were impressed with the wide variety of pennant colors offered. Pennants are not just available in solid colors but a two-color combination can represent your favorite team’s colors. It seems like everyone in the parking lot has a flagpole that displays the team flag but having a Dori Pole to either compliment or replace the old flagpole and team flag is an alternative. Setting your tailgate apart is the goal and having a different type of identifying marker flying above the tailgate lot will make yours easy to spot.

The Dori Pole comes in multiple sizes although the tallest would be recommended for tailgating. Using the 19′ Dori Pole raises the pennant of your color choice well above all of the other vehicles in the parking lot, making your spot easily identifiable. The 13.5′ Dori Pole Mid-Rise and Dori Pole Jr are also options but do not raise the pennant as high.

Once you have chosen your length of Dori Pole that will work best for your tailgate, you then choose which pennant color or color combination suits your tailgate party. The 14′ Collegiate Pennant Flags come in over 20 color combinations to match your college team’s colors. If you are a pro tailgater, more than likely there is a color combination to match your pro team’s colors too. (University of Florida Gators colors of blue and orange are the same for the Denver Broncos.)

If you prefer a solid color, Dori Pole offers 8′ & 14′ Solid Color Pennant Flags as well. Nearly 40 solid color options are available no matter how obscure your team’s colors might be.

Dori Pole

After testing out the Dori Pole and taking it to a number of tailgates, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. The very fact that we chose to purchase a Dori Pole (albeit at a discount) so we could continue to tailgate with it for the remainder of the football season speaks volumes. We plan on using the Dori Pole well into college baseball season when it opens in February 2017. We will probably be investing in buying a blue and orange pennant in 2017 to show support for the Cal State Fullerton baseball team while tailgating.

To learn more about Dori Pole or to purchase a pole and pennant for your next tailgate party, visit: DoriPole.com

ColdKeeper Can

Posted by Dave On August - 30 - 2016

Cold Keeper Can Logo

Warm beer sucks. There is no way of getting around that simple fact. Keeping your can or bottle cold while tailgating is difficult especially in the early part of football season when the temperatures are quite high. Normal, neoprene coozies usually can’t cut it this time of year and you need to bring in something a bit more suited for the job.

We recently had the chance to try out the ColdKeeper Can.

ColdKeeper Can Hero

The ColdKeeper Can is a double insulated personal beverage cooler that fits standard sized bottles and cans. The double wall vacuum design chills your beverage while keeping your hand dry. Holding the can in your hand will not result in any body heat transfer. Made of 18″/8″ stainless steel, the ColdKeeper Can is also durable and looks good too. Fits all standard size 12 oz. cans and bottles. Proprietary LockTight Gasket seals in the cold and keeps your beverage secure even at the most rowdy tailgate party.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of the ColdKeeper Can 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 first tested out the ColdKeeper Can at home before taking it tailgating. We took two sodas out of the refrigerator which keeps things cold at 42 F. We placed one can in the ColdKeeper Can and put one out on the counter. We let them sit for an hour without opening them. The ambient air temperature in the house was 76 F.

After an hour passed, we opened both cans and inserted a digital thermometer in them. As you can see in the photos below, the one in the ColdKeeper Can was significantly colder. The can that was left out of the ColdKeeper was almost room temperature.

Later in the week, we took the ColdKeeper Can tailgating. The air temperature for the Chargers/Cardinals pre-season game was in the low 80’s with plenty of direct sunlight in the parking lot. We snapped a few photos of the ColdKeeper Can while tailgating.

After thoroughly testing the ColdKeeper Can at home and in the parking lot, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. Sturdy and tough yet the stainless steel design is sleek and classic. Priced at $17.99, the ColdKeeper Can is available for purchase from Amazon.

Shotgunit Lips

Posted by Dave On August - 22 - 2016

Shotgunit Lips Girl

10 days. You only have 10 days before the official kickoff of the college football season. With college football inevitably comes college football tailgating. And college football tailgating almost always includes shotgunning. If you go to a college football tailgate and someone isn’t shotgunning, you probably have walked into a weak tailgate and you need to evacuate immediately.

Old fashioned shotgunning beers can be fun but there is some inherent dangers to it. The first danger is poking the hole in the bottom sidewall of the can. Most people use a sharp object like a knife, car key, screwdriver, etc. A lot of times while puncturing the hole, the object can go all the way through or glance off and injure your hand or wrist. Not fun making a trip to the ER rather than going to the game later.

Then after the hole has been made, there comes the danger of sharp edges on the cut aluminum can. The previously mentioned objects used to puncture the can don’t make a clean hole and often times leave behind shards of aluminum that could cut your lips while drinking. Also not fun to leave the tailgate in order to get some stitches after cutting your mouth open. There has to be a better way that allows you to get a big enough hole into your can without injuring yourself yet allowing you to “rapidly rehydrate”.

We were recently introduced to Shotgunit Lips. Shotgunit Lips are lip-shaped devices made of FDA-approved plastic. The beveled punch shaft safely punctures a standard-sized beverage can and you place your lips on the plastic lips and the liquid rushes into your mouth just as if your mouth was directly on the can. See the video for a demonstration:

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of Shotgunit Lips 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 Shotgunit Lips to the most recent Chargers/Cardinals pre-season game tailgate. Nothing like testing out a new shotgun tool in a parking lot now that football season is here. We chose to test the Shotgunit Lips that includes beads although we also were sent a sample of Shotgunit Lips without beads so that you can attach them to a key ring.

As you can see in the photos, the key is to insert the tip gently and slowly. You don’t want to jam it in there hard and fast. That will create a lot of foam and splash back. The point on the back end of the Shotgunit Lips is sharp enough that a gentle push will easily puncture the can wall.

Once you have inserted the Shotgunit Lips all the way, make sure to keep the can tilted horizontally until you are ready to shotgun. Place your lips on the Shotgunit Lips while the can is still tilted. The pressure of your mouth on the Shotgunit Lips will push the plastic all the way in. There is a rubber seal that will press against the side of the can to make sure the beer flows through the hole and not overflow around the lips.

Chug, chug, chug until the beer is gone as you would a normal shotgun. Remove the Shotgunit Lips from the can and hopefully you will be conscientious enough to recycle the empty. As you can see in the photo below, the size hole the Shotgunit Lips makes is quite adequate and would be the perfect diameter had you been opening a hole the old fashioned and dangerous way.

Shotgunit Lips does what is sets out to do; it makes shotgunning safer while it is still fun and effective. For that we will deem it “Tailgate Approved”.

The only criticism of the product we have is that it is a bit more expensive than the other shotgun tools out there on the market. The Shotgunit Lips without the beads is priced at $5.99 and with beads is $6.99. Compare that to the Shotgun Party Opener which is only $3.00 and is also a 4-in-1 tool that is a shotgun opener, a bottle opener, can tab lifter and a key chain.

As we also mentioned earlier, the puncturing portion of the Shotgunit Lips is quite sharp and only requires a little pressure in order to start the hole in the can. This sharp point could pose a problem if you chose to put it in your pocket. The sharp point could poke you in the leg and could be uncomfortable if it scratched your leg through your pants pocket.

All in all, we liked the product and will add it to our tailgating kit for future tailgate parties. If you would like to buy Shotgunit Lips for your next tailgate, the version without beads is available from Amazon for $5.99. If you prefer the version that comes with beads, you’ll need to visit the Shotgunit online store. Bead colors include gold, red, green, blue and purple and cost $6.99.

If you are into social media, feel free to follow them on Twitter @Shotgunit_, Facebook and Instagram.

Fatheadz Eyewear

Posted by Dave On June - 29 - 2016

FatHeadz eyewear

Sunglasses. No matter what season you tailgate, a good pair of sunglasses is key. The harsh glare of the sun during those early football season tailgates or the glare from that snow bank in the late season, you’re going to need some sunglasses this coming tailgating season.

A major complaint many tailgaters have is that they have a larger head and traditional, “over the counter”, one-size-fits-all sunglasses don’t fit properly and are uncomfortable. I have that same problem so I definitely feel your pain and frustration. That’s why when the folks at Fatheadz Eyewear contacted us about their line of products, we were pretty stoked to try them out.

Fatheadz prides themselves in being able to fit each person to their needed width of sunglasses. Their sunglasses range from 130 mm – 164 mm width options. Even if you have a head the size of a watermelon in August, they have you covered.

We had a sample of the Fatheadz Big Daddy V2.0 sunglasses sent to us to test out.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of Fatheadz Eyewear 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.)

My hat size is 7 5/8 which translates to needing a frame width of 145 mm (5.71 in). They arrived professionally packaged with a sturdy carrying case and fit my face like a glove… actually not a glove but just like a great pair of sunglasses should. After having them on for less than five minutes, I was convinced I had found my new pair of sunglasses for the upcoming tailgating season.

Fatheadz The Boss Sunglasses

Fatheadz The Boss Sunglasses

The Big Daddy V2.0 sunglasses cost $99.00 and the available frame colors include: Black, Trans Grey, Trans Brown and Clear. Available lens colors include: Smoke, Brown, Glacier Blue and Volcanic Red.

Fatheadz boasts nearly 10 different frame styles and within each frame style they are available in multiple colors and lens options.

After testing out Fatheadz Eyewear, if you have a larger head and have trouble finding sunglasses that fit, Fatheadz Sunglasses are definitely “Tailgate Approved”.

Fatheadz are available for purchase via Amazon or you can buy directly from their website, fatheadz.com

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