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Shot Straws

Posted by Dave On March - 19 - 2014

Shot Straws Featured

Some people love to take liquor shots while out tailgating. The purpose of liquor shots is usually not because you enjoy the taste. If that were the case you would wander around the parking lot with a scotch on the rocks. Most tailgaters taking shots are doing it for the end result of catching a buzz. Willy Wonka said it best when he said, “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker“.

In order to combat the age old problem of grimacing after taking a tequila shot and scrambling for a chaser, the inventors of Shot Straws apparently have a solution. You take the shot out of an over-sized straw with a valve at the bottom in order to drink your shot and chaser one right after the other. Take a look at their demo video:

Shot Straw DimensionsAs you saw in the video, the Shot Straw is designed to make taking shots easy without having to endure the bad taste associated with liquor shots. We were sent samples of Shot Straws and tried them out for ourselves.

Upon receiving them, one red and one blue, we thought they looked a lot like a test tube but with a valve trigger system on it. We checked out their website and viewed their video before receiving the samples so we knew what they were intended to accomplish.

Of course we had to try them out as soon as we got them. Our liquor of choice was tequila. This choice was based on the fact that tequila has quite a strong taste and would be easier to recognize how much of it we would taste before the chaser followed it. We did the tequila shot followed by a chaser of lemonade. On our first try with no practice we tasted a slight hint of the tequila but it was soon washed away by the lemonade chaser.

I will admit, the width of the Shot Straw took some getting used to it. It is much wider than drinking out of a regular drinking straw and most people are not used to sucking liquid up and out of a container that big. If filled to the top, the Shot Straw can hold 1.3 oz. That is just about the size of your standard sized shot depending on what area of the country you reside. Just prepare yourself that even though you have been drinking out of a thinner straw all your life, you will be able to adjust to the new size Shot Straw.

For those tailgaters who don’t mind the taste of liquor shots, the Shot Straw is probably not for you. If you like the effect liquor shots give you without the bad taste associated with hard liquor, Shot Straws are definitely something you should investigate further. Even if you like the taste of shots you may want to invest in some Shot Straws and stash them away in your tailgating kit. You never know when some cute girls could join your tailgate that hate the taste of liquor. Break out the Shot Straws and now you just took away their excuse.

Shot Straws come in clear FDA approved plastic injection molding acrylic – the same material that plastic shot glasses are made out of. The logo is etched onto the device using a laser, so you won’t have to worry about inks or glue leaking into your beverage. The o-ring is also made out of a special type of rubber that is FDA approved to be in direct contact with alcohol.

The Shot Straw is 7 inches tall with a one-inch diameter tube that holds 1.3 oz of liquid; slightly less than the size of a standard shot. The device is designed to fit into a standard 16 oz red party cup, but can also fit into almost any drinking glass.

The color options available are red and blue and those colors are only the color of the valve trigger. Priced at $19.99 a piece they might be a bit more expensive than you would have expected. But we will leave that decision up to you.

After thoroughly testing the Shot Straw at home and while out tailgating, we are going to deem Shot Straws “Tailgate Approved”. They are small enough to fit in your pocket and are extremely lightweight, the Shot Straw would be welcome at any tailgate party.

To learn more about Shot Straws or to buy some for yourself, visit: www.shotstraws.com

Sunscreen Flasks now available in a 2-pack

Posted by Dave On March - 17 - 2014

Sunscreen Flask by the pool

Do you remember back in July when we discovered the Sunscreen Flask? We even took it to Hawaii and field tested it out by the pool bar and never was caught smuggling our booze and our bar bill was a fraction of what it could have been given the level of intoxication we had achieved. Yeah, that Sunscreen Flask. We have good news.

Sunscreen Flasks side-by-side

Sunscreen Flasks side-by-side

We were just recently informed by the guys over at GoPong they have come out with their version of a Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack.

With the GoPong Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack, you get two (2) tube flasks that hold 8 oz. of liquid each. These “sunscreen” tubes resemble an SPF 15 and an SPF 30 tube of sunscreen in order to avoid detection at tailgate parties, hotel pools, concerts, sporting events, festivals, state and county fairs, little league games, etc.

The smart part is that you can now double the amount of booze you can smuggle into these places and keep them separated. If you are a vodka drinker and your companion is a rum drinker, you can place one liquor into the SPF 30 tube and the other into the SPF 15 tube. Now you both are boozing inside the venue for a fraction of the costs of what a mixed drink inside would cost. And when it comes to boozing while tailgating or inside the event, saving money is always something we all would welcome.

(Click images for larger, more detailed views of the Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack)

Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack Box with mini-funnel

Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack Box with mini-funnel

Speaking of costs, the previous versions of the Sunscreen flask cost $12 for just one 8 oz tube. The guys at GoPong give you two flasks plus the mini-funnel for only $15. It also comes in a box so it makes it easier to wrap and give as a gift. It might be a little too late for St. Patrick’s Day but Mother’s Day is a few months away. Honestly, who would question a mom bringing in a tube of sunscreen to an event to prevent her kids from getting skin cancer?

With the weather warming up in advance of concert festival and baseball season, you may want to check out our section of stealth drinking supplies. Also, check out our blog post on the best ways to smuggle alcohol into events. It will give you some money saving tailgating ideas to bring in some hooch from the parking lot without detection.

The Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack comes in a box along with a mini-funnel for $15 plus $5 postage and packaging. If you buy two boxes, essentially a 4-pack, the shipping is the same $5. Buy the Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack by clicking HERE.

Grill Easy Lump Charcoal in a box

Posted by Dave On March - 10 - 2014

Grill Easy Lump Charcoal in a box
As tailgaters, we all seek out tailgating gear that is convenient. How else can you explain the proliferation of zipper lock plastic bags and the wide use of single use and disposable items taken to tailgate parties? Convenience and portability are two huge factors when deciding what to buy and bring tailgating. Unfortunately the way charcoal and particular, lump charcoal, is packaged and sold, there really is no single-use charcoal for tailgating. That’s what we thought until we discovered Grill Easy™ Natural Lump Charcoal.

Grill Easy™ Natural Lump Charcoal is a single-use, recycled cardboard container with an internal vent system that allows tailgaters to prepare charcoal without the hassle and the chemicals traditionally associated with lighting charcoal. The container is placed into the grill and a wick is lit from the front. The cardboard box container burns off while igniting the lump charcoal leaving them ready to use in under 15 minutes. We were sent a sample of Grill Easy and of course we tested it out while tailgating. (Click on the images below to see larger and more detailed views.)

To use the Grill Easy Lump Charcoal box, it just takes three steps. Tear off the bottom strip of the box. Place it in your grill. Light the wick located on the bottom. That’s it. And if you are not smart enough to remember those three easy steps, they even have the instructions written on the box to remind you.
Grill Easy Three steps

As you can see from the photo gallery we shot while out tailgating, the box burned away in less than 10 minutes and within 15 minutes the coals were hot enough to cook our tailgating grub. We even had a few fellow tailgaters come over and check it out and commented on how they liked the compact size and ease of transporting it all in one container.

If you love the taste of grilled food on lump charcoal but hate buying the big bags, starter sticks or worse, lighter fluid, Grill Easy Lump Charcoal is for you. After bringing it tailgating and discovering the ease of transportation, the convenience of lighting it and checking the price, the Grill Easy Lump Charcoal is definitely “Tailgate Approved”.

Grill Easy Lump Charcoal will run you about $6 per box and you can buy it online. For more information or to buy a box or two for yourself, visit: www.grill-easy.com

Fanatic Lights

Posted by Dave On March - 4 - 2014

Fanatic Lights Featured
Even though the calendar has turned to March, that doesn’t mean that winter is over. Because winter is not over, that means it is still getting dark earlier and you will need some lighting for those tailgates that last until the evening games start.

We recently had the opportunity to test out Fanatic Lights. Fanatic Lights are high-grade, custom, super bright, alternating (or single) colored, gumball shaped, LED bulb strands of lights. The color combinations are endless and as you can see in the photos, the color combination we chose to test while tailgating represented the blue and orange colors of Cal State Fullerton. We chose to display them on our pop-up tent on the opening night of the college baseball season. You can see it helped illuminate our tailgating space nicely after it got dark.

Fanatic lights are battery operated so you don’t have to worry about pulling out a generator or even getting a 12V converter and pulling power from your car battery to run these little lights. Because they are LED bulbs they do not consume a lot of energy and will be not burn out anytime soon. They were bright and added that something special to our tailgate that nobody else in the parking lot had. If the flags and banners weren’t enough, there was no doubt by anyone that parked in sight of us which team we were there to support.

Fanatic Lights color options

Fanatic Lights color options

In order to attach the Fanatic Lights string to our tent, all we needed were a few small binder clips. We wanted attach them to the canopy portion of the tent so that they would run along the bottom line of the tent. We could have used zip ties and run them along the metal frame of the tent but that would have illuminated the inside of the tent and we preferred to use them like Christmas decoration lights. The string measures about 24 feet total but about 20 feet total from the bulb on one end to the bulb on the other end. To decorate the four sides of a 10 x 10 pop-up tent, I would suggest buying two strands to ensure full coverage.

Fanatic lights aren’t just for tailgating. You could definitely use them to decorate your Christmas tree if you are that big of a fan of your team. Decorate dorm rooms or fraternity houses to your school colors. You could even use them to decorate in the holiday theme you are currently celebrating. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and a string or two of green and white Fanatic Lights would make for a great addition to your St. Patty’s celebration.

For the price, the portability and the sheer outpouring of fan pride in the parking lot, Fanatic Lights are definitely “Tailgate Approved“.

Fanatic Lights come in a battery operated string and also in a 110 AC plug powered version. No matter if you choose plug or battery operated, a full string will cost you $29.95. To learn more about Fanatic Lights or to buy a string of your own, visit: fanaticlights.com

King of Beer Pong Stainless Steel Beer Pong Cups

Posted by Dave On March - 2 - 2014

King of Beer Pong Stainless Steel Cups

Most tailgaters have heard the tailgating anthem by Toby Keith, Red Solo Cup. The red Solo cup is a staple at tailgate parties whether to drink out of or to play beer pong. We recently discovered stainless steel party cups from King of Beer Pong and decided to put them to the test in a real tailgating environment.

As you can see in the photos, these 16 oz. cups are an exact replica of the red party cups you have come to know and love but in a stainless steel form. Being stainless steel, they give your game of beer pong an element of class and style over those regular old plastic cups. And because they are stainless steel, they are food grade quality and are safe to drink from them.

The King of Beer Pong stainless steel beer pong cups come in a package of six (6) along with six balls. Upon opening the package I noticed the weight of these cups. I wasn’t expecting them to be lightweight and flimsy like plastic party cups but the sturdiness was one of the qualities I noticed right off the bat. This added weight translated into improved beer pong game play in that there are less tips and spills compared to plastic party cups. The day we tested the King of Beer Pong stainless steel cups it was windy. Not huge gusts but definitely breezy enough that normal plastic party cups would have been blowing over and tipping from the wind.

While testing the King of Beer Pong set we wanted to see if it would work well, just like plastic party cups, with some of the other beer pong accessories like the freezable beer pong rack, the N-Ice Rack. Being that these stainless steel beer pong cups are the exact size and specifications of a plastic party cup, the stainless steel version fits nicely with all of the other beer pong accessories you can think of that would compliment your game.

After thoroughly testing the King of Beer Pong Stainless Steel beer pong cups, we here at Tailgating Ideas will give them the “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval. These cups are not cheap. The six-pack with six balls costs $49.99 and the 12-pack with 12 balls will set you back $79.99. If you are interested in purchasing a set for yourself or for a friend, Tailgating Ideas readers are encouraged to use the exclusive coupon code “ideas20″ for a limited time and take $20 off your first order.

These cups are definitely not disposable and you will need to bring them home after the game to wash them out. They are dishwasher safe and if you take good care of them, they will last for a very long time.

For more information or to buy a set for your next tailgate party, visit: kingofbeerpong.com

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