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.
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.
Air temperature when conducting the test
Two cans side by side
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.
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.
(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.
Bru-Bag at Qualcomm Stadium
Bru-Bag in the parking lot
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?
Bru-Bag Classic set
Bru-Bag at the Beach
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.
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.
Start with an unopened can
Initial puncture of the can
The key is to slowly insert the tip
Slide all the way in to create a seal
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.
Keep the can level until ready to shotgun
Press your lips on the Shotgunit Lips to create a seal
Chug! Chug! CHUG!
The hole is comparable to other forms of shotgunning
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.
Beer pong. Not quite as popular in the tailgating lots at cornhole but it still remains a strong No. 2 in the rankings. From Freezable Beer Pong Racks to Spinning Beer Pong Racks to Naked Pong to Floating Beer Pong Tables, there is a wealth of beer pong accessories on the market. Despite all of this innovation for the game of beer pong, for the longest time the cups used to play beer pong have remained the same. Until now.
As you can seen in the above photos, Hexa Beer Pong Cups have taken the traditional round cup opening and made a hexagon out of it. This way the flat edges can line up against each other and form a honeycomb. By reducing the gaps between traditional round cups, the playing surface is larger and increases the chances of making shots. Successful shots make for a faster game allowing more people to play in the same amount of time. Also, a faster game is preferable while tailgating based on the limited amount of time you have in the tailgating parking lot.
Full table view
Unique honeycomb design
Cups fit on Spin Pong Racks
Cup fit into the n-Ice Rack freezable beer pong rack
We had a chance to test out the Hexa Beer Pong Cups for ourselves and found them to be a great improvement on the game of beer pong. The photo gallery also shows that the Hexa Beer Pong Cups round bottoms allows for use with other existing beer pong accessories like the N-Ice Rack Freezable Beer Pong Rack and Spin Pong.
After putting the Hexa Beer Pong Cups to the test, they are definitely “Tailgate Approved”. Hexa Beer Pong Cups come in a sleeve of 50 that also includes five (5) pong balls.
A Toronto Argonauts fan cooks on a grill during a tailgate party ahead of the team’s CFL season opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Toronto on Thursday, June 23, 2016. (Photo courtesy The Canadian Press/ Chris Young)
Canadian football fans can rejoice! Tailgating is not only allowed but encouraged at Toronto Argonauts games this season. Before you head to the beer aisle and buy the entire supply of Molson and Labatt Blue in preparation for this, you need to know something.
BYOB tailgating is still not allowed in Canada.
That’s not to say that you can’t have a frosty beverage while tailgating a Toronto Argonauts game – it is just going to cost you. You see, you can buy an overpriced and undersized beer from a BMO Field approved vendor, but bringing your own is not allowed. Leave your cooler at home and make sure to bring your wallet. And a good line of credit if you plan on having more than two.
Traditional American style tailgating in Canada has been non-existent due to the heavy restrictions on the consumption of alcohol in outdoor spaces. The Calgary Stampeders fans have tried to bring tailgating to the Canadian Football League but the fans can not overcome the existing laws across the Great White North. It’s not that you can’t have a tailgate party without alcohol. It’s just the fact that the Canadian government views their adult citizens as children that can’t handle the responsibility of consuming alcohol outside the confines of a bar or restaurant.
David Menzies of Rebel Media in Canada explains the hypocrisy of it all in this video rant:
David Menzies’ take on the situation is a bit more critical than the Canadian “mainstream” media. By going by the Canadian newspapers and blogs, you would think Toronto’s first season with tailgating mirrors that of a Buffalo Bills or Green Bay Packers tailgate.
With all that optimism, is Menzies the only critic? Probably not. But you need to keep in mind those dissenting voices may not be getting much publicity because the Canadian people have been lulled into believing their bureaucrats know better than they do.
I’d compare it to Soviet block countries that never knew what freedom and liberty was. If you only know standing in line to buy toilet paper or being pleasantly surprised when you can buy a ration of coffee, you really don’t know what you are missing. Same thing goes for the Canadians and BYOB tailgating. They will take what they can get but unless they have ventured south to an NFL game or even a college game, they don’t know what they are missing.
I would not be surprised if the Toronto Argos fans took in a Buffalo Bills game at Orchard Park, they would start demanding the bureaucrats start changing their laws.
Until the Canadian government wakes up and starts treating it’s adult citizens, well, like adults, they may have to resort to childish behaviors to get around these oppressive laws. We’d suggest checking out these Beer Can Covers for sale or the wide selection of Sneaky Flasks to disguise your hooch while tailgating up north.
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