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Pelican Elite Coolers

Posted by Dave On March - 4 - 2015

Pelican Cooler Featured
Although most of the country is gripped tightly in the dead of winter, it is time to start thinking about your cooler situation. It’s hard to fathom wanting to keep something cold when the weather outside looks like the frozen planet Hoth from Empire Strikes Back but stick with me on this.

The weather will start to warm up and having a good cooler for the upcoming Major League Baseball season and summer concert season will be crucial. An added bonus of living in Southern California, the weather is typically warm year round so testing and reviewing coolers is something we can do all year. Enter the Pelican Elite line of coolers.

We had the opportunity to test and review the Pelican 20QT Elite cooler. It is the smallest of their Elite line of coolers but not every tailgate requires a huge cooler on wheels. (Pelican also makes coolers all the way up to 250QT.) Take a peek into the features and benefits of the Pelican 20QT that we were sent a sample to test and review.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of the Pelican 20QT Elite Cooler. The fact this sample was provided to us free of charge 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 video, the features and benefits list of the Pelican 20QT Elite Cooler is quite impressive. Their attention to detail is unmatched. From the moment we removed it from the box we could tell this was going to be a quality cooler with outstanding ice retention.

The thickness of the walls and lid of the Pelican cooler were thick and well insulated. Without putting any ice and beverages in it, we knew this was going to be a great cooler. Then we took it out for a test run in a real tailgating environment.

Pelican_Cooler_SunshineOn some weekends we take products from our online tailgating gear store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com and our newly opened store Spring Break 24-7, to the Orange County Marketplace. It’s an outdoor marketplace where vendors can sell new goods and merchandise you can’t typically find online or at the mall. Being an open air marketplace, it is not climate controlled and having a good cooler to keep your food and beverages cold is a must. We found this to be the perfect location to test the Pelican 20QT Elite in a real tailgating environment.

We loaded the Pelican with a few canned beverages, our lunch for the day and packed it with ice from our freezer. That was at about 4:30 am so we can make it to the registration booth by 5 am. As you can see in the photo, we placed the Pelican cooler in direct sunlight for the entire day. The day we tested it, the temperature was about 78 degrees and peaked at 82 that day. (People in the Midwest and on the East Coast please save your hate mail.) As the sun moved, we moved the cooler to ensure it was in direct sunlight all day. All the while throughout the course of the day we opened and closed the Pelican Cooler removing a cold beverage just like you normally would while out tailgating. By the time the OC Marketplaced closed at 4 pm, the ice retention inside the Pelican was something to behold.

After spending the entire day in direct sunlight, there was very little ice melted. What little ice melted was probably due to the lid being opened and closed and the warm air convection produced the ice melt. Had the cooler been sitting in direct sunlight and not been opened once, I am confident the ice would have barely melted if at all.

Because we like to test tailgating products thoroughly, we brought it out tailgating with us prior to a college baseball game. This time it was not a “simulated” tailgating environment. It was a real tailgating environment complete with going in and grabbing multiple beverages over the course of the tailgate letting cold air escape and warm air into the cooler. Simulated or real, the Pelican 20QT Elite Cooler was a champ and retained ice exquisitely. Had we cut to size and utilized our KoolerCap, we anticipate the ice retention to be even better.

After thoroughly testing the Pelican 20QT Elite Cooler we are going to give it our Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp. The same quality and attention to detail goes into the smaller coolers as it does with the larger Pelican coolers. If you are looking to replace your trusty old tailgating cooler with a new one, we would recommend the Pelican 80QT Elite Cooler. It has wheels for ease of transport to and from the car or if your tailgating space is not directly behind your vehicle.

If you are in the market for a new cooler or need to upgrade the one you already have, we highly recommend the Elite line of Pelican Coolers. They did not disappoint and we are confident you will be impressed as well.

To learn more about Pelican Coolers or to find a retailer, visit: Pelican.com

Snake Bite bottle opener Featured

Shotgunning beers. It has a history with tailgating as far back as one can remember. But when you shotgun a beer the regular way, you risk injury or even worse, losing your beer to foam. We discovered the Original Snake Bite – a forked church key and bottle opener that now makes shotgunning beers easy and safe.

The science behind shotgunning a beer is simple. In order for the liquid to exit a vessel, air must replace the cavity where the liquid once was. If just the main opening is utilized, the pouring has to stop so that air can enter the can and re-establish equilibrium. This is what causes the “glug-glug-glug” sound when pouring something from a can if it isn’t vented. If you have venting, then air is let in which constantly keeps equilibrium in letting the liquid out smoothly. Now that you understand the science, let’s see the Snake Bite in action while out tailgating.

(Apologies for using a Coke Zero to demonstrate but the only beer we brought were craft beers and we weren’t about to shotgun 16 oz. of Wolf Among Weed IPA.)

You may not be into shotgunning beers in the parking lot and have a more sophisticated approach to your beer consumption. The Snake Bite is a great tool for you tailgaters too.

Not only is it a bottle opener for regular metal bottle caps but also vents craft brew cans. More and more craft breweries, with Tailgate Beer being the first, are starting to break the stereotype that if beer comes in a can, it must be crap. The vessel in which it is transported does not ruin the taste of craft beer whether it is in a glass bottle or aluminum can. When it comes to craft beers, you want to have the correct amount of head in the glass. Check out The Beer Advocate’s guide on How To Pour Beer. After you have checked that out, see the video of a side-by-side pour comparison using a Schlafly Hefeweizen into a glass.

Now which one would you want to drink? The one of the left or the one on the right? That’s a rhetorical question.

Snake Bite AnglesThe Snake Bite has a leather case that slips over it to ensure the tips of the “fangs” do not scrape and cut you when not in use. It includes a key ring so you can always have a bottle opener and can venting device on you at all times. The Snake bite comes with three choices of leather colors including black, brown and natural.

The Snake Bite will run you about $22 no matter what color leather sheath you prefer. Free shipping is included to United States customers.

After taking the Snake Bite tailgating and trying it at home and in the parking lot, we are going to give the Snake Bite the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp.

The affordability along with the functionality makes it ideal for you to add it to your tailgating kit or make it part of your everyday key chain. To learn more about the Snake Bite or to buy one of your own, visit: snakebiteco.com

World Series of Beer Pong 2015: Billy Gaines Interview

Posted by Dave On February - 17 - 2015

If you follow us on social media, especially Twitter and Instagram, you already knew that in the beginning of this year we visited Las Vegas and attended the World Series of Beer Pong.

We popped into the World Series of Beer Pong to see what all the hype was about. We checked out the scene and had a chance to get a few moments with Billy Gaines, the owner and founder of BPong and the World Series of Beer Pong. In this interview he discusses the explosive growth and popularity of beer pong, how the WSOBP has grown over the years and some of the greatest teams in the history of the tournament.

Two Beers in Two Seconds With The Bierstick

Posted by Dave On December - 26 - 2014

bierstick_girls.jpgYou’ve seen the 12 Man Beer Bong and even the Flabongo. Now comes The Bierstick. At first glance it looks a lot like an over-sized syringe (Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens eat your heart out) and holds 24 ounces of beer. The concept is simple. Fill up the The Bierstick with two beers. Replace the mouthpiece and push out excess air. Place the plunger end against a solid surface. (like a girl only wearing a bra as the picture to the right suggests) Press down and consume at your own pace. Don’t have a hot girl wearing just a bra and panties at your disposal? I am sure a car door in the neighboring tailgating space will suffice.

In case you are more of a visual learner or just like stick figure drawings, check out the tutorial below.



The best part about The Bierstick is that you can control the speed in which you consume your beer. Beer bongs use good old gravity to send the beer down to your open gullet. With The Bierstick you control the flow depending on how fast you push on the plunger. Yet another clever way to get beer in you faster than normal.

We sampled the Bierstick and did this demonstration video:

After thoroughly testing the Bierstick, we are going to deem it, “Tailgate Approved”.

The Bierstick will run you less than $30 plus shipping and handling.

Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters – 2014 Edition

Posted by Dave On December - 17 - 2014

Holiday Gift Guide For tailgaters 2014
According to xmasclock.com, you only have roughly 7 days and a few hours left before Christmas. That means if you have not purchased all your holiday gifts yet, you better get on the stick. We empathize with you the procrastinating gift buyers and proudly offer this year’s edition of the Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters. If you don’t find anything in the 2014 edition that your tailgater might enjoy, check out our previous years gift guides (2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010) and we are sure you will find something they will love. Without further delay, here is the 2014 edition of the Tailgating Ideas Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters.

Tailgate TV Stand Featured
Tailgate TV Stand

If you want to step up your tailgating game, bringing a TV to the tailgating parking lot is a must. And if you are going to bring a TV to the tailgate, you don’t want it taking up valuable table space. You want to mount your TV at your tailgating space much like you would mount it at home. Up and out of the way and safe from errant footballs that may accidentally come in contact with your TV. That is why you need to get a Tailgate TV Stand. The Tailgate TV Stand is a hitch mounted TV stand that holds your flat screen TV and can rotate 360 degrees. The Tailgate TV Stand is essentially three pieces that assemble quickly in order to mount your TV for viewing off the back of your vehicle so long as it has a 2″ tow hitch receiver. $169.99

VersaPong Featured Image

They always say, “People tend to give gifts they would like to receive themselves”. This one falls directly into that category. VersaPong is beer pong racks that quickly mount and are easily removed from the tops of PVC pipe that makes tripod stands. The set up is a breeze and the space it takes up in your tailgating vehicle is minimal. Plus your tailgater will be the coolest tailgater in the parking lot or the backyard BBQ when they break out these bad boys that no one has ever seen before. Comes in multiple color options including black, red, blue, green, purple and yellow. 69.95

Texas Sucks Tailgate Tag
Tailgate Tags: Novelty License Plates

Tailgate Tags are aluminum U.S. State background license plates that can be customized to reflect a slogan or message of your choice. They even have a variety of pre-made tailgate tags geared towards specific fan bases, i.e. Alabama license plates that say “Roll Tide” or a Louisiana plate that says “Who Dat?” for the New Orleans Saints fans. Tailgate Tags have the option of the lettering sublimated or with vinyl lettering. All 50 states are available and some states even have multiple background options (California, Maryland, Nebraska, New York, New Mexico and Ohio) if you prefer an old school plate. Sublimated Customized Plates cost $19.95 and Vinyl Customized Plates run $17.95.

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