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Special Delivery..BEER!

Posted by lukelorick on February 26, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)
If you're like me you love a good cold beer. As I've gotten older I love tasting more unique craft beers to help quench my thirst on a Friday evening. The Craft Beer Club has the service that we all need, Beer Delivery to your door! That's right they will ship you 4 different beers from two brewing companies each month (Total of 12 Beers in each box) to help you become properly hydrated in a variety of flavors. 
As you can see from the video below, each box comes with different types of beer, so whether its a light and refreshing blonde or a hoppy IPA they got you covered. 
This past month we got to sample brews from:
Blackstone Brewing Company and Millstream Brewing Company
Thanks for hooking up these unique brews to help quench my thirst!

Craft Beer Club makes a great gift for the hard to buy person on your list and if you're like me you'll start to look forward to what unique beers are coming the next month. 

As always never drink and drive and please drink responsibly. 

Until next time: Cheers to Beers!

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Best Steak for the Tailgate

Posted by lukelorick on February 26, 2017 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Steaks and grilling go together like beer and coolers. The question is what steak is best for you and for your tailgate?

From T Bones to Tomahawk steaks there are so many options out there. Our friends Peak Tailgating helped break this down further to help you with some of lifes tough decisions:)

Check it out: 

http://www.peaktailgate.com/blog/best-steak-to-grill-for-my-tailgate ;

What Steak is going to hit your grill grate and taste great?

Tailgate Sunrise Drink

Posted by lukelorick on February 5, 2017 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (4)

Early morning tailgates suck. Why do they have noon kickoffs anyways? Half of the tailgaters were out the night before conversating at local bars about how the team would do the following day. 

Getting up early with a mild hangover and no taste for the normal alcohol choices can doom a tailgate. 

I had to do something about this. Currently there are a few early morning go to's that people use to start the early tailgate with Mimosa, Bloody Mary or heck, even an ice cold beer. 

I decided to make a cocktail that would be smooth tasting, have alcohol and caffiene in it to hit the trifecta of what you need this early in the morning. 

I call it TAILGATE SUNRISE.

To make you need the following: Champagne, grapefruit juice (or a juice of choice), and monster energy (or an engery drink of choice) this is my fav combo though. Your individual results may vary. 

You need about 75% champagne, and then split the remaining with juice and engery drink. 

The drink is sure to go down smoothly and get you awake in the right state of mind to dominate your tailgate!

Let us know what you think of this combination. 

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As always NEVER drink and drive and please drink responsibly. 

Beer Tour of Canada

Posted by lukelorick on January 23, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 

I sampled La Fin Du Monde, Labatts, Moosehead and Molsen Golden:

 

The "La Fin" had the highest alcohol content and, as such, more body. In sampling the La Fin, it had the most flavor that pleased my palate during the flight.

 

The Labatts would be my recomendation for a good beer to take tailgating as it has a smooth, refreshing flavor that will allow you to have multiple drinks over the course of the day. the La Fin would be a good sipper where you have 1-2, but not something that I could drink all day tailgating before the big game.

 

The Molsen Golden continued to grow on me after the video review. I finsihed the sample and I'd also recommend this one for a good tailgating brew.

 

The Moosehead, while I drank it all and didn't waste any, was not my favorite and a beer that I label as one and done.

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Cheers to all of our Canadian fans and remember to always drink responsibly and NEVER drink and drive.



 

1st Bourbon Battle

Posted by lukelorick on December 18, 2016 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I love bourbon, so I figured let's start a blog on putting some of the top bourbons head to head in blind taste tests and determine which one tastes the best. 

In my first Bourbon Battle Blog I put Makers Mark, Gentleman Jack and Woodford Reserve head to head!

We we were served a shot glass of each of these bourbons in a blind taste test to determine which one had the best drinkability without any mixers. Of course the palette was cleansed between each tasting to ensure remarkable results. 

After tasting them each I believed that I could pick out not only my favorite, but identify them each by taste. Well I got exactly ZERO identified correctly. 

I did however, come up with the best tasting of these three and the 1st bourbon battle winner is: 

Woodford Reserve!

This was the smoothest and had the least amount of 'bite' or burn after swallowing. 

To be fair all were enjoyed, but there can be only one winner. 

What bourbons should go head to head next? I feel like this is like March Madness Bracketology!

Its amazing what a blind taste test can really determine!


*The companies above did not pay for or endorse this Bourbon Battle, the opinions are mine and mine alone. Always drink responsibly and NEVER drink and drive!

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream BEER?

Posted by lukelorick on December 18, 2016 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Beer has come a long ways, but this is the first team up I've seen between a beer company and an ice cream company. 

New Belgium beer and Ben & Jerry's ice cream have partnered for ice cream flavored beer.

YES you heard correctly! 

As I was purusing all of the diverse beer choices in Total Wine last week I found: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale.

Have to try it, even if some say I'll lose my man card. A risk I'm willing to take in the name of research!

I completed a review being filmed live on my first sip to ensure I give you, the people, an accurate portrayal of the flavor this beer brings. 

Watch the video below to see the my review of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale LIVE: 

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Do you think this will be a delicious Ale or a Tailgating Fail?

* I was not paid for this review by the companies involved. My opinions are mine and mine alone. Please do not drink and drive and always drink responsibly. 

South Carolina vs. Missouri Tailgate 11/5/16

Posted by lukelorick on November 7, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Fall tailgating in the South is about as good as it gets. The weather is beautiful and the football and tailgates are amazing. I traveled to Columbia, SC to check out how the Gamecock faithful tailgate at Williams Brice stadium. 

I haven't been to a game at South Carolina in over three years and one of the words I could use to describe how it was in years past was "industrial" as there were many warehouses and things around the stadium that never gave it the amazing game day feel you should get from an SEC stadium. 

Its obvious that South Carolina has spent MILLIONS to help beautify the tailgating area around the stadium and make it much greener as well. It looked amazing, but I'm getting ahead of myself. 

We set up our tailgate with some local South Carolina fans who had multiple tvs with the games going, a delicious food spread and obligatory USC tailgating tents (they were everywhere). Soon after getting into a few ice cold beverages the boiled peanut man pulling a wagon full of coolers came up to us. I love boiled peanuts, so of course we got some, but he asked if we needed anything else and proceeded to open a secret compartment in a cooler with mini bottles galore....thats my kind of peanut guy:)

After this interesting exchange we then had to go check out the tailgates around the stadium to see how the Gamecocks and the atmosphere compared. If you haven't heard the word 'Cockaboose' then its about time I got you up to speed. These are old railroad cars that are beside the stadium. They have been totally tricked out on the inside and have a rooftop patio on each one. Tell me it wouldn't be fun tailgating beside the stadium in one of these



As we walked around the stadium we saw the Gamecock mascot "Sir Big Spur" in his tailgating mobile. Check this thing out. This Gamecock knows how to get around:

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We later made it to the best place to grab a burger and drink at the stadium: Jacos. This is the claimed oldest bar in South Carolina and they serve a mean cheeseburger. If you're ever at a game in Columbia you have to stop by Jacos


As we continued around the tailgating spots we saw unique games, a cornhole trophy, grills with smokey aroma and even a CockaBoat. Thats right a tailgate boat and no there is not a lake or river by the stadium.


There was even the Fireball fire truck that showed up at the game. How great is a fireball shot, am I right? 

Watch a stroll through the Fair Grounds parking area to see tailgating at South Carolina up close and personal: 

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The game started and it was a great game with South Carolina pulling out the win over Mizzou. We hung around afterwards and saw the stadium from the ground level, saw the players got huge plates of chicken wings after the game (weird right, with Gamecocks being their mascot) and even seeing the Cockaboose up close and personal. 

Overall, South Carolina has come a long ways with their tailgating and they have some amazing fans. I'm not ready to call this the best tailgating in the nation, but if they keep improving on their tailgating like they have over the last three years watch out!


LSU vs Ole Miss Tailgating Trip

Posted by lukelorick on October 24, 2016 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been to a few tailgates in my day and know a  good tailgate from a GREAT tailgate. I had the chance to attend the LSU vs Ole Miss game on 10/22/16. I've heard that LSU fans tailgate better than any other school, so I had to verify the same. 

We arrived to the lots about 6 hours before a night kickoff and there were already THOUSANDS of tailgaters set up and having a great time. I first walked through what I'll call the RV village as there was row after row after row of high dollar RV's with tv's set up, grills a blazing and music pumping.  

We walked closer to the stadium to try to get our hands on some tickets and saw lot after lot of full parking with fans dressed in yellow and purple having a blast. We were able to get our hands on some lower deck tickets at face value and then could really begin to get into tailgating mode. 

I saw a couple walking their dogs and both dogs has 'LSU' shaved on both sides!

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Even Donald Trump made an appearence;)


There were so many tailgating groups that were doing things that would make all of us proud I couldn't name them all, but this one picture sums up how they do their tailgating: 


Did I mention how beautiful the LSU campus was? There were massive oak trees throughout campus that gave it an awesome feel: 


We then entered a fun local bar "Barcadia" that had great prices on delicious drinks and plenty of TV's and music to keep us entertained. 

From there it was on to get a local bite to eat before kickoff. We found a great place called Roul's deli. I had the obligatory Tiger Burger that was a large hamburger loaded with cheese, beef, bacon and SHRIMP!


Afterwards it was off to the game. We started walking towards the game a little over an hour before kickoff and appears that everyone had the same idea. It was Insane. Think 100,000 people all converging to the stadium, frat guys holding bottles of vodka over their heads and giving anyone that came up and did the tiger chant a BIG shot of liquid fandom. It was great but likely intimidating for the few Ole Miss fans that attended the game (they didn't travel well)

We find our seats and get ready for action. There are fans filling up the stadiums and people pulling out flasks and filling their gameday drink up with a nice shot of Whiskey before the game starts. 

The LSU entrance to the game is pretty special. You can see for yourself with our video: 

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Overall, it was an awesome day and thoroughly enjoyed by all. I haven't been to all the college tailgate towns, but LSU will be hard to beat. 

Think your school can beat the LSU tailgating atmosphere? Let us know your school and why its the best....

Best Cooling Chair?

Posted by lukelorick on July 17, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)
I've lived in the South my whole life and it gets HOT during the summer. There are two cooling chairs on the market now that are perfect for tailgating and camping that we will talk about and show you in the video below. 
The first is the blue chair, Traveling Breeze, this chair has a full mesh style bottom to allow air to circulate and has TWO fans in the back to help cool you down when you sit. It has a rather large battery that attaches under the left arm that is rechargeable. 
Next up you have the red Shady Breeze chair. This chair has a smaller mesh bottom, but comes with a built in canopy. Within the canopy there is a two speed fan. This chair can help keep you cool and keep you from getting sunburned. The battery is also rechargable and small enouch to fit in your pocket. 

These chairs are both designed to cool you off, but help do that a little differently. Which one do you think will keep you the coolest?

See the full Traveling Breeze Review
See the full Shady Breeze Review


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Motorized Cooler Race

Posted by lukelorick on July 17, 2016 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We here at Tailgating Challenge get to try out LOTS of awesome products, but lining up two motorized coolers to a street race takes the cake. 
The white cooler is the Cruzin Cooler and is the top powered 1,000 watt battery, three wheel cooler. 
The red cooler is the Crazy Cooler that is gas powered with 4 all terrain wheels. 

The Cruzin cooler has a rechargeble battery that takes up half the cooler space. The crazy cooler has the motor on the back end of the cooler. One is quiet, one sounds like a 4 wheeler. Both are fun. 

The question is which one wins the street race. 
Watch the video to find out....

Read the Review of the Cruzin Cooler
Read the Review of the Crazy Cooler

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