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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!


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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National Tailgating Day

Posted by lukelorick on June 4, 2016 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We did it! We took what we loved and made it into National Day. We recently had our National Tailgating Day proposal accepted and the first ever National Tailgating day will be this September 3, 2016. 

That is the first weekend of college football. There will never be a better time to gather your friends, go out to the big game, fire up the grill and crack a frosty beverage. 

Tailgating is something near and dear to my heart and I think it is for many reading this, as well. I hope you find as much happiness in tailgating that I do and please have fun tailgating year round!

Full press release: 


Thanks to each of you for being a fan, 

Luke Lorick

President Tailgating Challenge


SMU vs Baylor Tailgate 9/4/15

Posted by lukelorick on September 6, 2015 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (2)

We attended the SMU vs Baylor tailgating event on Friday. This was the first game of the season for both teams. SMU had a 'white out' plan for their fans to come in white attire.  We located a pay lot and set up shop. Some of our goodies that people drooled over included:

The Cruzin Cooler: Had quite a few friends test drive this out and LOVED it.  EVERYONE was asking where to get one, what it was and so on. There was at least one Cruzin Cooler vs Golf Cart race during the tailgate:)

The Traveling Breeze Cooling Chair. Yesterday it was HOT. Heat index around 100. Having a chair with built in fans was a fan favorite to come by and get some cool air blown on them. Yes this thing works!

The Kool Max Cooler: This may have been may favorite. Earlier in the day the microphone I ordered came in. Did I mention this cooler has 350 sound system and is also a PA system (meaning I could allow the world to know my thoughts on all thing tailgating) We listened to music the first half of the tailgate and the second half we plugged in the mic to help get the fans pumped up and have some laughs along the way. This cooler also serves it function as it held a 30 pack of cold beverages, bottle of champagne, 6 bottles of water and food.

The EZ Hitch Tailgate Table was great as it has an added umbrella that really stands out and allowed all of our friends who Ubered in to find us quickly.

The tailgating was a blast and the fans were all super friendlly on both the SMU and Baylor side. We attended the game and it was a nail biter in the first half.  The SMU stadium rocks in the fact that they sell beer and they allow you leave at halftime and come back into the stadium. Baylor rolled in the second half and we called it a night after.

Shout out to Baylor and SMU fans at the game!

Until the next tailgate. Remember don't HATE just Tailgate!

#SMU #SMUMustangs #Baylor #SicEm #Tailgate

The pic below shows off some of the products but the Cruzin Cooler was so popular it was hard to keep it around the tailgate!

Dealing with Hangovers this tailgating season.

Posted by lukelorick on August 29, 2015 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (2)


With tailgating comes the chance of having a little too much adult fun and the chance of feeling less than remarkable the next day. We have had the chance to experiment with a variety of product s that claim to help your hangover.


In testing these products we found an unlikely combination that helps to start working before you begin imbibing and then a follow up product to take the edge off the following day.


With all anti-hangover products we know that if you drink way more than you should then there may be little help, but if you pair the Forget Hangovers all natural vitamin patch with Blowfish for hangovers together as a one two punch you will feel MUCH better than doing nothing.


The Forget Hangover patch should be applied before you begin consuming alcohol. It is a patch that releases vitamin B to help combat the damage the alcohol is causing. Then when you awake the next morning take two of the Blowfish for hangovers to feel like a champ. Blowfish for hangovers are effervescent tablets that dissolve in water and have a very mild taste that is very easy to drink.


These are two products that would pit themselves as rivals, but we believe its the perfect combination to help you this tailgating season. Give it a shot and let us know how it works for you.

Football is BACK!

Posted by lukelorick on August 9, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

If you haven't heard football starts back tonight with preseason football.

Steelers vs. Vikings tonight.

I know I'll be watching. I mean how long has it been since we were able to watch a footall game?

The biggest issue with football season is that it's over before you blink your eyes. I encourage each and everyone of you to truly savor each game and each tailgaitng experience.

We are thankful to be your leading choice for tailgating news and don't worry, we have PLENTY of awesome things coming up to help you make this the best tailgating season ever.

Now whether you're tailgating, homegating, watergating etc have a blast! Enjoy the friends, the rivalries, the wins, the losses (easiers said than done right) and all that is tailgating.

Live by our new saying:

" Don't HATE just TAILGATE!"

Have a great one!