Tailgate in Style

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Tailgating used to mean grabbing a light beer out of an old Igloo cooler, eating a somewhat bland burger with chips, sitting in a woven strap lawn chair and listening to other games on the radio. Well luckily for us, tailgating has come a long way, so take a look at these options for tailgating in style.

• Let’s start with the beverages. Maybe you want to upgrade to a fun local brew like Karbach Hopadillo IPA. Or, maybe you prefer a little wine. Keep that vino nice and cool in an insulated wine tumbler.  It even has a lid to reduce spills. Who says you’re too old for a sippy cup?

150-truck• To keep beer cold, stash cans in a Yeti cooler complete with your college logo on the front. You can get the Roadie if you have a small group, or jump up to the Tundra for larger gatherings.

• Now, what about the seating? Most of us are used to the folding chair you can find at any Academy. If you want to really step up your game, check out these trailer hitch hammock chairs. Now these are comfortable. Just be careful getting up!
• For burgers, be sure to pack up a gourmet sauce and seasonings kit to maximize that chargrilled flavor. As for the chips, I realize some folks will not be willing to let go of the bag. However, others might consider a refreshing quinoa salad a big upgrade. My friend and neighbor Sharon Appel  shared this great recipe.
200-tailgate• Last but not least, ditchthe radio for checking the scores of other games. Ditch the phone and iPad as well. What you really need is a portable satellite television, so you can watch the other games live. There’s no better way to keep up with your fantasy football players around the country.
• Not everyone wants to watch television, so offer some other entertainment with a fun game of cornhole – the Houston Texans version.

Football season is upon us, so pack your gear and get your tailgate on!