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6 Tips for Football Tailgate Success

With the return of fall comes America’s favorite weekend activity: football tailgating. Whether you’re rallying for your alma mater or your hometown NFL team, tailgating is a classic way to get together with your friends and family to eat, drink, and party amongst a brigade of fellow fans. Here are 6 keys to achieving the ultimate football tailgate.

Refreshments – Whether you prefer beer, mixed drinks, or non-alcoholic beverages, having the appropriate refreshments for everyone in attendance can be the cornerstone of a good tailgating venture. It is always a great idea to bring some soft drinks and water bottles so everyone can have something refreshing. Also, do not forget to forget to buy some ice so you can keep your keg and other beverages nice and cold. Please be sure to drink in moderation and stay hydrated.

Food – There is something about the smell of fresh air and lingering exhaust fumes that makes for some great grilling. Make sure you pack a cooler full of burgers, hot dogs and bratwurst, so you can fire up your grill and begin the barbecue. Just don’t forget to bring potato salad, baked beans, or some other sides that can help you turn your meal into a full-fledged feast!

Games – Following the great lawn dart ban of 1988, America has searched for safe and fun alternatives that are appropriate for participants of all ages. Now the football pregame atmosphere is blessed with a multitude of games that are perfect for tailgating, such as cornhole, kan jam, and ladder toss. However, regardless of what activities you decide to have at your event, the only remaining requirement is that you MUST bring a football.

New Friends – A tailgate is a gathering of fans that are coming together from across the country to support their team. It is important to make some new friends and rejoice with fellow football fans that can help you bolster your pregame prayer and other traditions and rituals. Meeting new people that bleed the same colors is a great way to make sure your pregame parties are even better in the future.

Trash Bags – The best way to build good karma for your team is to clean up after your tailgate. You don’t want to be that person who is responsible for littering all over the sacred pregame space. Make sure you bring some garbage bags so you and your crew can quickly clean up all of your trash before you head into the football stadium for kickoff.

Designated Driver – If you got your vehicle to the tailgate safely, you will need to get it home safely as well. Choose a designated driver before you leave for the stadium, so you can make sure you keep everyone around you out of harm’s way once the game is over and it is time to hit the road. Drinking and driving is NOT an option.

Tailgating is one of the best parts about watching football in the fall, and it is a great way to spend some quality time with your family and friends. By following these 6 keys, you will be well on your way to a successful tailgate that will be just as memorable as the game itself!

Sierra Nevada, Brauhaus Riegele Partner for New Oktoberfest Beer

Every autumn, thousands of beer drinkers across the world come together to celebrate the high holiday of Oktoberfest. Originating in 1810, Oktoberfest has become one of the largest festivals in the world with over 7,200,000 visitors in attendance and approximately 6,900,000 litres of beer being consumed over the course of the 16 day Volksfest in Munich, Germany.

While it is celebrated on a significantly smaller scale in America, the USA has become a staple celebrator in the last weeks of September with many domestic brewers making their own attempt at producing the traditional Märzen style beer. The standard of the Märzen style is so heavily scrutinized that some brewers have even gone so far as to import German grains, malts, and hops just to try and duplicate the unique amber lager. One of the more popular American microbreweries has taken things to new heights by not just importing the ingredients, but incorporating the traditional brewers themselves.

Looking to produce America’s best Oktoberfest beer, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company worked in close collaboration with 600-year-old brewery, Brauhaus Riegele to create a traditional Märzen style beer that is held to the highest standards of the German brewery. Sierra Nevada founder, Ken Grossman, said of the project, “We’re honored that Brauhaus Riegele, is kicking off this Oktoberfest collaboration with us. We’re both family owned, our children are hands on, and we share a passion for great beer. We’re aligned in so many ways, and we’re excited about the outstanding beer that’s emerged.”

Hailed as “The World’s Best Oktoberfest” by Men’s Journal, Sierra Nevada’s 2015 Oktoberfest will be the first in a line of yearly collaborations with different German breweries, and will be made available in stores throughout the month of October.

Sierra Nevada hosted a three-day Oktoberfest celebration from October 2nd to the 4th at their brewery in Chico, CA, featuring a traditional German feast, all day music line-up, and, of course, Sierra Nevada’s 2015 Oktoberfest beer!