Along with food, drinks are vital to a successful tailgate – without drinks it’s hardly even a tailgate. But what is right to bring, and how much? As with any other element of the tailgate, figuring out what you will need to properly stock the coolers is an important consideration which you definitely do not want to overlook
Alcoholic or Non?
If you’re planning to party with a group of adults, it’s likely that beer will be a safely popular option. However, that does not mean that beer should necessarily be your only beverage. It would be wise to diversify your selection by including at least one nonalcoholic option as well – bottled water is always a good choice, and if there are going to be kids in attendance as well, one or two different kinds of soda would be a nice touch.
But How Much to Bring?
Once you’ve figured out which types of beverages you want to bring, you will need to figure out how much you will need.
This will be dependent not only the number of people attending, but also on your tailgating budget; for example, if you have a relatively small group and money is no option, then you could quite easily stock your cooler with tasty microbrews, as well as some good sodas for the kids if there are to be any. However, if as in most cases there is a cap to how much you’re able to spend on drinks, you might want to consider going with a cheaper option. Many larger stores have mainstream beers available in larger quantities for less money, and store brand sodas as opposed to the major names can save a few cents per can which will add up quickly.
By limiting the variety of your choices and keeping things simple you can maximize your bang-to-buck ratio, so it would be a good idea to just stick to one or two different brands of beer, bottled water and one or two different sodas.
When it comes to planning the perfect tailgate, the more forethought you devote the more likely you are to ensure everyone has a great time. Not only that, but by plotting out how many people are coming and what would work for your group, you can save quite a bit of money too.