ParkWhiz and SeatGeek have put together an infographic to give you an idea about how tailgating differs at campuses around the nation. They cover stats like ticket prices, miles traveled, and more.

Tailgaters and College Football Parking Happiness Index

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Tailgating Beers need to answer to a different standard than your average beer of choice. We’re looking for something that you can drink a 12 pack of over the course of the day without losing your mind (check our ABV chart/price chart). We need a combination of availability and versatility. Something you can drink with fried chicken, chili, or a chocolate dessert. In sweltering heat or bitter cold. Throw an extra beer in your pocket and walk around campus or share your cooler full of tasty beer with new guests. These are the beers to have and share at your tailgate.

Shiner Bock – From the Spoetzel Brewery in Texas comes this no frills beer charting in at 4.4 ABV. This is an amber beer that’s easy to drink year round. Available in cans or bottles and in bulk. (Beer Advocate)

Bitter American – Billed as a “extra pale session ale has lower alcohol but all the flavor and hop aroma you”. Coming in at 4.4% ABV this is a good substitute for pounding IPA’s all day long. From 21st Ammendment Brewery in California (only in cans) but seems to have decent coverage on the East Coast now. (Beer Advocate)

Fat Tire – The flagship amber ale from New Belgium brewery. 5.2% ABV puts it a hair above a sessionable beer, but it pairs so well with tailgating food. Also, you can find almost anywhere these days which makes for a very good default beer in bottles, cans, and bulk. (Beer Advocate)

Stella Artois – Stella has been making a push in the US market for well over a decade now with draft beer in an iconic glass. For whatever reason, I seemed to constantly come across bad kegs of it for awhile and backed off. The bottles were okay. But when the cans went mainstream in 2012 this became a tasty and viable tailgating beer. Super smooth and easily shared with girls at your tailgate. (Beer Advocate)

Full Sail Session Premium Lager – The short stubby bottle will definitely stick out at the tailgate. You feel like you could drink these for 12 hours and never get tired of them. 5.1% ABV out of Oregon and sold mainly as bottles in a 12 pack. This a fun and tasty alternative to Bud/Miller/Coors etc. (Beer Advocate)

Yuengling Traditional Lager: We’re hitting all the bases here. Widely available in a ton of forms at a reasonable price. 4.4% ABV with enough taste to put it above the mega mainstream (no longer American) beers. (Beer Advocate)

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The Minnesota Gophers pulled out a three overtime victory at UNLV on Thursday. Before the game the hashtag #vivalasgophers was unleashed on the world, and UNLV fans had some fun tailgating.

The ZBT fraternity and a possibly a loose affiliation with something called “The Rebellion” which a student fan group, converted Airstream Trailer in a great tailgating setup. The Local Fox Station did a good job of covering it.

FOX5 Vegas – KVVU

More photos from the game

This appears to be a pretty solid keg stand


I hate DJs at tailgates and really everywhere

But these girls probably like them

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On a cold damp Saturday morning, a bit of coffee and Bailey’s is a sure fire way to warm yourself up and add a bit of cheer. With Notre Dame and Navy kicking the 2012 season off in Ireland at a 9am Eastern start, I can’t think of a better drink to start the day than Irish Coffee. This also fits our requirements for being a good tailgating drink because of it’s sparse ingredients and easy mixing technique.

In the picture we used a Tervis 16oz Mug with an optional lid. A pretty nifty addition to your tailgating gear since it works easily with both hot and cold drinks and doesn’t receive or transfer temperature to your hand. Plus it’s always fun to see what you’re drinking.

Irish Coffee Recipe

Ingredients:

8oz Strong Black Coffee
1.5-2oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 tsp Brown Sugar
Heavy Cream or Whipped Cream

Directions:

Combine coffee, Bailey’s, and brown sugar and mix until sugar is dissolved. If using heavy cream, pour over the back of a spoon so that cream rests on top of coffee. For tailgating in the wild, I suggest using a Reddi-Wip can to add to the top of your drink.

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There are many factors that go into choosing which beer to buy. Depending on your station in life, it may just come down to what gets you the drunkest while being the cheapest. You may have a little more money and slightly refined taste buds, but not also shell out big bucks for a sessionable beer. Have no fear, we’ve compiled the numbers so that you can make an informed decision. Though prices fluctuate over time and from store to store, the relative value should remain more or less constant. As you may imagine, anything with Ice in the name or any other big domestic beer does pretty well in these terms. European beers and low calorie beers give you the worst value. On the chart below, the lower the Price/Alcohol Ratio number is, the more buzz you’re getting for less bucks. Do your own taste test, and decide which beer is the right choice for you.

Beer cents/oz ABV Price/Alc Ratio Based On
Milwaukee’s Best Ice 5.27 5.9 0.89 12 Pack Cans
Natural Ice 6.3 5.9 1.07 6 Pack Bottles
Milwaukee’s Best 4.85 4.5 1.08 12 Pack Cans
Pabst Blue Ribbon 5.41 5 1.08 6 16oz Cans
Southpaw Light 5.6 5 1.12 12 Pack Bottles
Old Milwaukee 5.34 4.6 1.16 12 Pack Cans
Miller High Life 6.79 5.5 1.23 6 Pack Bottles
Bud Ice 7 5.5 1.27 6 Pack Bottles
Busch 5.83 4.6 1.27 12 Pack Cans
Icehouse 6.79 5 1.36 6 Pack Bottles
Busch Light 5.83 4.2 1.39 12 Pack Cans
Natural Light 6.3 4.2 1.50 6 Pack Bottles
Killian’s Irish Red 7.6 4.9 1.55 6 Pack Bottles
Terrapin Rye 8.49 5.3 1.60 6 Pack Bottles
Budweiser 8.32 5 1.66 6 Pack Bottles
Molson Ice 9.15 5.5 1.66 6 Pack Bottles
MGD Draft 8.32 4.66 1.79 6 Pack Bottles
Michelob 9 5 1.80 6 Pack Bottles
Fosters 9.29 5.1 1.82 6 Pack Bottles
Yuengling Black & Tan 8.18 4.5 1.82 6 Pack Bottles
Budweiser American Ale 9.71 5.3 1.83 6 Pack Bottles
Molson Canadian 9.15 5 1.83 6 Pack Bottles
Yuengling Lager 8.18 4.4 1.86 6 Pack Bottles
Rolling Rock Extra Pale 8.6 4.6 1.87 6 Pack Bottles
Tecate 8.6 4.5 1.91 6 Pack Bottles
Dale’s Pale Ale 12.46 6.5 1.92 6 Pack Cans
New Belgium Ranger IPA 12.5 6.5 1.92 6 Pack Bottles
Bud Select 8.32 4.3 1.93 6 Pack Bottles
Bud Light 8.32 4.2 1.98 6 Pack Bottles
Coors Light 8.32 4.2 1.98 6 Pack Bottles
Miller Lite 8.32 4.2 1.98 6 Pack Bottles
Spaten Oktoberfest 11.8 5.9 2.00 6 Pack Bottles
Shock Top 10.5 5.2 2.02 6 Pack Bottles
Blue Moon 11.1 5.4 2.06 6 Pack Bottles
Hornsby’s Draft Cider 12.5 6 2.08 6 Pack Bottles
Hornsby’s Hard Apple Cider 12.5 6 2.08 6 Pack Bottles
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 12.1 5.7 2.12 6 Pack Bottles
Grolsch 10.8 5 2.16 6 Pack Bottles
J.W. Dundee Honey Brown 9.71 4.5 2.16 6 Pack Bottles
Abita Amber 9.9 4.5 2.20 6 Pack Bottles
Bell’s Oberon 13.2 6 2.20 6 Pack Bottles
Bud Light Lime 9.29 4.2 2.21 6 Pack Bottles
Dos Equis Special Lager 11.1 5 2.22 6 Pack Bottles
Harp 11.1 5 2.22 6 Pack Bottles
Landshark 10.5 4.7 2.23 6 Pack Bottles
Michelob Light 9.57 4.3 2.23 6 Pack Bottles
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale 15.7 7 2.24 6 Pack Bottles
Bud Light Wheat 9.29 4.1 2.27 6 Pack Bottles
New Belgium 1554 12.5 5.5 2.27 6 Pack Bottles
St Pauli Girl 11.1 4.9 2.27 6 Pack Bottles
Yuengling Light 8.18 3.6 2.27 6 Pack Bottles
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA 13.7 6 2.28 6 Pack Bottles
Michelob Ultra 9.57 4.2 2.28 6 Pack Bottles
Heineken 12.5 5.4 2.31 6 Pack Bottles
Pacifico 11.1 4.8 2.31 6 Pack Bottles
Sweetwater 420 12.5 5.4 2.31 6 Pack Bottles
Rock Green Light 8.6 3.7 2.32 6 Pack Bottles
Beck’s 11.8 5 2.36 6 Pack Bottles
Strongbow Dry Cider 12.5 5.3 2.36 6 Pack Bottles
New Belgium Fat Tire 12.5 5.2 2.40 6 Pack Bottles
Paulaner 13.2 5.5 2.40 6 Pack Bottles
Dos Equis Amber 11.1 4.5 2.47 6 Pack Bottles
Sol 11.1 4.5 2.47 6 Pack Bottles
Bass Pale Ale 12.5 5 2.50 6 Pack Bottles
Hoegaarden 12.5 5 2.50 6 Pack Bottles
Stella Artois 12.5 5 2.50 6 Pack Bottles
Woodchuck Amber 12.5 5 2.50 6 Pack Bottles
Woodchuck Granny Smith 12.5 5 2.50 6 Pack Bottles
Sweetwater Blue 12.5 4.9 2.55 6 Pack Bottles
Red Stripe 12.1 4.7 2.57 6 Pack Bottles
Anchor Steam 12.74 4.9 2.60 6 Pack Bottles
New Belgium Mothership Wit 12.5 4.8 2.60 6 Pack Bottles
Samuel Adams 12.5 4.8 2.60 6 Pack Bottles
Corona 12.2 4.6 2.65 6 Pack Bottles
Newcastle Brown Ale 12.5 4.7 2.66 6 Pack Bottles
Peroni 12.5 4.7 2.66 6 Pack Bottles
Shiner Bock 11.8 4.4 2.68 6 Pack Bottles
Corona Light 12.2 4.5 2.71 6 Pack Bottles
Modelo Especial 12.2 4.4 2.77 6 Pack Bottles
Smithwicks 12.5 4.5 2.78 6 Pack Bottles
Abita Purple Haze 12.1 4.2 2.88 6 Pack Bottles
Pilsner Urquell 12.5 4.3 2.91 6 Pack Bottles
MGD 64 8.32 2.8 2.97 6 Pack Bottles
Samuel Adams Light 12.5 4.05 3.09 6 Pack Bottles
Guinness 13 4 3.25 6 Pack Bottles
Red Stripe Light 12.07 3.6 3.35 6 Pack Bottles
Bud Select 55 8.32 2.4 3.47 6 Pack Bottles
Amstel Light 12.5 3.5 3.57 6 Pack Bottles
Heineken Light 12.5 3.5 3.57 6 Pack Bottles
Beck’s Premier Light 11.8 2.3 5.13 6 Pack Bottles

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