Wade Cothran | Jun 14, 2021

The Best Tailgating Gear for the Next Big Game

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Tailgate masters know how to do it right, loading up the best gear – from stylish drinkware to portable barbecues to competitive lawn games to functional necessities and so much more – to keep the party going well into overtime. 

If you’re trying to improve your tailgating experience before the next big sporting event, make sure you grab some essential gear so you can pregame while supporting your favorite team in style.

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An Insulated Team Tumbler to Keep Your Pre-Game Drink Cold (or Warm!)


Make sure your drink lasts through the final buzzer with an insulated tumbler featuring your favorite team’s colors. Wear your jerseys, grab a matching drinkware that holds your beverage of choice, and show off your team pride. 

Get everything you need to keep your drink cold, all in one package. Try the Hopsulator TRíO, a can-cooler that fits all your favorite 16oz craft cans, from your favorite domestic brews to imports and craft beer and more. With one quick switch, instantly transform the can cooler into a 16oz pint. For 12oz cans, attach the freezable adapter and you’re set to keep the party going into the after party.

Another great option from our tailgate collection is the BrüMate Toddy. When the season stretches into winter, make sure you’re prepared with a leak-proof, insulated mug, capable of handling all of your favorite hot drinks. Whether you’re listening to the game from the parking lot or sitting in the bleachers, this is a versatile option that’s great for toddies, coffee and everything in between.

A Party Cooler, That Doubles as a Tap


At your next tailgate, keep the drinks flowing by bringing along a BrüMate BackTap – the world’s first stainless-steel lined, leak-resistant backpack cooler that doubles as a tap. Pregame with your favorite beer or cocktail and bring enough for everyone. 

This tailgating gear provides you with three-gallon capacity (or 12 whole cans!), an insulated design to keep your beverage ice cold and a backpack-style design, making transportation a breeze – perfect for tailgate goers who are on foot, making new friends and visiting multiple party spots. Grab the add-on shoulder sling for even easier transport. 

A Big Ol’ BruMate Growl’r to Keep Your Favorite Craft Beer Icey

BruMate Tailgating Growler

Pick up a growler that’s specially made for tailgating. With a BrüMate Growl’r, there’s no need to worry if the game goes into extra innings, thanks to triple insulation that provides temperature and carbonation control for up to 48 hours. 

Plus, our BevGuard technology ensures you won’t experience an unpleasant metallic aftertaste that other stainless-steel products often have. If you’re drinking with buddies, grab one of our Growl’r and Imperial Pint gift sets to keep everyone hydrated. (Or dehydrated, as it were!) Just fill it up, sit back and enjoy your favorite craft beer, freshly poured, throughout the entire game.

A Portable Grill to Keep the Burgers Coming 


Don’t forget another essential part of any tailgate – the grilled goodies. A portable grill, like the Coleman RoadTrip 285 or Weber Smokey Joe, will give you the ability to barbecue on the go, flipping burgers, hot dogs, wings, or any other specialty recipe. 

Don’t forget the charcoal, lighter and fire starters to make cooking as easy as possible. When you’re done, simply empty out the ashes and pack it up in the back of your truck until the next big game.  

Some Folding Chairs and a Pop-Up Table

Mountain Summit Gear’s Roll-Top Table

Stay comfortable without hassle by bringing an easy-to-carry pop-up table, like Mountain Summit Gear’s Roll-Top portable table. And don’t forget a set of folding camping chairs. You can even grab a set in team colors, from shops like Fanatics

Whether you’re lounging in the company of fellow die-hards, playing cards or setting up a buffet, this essential tailgating gear will help keep your lot organized and functional. Plus, when snack time is over, you can use it for all kinds of fun drinking games, whether it’s beer pong, flippy cup, or quarters.

A Portable Bluetooth Speaker


Every tailgate party needs its own soundtrack. Remember to pack a portable bluetooth speaker, like the Beats Pill+, that will keep you rocking until the game time. Make a playlist that will get everyone in the mood for an awesome pregame party. 

And once the game starts, broadcast the action through your bluetooth speaker via an app on your phone, and you will never have to leave your parking spot. Pro tip: bring along a portable power brick as well so that you don’t run out of power.

Lawn Games (or Drinking Games…) 


Don’t forget some added entertainment via your favorite lawn (or drinking) games. Whether it’s cornhole, ladder toss, horseshoes or beer pong, there’s something for every crowd. For tailgaters that want to take it up a notch, skip the Red Solo cups and switch to BrüMate’s Imperial Pint

This 20oz insulated pint glass will keep your beer at the perfect temperature, no matter what type of tailgating games you’re playing. It provides temperature control, splash-proof lid and fits comfortably in hand. Plus, with additional attachments available, like the cocktail shaker or stainless-steel reusable straw, you get versatility that you won’t find with any other tailgate tumbler.


Go Team! 


Now that you know some of the best gear for tailgating, you can be ready for the next big sporting event. From drinkware to portable grills to competitive lawn games and more, every tailgate needs some of these essential items to make the pregame – and postgame – a success.

To show support for your team, make sure to check out the wide selection of BrüMate tailgating tumblers, mugs, can coolers and so much more. Our products are made in a way to show off your colors, while gaining a stylish, functional way to enjoy your favorite beverage well into overtime. 

Find your newest piece of tailgate gear by browsing BrüMate’s one-of-a-kind drinkware and accessories.