How to Tailgate Like the Pros
What would the Commissioner of Tailgating say about your setup?
Joe Cahn is the world’s only professional tailgater. He’s been at it for the past 20 years, parking his RV at sporting events of all kinds across the country. And he has some excellent advice at www.tailgating.com. We’ve excerpted a few of his tips here (and added a few environmentally friendly suggestions):
1. Dress in team colors! Wear a team jersey or sweatshirt. You are the 12th man on the team and the first player on the Tailgating Team. Show your team spirit. Tailgaters are the best fans!
2. Plan your menu and do prep work a day or two before the game. Keep the menu simple and pack prepared food in recyclable containers.
3. Make a list of the items you want to take along. Check off items as you pack. Packcompostable paper products (plates, napkins, towels, forks, spoons, etc.) the night before. Remember such items as a small first aid kid, trash bags, water and damp towels in plastic baggies to clean hands and face.
4. Plan to arrive three to four hours early and stay one to two hours after the game.
5. Find a good spot to park. Not all parking spaces are created equal! Park next to a grassy area or at the end of the parking row–this gives you more room for serious tailgating!
6. Fly a flag on a very high pole so friends can find you.
7. Decorate your tailgate site with team pennants and other team stuff.
8. Meet your tailgate neighbors, throw the football with friends, read the Sunday paper and have a good time! Note: If attending a Thursday or Saturday game, substitute appropriate newspaper.
9. Food should be ready 1.5 hours before the game starts. This is plenty of time for those going to the game to eat, clean up and extinguish fires. (Those not going to the game can pull out the generator and TV.) Share food with neighbors. Swap recipes.
10. Leave the area clean. Begin thinking about food and friends for the next game.
Really good stuff from the Commish, wouldn’t you agree? We’ve added just a few more fun and money-saving suggestions:
Time to Be Creepy
You might not think of Cap n’ Cork as a place to find Halloween decorations. But all you need to do to really creep out your guests this October 31 is purchase a few of our spooky seasonal brews. The packages themselves are terrifying!
It’s one of our patrons’ most beloved free tastings of the year: BourbonFest! From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 8, we pull out all the stoppers…er, stops to let you try some rare, limited, beautiful whiskies. It’s the next best thing to being on the Bourbon Trail, and it’s free from your bourbon-loving friends at Cap n’ Cork. We’ll see you there!
Blanton’s Single Barrel
Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream
Buffalo Trace Single Barrel 5th Series
E.H. Taylor Single BarrelBuffalo Trace Single Barrel Oak Project
E.H. Taylor Small Batch
Eagle Rare Single Barrel 2nd Series
Elijah Craig 23yr Single Barrel
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 128˚
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 139.8˚
Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel
Four Roses Barrel Strength Single Barrel
Four Roses Limited Small Batch Barrel Strength
George T. Stagg Jr.
Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Reserve Cask
Jefferson’s Manhattan Barrel Finished Cocktail
Jim Beam Signature Craft 12yr
Jim Beam Single Barrel
Knob Creek Single Barrel 2nd/3rd Series
Maker’s Mark Cask Strength
Rittenhouse Rye 100˚
Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel
Rowan’s Creek Small Batch
Weller Special Reserve Wheat Bourbon
Wild Turkey 101˚
Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel 1st Series
Wild Turkey Master’s Keep 17yr
Wild Turkey Reserve 10yr Single Barrel 2nd Series
Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve 10yr
Wild Turkey Rye 6yr
Willett 7yr Rye
Willett 8yr Rye
1792 Small Batch Single Barrel 1st Series
1792 Sweet Wheat Bourbon
Some of us have never met a drink we don’t like. And others prefer to dip their toes in the vodka first. For those who always want the latest new thing and for those who want to try before they buy, we offer free tastings 5-7 p.m. Join us and bring a friend!
October 2: Broadway
Thursday, October 8: Dupont–Bourbonfest!
October 9: Canterbury
October 16: Maysville
October 23: Waynedale
October 30: New Haven
Come hang out! Belly up to our tasting bars and sample for free any time at our