JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 29: Fans tailgate prior to the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 29, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
Know what’s nifty? The internet. I know I’m going out on a limb here, but it’s TRUE. Think about it: we have the collected wisdom of the entirety of mankind accessible to us at all times. Isn’t that amazing!? Here, check this out. Who was the king of France during the 12th century? I don’t know, but why don’t we look it up? Looks like mostly Louis VI and VII. BOOM. THAT TOOK 20 SECONDS! This thing — this series of tubes — is pretty remarkable.
And what better way to use this thing that allows us to share information and tap into the legacy of those who came before than to look up tailgating tips. What, did you think we were going to recommend you learn to play piano or something? Pish posh. Without further ado, let’s dive into a pool of melty cheese, barbeque sauce and ice cold beers. Which is all a metaphorical way of saying let’s check out our favorite tailgating websites.
Hey, don’t judge, Elmer Fudd…ge? Sure, this may seem a little self-promotional, but we’re nothing if not confident at Tailgate Fan. And we truly believe we’ve got one of the best tailgating sites on el internet-o. We’re your one-stop shop for videos, recipes, gear suggestions and, of course, the oft-hysterical, usually a little sad, top 10 lists. We invite you to take a peek around the rest of the site and revel in the tailgate-y goodness. And besides, at least we had the humility to put ourselves low on the list.
At first, I thought this website was the name of some kind of superhero. Like, a cross between Captain America and Barney Gumble. He’d show up at crucial moments during your lagging tailgate and start hucking tallboys and brats at people while humming Toby Keith songs. But alas, instead this site is home to nothing but tailgate gear. Here’s where I found the description of the wine rack, which we featured during our top 10 drinking vessels article. Y’know, come to think of it, hinging your retail operation on tailgating means that your black friday is probably sometime in late August, huh? Anyway, check out our gear section, and then hop over to American Tailgater to see what they have!
I love what this site is doing, but I have to mark it down because their scope is too narrow (although, they do kind of spell it out in their name). Specializing in University of Florida tailgates, Gator Tailgating offers unbelievably comprehensive guides on what to do and where to go when visiting schools like, say, LSU, Texas A&M, Auburn, Tennessee and more. They’ve done their homework, and it shows. I only wish they had a site like this offering such in depth analysis for all of college and pro football.
Sure, their website could use a little work, but we choose to show leniency in the face of a business that specifically offers services detailing your car into a full blown tailgating war wagon. We’ve expressed our deep love for tailgating vehicles before, so it’s only fitting that we’d celebrate a site that makes it happen on a professional level.
While not specifically about tailgating, Beer Advocate could be your best friend while you’re visiting an opponent’s stadium. Their “Places” section shows you where you can find all the finest watering holes, beer stores and more while on the road. Think of it like TheHitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but with slightly more useful information.
Tailgater Monthly does something similar to us, in that they’re offering you gear, tips, beer recommendations, and other various what-have-yous. But what’s startling about their site is that it’s a website in support of a real life, honest to goodness magazine that they’ll print with ink and paper and deliver to your house via the Postal Service. Publishing ain’t dead, folks, it’s just taking a little beer nap.
At first blush, it might appear as if Tailgate Beer was the name of a site entirely dedicated to recommendations about what kind of beer to purchase and consume at your next tailgate. But it’s even better: Tailgate Beer is a brand name! Some crazy guy who’s an American hero decided to make a beer specifically for tailgating. “The Official Craft Beer of Tailgating.” That’s their registered trademark! That’s dumbfounding! I’m blown away by their gumption. But, honestly, it’s working. I’d love to try some sometime. The site also features a store, recipes and a pretty slick-looking interface.
Full of handy info, the latest news and a few tabs that are as specific as “Beer Pong” and “Boozing Gear,” Tailgating Ideas is one of the finer sites out there. In fact, they don’t just tell you about tailgating gear, they actually road-test it and report back on how it is, which is all pretty nifty. Plus, it’s good to know that the next time you’re clueless about what to do for your tailgate, there’s a whole site dedicated to whole ideas about it.
Joe Cahn, Commissioner of Tailgating (Photo Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Bing)
They may have won the race to get the domain name, but they got second place from us. Tailgating.com is the official site of the Commissioner of Tailgating, Joe Cahn. They offer all the usual — recipes, tips, etc. — but it’s also the easiest way to get in touch with the Commish himself. So if you ever have a need to get a hold of the sport’s greatest professional, come on by and drop him a line.
Inside Tailgating has been one of my go-to sources for inspiration. They put a big focus on the fans, meaning that you’ll be able to track down write-ups on some of the craziest tailgating groups out there. At the time of publication of this piece, they’re currently running front page stories about a Belgian trippel and beer cake. Yes. Yes we like all of that.
So those are our favorites. Any differing opinions? If so, let us know in the comments section.