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Celebrate and Elevate Your Tailgate: Take Your Watch Party to the Next Level

Tue, Sep 05, 23  |  seasonal parties

No matter how you plan to cheer on your team (watch party or tailgating), Colonial’s celebration specialists are ready to help you make this football season rock! We can even help you create a signature cocktail for your watch party. We already have two great recipes ready to go at the bottom of this page.

Any football fiesta pro will tell you it’s all about being self-contained. Look for quantity and convenience. Beer by the case or keg. Boxed and canned wine. Ready-to-drink cocktails. These make the starting lineup for a winning tailgate or watch party, and they leave you with more time to enjoy friends and football.



These versatile ales will go with just about anything you can bring to the tailgate.


Easy and refreshing for any guest!


Pour it up just the way you like and enjoy it with baby back ribs, nicely marbled ribeye, or spicy Buffalo wings.


Enjoy a shot when your team scores (or when the opposing team fumbles) or mix into pitchers of margaritas. It goes well with salsa and chips, spicy grilled skirt steak, ceviche and other spicy dishes.



Cabernet Sauvignon – Big and hearty, pair this with steaks, and burgers right off the grill or with pizza right off the delivery vehicle.

Merlot – A little more forward fruit and not quite as tannic, this wine pairs well with pork and veal, charcuterie, and cheese.

Chardonnay – grilled chicken with lemon and rosemary, chicken with red pepper aioli sandwiches, fish and seafood.

Sauvignon Blanc – perfect with grilled vegetables, fish seasoned with fresh herbs, or basil risotto.


These make any tailgating celebration easy and fun with so many varieties to choose from!

Want to make your watch party unique?

Why not make it a Craft Beer Tasting? Check out our party guide here.

Brats in Beer Recipe

• 12 bratwurst
• 4 bottles Sierra Nevada Nooner IPA
• 1 large onion, diced
• 2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
• 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
• 1 tsp. fresh garlic, minced
• 1 tsp. salt
• ½ tsp. ground black pepper

Preheat and prepare grill to medium heat. In a large pot, add the grapeseed oil, pepper flakes, garlic, salt and pepper. Add onion and sautée until the onions become clear and tender.


Add beer to the pot and bring to a boil. Add bratwurst and watch closely until the boil resumes. Adjust the heat to a very slow simmer. (Boiling will break the skin, causing much of the brat’s flavors to be lost.) Simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.


Remove the bratwurst. Grill the bratwurst on the preheated grill turning only once.

Optional, but delicious:

Being careful not to scorch or burn, return the beer mixture to a medium-to-high simmer. Continue to simmer until the mixture is reduced to one-half to a third its original amount. Serve as a side dish with the bratwurst.

Recommended Sides:

Pan fried potatoes (Bratkartoffeln) and German coleslaw (Krautsalat)

Forward Pass Tequila Mojito


Yield: about 5 drinks

  •  1 cup water
  •  ¾ cup sugar
  •  1 cup fresh mint sprigs
  •  2 cups cold 7-Up
  •  1 cup fresh lime juice
  •  ½ cup El Mayor Blanco
  •  fresh mint sprigs
  •  lime slices



Bring the water to a boil and stir in the sugar. Simmer, stirring often, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add mint sprigs, and let stand until mixture is completely cool.


Strain mixture into a pitcher and discard the mint. Add 7-Up, lime juice, and tequila. Serve over ice.


Optionalgarnish with mint sprigs and lime wedges.

Game Day Lemonade


Yield: about 8 drinks


  •  12 cups Bacardi light rum
  •  1 - 12-ounce can froze lemonade concentrate, thawed
  •  1 tsp. hot sauce (Cholula or similar)
  •  (1) 1-liter bottle club soda, chilled
  •  lemon wheels from one lemon



Mix together the rum, lemonade concentrate, and hot sauce in a large container. Add club soda right before serving, mixing well. Float the lemon wheels in the container. Serve over ice. Use a lemon wheel as garnish if preferred. This drink is perfect served from a cooler, or an iced tea dispenser.


TipLeave the hot sauce on the side and let those who like it add it to their individual drink.

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By Clark Trim

Tags: tailgating