Sarah on January 14, 2014 0 Comments Most people associate Championship football parties with beer, chips and cheese dip. Although the staples are popular for a reason, sometimes it’s nice to mix things up a bit. The recent Velveeta shortage in the Northeast has party-throwers scrambling for alternate dip ideas, so why not think of some different beverage options while you’re at it. According to a recent poll, more and more Americans are beginning to prefer wine over beer as their drink of choice. Here’s 6 easy ways to make Sunday’s Big Game party both beer and wine friendly this year: 1. Wine Keg Stand, Anyone? Turns out kegs aren’t just for beer anymore. Wine on tap systems, like the EdgeStar Wine Keg Dispenser, are revolutionizing the way people think about and drink wine. Impress your party-goers by being the first person who introduces them to wine on tap. You won’t have to worry about tossing out all those unfinished bottles that are lying around after the party, because wine kegs stay fresh for over a month. Even better, converting a wine keg dispenser to a beer dispenser is as easy as changing out the components. 2. Make Room for Your Beverages Click Here to View All Wine & Beverage Refrigerators When entertaining, it can be difficult to find enough space in your refrigerator to accommodate both food and beverages. Especially when your party is BYOB, you may find yourself up to your eyeballs in beer and wine. Instead of having to make room in your kitchen fridge, get yourself a refrigerator dedicated to storing beverages, like the Magic Chef Dual Zone Digital Wine and Beverage Cooler. With two separate temperature zones, each adjustable between 39°-61°F, you’ll be able to keep your beer, sodas or water bottles ice cold and also have your wine chilled to the perfect serving temperature. Everybody wins, including your fridge. 3. Step Away from the Solo Cups If you’re serving wine, you’ll want to serve it in wine glasses because, as we all know, stemware is important. However, the delicate design of a wine glass doesn’t really mesh well with the boisterousness of a Football party. The last thing you’ll want to deal with is spilled wine and broken glass. That’s where Riedel’s “O” Series comes in. These stemless wine glasses are designed with practicality in mind. As the video demonstrates, the oval shape makes them tough to break or spill. 4. Keep Your Cool Just as each open beer should get a coozie, each open bottle of wine should get a chill stick, like the HOST CHILL. This handy device triples as a pourer, stopper and wine chiller. Using a cooling pour spout, you can ensure that the last drop of the bottle will taste just as good as the first. 5. Put a Cork in It Simply placing your snacks on the coffee table for consumption can cause a few problems. Either one person snags the seat in front of the dip and makes quick work of eating it all, or you’re constantly having to pass food around the room. You don’t want to miss a big play because you’re serving food or passing chips across the room. Place a lazy susan in the center of your coffee table, like the True Fabrications Wine Lazy Susan Cork Display, and you’re off the hook. Place your snacks around the edge, and everyone will be able to serve themselves with a simple spin. Arrange your favorite corks inside and the lazy susan instantly doubles as a conversation piece, intriguing wine and beer lovers alike. 6. Take Your Wine With You Attending someone else’s Football party this year? If you’re one of the many people who prefer wine over beer, you’ll want to fill up a wineteen before you leave home. This stainless steel reusable wine bottle is great for bringing your favorite bottle of wine on-the-go. You won’t have to worry about the perils of transporting glass or the uncertainty of whether or not your host will have a corkscrew. Who you’re cheering for may not be as negotiable as what you’ll want to drink during Sunday’s Big Game this year, but it’s always good to have options. Serve both wine and beer and your party will be considered a success no matter who pulls out the big W.