Admin on September 7, 2014 0 Comments Now that summer is officially over and it’s time to hit the books once again, you’re probably thinking about what you need to bring to school with you. Heading back to campus after a summer of revelry can be a bittersweet feeling, but you can minimize those impending blues by stocking up on the real back-to-school essentials. These ten beer drinking supplies are must-haves for any student serious about having the most fun during their college experience. Put the books down and pick up the following items. 1. Kegerator Not for the faint of heart, a kegerator is the ultimate way of stepping up your beer game. If you’re typically playing host on Saturday – or Monday – nights, it might be time to start serving beer on tap. Not only will you save beer money in the long run, but you’ll be able to use your kegerator for many semesters to come. The beer will also taste better, as well as last longer… assuming your friends don’t crash on your couch and drink it all. There are many kegerators out there that you can choose from, but the EdgeStar KC2000 Kegerator is the perfect starter unit for a college student. It’s incredibly easy to assemble, budget-friendly and capable of reaching temperatures in the low ’30s. A kegerator is the best way to turn your boring apartment into the place to be. 2. Mini Kegerator Don’t have the space for a full size kegerator? You should consider a countertop-sized mini kegerator. This 5-liter dispenser acts just like its full-size counterpart, yet is small enough to store away when you aren’t using it (or your RA starts poking around). There are a few different mini kegerators out there, but our recommendation would be the popular mini kegerator from Edgestar. This gorgeous stainless steel beer dispenser is ideal for small living spaces and pre-game tailgating. The added bonus of a mini kegerator, is that you can find the 5L kegs at most grocery stores. 3. Beverage / Beer Fridge Ensure that you’ll never have to chug warm beer again by investing in a beverage refrigerator. These compact appliances are perfect for storing drinks, food and anything else that you need refrigerated. Now, these aren’t your typical mini fridges that you became accustomed to during your freshman year. These are top-of-the-line fridges that are designed to hold plenty of beverages at your desired temperature. Whether it’s soda or beer, this 84-can beverage cooler is our recommended choice for college students. Small enough to not be in your way, but large enough to hold all the beverages you need for a great time. But, this 103-can beer fridge is only a few inches taller, and designed to hold five bottles of wine. 4. Pocket-Sized Bottle Opener When you’ve shot-gunned your last beer and can no longer stomach the taste of cheap lagers, you may want to start carrying your own bottle opener. Whether you get one for your key-chain or just carry one in your pocket, you’ll be glad you have it when the good beer is passed your way. There are well over 10,000 bottle openers available on Amazon Prime, so you should have no problem finding one that meets your style. Try to find a bottle opener that’s small, sturdy and perfect for on-the-go or home use. Personally, I would opt for this metal Star Wars Millennium Falcon bottle opener, but that’s just me. 5. Magnetic Bottle Opener Tired of losing your pocket-sized version? Make sure you never lose your bottle opener again by slapping a magnetic version to your fridge, beverage cooler or installed directly to your wall. Its strong grip keeps it in place while you remove the cap from the bottle. Yet, the brushed stainless steel gives you a classy look that won’t clash with your other appliances. There are many different magnetic bottle openers you can choose from, but this one here has the strongest grip out of all the magnetic versions I’ve come across and tested. 6. Flask Maybe it’s because my college had a terrible sports program, but part of the fun of attending football games was always sneaking in some booze. If you find yourself in this situation, then you should consider getting your own personal flask. With a six-ounce capacity and stainless steel screw cap, this classic understated flask from Metrokane is perfect for accomplishing this in style. 7. Party Pump Keeping it classy with a trash can keg? You’ll want this party pump to make pouring beers (and keg stands) a little easier for everyone. This is the easily the most convenient portable pump system you can buy for a keg. It’s compact shape, ease of installation and complete all-in-one system makes it an ideal choice for every keg party. However, because this pump uses oxygen to distribute beer from the keg, it will lead to your beer going bad at a much faster rate than carbon dioxide would. 8. Ice Maker Whether you need to ice down your beer or avoid another warm whiskey and coke, having plenty of fresh ice on demand is something you will likely need. Instead of dealing with the hassle of ice cube trays or buying bags of ice that will only take up precious space in your freezer, grab one of these portable ice makers. This Koldfront ice maker is the perfect size for a small apartment or dorm room, making it a great appliance for college students. With the the ability to make 26 lbs. of ice every day, you will never have to suffer through warm beverages ever again. All you need is an outlet and some water, and you’ll have ice in no time. 9. Beer Tube Whether you have friends over to watch your team play or it’s just another Saturday night, a beer tube is a great way for all of your friends to enjoy beer at the same time. Sitting at approximately 3½ ft. tall with a 12″ diameter base, this football beer tube holds 100 oz of beer (a little over eight cans or bottles) and sits comfortably atop your table making it easy for everyone to use. There are many styles you can choose from, but the football tube pictured on the right is one of the most popular on the market. Go one step further and personalize it with stickers from your favorite team. 10. Travel Cooler A travel cooler is an absolute must-have for tailgates, camping, road trips, or any other on-the-go need to keep beers cold. Unlike your typical insulated cooler, this unit doesn’t require any ice to keep your food and beverages cold. Simply plug it in and set it to your desired temperature. That’s it. The EdgeStar 63 Qt. travel cooler is a great choice for college students. Not only is it easy to carry around, but you can plug it directly into your car outlet making it an ideal choice for tailgating.