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East Coastin' 10 July 2017

An excuse to write off famous deli sandwiches on our taxes? Sign us up!

 

So, we headed to Philadelphia for the ASTRA Toy Faire. Turns out the show is very kid-oriented and while many buyers wanted our goods for their own use, they thought it too risky to stock on store shelves along side sippy cups and crayons... Since when did the world get so PC??

 

A friend of ours took the sandwich quest very seriously. Never eaten 3 hoagies at 3 different restaurants in less than an hour before coming to Philly...

Philadelphia, PA

Hopped on a bus to NYC to pay a visit to Uncommon Goods, our longtime partner in commerce. Their office/warehouse is in a magnificent old army transport building in South Brooklyn that's been decommissioned since the 50s and since re-purposed for a variety of businesses from chocolate factories to an alleged Counter Terrorism outpost. Deliciously scandalous.

NYC, NY

Like all memorable trips, we met awesome people along the way and would like to say a special thank you to Marisa Bowe, a writer with UG, for taking us out to an incredible Williamsburg rooftop view of Manhattan (and getting us to the front of the elevator line)!

Games by James Minnetonka Opening 17 June 2017

Fidget Spinners, Kendamas, and Murder Mysteries entertained weekend shoppers at the grand opening of a new Games by James store in the Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka, MN featuring local game designers and inventors.

 

Special thanks to the Mindware booth for lending their youthful and enthusiastic staff to keep the MBP challenges rolling all afternoon and GBJ for including us in the showcase!

Mini Beer Pong at Games by James Ridgedale Mall
Mini Beer Pong at Games by James Minnetonka

Chicago Beer Festival - Solider Field 08 May 2017

And they say Chi City! Ok, no Kanye, but there was plenty of Windy City Brews at the Chicago Beer Festival held at Soldier Field.

 

We pitched a tent and did our best to anchor it down on a frigid afternoon challenging festival goers to a drinking game duel on their way out of the stadium.

 

Also had a blast smashing space debris with our neighbor's virtual reality headsets. Check out Reality Bytes - super fun, especially with a couple beers in you!

The Big Plunge - 01 April 2017

What started out as a side-hustle is now a full-time gig for two of us, and we're pumped to dedicate our time toward developing fun new ways to waste time :)

 

Thanks immensely for your support over the years! We have a new game under development that's going to take you back to high school graduation... Cheers!

Sam Buss and Ducky Dahl of Scienz, makers of Mini Beer Pong and Mini Flip Cup

Introducing: Mini Flip Cup! - 01 Nov 2016

Hey! Thanks for your patience. Happy to say the wait has been worth it - we came up with a new game!

 

Check out Mini Flip Cup, it's a finger flippin' fun relay game that will bring you right back to the house party in an adult fashion.

 

Limited amount available, so belly up if you feel like party!

Licensing Deal - 18 May 2016

One of the crossroads a small business faces - keep on the independent path or partner with a major distributor, kind of like signing a record deal, but no bling bling or limos with jacuzzis.

 

After a couple years flying solo, we've learned our strengths are not in manufacturing and distribution, but in creative design and product development. Thus, we've partnered with a New York based game company to bring Mini Beer Pong to a lot more retail venues across North America.

Mini Beer Pong to debut in Target, article by New York Post Mini Beer Pong, board game the work really needs, in Playboy

A third major partner is this group was Target who requested the name be stripped of "Beer" to avoid explicitly referencing alcohol. Two weeks ago, after orders were in the process of being filled, a politically sensitive product instigated Target's legal team to conduct a store-wide review of appropriateness of all their products, including "Mini Pong".  Apparently, because of a decade old law suit, Mini Pong was deemed inappropriate and pulled from the shelf plan. Who needs em, right?!

 

Aside from Target. you can expect to see Mini Pong on shelves at a bunch of others (who shall remain nameless for the time being) towards the end of the year. Lots in the works, so who keep your eyes pealed.

 

Plus, if you like MBP, you're going to love our next product - due out in early 2017. Can't tell you though. It's a secret. Sign up below to stay tuned!

Santa's Workshop 25 Oct 2015

It's been a busy past few months at Scienz HQ at the North Pole, I mean Minnesota, as we've been stocking up for the holidays so we can go into hibernation once the first snow falls... If only.

 

Anyway, it occurred to us that we might be able to take some time lapsed shots of our production process to give you guys a behind the scenes look at the love that goes into each Mini Beer Pong set at hyperspeed. Enjoy. (For more pics, get down with IG.)

The 12th Man 25 Aug 2015

After spending a few short days in Seattle, it's pretty obvious why the Pacific Northwest has seen a huge influx of new residents seeking vibrant economic centers with access to Mother Nature's majesty and consistently comfortable temperatures.

 

The technical reason for our journey was to exhibit at another Urban Expositions gift trade show being held at the Washington Convention Center (which is a spectacle of a structure with an incredible amount of natural light).

 

Made some great connections and met some really cool store owners. Ironically, in Washington of all places, we smoked alcohol for the first time. Best stick to convention... Many thanks to Laurie Block of Elope who kept us well nourished with homemade sandwiches and solicited passerbys to our booth.

 

 Also, in case you didn't know, Washingtonians love the Seahawks.

 

A few trip highlights (not necessarily with photographic evidence):

 

- rooftop beers 1 block from the Amazon headquarters at our friend's $3,800/mo studio apartment while discussing how Amazon is the new Wal-Mart; bro, thank you for making that opportunity possible

 

- progressive social legislation and Hempfest

 

- purchasing another Starbucks before finishing the previous Starbucks

 

- meeting the Pike Place Fish Market bros

 

- the city itself - awesome public parks and awe-striking geography

 

Conclusion: the PNW is the ideal place to live in the US; better migrate fast before eveyone else does! (or has already..)

LALA Landing 30 July 2015

California dreamin' finally came true as we headed out to LA for the California Gift Show hosted by Urban Expositions at the LA Convention Center.

 

The vibrancy in LALA land is tough to beat. So many people out away from home taking risks trying to pave an unconventional path in life. But this electicity is perfectly tempered by good, relaxed Cali vibes. It seemingly has the best of both worlds if only it didn't cost so much to live anywhere close to the beach and car traffic didn't exist...

 

Purchasing representatives from retail outlets and vendors converged, and business went down. Check out a few pix of the experience below.

Photography credits: Danielle Dahl-

A few trip highlights (not necessarily with photographic evidence):

 

- meeting the Senior Olympic Women's Basketball team from New Mexico in the MSP airport; these women are our super heroes

 

- kickin' it alongside the BOS Drinkware fellas who have your cocktail cup needs covered and are putting their $ toward a great cause

 

- appearing on Business Rockstars in Santa Monica with Nate Holzapfel from which is hosted in the old Google headquarters

 

- exchanging one Mini Beer Pong table to this a man named Rodney in front of the Staples Center for an idea for the next best game ever

 

- sitting front and center at a killer comedy show at The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach and drinking beers in the parking lot

 

Finally, you're welcome for bringing the rain, LA, at least for a couple days..

 

Shark Tank 27 Apr 2015

Like everybody has told us from day 1... "You should try out for Shark Tank." Well, we did.

 

An open casting call happened to be held at our alma matter, so we swung in, gave our pitch, and got a call back the next day.

 

Scienz, makers of Mini Beer Pong, audition for ABC's Shark Tank.

The casting agent then requested we make a video pitch for the producers, so we did the best we could with 1 night and limited camera battery...

 

...we're still waiting for the call, ABC.  (But for real... money, connections, exposure - totally overrated...)

 

Coincidentally, we received a call from a casting agent for an NBC show a few weeks later for a lesser well known show. We'll see wassup wit dat wassup... Top notch performance skills must be hard to ignore!!

 

Vegas Workation 04 Apr 2015

Our first tradeshow experience couldn't have been any more memorable. The Night Club and Bar show in Las Vegas had some of the most spectacular booth displays that money and creativity could produce.  Everything from energy drink Hummers to showroom rave parties, and if we would have worn only Speedos, we would have been on par for the dress code of exhibitors.

 

The only downfall of this show was not having enough energy to take advantage of all the VIP passes and night life.  We finally realized that pool parties are definitely the best kind of parties, hands down.

 

We learned a valuable trade show lesson - anti-fatigue mats are a life-saver.

A few trip highlights (not necessarily with photographic evidence):

 

- lounging poolside with Rachael of the I Love Wining blog who took us rookies under her wing and gave us shelter from the mayhem

 

- seeing Nelly and DJ Nick Cannon (yup, he's turning tables) at the Palms pool with all the free Bud Light we could stomach

 

- $10 steaks and priceless characters at Ellis Island!!!

 

- relegating our diets to exclusively footlong hotdogs to save green

 

Anti-highlights:

 

- sleeping through the T-Pain set, the Aviici party, and some other party stuff...

 

- standing, walking

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AS SEEN ON/IN:

Mini Beer Pong at Barnes and Noble
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Mini Beer Pong in Life & Style Best Gifts
Mini Beer Pong in Vogue Best Gifts for Guys
Mini Beer Pong in Playboy
Mini Beer Pong in the New York Post

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