What we'd really like to do is let the above video do the talking for how we feel about the Jellyfish Beer Bong. After all, it's in the spirit of our Thongs 'n Beer Bongs post, and as far as we're concerned a pretty lady drinking a beer bong is far better than anything we could put on the page. However, we really can't beg off like that, so see below to find out what we thought of this gizmo.
Jellyfish Beer Bong
Inflatable Beer Bong
$10.99 (on sale for $7.99 at press time) Website
Our first thought when we pulled the Jellyfish out of the package was "Wow, that's really small and flat." Our second was a wave of curiosity about how something this flat and small would ever get us drunk. Once we unfurled it we felt a bit better - it had a nice long umbilical beer cord and the beer chamber seemed to be of a reputable size.
It was easy to inflate, and we got it to a managably firm size even after we'd drunk a few warmup beers. We fit the lion's share of two beers into the 'Fish, which got our hopes up, and we prepared ourselves to give it a try.
We were a bit nervous the Jellyfish would slump over when we held it above our heads, dumping beer all over the place. Our fears were unfounded, however, and we didn't have any problems as long as we were careful with how we gripped it. It was also simple enough to pinch off the flat tube to make sure beer didn't fly out the spout before we were ready to drink it...all in all we felt the beer was very secure when it was in its floppy plastic home.
The real home for beer, however, is in our gullets, and the Jellyfish did a fine job of that as well. The action wasn't as quick as some beer bongs we've done, but it was perfect for us and our friends - we weren't looking to beat the beer intake speed record, we just wanted to gulp down some beer from a plastic Jellyfish. All in all, it was a good experience. [Update: According to Bret at Jellyfish, you can up the speed by cutting the hose a bit. We gave it a try and it works like a charm.]
We liked the Jellyfish - what you lose in overall beer flow you more than make up in portability, and it's a good economical funnel. We can see these being used at barbecues and pool parties across the nation, and you can't beat the price. Plus, it's a novel way to pound a beer and a good way to introduce the concept to a novice who might be overwhelmed by certain other beer bongs we've tried. All in all, we give it a solid thumbs up for the price.