We love when our customers share their startup story with us. And when that story happens to be hilarious and inspiring, we can’t help but tell it to everyone we know. Meet Chris Weiland, the entrepreneur and funnyman behind The Deer Bong™.
If you love the great outdoors and indulging in the fastest way to finish a beer, The Deer Bong may be for you.
When asked what inspired him to invent such a wacky vessel for beverage consumption, Weiland told us, “I’ve always been looking to invent something that makes people laugh. I also enjoy drinking out of unusual objects.”
The idea for The Deer Bong hit him while attending a family wedding. The bride and groom had chosen decorative deer antlers as table centerpieces for their reception décor. Noticing the antlers were hollow, Weiland filled it with a cold beer. It wouldn’t hold much beer and was difficult to properly chug, but that didn’t stop Weiland from perfecting his invention before last call.
Watch the real wedding video here.
“The first attempt resulted in beer spilling all over my pants because there was no vent. Solved that by using the steak knife like a saw and cut one in. Unfortunately the antler from the wedding wasn’t ideal to drink from so we went to the drawing board to make one that is.”
Fast forward to late 2018 and Weiland now sells and ships his product to consumers with the help of FreightCenter. Due to its bulky size and lightweight plastic material, finding a shipping provider was a challenge. To ship several pallets across the Midwest to his Illinois location, Weiland searched online for the best shipping option. That’s how he found FreightCenter.
Entrepreneurs, like Weiland, turn to FreightCenter when price is just as important as knowing the safest and fastest way to move items in bulk.
“The rates FreightCenter came back with were great and I was glad to have their shipping leverage on my side! It was not my first time shipping freight but it was my first time where I was responsible for paying for it which was a bit overwhelming with all of the options and size of the shipment. They were easy to deal with and really cared about getting us our product fast and a great rate.”
The Antler Bong™ is in stock and ready to ship from the company’s ecommerce site TheDeerBong.com. The Antler Bong is sold individually or in multi-packs. This is the perfect gift for the outdoorsy beer lover in your life. The company will be releasing a new reindeer edition just in time for Christmas 2018.