'Tis the season for barbecues, bonfires, chilling with friends, camping and so many other beer drinking events. But when the sun goes down and the kids are in bed - that's when it's time to really party!
Drinking games have been around ever since alcohol (I'm assuming). They can be quick or slow, be played at home or in a bar, require shots of the hard stuff or be savored with an ice cold brew. No matter your location, drink, or crew of choice - we've got the drinking game for you!
No, I'm not talking about the classics like Kings, Flip Cup or Quarters, and I'll only mention Beer Pong as a way to sneak in a promo about our super cool Beer Pong Smartphone Case. Here are some lesser-known games that are easy to play, but pack a mean punch!
F*ck The Dealer
This is the game we used to play in college because we could never remember the rules for Kings. The rules are incredibly easy and it can even be a solo game (if you're that kind of drinker😉).
What you Need: a deck of cards and a dealer
The Setup: The dealer shuffles and places 10 cards face down on the table in one line (you can choose to add more or less cards, house rules)
How To Play:
The dealer turns over the first card, and asks the person to guess whether the following one will be higher or lower. Every time the player is wrong, they must take one drink per card that is face up. When they are right, the dealer takes a drink.
Optional rule: guess the suit of the card as well and double the stakes.
Never in my life have I been so stressed out during a drinking game. This one is fast, it's messy and it's amazingly fun!
What you Need: a table, at least two ping pong balls, and lots of solo cups
The Setup: In the center of the table, fill a cup with 3/4 beer, and 1/4 of something a bit harder (tequila is a good choice). Then, around that "king" cup, gather about 20 or so additional cups and fill those 1/3 of the way up with beer.
How To Play:
Every player gathers around the table. Two empty solo cup and ping pong ball combos are given to two random players around the table. The goal is for them to bounce the ping pong ball into the empty cups - if they succeed on the first try, they pass the empty cup and ball to anyone of their choosing (as long as they don't have the other cup/ball combo). If they can't do it on the first try, they pass the combo to the person on their right.
Here's where things get messy.
If both you and the player on your left are bouncing balls, and they get their ball in the cup before you, they can then slap your cup away and pass their ball/cup combo to the person on your right. You are then forced to pick a drink from the center of the table, and down it.
Hint: the fun part of this game is that it can involve some strategy. If you bounced your ball in the cup on your first try, don't just send the cup anywhere. You can choose to target a person by giving the cup to the person before or after them. Use this special power to your advantage!
This is the drinking game that never ends! Except, it's not exactly a game. The way it works is that you're only allowed to hold a drink in your left hand. If you spot someone drinking from the right, they must chug. That's it. That's the game.
We learned how to play in business school because it was considered a good training exercise for networking events. See, when you hold a cold drink in your hand, the condensation makes it all wet. If you're networking and meeting people, you don't want to offer a cold, clammy hand for them to shake. So you drink with your left hand.
The fun part about this game is that it follows you everywhere you go. Once a group of people decide to play, they become members of the Buffalo Club - forever required they drink with their left hand.
This is a fun, easy-going game that anyone can play, and create their own rules, too!
What you Need: people and drinks
The Setup: none
How To Play: The first person chooses a category, say "types of beer". One by one, everyone has to say a type of beer. If people repeat, they drink, if they don't have one within 5 seconds, they drink.
If you want to make it even harder, you could add that the first letter of each word has to follow the alphabet (ex: ale, blonde, cream ale, dark, etc) or that the last letter of the previous word has to be the first letter of the next word.
It sounds a bit complicated, but it's actually super easy and loads of fun to play. This is also a good addition in any Beer'lympics competitions you may be planning.
What you Need: a set of dice, two shot glasses, a timer and 4 or 5 people
The Setup: set the two shots glasses in the middle of the table. Done.
How To Play:
Before you start playing, you'll have to dole out the roles. The players are in teams of two - one is the fighter (ie: the drinker) and the other is the trainer (ie: the beer filler upper). If you choose to appoint a referee, he will be in charge of counting points and managing the rounds.
The fighters roll the dice, and whoever gets the lowest number shoots his/her beer, the other fighter gets a point. When a shot glass is empty, it's up to the trainer to fill it back up as quickly as possible.
Each round lasts 1 minute, and you can chose to do as many rounds as you want. You can also choose to alternate the trainer and fighter for each round (but the other team must agree to it as well). After the rounds, whoever has the most points wins.
You could also allow the ref to dock points to a team who takes too long to fill up their shot glass or slows down the game.
Hope you guys have some real good fun playing these drinking games! As always, drink responsibly and fashionably with our awesome beer themed t-shirts.