TOP 22 BEER OLYMPICS GAMES

AND HOW TO TRAIN FOR THEM



Beer Olympics games are loads of fun! Get a team together, choose a raunchy team name, and compete in some serious drinking challenges at your own Beer Olympics. Sounds fun, right? Beer Olympics are a team vs. team event competing in beer-drinking challenges that are not for the faint of heart. If you are hosting your first Beer Olympics, you will want some tips on how to host the best party of the year and what events to choose.

A Beer Olympics party needs to be competitive for either an entire team or a designated team member. There needs to be a clear winner of the game, and the games shouldn’t be driven by luck. Here are some of our top choices for games in your next Beer Olympics!

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1. CIVIL WAR BEER PONG

Beer Olympics pong

The ultimate fast-paced competitive version of everyone’s favorite drinking game, Beer Pong! Civil War Beer Pong is set up similarly to the standard Beer Pong game but with 2 teams of three facing off.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 12 beers (2 per triangle)
  • 36 beer pong cups (or red solo cups)
  • 4 ping pong balls
  • 2-3 beer pong tables (or standard foldable tables)

You can obviously set this all up yourself with solo cups and foldable tables, but if you want your Beer Olympics to be the most professional it can possibly be, I recommend investing in a proper beer pong set. Here is our favorite Beer Pong table. Remember, you’ll need three tables to play Civil Way Beer Pong.

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HOW TO PLAY

Press two or three long tables together and set up three six-cup triangles side by side on each end of the connected tables. Place the 4 ping pong balls in the middle of the table, and on the count of 3, start the game. There are no turns in Civil War Beer Pong. Each team member is able to shoot a ball as soon as they retrieve it. So, the game can easily get chaotic.

If a ball lands in one of your cups, you must drink before you can shoot. Once a team member’s cups are all depleted, they are out, and the other team members continue playing. The game ends when one team still has cups, and the other team has none.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

Practice makes perfect when it comes to beer pong. Luckily for this game, you don’t have to get drunk to practice! Get your team together and practice with water in the cups. You will want to work on rebounds, drinking speed, and shooting accuracy.

2. SLAP CUP

Beer Olympics slap cup

This game can get quite intense… and messy. But if you are preparing for a Beer Olympics, you should know that messiness comes with the show. Slap cup is a competitive drinking game that is played individually.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 2 ping pong balls
  • 2 empty red cups
  • Enough red cups to fill up at least half of the table
  • Enough beer to fill each cup up ⅓ of the way
  • Someone to keep score

HOW TO PLAY

Fill half of the table with red cups and fill the cups up ⅓ of the way with beer. All players should stand around the table, and two players start with an empty cup each in front of them. These two players try to bounce the ping pong ball into their empty cup. If a player manages to make it in on the first try, they can pass the cup to any player. However if they make it in after the first try, the cup moves to the person to the left.

If two players are right next to each other and the player to the right makes the ball in first, they slap the other player’s cup out of the way. The player to the left must then grab a cup from the middle and drink the contents before trying to make the ball in again. A point is given to a player for every cup that they slap. The player who slaps the most cups wins.

A fun, extra optional scoring technique is to deduct a point from the player that gets their cup slapped the most.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

This Beer Olympics game can definitely get hectic, so it is a good idea to prepare for it. The only difficult part of this game is making the ping pong ball land in the cup. So, to practice for this game, practice your ping-pong bouncing skills. Try to master the art of getting your ping pong ball in your cup almost every single time.

3. BOTTLE BASH: THE DRINKING GAME

Bottle Bash is a super fun outdoor lawn game that can easily be turned into a hectic Beer Olympics drinking game. Setting up this game at your next beer Olympics is sure to bring out the competitive side of all the contestants.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Bottle Bash Set (2 poles, 2 bottles, 1 frisbee)
  • Several beers per team

HOW TO PLAY

To set Bottle Bash, place the two poles 20 to 30 feet away from each other in your yard. Then, put the bottles on top of each pole. You’ll also want to make sure each team has a healthy amount of beers readily available, of course. Bottle Bash: The Drinking Game is played between 2 teams of 2.

Each team stands behind its pole and throws the frisbee toward the other team, attempting to knock over the bottle. The opposing team attempts to catch the frisbee and the bottle (if it is knocked over) before they hit the ground. If either the frisbee or the bottle touches the ground, the team that threw it gets 1 point, and one player from the opposing team must chug an entire beer. If both the frisbee and bottle touch the ground, both team members must chug a beer, and the team that threw the frisbee gets 2 points. The game is played until one team has scored 7 points!

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

Bottle Bash: The Drinking Game is a game that requires a surprising amount of hand-eye coordination, and your frisbee aim is only going to get worse as you drink more and more beers! To practice for this game, throw a frisbee with your friends and practice aiming at specific items. You should also practice catching the frisbee and work on speeding up your reaction time to avoid letting the frisbee or bottle fall to the ground. With that said, after putting some beers in your system, all the training may be for nothing! But that’s the fun of it!

4. STRAWPEDO RELAY CHALLENGE

beer Olympics Strawpedo Relay Challenge

This is a competitive team challenge that is essentially a chugging relay race. Teams of three face off and strawpedo their beer bottles as fast as possible

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 3 bendy straws per team
  • 3 glass beer bottles per team
  • Referee to keep time

HOW TO PLAY

Choose which order your team will race in. Then, place your straws in the glass beer bottle and bend them slightly down so that air still flows through the straw into the bottle. On the referee’s count, the first racer on each team will start drinking. The second racer cannot start drinking until the first teammate has finished their bottle. The first team to finish all three beers wins.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

Strawpedoing a beer is much easier than it may seem, but it still takes practice. Bend the straw so that the air can still flow, and place your mouth over the opening of the bottle and the bend of the straw. As soon as it is time to drink, turn the beer completely upside down with your mouth under the opening and prepare for the liquid to shoot down your throat. The more you practice this, the better you will get!

5. FLIP CUP

beer olympics flip cup

Flip Cup is another classic frat-party, team-drinking game in which the entire team can compete. Although only one team can compete at a time, you can easily organize a bracket to determine the winners.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 red solo cup per player
  • 1 Long table
  • 1 beer per player

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HOW TO PLAY

Line up each player in a team on one side of the table and the other team on the other side. It is important that there is an equal number of team members on each team. Each player should fill their solo cup with a beer.

Starting at one end of the table, a member from each team will drink their entire beer as fast as they can and then flip the cup by flicking the bottom of it and making it land upside down. Once the first team member has successfully completed this, the next team member in line can start, and so on, until you reach the end of the table. The first team to complete the challenge wins.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

This game is all about speed. You want to be able to chug your beer as fast as possible and then flip your cup so that the next member of your team can start. To practice drinking fast, do casual beer-chugging races with some friends or use another carbonated beverage if you don’t want to get too drunk. To train for this game, you should also practice your cup-flipping skills.

6. BEERIO KART

beer olympics Beerio Kart

Everyone loves playing Mario Kart, and everyone loves drinking, so why not combine the two? This game can also be called Drinking and Driving. It is a super fun way to play a favorite childhood game in a very “adult” way.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • A Nintendo device with a MarioKart game installed (preferably Wii, but any works)
  • 4 controllers
  • 1 can of beer for each player

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HOW TO PLAY

The main rule of Beerio Kart is that you have to finish your beer before crossing the finish line; otherwise, you are disqualified. Your strategy is up to you and your team, but there are plenty of options. You can either chug your entire drink before you start driving and then race as normal (albeit slightly inebriated). You can race as normal and drink your beer slowly throughout the race, or you can race all the way to the finish line and finish your entire drink right before crossing.

All is fair as long as your beer is empty when you finish the race. The winner is whoever finishes the race first without getting disqualified.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

This is one of the more strategic Beer Olympics games. Not only do you need to be a decent Mario Kart racer, but you also need to be able to strategize on how to finish your beer before finishing the race. Those with a Mario Kart game to practice at home will definitely have a leg up in this round.

7. BOAT RACE

beer olympics Boat Race

Boat Race is a simple enough Beer Olympics game. So even the drunkest participants should easily understand it. It is essentially a beer-chugging competition with a few twists.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 plastic cup per person
  • 1 full beer per person
  • Referee to mediate

HOW TO PLAY

This game is played similarly to flip cup, but with no flipping, only drinking. Each team lines up on opposite sides of a table. On the count of three, one team member from each side starts drinking their drink without spilling. Once the drink is finished, the team member must place the drink upside down on their head, again without spilling. Each team member in line must complete this task. Whichever team finishes first wins.

There is a 5-second penalty for a team member who spills any beer while chugging. The cups must be balanced on each team member’s head after they finish the beer. If a cup falls off someone’s head, it must be placed back on before the team can continue the challenge.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

Practice drinking fast and balancing the cup on your head to perfect this challenge. This game is especially fun towards the end of the event when everyone is starting to get quite drunk, so balancing the cup on your head can surprisingly be the hardest part.

8. CASE RACE

beer olympics Case Race

Yet another beloved drink racing game. Who doesn’t love it? This game is a great way to start off the Beer Olympics, but it’s probably not a great idea to try Case Race when the teams are already a bit hammered. It is super easy to set up this game, as you barely need any supplies.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 case of beer per team (24 pack)

HOW TO PLAY

The rules to case race are simple. Get your team together and finish an entire 24-pack of beer before the other teams. A fun spin to the rule is to have each team member finish the same number of beers. For example, if there are 4 team members, they need to drink 6 beers each.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

The only real way to train for case races is to practice drinking fast. The objective is to finish an entire case between 3-5 people before another team. So, you’ll need to practice your chugging skills.

9. CHANDELIER

beer olympics Chandelier

This game can be described as a cross-over of beer pong and flip cup. Chandelier is a super fun, fast-paced game that can get quite competitive! Each team designates one team member to compete in this individual challenge.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 red solo cup for each player
  • 1 red solo cup to go in the middle
  • 2 ping pong balls
  • 1 bowl
  • At least 2 beers per person in the game
  • 1 full beer for the middle cup
  • Referee to keep score

HOW TO PLAY

To start off, place one cup in the middle of a table on top of an upside-down bowl. Then, place all the other cups in a circle around the middle cup. Fill each cup up around a third to halfway and fill the middle cup all the way.

Each player is designated one cup. The goal of the game is to bounce a ping-pong ball into another player’s cup. If a ping pong ball lands in your cup, you must drink the contents and refill your cup before you can bounce it again. There are no turns in this game, so it will continue until a ball lands in the middle cup. When this happens, every player must finish their drink and then flip the cup over, like in flip cup. The last player to flip their cup must drink the full middle cup.

To score the game, the referee will need to mark a point for every cup each player sinks. But, no matter what the score is, if you flip your cup last at the end of the game, you lose and get zero points. The winner is the player who sinks the most cups and doesn’t lose the flip cup round.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

Chandelier is definitely one of the most difficult challenges in a Beer Olympics. Not only do you have to be able to drink fast, but you have to be able to flip a cup and bounce balls into cups. Set up and practice this game at home with cups filled with water. Practice flipping and bouncing, and you’ll be a gold medalist in no time!

10. SHOTGUN RELAY

beer olympics Shotgun Relay

If you haven’t shotgunned a beer at a college party, you haven’t really lived. Similar to strawpedo relay, shotgun relay is a full team drinking race, but instead of using a straw, you shotgun the beer. It is a great game to incorporate into the Beer Olympics.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 can of beer for every team member
  • Something to pop the can (bottle opener or knife)

HOW TO PLAY

Every member of each team should stand in a line with a can of beer and a device to open the can. Like any relay race, the team member in front of you must finish their drink before you can start. You must also wait for them to finish before you pop open the can. The first team to finish the shotgun relay wins.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

Shotgunning is not as easy as it looks. If you have never tried it before, you may want to give it a practice run before the Beer Olympics event. To shotgun a beer, you need to:

  • Pop a dime-sized hole towards the bottom of the can
  • Put your mouth over the hole and tilt the can upward
  • Pop open the tab on the can
  • Drink the beer as fast as possible!

11. CAN BOWLING

beer olympics Can Bowling

This one is a twist on a classic! After doing multiple beer-drinking challenges, each competitor is bound to be drunk, so why not have everyone aim a ball at those empty cans bound to be lying around?

WHAT YOU NEED

  • At least 10 beer cans for each team
  • At least one ball for each team (can be a tennis ball, beach ball, or something else)
  • Referee to keep score

Alternatively, you can use a proper backyard bowling set. Beer cans work just fine, but the game will be a bit more competitive if you use real bowling pins.

HOW TO PLAY

Can bowling uses the same concept as ten-pin bowling, but you use whatever tools you have on hand.

Simply set up 10 pins of those empty beer cans upright in a triangle about 15 to 20 feet away from the bowler. The bowler then tries to knock down as many cans as possible with the ball. If there are any cans still standing, the player needs to chug for as many seconds as there are cans standing. For example, if you knock down 7 pins, you need to take a 3-second chug.

The winning team is the team that knocks down the most pins, with each team member going once. 

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

Hand-eye coordination is key here. To make the ball hit the cans, you need to practice. Try setting up some cans in your backyard or just simply go bowling with friends!

12. BEER BOTTLE RING TOSS

beer ring toss

This is one of those games we all played as children, but now that we are adults, we get to add booze to make it a bit more interesting. 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 bottle of beer for each team member
  • Plastic rings

If you’d like, you can buy a proper Ring Toss Set. Simply use the cones that come with the set.

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HOW TO PLAY

Choose one person from each team and get a beer bottle for each player. Set up the beer bottles a certain distance away and have the team members try to toss rings onto their designated beer bottles. 

The player who gets the most rings around their bottle is the winner and scores points for their team. The losers have to drink.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

This is another one of those games that you get better at as you play. Hand-eye coordination is definitely a big factor in this game. Practice tossing rings around bottles in your backyard, or buy the set and play the real ring toss game. 

13. QUARTERS

quarters

Quarters is a classic drinking game that can be played with minimal equipment. It does require some coordination, so try to play this at the beginning of the night to avoid losing tons of coins around your house.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 Quarter for each player
  • 1 glass filled with booze

HOW TO PLAY

There are a few variations to quarters, but the most straightforward game is the best. Simply fill a cup with alcohol and place it in the center of a table. Give each player a quarter and have them sit in a circle around the glass.

Each player takes turns bouncing the quarter on the table and making it into the center glass. If you miss, then the next player goes. You can try once more, but if you miss, you drink the center cup, and for the Beer Olympics Games version, you’re out.

If you make it on your first try, you can assign a drink. You can go again, and if you make it, you can assign another drink. If you try once more and make it, then you can create a rule for the rest of the game. If someone breaks the rule, they drink the center cup, and they’re out. Keep playing until there is one player left.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

Quarters require quite a bit of practice. There is no way to get better other than by practicing bouncing quarters into different-sized glasses. 

14. BEER TRIVIA

trivia

Beer trivia is a fun way to test everyone’s knowledge. It is like your own version of a pub quiz, but you’re playing at home. The best part is that you can adapt this game to make it your own as part of your Beer Olympics Games.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Pen and paper
  • Booze
  • Questions

HOW TO PLAY

There are many ways you can set up this game. You can play in the style of Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, or simply just get everyone to shout out the answers. However, that could get a bit hectic. 

Get a list of questions online and write them down, or buy a deck of trivia cards online. Then, simply ask a question and have one player from each team answer the question. You can do an elimination-style game or decide that the first team to reach a certain score wins.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

There is really no specific way to train for trivia. The best advice we can give is to stay up to date with pop culture and current events to have the best chances of answering questions.

15. BEER TASTING

beer tasting

Beer tasting is a game for the beer snobs. The people who consider themselves beer connoisseurs can put their skills to the real test. Or maybe it’s just an excuse to drink even more beer! 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Blindfold
  • Different beers
  • Glasses

HOW TO PLAY

This is one of the simplest games you can play in the Beer Olympics. Get one player from each team and blindfold them. Next, pour different beers into different glasses in front of each player. 

They must taste each beer and identify which beer it is. The player who gets the most correct is the winner. This can be played with wine as well, but beer might be a bit cheaper.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

The best way to train for a game like this is to taste different beers. This is one of the most fun ways to train. Learn to identify specific flavors in different beers to help your chances when the time comes. 

16. BEER STEIN HOLDING

stein holding

The beer stein-holding competition is played quite a bit during Oktoberfest. It is a traditional Bavarian strength competition. You can play with large mugs if you don’t have proper beer steins and make your Beer Olympics games more interesting. 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Beer stein/mugs
  • beer

HOW TO PLAY

This game is also super simple. All you do is get players from each team to fill their stein or mug all the way with beer. Then, they must hold it in one hand with their arm outstretched. 

The rules are that you can not bend your arm, switch hands, or put the stein down once you have started. If you spill a single drop of beer, you are disqualified. The person who can hold the stein the longest is the winner. 

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

The simplest way to train for this game is to practice. Get yourself a stein or mug and practice holding it in front of you when it is filled to the top. Eventually, as you build strength in your arms, you will increase your time.

17. BEER BOTTLE FLIP

bottle flip

The beer bottle flip is yet another fun way to test your coordination skills. You’ve probably seen this online as the bottle flip challenge. So you can switch to plastic bottles if you want to play it a bit safer. 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Beer bottles or plastic
  • Beer
  • Table

HOW TO PLAY

This is a really easy game to play as well. Simply take a player from each team and have them stand around the table with a good amount of space in front of them.

Players start flipping the bottles upside down and try to get them to land right side up. The player who can flip the bottle the most times in a row is the winner. 

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

The bottle flip is something that will vary with different bottles, and even depending on if there is anything left inside the bottle. You need to practice flipping bottles whenever you have the chance. 

18. ALL FOR ONE

all for one

All For One is a game that seems quite daunting at first. It will test your drinking skills to the max. So make sure you have team members you know can drink quite a bit.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Lots of booze
  • Buckets or large bowls
  • An equal amount of team members

HOW TO PLAY

To start this game, you need to get large buckets, pots, salad bowls, or whatever you can find. It just needs to be a large container, and each team needs to have containers that hold equal amounts. Each team must have an equal number of team members, too. 

Fill the containers with the same amount of beer. This should be quite a lot of liquid. Now, count down from three and yell, “Go!” Have one player from each team start by chugging as much as they can from the container as fast as they can. At any time, they can pass the container to any other team member who must continue to chug. Teams can pass the container to their teammates as many times as they want. The first team to finish their beer wins the game.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

The best way to train for this game is to practice chugging. Whether it’s water or booze, you need to get better at drinking large amounts of liquid in a short amount of time. It might be better to play at the beginning of the games when everyone’s stomachs aren’t full.

19. BEER JENGA

jenga

You’ve likely played Jenga before, either with or without booze. It is extremely fun to play but can get significantly harder if you’re a bit drunk. You can easily incorporate this into the Beer Olympics Games.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Jenga blocks
  • booze

HOW TO PLAY

Jenga is quite a well-known game. You need to set up the tower and then take turns removing a single block from the tower without knocking it over. If the tower falls, then the round is over. Once you touch a block, you must commit and try to remove that block.

For the Beer Olympics version, the person who knocks the tower down is out. Set up the game and continue playing until there is only one player left. They are the winner of the game.

This game is pretty similar to the drunk Jenga drinking game.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

This is a game that requires steady hands and dexterity. Therefore, the best way to practice is by playing Jenga. 

20. TOWER BUILD

beer can tower

Tower Build is a game for all the architects and engineers of the group. But the best part is that the whole team gets to be involved.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Beer cans

HOW TO PLAY

This is a super fun challenge to play with the whole team. First, gather as many beer cans as possible and divide them amongst the teams. Then set a timer for 2 minutes, or whatever time you decide. Finally have the teams build beer can towers with their teammates. 

The team with the tallest tower at the end of the time limit wins the game. 

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

Similar to Jenga, this competition requires dexterity and balance but also creativity. Practice at home with any leftover cans and see how you can build the tallest tower. 

21. BOOT OF BEER CHUG

boot

The boot chug is a contest that will not be appealing to any player, but it is a must-play in Beer Olympics. Reminiscent of the shoey in Australia, this game will test not only your drinking skills but it will test your stomach too.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Two boots
  • Beer

HOW TO PLAY

To play, each team must pick a player from their team. Then, you will fill the boots with beer and give one to each player. Finally, countdown and start the race. Each player must chug the beer from the boot. The player who finishes their beer first is the winner.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

The only way to train for something like this is to practice your chugging skills. If you can get over the fact that you are drinking from a boot, then this will be easy for you.

22. BEER BALANCE

balance beer

The Beer Balance is extremely fun to watch, especially once everyone is a bit tipsy. It is a super simple concept, but once you’ve had a few drinks, the game gets much more difficult.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Beer cans

HOW TO PLAY

As we mentioned, this game is super simple to play but not so easy to win. Get any number of players you want, and give each person a can of beer. At the same time, everyone must place the can of beer on their head and balance it. 

The person who can balance the beer on their head the longest is the winner. But remember, if you touch the beer at any point with your hands or spill some beer, you are disqualified.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT

The best way to train is to practice balancing things on your head. There are people who can go about their day with things on their heads, so there is definitely some strategy involved. Practice in your free time and show off when the time comes to play in the Beer Olympics.If you would like to see even more drinking games, check out our drinking game page!

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