Imagine one of the best theme parties you’ve ever been to.  Now imagine a time you competed with a team in something you took great joy and pride in and the rush you got as a result.  Now imagine combining these two amazing memories together and you have what it feels like to partake in a beer Olympics.  There are multiple variations on how it can be hosted or the events that in can include, so here is one way it can work:

  1. Ahead of time, invitees should be split up into teams.  The number on each team should be as equal as possible.  However, if teams have slightly different amounts, you can get around this by having limits on how many people per team can participate in each event and having teams rotate players in.  For tournament style games, it also works best to have either 4 or 8 teams.  You can either leave it up to friends to make their own teams, or select team captains and have them draft their teams from those planning to attend.
  2. Each team selects a country and of course, does their best to dress like that country.  Bonus points if teams learn chants or songs of their country to shout throughout the event.
  3. Create an Olympic scoreboard and scoring system so teams can keep track of how they’re doing and talk smack throughout the event.  A white board set up as a grid with teams along one side and events along the other should do just fine.  Each event should be played until at least a gold, silver, and bronze winner is determined.  Let teams know how many points they will win for each event (something like 3 for gold, 2 for silver, and 1 for bronze usually works fine).
  4. Secure plenty of beer.  Depending on what events and how many you decide to have, each team will most likely need at least a few cases worth.
  5. Host an opening ceremony.  Have each team march in to their county’s anthem, light an olympic torch (/candle), and give a riveting speech to get everyone fired up for the first event!

Case Race

Each team gets a case of beer.  First team to finish wins!  Well really, everyone wins, because everyone now has a good buzz.  And depending on the intensity of the competitors, you may want to have a trashcan nearby for this event.

Beer pong tournament

One of the most popular drinking games of our time.  Set up a bracket that allows for a first, second, and third place finish.  Since there are many rule variations for this game, be sure to spell them out ahead of time.  Consider using 6 cups instead of 10 to speed things up.

Steeple Chase Relay Race

Each team member that is participating receives a straw and fills an ice cube tray with a can of beer.  At the start, the first team member uses their straw to finish the tray of beer.  When the first team member is done, the next team member goes, and so on, until the final team member finishes their tray.  Depending on the number of ice trays available, this event can either be set up where all teams go at once or each team is timed with a stopwatch.

Pitcher Chug

Each team receives a pitcher with an equal amount of beer.  Each team member must drink at least a sip from the pitcher, and once a team member passes the pitcher on to the next person, they cannot drink again.  The first team to finish wins.

Flip Cup

Each team member fills their plastic cup with a little bit of beer.  At the start, the first person chugs their beer, places their cup open side up hanging slightly off the edge of the table, then attempts to flip the cup so it lands open side down on the table.  Once this is accomplished, the next person in line does the same, and so on, until all team members have drank their beer and flipped their cups successfully onto the table.  This event can be set up tournament style, or in a format where two teams face off at a time, the winner stays, the loser rotates out, and the first team to total 10 wins gets the gold.

Dizzy Bat

This event is sure to lead to some laughs (see here).  Each team needs two participants.  At the start, one participant chugs a beer as fast as they can (some variations involve cutting the end off the wiffle bat, pouring the beer in, and drinking it from the bat) and gives the empty can to the 2nd teammate.  Teammate #1 then puts their head on the wiffle bat and spins around 10 times as fast as they can.  Teammate #2 tosses the empty beer can to teammate #1 who attempts to hit the can with the wiffle bat.  This part repeats until teammate #1 successfully hits the can.  The first team to connect with a hit wins.  This event can be set up as a timed event or where all teams go at once.

Civil War

This game is somewhat similar to beer pong.  Each team selects 3 players, each team takes the opposite end of a table, and each player sets up 3 cups in a row in front of them.  The goal of the game is to knock out all of the opposing teams players by making the balls into their cups.  Each person starts with a ping pong ball.  Once the game starts, it does not matter what order players shoot in – whoever has a ball can shoot whenever they want to.  When a ball is made into an opposing players cup, that player must remove that cup and finish the beer that is in their cup.  That player cannot resume shooting until they finish their beer.  Once a player loses all three of their cups, they are out of the game.  The first team to knock out all the opposing team’s players wins.

Baseball

This game is a ton of fun but can be a bit to explain.  However, this video does a pretty good job of demonstrating how it works.  This game will need to be played tournament style.

In the end, while only one team may go home with the trophy, everybody wins because this event is guaranteed to be a blast for everyone involved!