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Beer-Baseball (Drinking Game)
Players Typically two teams of even numbers
Age range Adult
Setup time 2 minutes
Playing time 10-20 minutes or less
Random chance Easy
Skills required Aiming, taunting, and alcohol tolerance

Beer-Baseball is a drinking game in which players shoot a ping-pong ball across a table with the intent of landing the ball in one of several cups of beer on the other end. The game typically consists of two teams of even numbers, one on each side of a table, and a 4 cups set up on each side. The cups are lined up in a straight line representing the bases with the last cup at the edge of the table.

When a ball lands in a cup, the defending team must consume all of the beer inside that cup and all the cups below it, i.e. if the third cup is hit, a triple, the third, second and first cup are consumed. The cups are filled according to their position on the table. The cup closes to the opposing team is 1/4 full, the second cup is 1/2 full, the third cup is 3/4 full and the final cup nearest the edge is full. It is also common to have a glass of water with the purpose of cleaning the ball between throws. After consumption the cup is refilled to the appropriate level and placed back on the table.

The game consists of nine innings in which each team gets to "bat" if a ball is thrown and does not land in a cup this is an out; each team gets 3 outs per inning. The team with the greatest score after nine innings is considered the winner. Variation: the game can be played using "little league" rules in which the game is over after 6 innings.



14 cups are needed. 7 for each team, 4 representing the bases, then 3 on each side of the table representing bases for baserunners. The four cups representing the bases are lined up in a straight line with the last cup at the edge of the table. The cups for flip cup are placed near the center of the table so that judging who won the flip cup can be done easily.



Baseball is usually played with two teams of even numbers, though it can be played an odd number as long as the relative drinking/playing strengths are even. Each team begins with two captain who pick their team in an alternating fashion. The captain who picks second then chooses whether to be home (shoot second) or away (shoot first.)

Playing field

Although the game is typically played on either a ping pong table or a folding banquet table. In general, this will be a plywood board cut to proper size, sometimes painted with sports, school, or fraternity symbols and given a liquid-proof coating.


The most common cups used are 16 ounce disposable plastic cups with ridge-lines which can be used precisely to measure the amount of beer to be poured into the cup.[1]

38 mm or 40 mm table tennis (ping pong) balls are typically used for game play.[2]


Usually an inexpensive light beer of 4.2-5% ABV is used because of the large quantities of beer which may be consumed during the course of several games.

Game play

Game play proceeds much like a game of beer pong. The team that is up shoots the ball until they accumulate three outs, via missing a shot or being thrown out stealing. At this point the other team begins to shoot. After nine innings the score is calculated and the team with more points wins.

If a player makes a cup the opposing team must consume that cup and all cups below it, i.e. the second cup is hit (a double) so the second and first cup are consumed. The cups are refilled to the appropriate line and placed back in formation.

When a player makes a cup they are said to be on base. This means they are now playing flip cup against a person from the other team, a catcher. If the person on base wishes to advance (steal) they begin to play single cup flip cup. If the person on base wins they advance, if they lose they are thrown out, and are off the bases and an out is recorded. The person attempting to steal must not try to steal until the opposing team has set and refilled their cups, an attempt to steal before this is done is considered void and must be sent back to the original base. If the catcher touches their cup before the base runner touches theirs this is a balk and the base runner advances one base. If a player throws a ball that hits a cup and the opposing team catches it, it is a strike. Should a player throw an airball (the ball touches no cups or the table) and is caught, it is considered an 'out' The person catching must rotate by inning and no one can catch a second time until everyone has caught once.

If a person shoots out of order just like in baseball if caught the shooter is not out but the person that was skipped is out.


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