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A yard of ale

A yard (or yard glass) is a very tall glass used for drinking beer; a yard (or yard of ale) also refers to the (variable) quantity of beer held by such a glass. The Yard of ale usually contains around 2.5 pints (1.4 litres), depending upon the diameter.

The glass is approximately 1 yard long, shaped with a bulb at the bottom, and a widening shaft which constitutes most of the height. In countries where the metric system is used, the glass may be 1 metre (roughly 1.1 yd) long. Because the glass is so long and in any case does not usually have a stable flat base, it is hung on the wall when not in use.

Drinking a yard glass full of beer is a traditional pub game. The object is to drink the entire glassful without pausing for breath, and/or to drink it as quickly as possible. Because of the shape of the glass, once it is raised and the liquid starts to flow, it is difficult to pause. When attempted by the novice, the liquid may flow out in a rush and soak the person holding the glass.


United Kingdom

The glass most likely originated in 17th-century England where the glass was known also as a "Long Glass", a "Cambridge Yard (Glass)" and an "Ell Glass".[1] Such a glass was a testament to the glassblower's skill as much as the drinker's. The diarist and Fellow of the Royal Society John Evelyn records the formal yet festive drinking of a yard of ale toast to James II at Bromley in Kent, 1683.

Another reference to this type of glass was recorded in the diary of a John Evelyn in 1685. He referred to the Sheriff and the Commander of the Kentish Troop in Bromley drinking to the health of King James II from a "glasse of a yard long."

The story goes that the glass was specifically designed to meet the needs of stagecoach drivers who were always in hurry to get to their destinations. The glass had to be long enough to hand to the driver without his having to leave the stagecoach. The design of the glass meant that the stagecoach driver could drive without losing control and drink at the same time. He could also have his glass refilled without letting go of the reins.

Yard glasses can still be found hanging on the walls of some English pubs and there are a number of pubs named The Yard of Ale throughout the country and in certain pubs in the United States.

The fastest drinking of a yard of ale in the Guinness Book of Records is 5 seconds.[2]

Australia and New Zealand

The yard glass has had a significant effect on Australian drinking and popular culture. The ritual of the yard-glass sculling competition (who can empty the contents of the glass the fastest) is predominant in, but not restricted to, Australian "bogan" culture. It is also popular among the "Westie" culture as well.

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke was previously the world record holder for the fastest drinking of a yard of beer.[3]

It is a popular tradition to receive a yard glass as a gift for coming of age celebrations on one's 21st birthday in Australia and New Zealand, and consume the full glass during one's birthday party. This is usually timed for fun and comparison.

A yard glass in New Zealand generally holds between 6 and 7 beers (just over two litres), substantially larger than the English version. As such it can take anywhere from 2 minutes onwards to consume a full New Zealand yard.


The yard glass has over the past several years seen more use for blended drinks, often available at fairs and casinos. Varying greatly in measurements from the standard glass versions, these are often plastic and associated with festivities of all sorts.

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Bonging a Beer is the act of using a funnel, or beer bong, to rapidly consume a large amount of liquid, most commonly beer or a similar alcoholic beverage, as a drinking game or as a means to consume a large amount of alcohol in a small amount of time. The inherent challenge is to swallow the rapid flow of beer in one attempt, without spillages.



A funnel (also known as a beer bong or goon bong) is a device used to consume large quantities of liquid, usually some kind of fermented beverage, very rapidly. A piece of tubing, generally at least a meter in length, must be firmly secured to the end of a large funnel. The volume of the funnel and the tubing should be enough to accommodate the amount of liquid intended to be funnelled.

In modern times some funnelers have begun omitting the tube for ease of construction. Not having to attach a tube means a basic funnel can be used with no other attachments. This however is a different skill as the funneler must use their tongue to stop the flow of liquid during the filling process.

There are many variations of the size of the funnel and length of the tubing. Generally, a meter of tubing is acceptable for most funnels, although extremely long funnels can be used in situations where the funnel can be held much higher than the drinker's head height, such as at the top of a staircase, balcony or an upper floor.

The most advanced funnels have a valves of some sort inline at the drinking end of the tube. This can be used to cut down on spillage. However, this is usually only needed by novices, as an experienced user can manipulate the flow of the liquid without the use of a valve.

A variation of the beer bong is used during a Divemaster Challenge. This beer bong consists of a dive mask and snorkel with a funnel attached to the top of the snorkel. This type of beer bong does not allow the drinker to breathe while chugging.

Foam (froth) avoidance

Funneling (or tubing) beer in this fashion is made significantly more difficult when foam (or froth) is present. The bubbles rapidly fill the drinker's mouth and throat, impeding the flow of liquid and can cause the attempt to be abandoned due to coughing fits. Part of the purpose for the funnel itself, aside from allowing more volume, is to allow a greater surface area for the foam to subside than a tube alone would be able to.

For optimum results, a funnel should be de-foamed before use. This makes it easier to drink the beer, as there is little or no foam to choke on. The choice of beverage can have a significant effect on the amount of foam. In the UK, "smoothflow"-style bitter beers are readily available and - when chilled adequately - generate very little foam.

The drinker may choose to de-foam the apparatus by sealing their end of the tube with a finger, lowering their end of the tubing and raising the funnel up in the air. This ensures that the air bubbles will travel up and escape out of the funnel, leaving the drinker with a clean tube with no foam.

Rinsing the apparatus with ice-cold water beforehand can also help reduce foam, as does the choice of plastic tubing used

Another common method used to reduce foam is running the index finger along the outside of one's nose, then inserting it into the tube and/or funnel. This quickly dissolves the foam back into fluid. A slightly more desirable method is to apply a thin layer of margarine or butter to the funnel with a paper towel. If applied too heavily, clumps or build-up will be visible on the funnel and there will be a perceptible taste during the funnelling process. However, the best way to reduce foam is by adding a valve to the end of the tube. You simply close the valve, pour the beer in, and once it is settled you can open it up for a perfect flow. Valves are especially useful when using a beer bong with two valves connected to the funnel and racing.

Traditionally, the funnel device is designed for one user. However, other designs featuring sectioned funnels linked to many tubes can serve up to eight users at once. This style is usually called the beerserker, and means that a larger funnel must be used; most commonly a 5 gallon/20 litre water jug with the bottom removed. Another well known design of funnel is the "uterus" where two funnels are joined to a single central pipe via a "T" piece. The uterus is so named because of its resemblance to that part of the female anatomy, and allows twice the amount of liquid to be consumed in one session.


The drinker begins by stopping the end of the tube with either his or her thumb or by using a valve if present. The funnel is held above the drinker's head height, and the liquid is poured into the funnel. The drinker then quickly unstops the tube and inserts the end of the tube into their mouth, and falls to their knees. The other participants must then hold the funnel as high as possible so that the tube is as vertical as possible. The effects of gravity will cause liquid to be ingested extremely quickly. A person may drink 24 ounces of beer (2 cans worth) in only a few seconds with the aid of this device. The liquid is ingested continuously, as opposed to sipping which stops the flow of liquid. If there is too much foam it may enter the trachea and the person may choke, sometimes resulting in excessive coughing and/or vomiting.

Advanced technique circumvents stopping the tube at all, which is ideal because the unstopping of the tube is typically where the amateur drinker wastes the most liquid. The drinker holds the tube in the usual position, and usually down on one knee. The funnel is kept below the level of the end of the tube. The holder pours the liquid into the funnel and allows the fluid level to rise as far up the tube as possible without it overflowing. When the drinker is ready, they put their mouth over the end of the tube and give the signal to raise the funnel. The holder then raises the funnel as high as possible so that the tube is as vertical as possible. Because there is no air present at the start of the funneling process, this method often results in the process being completed in a shorter time.

For those who are truly devoted to the sport, it is considered proper to hold your own funnel. Furthermore, it is improper to contest another's victory based on the very personal decision to stand or take a knee. Both techniques are widely accepted, especially the latter because it makes the most effective use of gravity and increases speed therefore frequently leading to victory in beer bong races. But, If one is testing pure chugging ability, the former is the preferred method of comparison.

Upside down Funneling

Much like the 'Monkey Chug' from the movie Beerfest. The funneler finds a tree, or something else, to hang upside down from, then grabs the funnel. This style usually hits faster due to being upside down. Not recommended for those who are already inebriated.

Impromptu Funnels

In the absence of a prepared funnel, standard household items can be fashioned into acceptable funnelling apparatus. Items that have been successfully used include concoctions of traffic cones, beer cans, plastic bottles and garden hosing. A risk of using such items is bacterial infection if not properly washed.

Pink flamingo lawn ornaments have also been converted into beer bongs by snipping off the tip of the beak and cutting a hole where the legs would go, through which beer may be poured in. These "flabongos" have become popular among Hash House Harriers; as of July 2008, one company sells them ready-made.

Musical instruments have also been converted into beer bongs. Australian band The John Steel Singers have become well known in their home country for their version of an impromptu funnel, the "Trom-bong" which they and another Australian band The Vasco Era invented in Adelaide during October 2008. The Trom-bong is constructed using two parts of a traditional trombone, usually held together with electrical tape and used in the traditional beer bong method. [1]

Other devices exist to enable users to consume beer out of bottles in a manner similar to shotgunning. A length of plastic tubing is placed on top of an open bottle, and a long, thin tube passes through the wall of the larger plastic tubing. This allows the air inside the bottle to be replaced much faster, allowing beer to flow out very quickly.


A simple concept, Longarming (aka Straight-Arming) requires the drinker to keep their arm straight and consume their beverage. It is seen as more of a stunt than a bonafide method of rapid consumption because it usually results in wasting large quantities of beer. However an experienced longarmer will be able to pour 85% or more directly into their mouth.

Compartmented Group Beer Bongs

Building group beer bongs are also popular. Conventional methods to build a group beer racer typically include; a single chamber vessel, various PVC tubing and t-valves directing flow to multiple users. Notably, efforts to compartment fluids for group racers have been forthcoming and have pushed beer bong designs further. The thought process behind inventing a compartmented beer bong, are as follows; 1. measure beer for each racer for accurate beer bonging and 2. separate beer using chambers to negate group beer mixing. One company in particular has a US Patent on compartmented dispensers [1] specified as the "Compartmented Fluid Dispensing Apparatus" or Octabong Beer Bongs

Funneling in Pop Culture

A 2006 New York Times article caused a stir when 2004 presidential candidate Senator John F. Kerry was pictured being offered a funnel while attending a tailgate party outside of a University of Iowa football game.[2] Photos on surfaced of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart assisting in a beer bong with underage college girls.Template:Fact In the film Jackass Number Two, Steve-O funnels beer into his rectum.

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