Ping Pong. It sounds ridiculous from the off. So imagine how thrilled we were when we heard about Beer Pong. Surely, we thought, this can't be a beery version of the table-based ball-boinging classic? But by the power of National Lampoon's Animal House, it is. Paartyyyy!
Already huge amongst degenerate students and frat house-dwelling loons across the pond, Beer Pong is just as gloriously barmy as its name suggests. The concept is brilliant in its simplicity: boing your ball across a table and plop ‘em into one of your opponent’s beer cups, thus compelling them to consume its boozy contents. And so on and so forth. How absholutely marvellush is that!
There are no official rules but most Beer Pongers arrange their cups in a triangular configuration. Teams (usually two-a-side) take it in turns to chuck or bounce the ping pong-style ball into their opponent’s cups. When a ball lands in a cup, the defending team must neck that cup's beer. The game is won by eliminating all the opposition's cups before your own cups are gone. Losers must then consume all the beer left in the winning team's cups. It's thirsty work but someone's got to do it!
Beer Pong really is one of the silliest, ergo greatest, drinking games ever created because the more you lose the more you drink. Or is it the other way round? We forget. The point is everyone's a winner. You won't even have to worry about supping lukewarm lager because each Beer Pong set includes a special ice rack to keep your cups cool while playing. Mmm….cold beer.
It goes without saying that any activity that successfully combines balls with beer is utterly hilarious, spectacularly raucous and seriously compelling. In fact if Beer Pong isn't a massive global smash, we promise to keep playing and drinking and playing and drinking until it is. We shaid we promish to keef playing…you get the picture. 'Urp!