Beer Olympics: How To Host & Run A Successful Day Of Challenges

beer olympicsHosting a Beer Olympics is a big job.

It takes organization, commitment, and the love of competition.

A day filled with ridiculous games, an obnoxious amount of beer, and the possibility of tearing friendships apart. Just kidding, maybe…Either way, you want it to be a kickass celebration.

Follow these simple tips to have a successful Beer Olympics.

Pre-Olympics To-Do List

  • Lock In Players In Advance so you know how many teams will play, and therefore how much beer to buy (whether to buy keg or cans).
  • Get snacks – don’t forget about eating. People drinking all day generally need fuel to balance it out.
  • Make trophies – get creative, be sure your friends are going after the gold.
  • Pick up a big white board or poster board with markers to track the individual games and the overall rankings
  • Download the StakeHaul app to keep track of your wins, losses, and prizes (iPhoneAndroid)

Choosing Teams For Your Beer Olympics

Set your squads to have 4-6 players on each team.

Choose your team names. You can come up with your own creative names or you can have each team represent a country.

If the teams are being selected at the event instead of signing up together, then the host of the event gets to pick first, and also appoint the other team captains.

Making It Official

beer olympics refThe Beer Olympics will most likely impair your decision making skills. So you’ll need to have a referee and a way to keep track of all the wins and losses for future reference.

Download the free StakeHaul (iPhoneAndroid) app to create your challenges, set the refs and prizes, and have the ref keep the official challenge record in the app so no one tries to have revisionist history on who won what.

The ref’s other responsibilities throughout the beer olympics are to oversee penalties throughout the day. Some to look out for are:

  • Cheating
  • Spilling beer
  • Changing the playlist
  • Breaking house rules

Opening Ceremonies

Kick off the festivities with an opening ceremony.

One of the ref’s jobs is announcing each team.

Each team should take creative liberties,choose a song to be announced to, and  have a walkout routine.

Next up, read the rules of the games.

Scoring should also be explained at the beginning of the games so there is no confusion.

For ease, convenience, and future records, the challenges should all be tracked in the StakeHaul app and on a large whiteboard or poster board so that everyone can see which teams/players are playing each game and who wins.

The ref should review what’s expected of the players and what penalties could disqualify them.

Display the trophies for everyone to admire and get started.

Must Have Games At Your Beer Olympics

Flip Cup

beer olympics flipcup gameNormally played with two teams, flip cup starts each team on either sides of a table. The first member of each team chugs their beer, and when finished, uses the edge of the table to flip their cup over “face down”. Once the cup is flipped, the next player goes until one team is victorious.

Hook Toss

This challenge is equally addicting and frustrating.

While simple in it’s idea, you just need to swing the ring over and land on the hook, it can be extremely difficult to execute. Especially after a few of the drinking games.

Here’s how to set this game up:

  • Screw hook into center hole of board.
  • Using mounting screws or tape, mount board on wall at height of 4-5 height.
  • Screw eye hook into overhang or ceiling at a distance of 3-6 feet from wall. (the further away the more difficult!)
  • Place ring on hook. Run the loose end of the string through the eye hook.
  • Pull string until ring is in line with string, but not overly taught.
  • Tie string and cut.
  • Tip: if string stretches over time, tie a knot on the underside of the ring.

Check out how to make your own HookTiki Toss game here >>

Civil War

This is a much faster version of the classic “beer pong.’  Two teams of 3 face each other from across the table. Each player has their own 3 or 6 cup lifeline, arranged in the 3-2-1 triangle format. Players don’t need to wait their turn to take a shot at the opposing teams cup. Once you get a ball, it’s fair game, take your shot and hope for the best.


beer olympics corn hole gameSet up your boards directly facing each other with 27 feet between the front edge of each board. Cornhole can be played with 2 or 4 players. Pick which side of the board you’ll throw from. In a 4-player game, your partner’s pitching box will be directly across from you.

Want to get creative? Have your friends decorate the Cornhole boards between each game!

Boat Race

Two teams stand in two lines, side by side, with a pint of beer each. On the signal “GO!” the first person on each team chugs their pint and places the empty glass upside down on their head. As soon as they do this, the next person starts drinking, and so on. First team to finish all their beers is the winner.


To play, players simply take turns trying to bounce the quarter off of the table into the glass. If the attempt is successful, the player gets to give the person of their choice a drink. If you make 3 attempts in a row, you get to make a rule. Common rules include things like:

  • No names – Can’t say any other players’ name.
  • No swearing
  • No pointing
  • Must perform a particular action or say a phrase before bouncing the quarter.

These are some of the more common rules, but you can get as creative as you want. When a rule is broken, the person who committed the infraction has to drink.

Dizzy Bat

To play, fill a wiffle ball bat with the desired amount of beer, tip the bat back to your mouth, and chug. The number of seconds it takes you to drink the liquid equals the numbers of spins you need to do so make it quick.

Shotgun Relay

This game is as simple as it sounds. The quickest way to get a buzz on is to shot gun a beer. Make it part of your Beer Olympics.  Hold a beer can sideways & puncture a hole near the bottom (facing up so that it doesn’t spill). When ready to drink, press the hole to your lips, rotate the can of beer vertical, pop the top, and drink!

Polish Horse Shoes

Polish horse shoes is an updated version of the original. It’s much more challenges and way more fun. What You’ll Need:

  • 2 teams with 2 players each
  • a frisbee
  • two stakes (per team) placed anywhere between 20 to 40 ft (6.1 to 12.2 m) apart.
  • glass bottles to go on top of the steaks

Teams decide who will go first. It starts with one member of the team tossing a frisbee at the other teams bottles.  Points are scored when the Frisbee hits the stake or the bottle, when the bottle is knocked off the stake and hits the ground, or when the receiving team fails to catch the Frisbee. Play continues until one team has reached a set amount of points (typically 21), beating their opponent by at least two points.

Backyard Jenga

  • Stack the Jenga blocks as normal and decide the order of play.
  • Player can steady the stack of blocks but can’t do so while removing a block. Basically, one hand on the Life Size Jenga game at a time. You can steady, then you must let go to move on.
  • Blocks can’t be removed from the top 3 levels at any time. So no top shelf cheating!
  • Once block is removed, player must stack it on top of game without knocking it over. Must stand until the next player starts.

Yard Twister

Twister is the perfect game to see a bunch of drunks try to coordinate their bodies.

If you don’t have an official Twister board, don’t worry, we found a tutorial to help turn your lawn into a giant Twister board.  

Balloon Volleyball

beer olympics balloon volleyballSuspend a piece of string across the room at approximately head height.

Divide players into two teams and position them on either side of the string.

One team serves by hitting the balloon over the string and the other team must return the balloon without allowing it to fall to the ground.

Make it more interesting, try having teams sit down to play or try balancing on one foot.

As with normal volleyball, the rules are:

  • The object of the game is to send the ball over the net so that the opposing team cannot return the ball or prevent it from hitting the ground in their court.
  • Each team has three hits to attempt to return the ball.
  • The ball is put in play by a serve that is hit by the server over the net to the opponent.
  • When the receiving team wins a volley, it gains the right to serve, and the players rotate one position clockwise.
  • When the serving team wins a volley, it wins a point and the right to continue serving.
  • The ball must clear the net on a serve.
  • To keep things moving quickly, a game is played to 11 points or some other agreed upon number. The team that wins the best two out of three games wins the match.

Closing Ceremonies

The ref should be in charge of keeping track of each team’s win.

At the end of the Beer Olympics, tally up the number of wins. If there’s a tie, have a tiebreaker in place. This could be something fun like a trivia game!

Once a Gold, Silver, and Bronze winner has been declared, it’s time to present medals and/or trophies.

Any leftover beer from the day can be awarded to the winning team!

Recovery Period

beer olymics recoveryAfter a long and hard day of playing games and drinking, it might be necessary to have a recovery period. If you’re any kind of host you might want to have readily available Gatorade, ginger ale, and Pedialyte. Junk food on hand such as chips, pizza, and cheeseburgers would also be a clutch move!

Make sure guests have a sober ride home or collect their keys to make sure they don’t try and leave if they aren’t able to drive themselves. Have a happy and safe Beer Olympics.

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