Beer Pong | Beirut
Beer Pong, otherwise known as Beirut, is a popular drinking game where players are challenged to throw a standard ping pong ball into the opposing team's beer filled (or water filled) cups from the end of a table. Typically consisting of teams of two players, Beer Pong games begin with either six or ten cups organized, or racked, in a triangle formation on either end of the table. If a player successfully lands a ball within a cup, that cup is to be consumed and removed from the table. The game finishes when all cups have been eliminated.
A game of beer pong is played with two teams throwing ping pong balls (table tennis balls) into the opposing team’s cups. When a cup is made, a player on the team must drink the contents and remove the cup. The game is finished when a team successfully removes all of the other team’s cups.
No one person is credited with inventing beer pong as the game was created as a variant of Beirut. In a game of Beirut, players use table tennis paddles to hit balls into cups. Beer pong evolved out of Beirut during the 70s and 80s when the popularity of basketball inspired players to throw the ping pong balls into cups instead of using paddles.
Beer pong games are setup as either 6 cup or 10 cup games. Each team must organize their cups in a triangle formation at their end of the table. Two additional cups filled with water (water cups) should be included to clean the ping pong balls between throws.