Beer Die Rules

The Set-Up

  • To play Beer Die you will need a 4’ by 8’ long wood table with a dividing line going through the middle (vertically) roughly 2 ½' to 3’ off the ground
  • 4 Pint size glasses placed finger (or hands) lengths distance from each corner
  • 2 Dice
  • 4 Players
  • Beer of choice
  • Each player before the game starts must fill one full beer in their cup
  • And lastly before you begin playing you want to set a height boundary - this is how high the die must be tossed on every toss

The Rules

First Toss

To decide which team tosses first, one person rolls a die and the other team calls high or low. If the die is a 4, 5, or 6 that is high. If the die is a 1, 2, or 3 that is low. If they called it right, they are awarded first toss.

To Win:

Games are played up to 9 or 11 points. If the game is played to 9, a beer is killed and filled every 3 points, if it is played to 11, a beer is killed and filled for every 4 points scored. Games are also always won by 2.

How to Score a Point:

To score a point the die must be tossed above the discussed height and bounce off any part of the opponent's side of the table, if the die is not caught after the die bounces off the table it's a point. One person tosses at a time per team.

A die can bounce anywhere after it hits the defending teams side, it could even bounce back towards the side from whence it was tossed. As long as it connects with the defending half of table and falls to the ground, it is a point. To prevent a point, a defensive player must catch the die with ONE hand before it hits the ground. If the player uses both hands to catch a die it is a point for the offensive team.

Once one die is thrown and either caught or dropped and the defending team is ready, the next die is tossed. When die is tossed too low and it only takes one person from the defending team to call height, which generally speaking is a pretty obvious call.

If the die lands short (on the tossing teams side of the table) or on the dividing line it is dead and goes to the opposing team. If there is a heated dispute on whether the die landed short or not, it is a re-toss.

If the die is trapped (i.e. movement of the die is halted by applying pressure with hand or other body part) against the body or any other surrounding object, then it is a point for the tossing team.

Catching a die over the table is only allowed if the die has either hit the offensive players side and is a dead die or it has hit the defensive side and goes off the table and is popped back over the table via a bobble but does not touch the table. If the die falls off the table, is bobbled, and touches any part of the table again, it is a point for the offensive team.

A sink is awarded 2 points and the defending team must kill and fill their beer regardless of the score. A sink can be a direct shot into the cup or a bounce in. The team sunk on now has 3 or 4 points to go (depending on if they play to 9 or 11) before they must kill and fill again.


Exception Rules:

*Bobbles: if both teams decide to play bobbles then the defending team cannot bobble the die at all or bobble it on purpose depending on how you want to play. If the die is bobbled and not caught cleanly then it is a point for the tossing team

*Extreme bobbles: if both teams elect to play extreme bobbles then a defensive player who bobbles a die can be blasted off their feet by an offensive player to prevent them from catching a die

*FIFA: if both teams decide to play FIFA then any toss from the offensive team that misses the table can be kicked up by one of the defensive players and caught by the adjacent defensive player for a point. They also get to keep the die for the ensuing offensive turn. Game cannot be won off a FIFA.

*Spitting 5 After a Sink: if both team agree to the “spit 5’s” rule then after a sink. The player either swallows and spits a die out onto the table or just roles it out of the cup. If that player spits (or rolls) a 5 then he must shotgun a beer or chug a beer out of his glass

*Naked Lap (Naked Mile) or Pizza: if a team is skunked (losses 9 to 0 or 11 to 0) then they must run around the block completely naked. They can elect to do this or buy the winning team a pizza. If you sink your own cup, depending on the house rules, you must either run a naked lap and give the other team 2 points or run a naked lap and you automatically lose the game. There is no option to buy the opposing team a pizza.


Rare Circumstances:

*Bounce out sink and caught: if the offensive team sinks a cup but the beer has been killed and the die bounces up, out, AND off of the table then there are NO points rewarded to the offensive team. If the teams agree that there should be beer in the cups at all times prior to the beginning of the game, then it will be counted as a sink and either 1, 2 or 3 points shall be awarded to the shooting team (dependent upon how you score a sink).

*Bounce on tossing teams side but sinks the defending teams cup: no points are awarded, but the player sunk on must kill and fill