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How to play Danish Beer Bowling

Danish Beer Bowling - How to
Danish Beer Bowling - How to

The Rules

The Danish Culture

We play this game a lot in Denmark doing the summer. Unfortunately that’s only a period of two months. Beer Bowling is played a lot at festival and if you ever go to a danish festival you won’t be able to miss it. We’re here to tell you about the rules of this incredible game. A lot of crazy rules have been added to the game through-out the years, and it’s the referee’s job to utilies these rules and his part is important for how fun the game will turn out to be. 

The Official Rules for Beer Bowling

The game is played in 2 teams each team has 2 players and then there is a referee. The players a seated across from each other as shown in the picture. Between the players of each team you place a bottle, and the goal of the game is to knock over that bottle as many times as possible.

Fig. 1: Beer Bowling – The Field Setup.

When a team succeed in knocking over the opponents bottle, the team getting their bottle knocked over have to split a new beer between them. A penalty beer is ideally splitted between the teammates 50/50, but it is allowed for one to drink more than half and help out your teammate (drink the whole beer yourself to earn a machopoint).

You may not block the ball.

Fig 2: Bouncing the ball of the chair is allowed.

It’s allowed to bounce the ball off the opponents chairs.

EVERYTIME you want to throw, pick up or hand the ball to you mate you’ll will have to ask the refeere for permission. Basically you have to ask for permission for everything, even when you need to take a piss (or worse puke), it’s the referee’s decision to allow your request or not and hand out a punishment if necessary.

A Crooked Throw

If you throw the ball on the outside of the opponents chairs, you’re obviously to sober to throw the ball and your team drinks a beer (yes, another beer).

A Weak Throw

If you throw the ball and it dosen’t even reach the opponents beer,

you’re clearly weak and you need a beer to regain your strength, split a beer with your teammate.

Rules broadly used in Beer Bowling

Penalty Beer

A penalty beer is always a newly opened beer, is splitted between you and your teammate. You each got sip to finish the beer, this means as soon as you remove the bee

r from your mouth

your teammate have to drink the rest. On his turn the beer MUST BE EMPTY or expect a penalty from the referee.

A knocked over beer

Does the opponent team knock over your bottle = Penalty Beer.

The permission rule

Every time you wish to pick up your bottle, get the ball, bowle etc., you must ask the refere

e for permission. This rule can be a bit to much, and can be optional.

Take turn to bowl (Throw the ball)

Self explanatory – You take turns throwing.


When you finish a beer you throw the empty beer onto the field. The bottle must land on the other half of the field and can not be in front of the opponents beer. You got three attempts and you fail to do so – reward yourself with Penalty Beer.

Bouncing the ball off the chairs.

It’s allowed to bounce the ball off chairs but they have be on the playing field.

Don’t block the ball

Again, pretty simple. Move your legs so you dont block the ball or earn a Penalty Beer if you do so or if you’re to slow.

Nøl (danish word)

If the referee thinks you’re to slow to bowl he can call “nøl” and give a fitting punishment.


When you bowl the ball have to hit your own side of the field first. Is the ball throwed

beyond the middle it’s an airball – Penalty Beer

Puking on the field

After playing this game for a couple of hours you might feel the urge to release som tension, but we wouldn’t recommend you doing so on the field. If a player throws up on the field you recieve a slap on the wrist in form of a Penalty Beer. It’s allowed to puke, outside the field, as long as you’ve gotten permission for it.


Optional rules

Javelin!! (A danish inside joke:

A javelin is approching the field, seak cover by throwing yourself on the stomach. The last team on the ground gets a penalty.

Sex poses

Each team makes a sex pose. The referee chooses a winner, can be the most creative or the funniest. The losers drinks.

The dragon

If a player need to puke, he can give the opponent team a penalty beer by doing the dragon. While puking you stand on one leg and flapping your arms as they where wings.

Macho Point

A Macho Point is rewarded if you drink a penalty beer on your own. Macho Points are only rewarded when the opponent knocks over your bottle. With three Macho Points the opponent team have to drink a whole beer each.

Captain Morgan

The Rum brand Captain Morgan’s best publicitystunt. Each team strikes their best Captain Morgan pose with one leg up on the chair. Det slowest team drinks.

Germans incomming

Germans incomming! Seak cover behind your chair. Last team behind their chairs drinks.

Tigermis (Tiger Kitty)

A classic festival rule. If a non-participant enters the playing field and the referee calls “Tigermis”, lay down the intruder. The slowest team drinks.
>>Be careful<<
>>Optionally change the rule to a hug instead<<

Have fun playing this crazy danish game!

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