Best Craft Beer Option for Beer Pong

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  1. joeyjoey104

    joeyjoey104 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2014 California

    Let me hear it, what is a good craft beer to use for a couple rounds of beer pong? I want something a little tastier than a lager, so maybe an ale of some sort, but not a Double/Single IPA - too heavy and alcoholic. Maybe a nice 5% pale ale with some flavor to it?

    Last year I used Mirror Pond by Deschutes, which was an okay option. But want to try something different for my yearly trip to the mountains. I am in Los Angeles, if that matters based on what is available.
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  2. Bunman3

    Bunman3 Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2014 Canada (AB)

    Based on your location and intentions, perhaps Sierra Nevada...
  3. SoleBriety

    SoleBriety Disciple (332) Oct 10, 2013 California

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Lagunitas IPA
  4. einhorn

    einhorn Aspirant (298) Nov 3, 2005 California

    Just get an AAL (my choice would be PBR)... the perfect beer for that occasion.
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  5. IPAandGreenChile

    IPAandGreenChile Initiate (0) Jun 25, 2014 Colorado

    Upslope Craft Lager or OB Yella Pils. If you wanna spend an extra 3 bucks per 6 pack that you're just going to chug.
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  6. Oktoberfiesta

    Oktoberfiesta Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2013 New Mexico

    hell or high watermelon wheat ale by 21st amendment.

    I found the WM flavor to be almost what you would expect if you infused some watermelon chunks into a pitcher of water. It's there but super subtle.

    People do tend to prefer that crisp carbonated bite with chugging beers. This one is not quite at that level. I guess you would refrigerate it a touch colder.
  7. RenzoD

    RenzoD Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2011 Washington

    I just went to a bachelor party where we played an alcohol involved form of kickball. I won't go into the details of the game, but let me just tell you that BREWball was one of the greatest games I have ever played. Anyhoo, there were a few beers available and being the only beersnob there, I obviously went for the craft of the options which was Fingergun Session IPA by Iron Horse brewery. It was a perfect choice. I really enjoyed it, it went down smooth and easy and was a very appropriate beer for that game. I doubt it is available in your area but I am sure any session IPA would be good.
  8. AugustusRex

    AugustusRex Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Canada (ON)

    First, ale isn't a more flavourful type of beer than lager. Saying that there are flavourful lagers isn't appealing to an exception to the rule, lagers are just as flavourful as ales in general. Go play beer pong with some Dunkel, Marzen or Rauchbier and see.

    I would say the best beer for beer pong is Pilsner. Not because it's a lager, but because it's low abv, fairly dry and since it emphasizes old world hops, it doesn't lead to palate-fatigue.

    Grab some fresh cans of Jever!
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  9. joeyjoey104

    joeyjoey104 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2014 California

    By flavorful, I meant more hoppy & unique. I have never had a Dunkel, or Marzen, will look them up. I'm assuming those are lagers.

    Most lagers are bland, crisp and refreshing, I don't think that would be described as flavorful. But to each their own.
  10. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (24,524) May 5, 2010 Ohio
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    Anderson Valley gose. With the addition of dirty ping pong balls falling on the floor then going into the cups, the saltiness would compliment it. In my opinion.
  11. joeyjoey104

    joeyjoey104 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2014 California

    Haha, I usually just use water in the cups and then have my separate poured beer ready to chug it down when the opponent hits a cup. Too gross to drink it after the pong ball has cob webs all over it!! That Anderson Valley Gose is tasty though, but way to salty to take more than one in a session.
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  12. joeyjoey104

    joeyjoey104 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2014 California

    For sure, had Hell of High Watermelon the other day, was amazing.
  13. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (402) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

  14. Anaxagoris

    Anaxagoris Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2014 Washington

    Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker for sure
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  15. Franziskaner

    Franziskaner Poo-Bah (4,561) May 27, 2005 Missouri
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    I would always use off the wall AAL's like Stroh's, Olympia Gold, Stag, (you picked opponents beer) and then save an obscure malt liquor like Wildcat or Schlitz Double Malt for the championship round (both drinking it). We had the good beer earlier. Beer Pong beer was part of the intimidation.
  16. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    How about Anchor Steam?
  17. AugustusRex

    AugustusRex Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Canada (ON)

    I can tell that your experience with lagers is limited. Many craft drinkers think of Bud Light, Corona, Coors and similar beers when they think of lagers. All of those beers form one sub-style of lagers, and there are dozens of styles. Lagers can be 4%, 14% and everything in between. They can be malt-bombs, hop bombs, nicely balanced, and everything else that ales are.

    Try Celebrator Doppelbock, Anchor Steam, Hoponious Union, Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen, Dortmunder Gold, Weihenstepaner Original and some top rated beers from other lager styles on this site.
  18. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,180) Sep 3, 2007 California

    All I can tell you is that I was once at a bar in LA and they played beer pong with Pliny the Elder in order to blow the keg and put something else really amazing on (which I have of course forgotten).
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  19. BowWowWowYippyYoIPA

    BowWowWowYippyYoIPA Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2014 California

    Since you're in CA and most likely get Modern Times I would definitely recommend Oneida, MT's current 4pack seasonal release. Extremely tasty and slammable.
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  20. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa

    I would go with something a little lighter in flavor to avoid palate fatigue, I tend to drink a lot more when playing drinking games. Go with a Saison flavorful but not too much and can be found in lower alcohol.
  21. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (4,454) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    You know a good ale that would work well with a lot of flavor like you want would be Goose Island Bourbon Barrel Stout. Let me know how it goes...
  22. Phigg1102

    Phigg1102 Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2013 New York

    Why ruin a good beer with a bunch of crap from the floor? Just pour some crap beer in your cups, or better yet just use water and keep your beer in your hand. Even when I was a kid playing beer pong I didn't understand ruining the beer with hair and gunk from the floor, the motto for Beer Advocate is respect beer!
  23. Phigg1102

    Phigg1102 Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2013 New York

    I think your knowledge of lagers needs to be increased. There is a huge range of lagers that are not just your standard macro-crap.
  24. beermeplz

    beermeplz Aspirant (278) Feb 13, 2015 California

    SN Nooner - cheap, good, canned
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  25. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    anything from Cantilon
  26. Invinciblejets

    Invinciblejets Devotee (467) Sep 29, 2014 South Carolina

    Lol inappropriate.
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  27. YamBag

    YamBag Initiate (181) Feb 2, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Golden Monkey
  28. beerfinder

    beerfinder Aspirant (243) Jan 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Beer Pong is not for craft beer. Beer Pong is for people that like crap beer.
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  29. GMorgan

    GMorgan Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    I had a keg of GLBC christmas ale around the holidays last year and used that. Ended up playing 7 games, definitely regretted it the next day.
  30. Yargamo

    Yargamo Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2015 New York

    i'd go with an american wheat sort....easy, soft and not complex. IPAs are a bad choice
  31. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,006) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Definitely do not use Yellow Bus and post the video here.
  32. Fly_Moe

    Fly_Moe Initiate (0) May 22, 2012 Florida

    Wittekerke - only 5.00%. Perfect summer beer too, nice and crisp. It's perfect for a hot day. This was one of the beers that got me started on my craft beer journey.

  33. Golferallen54

    Golferallen54 Initiate (0) May 1, 2014 Colorado

    NB Snapshot would be my choice
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  34. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Maryland

    Couldn't agree with you more!

    That being said, my buddies and I once played beer pong with a magnum of Double Bastard! I can't remember who won the game, or much else for that matter, but I do remember that the magnum was empty by the end of the night...
  35. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    What is craft beer, and how does it stop people from having fun? Beer pong is fun, especially with two hearted.
  36. sgulner

    sgulner Initiate (140) Apr 16, 2011 Massachusetts

    Founders All Day IPA. Ok, ok, I know the OP said no hop bombs, but it has a great balance and it's marketed for drinking All Day! Pro Tip: If you don't want to chug it, don't buy it..unless you're really good at Pong.
  37. Nlawrence301

    Nlawrence301 Initiate (0) Sep 26, 2013 Maryland

    I haven't played beer pong in years. But when I did, I'd play with water cups or not at all. Never been down with the nasty shit on the ball in my drink
  38. wolfpac255

    wolfpac255 Aspirant (266) Apr 13, 2015 Illinois

    Tell me more about this kickball style game. Sounds fun.
  39. BWood

    BWood Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2015 California

    That is a really good beer. Had it at a wedding recently.

    You could also try Sculpin.
  40. frozyn

    frozyn Defender (648) May 16, 2015 New York
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    Bolding mine, but I think this is the best advice for beer pong. No need to constantly rinse the ball, often with progressively dirtier water, or drink whatever you just got from said cup/floor/table. Keep your beer around and when it's your turn to drink, fill a dixie cup (or two) and drain it.
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