Beer 99

Learn how to play the drinking card game, Beer 99, with easy to follow instructions and video!

An exciting card game that comprises of maths and drinking.



– One standard deck of 52 cards

– A lot of beer


Object of the game

The object of the game is to play cards into a pile and have the value of the pile total 99 exactly.



You begin by dealing 4 cards to each player, and then you put the remainder of the deck down turning the top card over. Play goes around the group with each person playing a card, mentally keeping track of total value of the pile. However, the cards below have specific implications:


Fours may be used as a skip card, they can also be used to avoid drinking responsibilities and pass them to the next player.


This acts as a regular card, except when the total value of the pile passes 90+. Once in the 90’s, this card drops the value of pile by 10.


These may be used to avoid drinking responsibilities or place drinking tasks on someone else, usually used near end of game.

After you play a card, you must replace the card with another from the stack. When everyone is out of cards, reshuffle those already played. Socials occur whenever the total equals a number ending in 9 (19, 29, 39 etc), at which point all players must all drink. Special socials on 69 and 71. On special socials, you must drink twice.


When someone throws down the card that results in the pile equalling 99, the next person must drink 1/2 glass, unless they have a special card (hopefully a King, this allows them to pick the person they want to drink).