On December 13, 2013, an Air Hockey table with six Solo cup-sized holes on each side shook the minds of drinking game obsessives. The photo, which was posted on Reddit, depicted “Alcohockey,” or “the Canadian variation of beer pong.” Over the next month, praise from all corners of the internet sprung up. SB Nation called it a “better beer pong,” and the Today Show dubbed it the game that “takes beer pong to the next level.” A New Jersey magazine called The Digest went so far as to call it the “Best Idea We’ve Seen All Week”—on the week before Christmas.
Yet, for all the excitement Alcohockey generated, it left as fast as it came. Which is a shame, because Alcohockey is the best thing to come out of Canada since William Shatner.
Canadians Nate Wawrzonek and Edward Ilnicki are responsible for turning the beloved childhood game of air hockey into a drinking event. It all started with a competition among their friends to see who could get the most likes on the photo sharing website Imgur, according to Today. They won, obviously, but they also they captured the hearts of beer pong playing Americans and strengthened the stereotypes of Canadians as hockey and beer obsessed do-it-yourselfers.
Alcohockey, like all great drinking games, is simple to play. All that’s needed is an air hockey table with six holes in front of each goal, a small puck, two air hockey strikers and, naturally, beer. It’s played like a normal round of air hockey, and when a puck lands in a cup, the defending player drinks. Simply dry off the puck with a towel then repeat until all the cups are made. It’s simple enough to play while drunk, yet complex enough to keep you entertained for hours.