basketpong1Tired of beer pong? Want to try something different? Check this shit out.

Basket pong. We decided to accept the burden of drinking and having a good time with this new game. And it was all for you, the reader. We’d do anything for you.

So you set up this backboard and put cups in that 3-2-3 formation you can see in the picture. There’s another slot farther down the pole (which is not pictured) to hold the water cup. It also collapses into a portable suitcase. Then you throw balls into the cups according to the rules you just made up, at least until it starts devolving into a free-for-all-let’s-get-drunk-fest. read more »


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On June 16 literary nerds across the world celebrate a little known holiday — June 16 is Bloomsday, a day that honors the famous author James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. Berkeley pays homage to this holiday (although summer school is never canceled which is baffling) by hosting a series of readings. read more »


Thank God we don’t live in Michigan.

Hard liquor

Starting Nov. 1, the state will require beer retailers to attach a tag to each keg with the buyer’s name, address, phone number and driver’s license number. The purchaser is also mandated to put down a $30 deposit per keg, which won’t be reimbursed if the shell is returned sans tag. Tag-removers may be charged with a misdemeanor and could be fined $500 and spend up to 93 days in jail. (Ye be warned.)

The frats at Michigan State are probably flipping a cow right now. read more »


Among a number of Berkeley’s contributions to San Francisco Beer Week, Bay Area Mashers home brewing club has teamed up with Oak Barrel to put on a free demo for all you frat boys appropriately aged aspiring micro-brewers. There will be a number of professional local experts to field questions. We hear tell of free BBQ to be served as well.

The demo is happening at Oak Barrel (1443 San Pablo Avenue) next Thursday, Feb. 11 from 5-9 p.m.

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Home Brewing Demonstration with Local Brewmasters [SF Funcheap]


beerThe Clog has always unconditionally supported  the convergence of intellectual pursuit and things that make you drunk. Finally, (recognized) UC Berkeley departments are catching on! On Oct. 10, Octoberfest hits campus at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s third annual exploration of the anthropology of food. Fermented grain will be available for exploration.

99 Bottles of Beer: Global Brewing Traditions 2500 B.C – Present” will include the following:

- A workshop on “how packaging affects beer flavor” in Kroeber Hall, 12:45 p.m. read more »


Pound it, bro!After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on earth

A group of Bay Area College Republicans finally found something Republicans decided was worth protesting. Friday night, they showed up on the mean streets of San Jose to revolt against none other than–a beer tax. Yeah, we know, right?

The proposal (not yet drafted, by the way) would be designed to sort of, indirectly-ish, combat underage drinking, save the state lots of money on bad things that are related to underage drinking (i.e. car crashes) by taxing beer manufacturers, and in effect, making a six pack o’ brewskies almost $2.00 more expensive. Assembleyman Jim Beall cited studies that showed drinking among college students as a “real health problem.” Gee, well when you put it that way … read more »


The next time you’re schmoozing with friends at the Clog’s highest rated pizza parlor, check out the Guinness you’re chugging. Tastes like it was drawn from a keg? Well, it wasn’t. It came from a can.

Discerning imbibers of beer will holler in outrage, but Guinness’s new tinker toy, the “Surger”- a tiny metal device, with an upraised platform that’s just the right fit for a glass- has the capability to magic plain ol’ canned beer into keg beer by injecting it with, uh, ultrasonic soundwaves. Or something. read more »