When I heard that people attempt to drink 100 shots of beer in 100 minutes, my mind was blown. College days rushed back, and I started thinking about the mess that would ensue if those 100 shots of beer were from a homebrewing concoction of mine.
But before I start talking about the madness that is sure to ensure if you try drinking 100 shots of homebrewed beer in 100 minutes, I should probably acquaint you with the Centurion, also known as the Century Club. Maybe you’d also want to know why the hell anyone would want to drink that much beer in 100 minutes!
So I put together an article that explains this dangerous yet interesting way for passing the time—or just passing out—that is becoming popular in colleges and universities in the USA and beyond. You might even call it a 100 shots of beer phenomenon.
What is 100 Shots of Beer in 100 Minutes and the Century Club Challenge?
Also known as the Century Club or Centurion, 100 shots of beer in 100 minutes is the objective and the time frame. The concept is similar to another drinking game known as Power Hour. Some even consider Century Club or Centurion to be the next level up in difficulty.
What is Power Hour?
The concept of this drinking game is relatively simple. You need about 8 beers per person, shot glasses, and a way to keep track of time. The game lasts for 60 minutes. During that time, you need to take a shot once every minute (60 shots in total).
Wondering how many beers are in a Power Hour? People usually consume about 90 oz or 7.5 beers in that hour.
How to Play Century Club
You will need at least two people, though it is recommended that you have a larger group. Make sure everyone has a seat somewhere comfortable. You will also need at least a 12 pack and a shot glass for each person playing. Trash bags or bins for puking will be needed.
The objective is to make it to 100 minutes without puking or leaving the spot where you are sitting. Players cannot get up from their spot. They can’t use the bathroom, either.
Gather everyone around and pour the shots. Assign one person to keep track of time. Someone else will be responsible for filling the shot glasses after they are emptied.
The time-keeper will tell everyone when to drink. This happens every minute. When that minute comes, everyone has to take the shot (unless they quit). Sometimes, keeping track of time can be difficult—especially after the first hour—so it is recommended that you have a secondary way to keep time, such as a soundtrack with 1 minute long songs, where everyone takes a shot when the music changes.
If anyone gets sick during those 100 minutes or leaves their spot, they are disqualified.
A single shot depends on where you are. In most parts of the US, a shot is 30-35ml or 1-1.5 fluid ounces. In the UK, a single shot varies between 25-35ml.
That means 100 shots of beer (or any alcohol for that matter) is between 2,500ml and 3,500ml total. Or 2.5-3.5 Liters. If you want ounces, 100 shots of beer is 84.5-118.3 fl oz.
When you take into consideration that the standard serving of beer is 12 ounces (0.35 L), that means 100 shots of beer is 10-12.5 regular bottles of beer, depending on the shot size. That might not seem like a lot, but 100 minutes is a short amount of time to guzzle a 12 pack of beer!
So you want to attempt the Century Club challenge? Good luck! The best way to win is to drink 1 pint of beer every 10 minutes.
That brings about a word of caution: You probably won’t make it. The average human needs about an hour to process the amount of alcohol in a pint of beer. If you somehow manage to make it to 100 shots of beer, you will be swimming in so much alcohol that you risk alcohol poisoning.
The best way to play the Century Club game is to use a beer with low alcohol, such as a Bud Light (around 3.5% ABV) instead of your high alcohol homebrewed beer.
Know your limits!
Century Club, or 100 shots of beer in 100 minutes, is a hardcore drinking game that is not for the faint of heart (or stomach). You need high alcohol resistance to drink 1-1.5 ounces of beer every minute for 1 hour and 40 minutes. Think you can do it?