Cornhole & Tailgating
While tailgating this year I saw many new games and activities being played in the parking lot. While I consider myself a Cornhole traditionalist when it comes to tailgating, I was taken aback by this new game that I saw a few individuals (which quickly evolved into a large group) playing. This new game was called Bru-Bag, It’s basically just a combination of 6 cup beer pongs rules & a Cornhole style game-play. Now at first I probably had the same thought as you “another gimmicky beer pong game” but upon further inspection I noticed that it was definitely more closely related to cornhole and other yard games than anything else.
The easiest way to explain how the game works without going into too much detail is this. There are basically two wooden boards that each have six holes with routed lips in a triangular formation (this is the equivalent of having six full) red cups. Each board also comes with 6 covers that fit into the lips routed on the wooden boards, you cover a hole with the circular wooden covers the instant a bean bag goes through them (this is the equivalent of sinking a ping pong ball into a red cup & removing the cup). Now there are plenty of other rules like overtime, bags back, re-rack etc., plus you can even use your own house rules with the Bru-Bag (which I thought was awesome)!
So after watching a few rounds I asked the group tailgating next to me if my wife and I could give it a shot. There was actually a mini dry erase board with the title “NEXT UP” written on the top, I felt like I was reliving my college glory days in beer pong as I waited for our team name to get called. We finally got called to the plate & the first game got off to a quick start. The other team started off by sinking two holes and getting “bags back” then draining a third after they shot again. Then it was our turn, I started our round three holes down and not completely sure of the rules. I tried the overhand throw style that one of my opponent was using only to completely miss the board. My wife ended up fairing slightly better as she was able to close out one of the corner covers with her slightly awkward girl toss. Their covers the next and then hitting I was pleasantly surprised at how fast and involved the gameplay was. We ended up winning the second game out of our best of three series, but were bested by an instant win in the third when my wife dropped the ball on covering a hole in time. Keep in mind I have been a lifelong Cornhole fan & will always have a special place in my heart for the game that introduced me to the joy of tossing some bags while sipping an ice cold brew down by the lake and as much as I hate to say it. I must admit the gameplay of cornhole was beginning to feel a little bit stale and repetitive. So I was pleasantly surprised to find something that not only preserved the nostalgia of a game that I played throughout my hazy college years but also includes a variety of play styles and rules to keep you entertained for hours.