I have a library full of games. At its height it contained almost 500 different ones, these days I brought it back to 285 games according to board game geek, although that’s probably including a lot of expansions. Naturally I have several games about beer and once in a post I’d like to tell more about one of them. Again a very travel sized game this post: Hip Hops (also known as Brews of the World).
Hip Hops doesn’t get very good reviews on Board Game Geek, but I think the game is still interesting enough thanks to the cards. Hip hops was a collectible beer card game. The game didn’t do all too well though, so it’s hard, not to say impossible to actually collect móre beer cards than there are in the starter deck.
It’s an easy to learn and play top trumps like game. All cards list some attributes of the beer like there alcohol content, bitterness and year of introduction. Some cards also list hops used in the beer. Your objective is to get rid of all your cards. Each player starts with two cards in their hand and have to play one on the session pile. When you have less than two cards in your hand, you must take one from the draw deck. When you can’t play, you have to take the whole session pile back in your hand. The first player determines what to trump: They must choose between having to play a higher alcohol percentage, a higher bitterness unit or a lower year. When you can play three the same hops (you may include the upper card(s) on the afdekstapel), the whole current session pile will be put aside. This way you minimise the risk of getting a lot of cards at once. There are also 4 special cards with which you may change the objective. The first one to loose all their cards wins.
So yeah. Not much game. But it’s not too bad either and it’s perfect as a pub game when thinking is not at the front of your mind. it’s a bit of a bummer that not all the information on the cards is correct. But the cards sure are beautiful and I still would have loved to buy the boosters for this. But that was not meant to be. All and all it’s worth it to have in your collection. It would have been nice if it had come with a sturdier box though
Which beery game do you bring with you to the pub?