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Guide to Flipping Beer Mats

Ever wondered how to correctly flip a beermat? Here's our handy guide to the rules according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Guinness Rules

  • The beer mats must be placed in a single pile on a square edged table such that the edge of this pile protrudes over the edge of the table.
  • The beermats are flipped vertically by the back of the hand by an upward movement.
  • A clean catch is to be made, without any juggling movement, the beermats having turned through 180 degrees.
  • No further contact is made with the bar top or table surface.
  • The size of the beermat should be 95 mm (3 3/4 in.) square with rounded corners. It should be the weight of cardboard with a density of 480-490 grams (16.9-17.3 oz) per square metre.
  • The record is for the number of mats successfully caught in this way.

You should also read the General Guinness Record Guidelines.

Beer Mat Flipping World Records

Mention the words ‘beer mat’ and Felixstowe man Dean Gould will really flip his lid. Dean holds virtually every beer mat flipping world record in this category.

Simultaneous (two hands) flipping: 130 (65 caught in each hand), January 1987, Feathers Public Inn, Walton, Felixstowe (United Kingdom).

Speed flipping: 1,000 mats flipped in 45 seconds (25 piles of 40), October 1993, BBC Television Centre, London (United Kingdom).

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