When you’re hiking, you don’t want to be bogged down by anything other than the necessities, or you’ll end up with cramped legs and a sore back from lugging around an overloaded pack. But what if you really want a beer when you take a break?
You could carry cans with you, but that would take up valuable real estate in your bag, and then you’d have to carry back the empties. For something more packable, Pat’s Backcountry Beverages has created a beer concentrate ready for any journey.
The two concentrates, a black IPA and a pale ale, will be sold beginning in mid-September through the Pat’s Backcountry Beverages website.
Both work by adding water and carbonating the concoction using a handheld carbonator, which Pat just happens to sell on his site. Add a packet of CO2 mix into the chamber, give the bottle a couple pumps and a few shakes, and the beer is ready to drink.
This isn’t dehydrated beer; it’s a patent-pending process in which the brewing begins with very little water, creating the concentrate. It’s advertised as being on par with a “premium micro brew.”
The beer pouches are the brainchild of Patrick Tatera, an outdoorsman who had too many bad experiences trying to lug around beer on his excursions. After you’ve had your beverage, there’s only the concentrate wrapper to put back into your pack instead of empty cans.
The website also offers five versions of soda that work with the bottle, but that’s not nearly as interesting — unless you bring along some whiskey or vodka.