Pat’s Backcountry Beverages Beer Concentrate for Backpacking and Camping

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I love beer. I loveeeee beer. One of the best parts of my 2013 Europe trip was spending 90% of the trip in beer loving areas — Germany and Prague. And seriously, one of the best parts about a long day hike is drinking a cold lager or pilsner when we return home (though, honestly, I’ve never been a fan of shower beers!)

I’d love to take a couple cans of beer with me while hiking for a mid-hike treat, but I worry too much about weight to really go through with it. So when I was perusing Today and found their article about beer concentrate for outdoor adventures, I was intrigued (and a little scared.)

Today’s review says says:

But now the folks at Pat’s Backcountry Beverages have created a solution – their new Brew Concentrates come in featherweight 50ml packets and can be reconstituted with carbonated water (courtesy of their trail-ready 16-ounce carbonator bottle).

If you’re using a water purifier or good old-fashioned boiling to transform lake or river water into a drinking supply, the weight savings are significant. Plus, you don’t have to worry about pressurized aluminum cylinders exploding beer all over your gear if you slip and fall or are a little rough with your pack.

But how does it work?

The first time through the process can be overwhelming. You have to prime the cap, mix packets of citric acid and sodium bicarbonate into the orange carbonation chamber (make sure you massage the packets before using them so they aren’t clumpy), add in your beer concentrate, and top off the bottle with 16 ounces of water.

Now comes the embarrassing part. The carbonator bottle is basically the Shake Weight of the great outdoors, requiring two seconds of furious shaking, a one-second pause, a quick lifting of the lever on the cap to release the CO2 you’ve just created, and then another two-second pause as the bubbles are released into your beverage.

Worth it?

As for the taste…

Overall, both beers are worthwhile, even if they have a slight homebrew quality about them, with just a hint of sourness lurking deep behind the malts.

Intriguing, but maybe only for special occasions for this girl.

See more of the review on — you can also buy the beer concentrates and activator packets from the Pat’s Backcountry Beverages website.