Not so sure if hiking and dehydrating beer go together, but if you are so inclined to enjoy all the great flavor, alcohol, and aroma of a premium quality microbrew, Pat’s Backcountry Beverages has created not only a portable carbonator, but also a full line of concentrated beverages, including beer and a variety of soda flavors like cola and root beer… It even comes with a light, easy to carry, plastic bottle.
To create the carbonation, Pat’s uses a solid mixture that has been exposed to pressurized carbon dioxide gas, causing tiny high-pressure bubbles to be trapped inside (think Pop Rocks). Once exposed to water, the solids dissolve, releasing the carbon dioxide to be pumped into your drink.
Unlike other concentrate processes, the company does not first make the beer and then remove the water afterwards. Instead, the process starts with almost no water, and carefully controls the environment for fermentation. The result is a concentrated beer with all the same great taste you’re used to in your favorite local brew. All you have to do when you hit camp is add water, carbonate, and enjoy.
If all else fails, and you are looking for a quick beer buzz, just cut up a few lines.