We don’t need alcohol to have a good time. We also don’t need a good pair of boots to take a hike or a tent to sleep outside… but they help. A lot.
So this week, we rounded up three innovative pieces of gear that make it easier to bring booze into the backcountry.
Pack in the ManCan ($40)
Before we gush about the ManCan portable keg, we’d like to clarify one thing: No one on the Shoulders of Giants staff thinks drinking beer in the wild is an exclusively male pastime.
But that’s the name of the product. And it’s a great product—the keg uses disposable CO2 cartridges to keep the beer carbonated, and is sized to fit in almost any backpack. It’s smaller and lighter than a pony keg, but better insulated than a growler.
Photo courtesy of ManCan.
Carry liquor in a collapsible flask ($7)
To the criminal mind, the 10-ounce collapsible Incognito Flask from Vapur looks like the perfect device for sneaking booze into a concert, classroom, or basketball game.
We don’t think that way, of course. But it’s easy for us to see the outdoor adventure applications of a lightweight collapsible flask. The Incognito can hold about 10 shots of liquor, and weighs less than a CamelBak pouch. And it’s dishwasher safe.
Photo courtesy of Vapur.
Brew beer in camp with Pat’s ($50)
Even with a packable keg, it’s very hard to cover serious mileage with beer in your pack. The sudsy stuff is mostly water, after all, and that weighs it down.
But the folks at Pat’s Backcountry Beverage have developed a way to make beer in camp, using water found in the backcountry. The company sells beer extracts, which can be mixed with water in a 20-ounce carbonator bottle to make extremely small batches of craft brewery quality beer. Here’s how it works.
Pat’s sells a starter kit online for $49.95. That includes their carbonator bottle, 6 “activator packets” (you need those for the carbonation process), and 5 non-alcoholic concentrate packets. The beer concentrates must be ordered from a licensed liquor retailer, but Pat’s has an online tool to help locate those.
Photo courtesy of Pat’s Backcountry Beverage.