Review: Pat's Backcountry Beverages

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This story originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of our print edition.

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Beer is always worth the weight, right? Not if it means lugging another 12 pounds. But with this magical gadget, you can just make beer. Fill the bottle with drinkable water, squeeze in a brew concentrate packet, add carbonation activators, shake it, let it sit a few minutes, and boom—Beer! Both the Pale Rail and Black Hops tasted like those from a microbrewery thanks to Pat’s hybrid brewing technology. By using very little water but a high concentration of alcohol (like liquor), when you add water and carbonate, it’s much more akin to regular beer. Use leftover liquid from a session to make a post-climbing brew. Nice touch: Each packet brews a full pint. We also mixed the ginger ale and cola flavors with spirits. 

$50 (starter kit), $10 (4 beer packets); patsbcb.com

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