Whether you're trying to outrun zombies or just reducing the weight of your camping gear, beer usually doesn't make the survival kit. It's a filthy shame, too, because the great outdoors (and zombie-free zones) practically cry out for a beer to be enjoyed along with their breathtaking vistas. Now, thanks to some guy named Pat, beer just got a whole lot easier to cart around.
Pat's Backcountry Beverages specializes in backpacker-friendly carbonated beverage kits. Among those carbonated beverages is, you guessed it, beer. The way the kit works is by taking Pat's beer concentrate, which is apparently a thing, and adding water to it in a simple, bottle-shaped carbonation system.
Each packet of beer concentrate holds enough of the good stuff to make a single 16oz pint. For those who are skeptical about the creation of a beer concentrate, we'll let Pat Tatera, the Pat in the company name, explain:
"We uphold the German purity laws — it's barley, water, hops and yeast. But from that point forward what we do with those ingredients is a radical departure from how the traditional brewing process takes place. If you come into our facility, you'll see fermentors, you'll see a mash tun, you'll see a brew kettle, but you'll also see some equipment that looks like some sci-fi movie, and that's where our very specialized technology allows us to do what we do."
Sci-fi beer sounds pretty epic. But if you're planning on picking up some of Pat's special brew over the weekend, just remember that the water you add will definitely alter the taste of your beer. Maybe grab the water upstream of that zombie corpse (or peeing deer or whatever).