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Re: Favorite backcountry beverage

Postby The hermit » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:26 am

I like the vitamin c packets for a quick pick me up.arizona green tea single serve powder taste great, I can't seem to find them lately. Im looking for any suggestions to add variety to my drinks out there.



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Re: Favorite backcountry beverage

Postby JWreno » Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:25 pm

Nothing but water. I miss my protein fruit ice shakes when in the wilderness. I don't like adding mixes to my water bottles since they kind of leave a slight aftertaste when putting plain water in later.
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Re: Favorite backcountry beverage

Postby wkcollins » Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:25 pm

While my friends and I usually insist on bringing an alcoholic beverage of some kind whenever we backpack, I am growing tired of lugging the weight. Especially because the libations rarely last more than three days, and those are the three days that I break my legs back into 'Sierra Shape.' Plus I am a beer man myself.

So that is the main reason why I have to try this beer concentrate:

Seems like this got suitable reviews, going to have to try this Beer Concentrate if for nothing more than a good chuckle. Anybody try Pat's Backcountry Beverages out yet?
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Re: Favorite backcountry beverage

Postby longri » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:07 am

wkcollins wrote:...I am growing tired of lugging the weight.

Beer is heavy, so is wine. But as you move up the strength scale the caloric value of the alcohol becomes significant. An 80 proof liquor has roughly the same number of calories per unit weight as a tortilla. Full strength (for CA) 151 proof clocks in at 5.2 Cal/g which is likely more weight efficient than most of the foods you're carrying. In moderation strong booze is an asset both in terms of food energy per unit weight and of course its pleasant sedative effective.

Granted, 151 proof liquor tastes pretty bad on its own. I wouldn't count on those little "GU" bags of instant beer tasting all that fabulous either.

Some things are best enjoyed upon return to the front country.
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Re: Favorite backcountry beverage

Postby Troutdog 59 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:41 am

For myself, coffee in the am, and tea and/or hot choc in the pm. I will admit to really growing fond of a nice cup of tea in the afternoon or early evening at camp. Have even started bring along a couple ceramic tea cups, but thats certainly not required. Water the entire trip. I used to pack in gatorade or koolaid, but found myself carrying it back out most of the time so now it stays behind unless I'm with my daughter Rachael. She likes Tang in the am and those little packets of flavored drinks you add to your water bottle for the trail, so we bring some along on our trips together.
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Re: Favorite backcountry beverage

Postby Jimr » Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:32 pm

For alcohol, I've always relied on Wild Turkey. At 101 proof, it is much more palatable than 151 proof rum and gives you the next most bang /lb.
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Re: Favorite backcountry beverage

Postby Troutdog 59 » Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:20 am

Re alcohol in the pack, obviously this is to each their own, but I typically bring along a 1/2 pint or a pint (longer trips :drinkers: ) of Jameson or someting similar (Bushmills, etc) thats good for sipping around camp in the evenings. My sons not a huge fan of it straight up, so he mixes it with tea. I'll admit I'm not a huge 151 fan as it needs to be covered with some kind of flavor to make it palatable (ever tried to drink that stuff straight up???), but Jimrs advice on the Wild Turkey idea sounds good!!!

I will say a cold beer in the backcountry is hard to beat, but so heavy that I rarely have the opportunity. That said, I recently did a weekender with my son and he hauled in two nice 24 oz craft beers to share with our steak and potatoes dinner (meal cooked in skillets due to the no fire situation, and yes, the bottles came back out with us). Very heavy, but with it being only an overnight trip we decided our one evening meal should be a memorable one on all fronts, and I must say it ranks up there as one of the finest pack meals/beers I have ever enjoyed. Eating steak with potaoes, onions and peppers seasoned to perfection and washing it down with a nice cold brew (chilled in the river) while watching the sun set over the San Joaquin was quite enjoyable!!!
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Re: Favorite backcountry beverage

Postby longri » Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:42 am

I only take 151 proof when I'm being especially obsessive about weight. I drink it straight since it tastes so bad; I don't want to prolong the experience. It burns, but after one or two nights a protective callous forms on my esophagus.

My usual whiskey is 80 proof. I have a few favorites that are 100 proof but I am hesitant to transfer really expensive stuff into a PET bottle. Often times the highlight of the evening meal is the whiskey and numerous appetizers we enjoy. The main course is almost an afterthought.

Some people use snow to make a margarita, typically with gatorade powder as the mix.

If you can deal with the weight beer is pretty hard to beat. I have taken a tall can or a six pack or even a couple of bottles on trips many times. A cool stream or (better) a snow patch to chill them is essential.

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Re: Favorite backcountry beverage

Postby Jimr » Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:10 pm

I've historically use a red lacquered Sigg bottle for firewater and a silver Sigg for fuel.
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Re: Favorite backcountry beverage

Postby Strider » Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:27 am

190 proof NSFG (neutral spirits fruit grape) aka high proof, a brandy used to fortify products such as Wild Irish Rose. It is low weight for the potency, can be used to sterilize stream water, as an anitseptic and burner fuel.
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Re: Favorite backcountry beverage

Postby longri » Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:13 pm

Strider wrote:190 proof NSFG (neutral spirits fruit grape)


I'm pretty sure anything stronger than 151 proof isn't legal to sell in California and Nevada. I think the nearest state where you can get it is Arizona.
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Re: Favorite backcountry beverage

Postby giantbrookie » Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:06 pm

longri wrote:I only take 151 proof when I'm being especially obsessive about weight. I drink it straight since it tastes so bad; I don't want to prolong the experience. It burns, but after one or two nights a protective callous forms on my esophagus.If you can deal with the weight beer is pretty hard to beat. I have taken a tall can or a six pack or even a couple of bottles on trips many times. A cool stream or (better) a snow patch to chill them is essential.

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There are some 151s that are not too bad to sip on and also good mixers. Lemonhart Demarara 151 comes to mind. In my long-past "mixology" days I'd use that as my "floater" on top of various tropical-styled rum-based mixed drinks. With beer, it isn't so much the problem of weight I worry about (since I don't really worry about weight), but the carbonation and jostling. I've seen too many people open their precious beer and get that tragic foam fountain.

I don't bring alcohol on my trips anymore, but if I did it would probably be wine, probably something to go with the fish I'd plan to eat. Perhaps a Viognier or other Rhone white, a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (the closest wine equivalent to an IPA), or the more conventional (that I'd bring with Judy on our easier trips years ago) Chardonnay. On those trips that dictated the "first act" when getting to the campsite, which was to put the wine in the lake to chill. Otherwise it is rig up to fish first and worry about pitching camp later. If I could get beer to my campsite turning it to a foam fountain, then my camp beverage of choice would be Sierra Nevada Torpedo.

For the last 10 years plus, though, the primary campsite drink has simply been water, with the exception of Gatorade or similar type of drink on the trail (don't like those in camp, only while hiking). I like hot chocolate in the morning, too.
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