We're not talking "lighter" in the sense of Bud Light, but lighter in the sense of making heavy bottles of craft beer easier to stow in a backpack and carry with you on a long camping trip. Pat's Backcountry Beverages is making it happen, people.
Pat's is innovating on two fronts. First, they have a signature carbonating system, which looks a lot like a standard water bottle but with added gadgetry to carbonate the liquid inside.
Second, they're developing a line of soda and beer concentrates. These are little packages of syrup that can be reconstituted with water in their carbonating bottle to create a instant sparkling beverage.
This might not sound like a big deal to those of us with SodaStreams and other home-carbonaters, but it's serious good news for backpackers who have dreamed of sipping something sudsy around the campfire. This doesn't solve the problem of chilling the beverage down (no ice or fridge in the wilderness!) and an actual taste-test is still to come, but Pat's is definitely taking things in the right direction.
Pat's has currently only released their line of sodas, including ginger ale, root beer, and pomegranate cola. Their line of beers are due to be released early in 2013.
Enjoy a Beer in the Backcountry with the Microbrewery That Fits in Your Pack from Discovery News
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(Image: Pat's Backcountry Beverages via Discovery News)