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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2012, 10:04:23 PM »
I will admit, I am skeptical. None of the quoted advocates was a brewer or BJCP judge, or anyone even related to beer making.  I would try it, though, just to see what it was like... But it seems like one of those "too good to be true" type of deals.
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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2012, 05:52:00 AM »
I started carrying beer on hiking trips. This one is from a hike on IPA day



What I found challenging is chilling the beer before drinking it. Sure it can be put into a stream for a few hours. But what if set up camp late at night and just want to eat have the beer and go to bed.

Stashing beer in streams that I will pass on the way out can work very well too.

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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2012, 06:24:08 AM »
I once drank a Steel Reserve warm out of my pack on a 100 degree day. Yes, it was every bit as nasty as you would expect.
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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2012, 10:57:56 AM »
I started carrying beer on hiking trips. This one is from a hike on IPA day



What I found challenging is chilling the beer before drinking it. Sure it can be put into a stream for a few hours. But what if set up camp late at night and just want to eat have the beer and go to bed.

I have a hard time drinking Green Monsta ice cold - I can't imagine how it is warm. It's just way too sweet for me. Last time I was at Fenway I was hunting all over for the Harpoon IPA, but I settled for one of these and was sadly disappointed. Way too much caramel to me for a hot summer day.
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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2012, 11:34:42 AM »
I have a hard time drinking Green Monsta ice cold - I can't imagine how it is warm. It's just way too sweet for me. Last time I was at Fenway I was hunting all over for the Harpoon IPA, but I settled for one of these and was sadly disappointed. Way too much caramel to me for a hot summer day.

Yea, that heavy IIPA was't exactly the best choice for a hiking beer, but it was IPA day and the other canned IPAs I picked up (Red Hook and Snapperhead) weren't easy drinkers either.

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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2012, 01:05:02 PM »
I would give it a try, although I have to say that whiskey or Bourbon is very packable.  ;)

It's a great idea though.  :)
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Backcountry beer
« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2012, 04:38:15 AM »
I don't drink beer while hiking, usually if I am going to drink beer it is when we stop to set up camp. I like something easy drinking. And since I'm "roughing it" I tend to stay away from fancy beers. If SPAM tastes like filet mignon after a 12 mile day with 35 - 40 lbs on my back then Miller High Life in the can tastes like pure gold as well. Though, I admit, last couple times I went I took SNPA and now am eyeing Mammas Yella Pils from OB.

The other thing I have done is fill plastic bottles with my beer. This works fine though I've had it leak on occasion. Las time I went on an overnighter canoe trip I took a plastic water jug growler of my IPA and that was awesom.

And of course, I only ever take two beers because they are heavy. So if it is a twi nighter I have beer on the first night and the second night I just wish for beer. Always have whiskey though.
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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2012, 07:49:11 PM »
If SPAM tastes like filet mignon after a 12 mile day with 35 - 40 lbs on my back then Miller High Life in the can tastes like pure gold as well.

Hells yes.  Perhaps I have already told you that I found an old ass can of spam in a horse camp once,
deep in the wilderness on day 6.  It was amazing. :)

My current belly needs a beer break when I head to the hills.
Might consider some sippin whisky...what do you tote it in?  Titanium flask?  ;D

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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2012, 09:06:31 PM »
If I hiked 20 miles with 100lbs in my pack and had a choice between a can of MHL or muddy water from a horse hoof print I'd have to go Texas Ranger style.

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Spam musubi and Guiness?  Now that's worth hiking 20 miles with 100lbs in your pack for!
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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #24 on: August 17, 2012, 04:20:14 AM »
Titanium flask!!! Now I know what to ask for for my birthday! I carry around Nalgene flasks, one or two depending on how long the trip is. ;D

Punatic: Obviously, living in Hawaiiiiwaii has made you soft as soggy pineapple pizza. Amazing how good s*** beer tastes after a serious day of roughing it. I've told this story before, I'll tell it again. The best beer I ever drank was after a 3 night back packing trip through bone dry, hard ass mountains on the Pinhoti trail along the Alabama and Georgia border. We stopped at some out bumf##kegypt gas station and the best beer they had was Miller Genuine Draft. I turned my nose up at first but I was thirsty and it was ice cold. Half way through my second one I started to lose some interest but that first one and a half was quite possibly the best beer I ever drank.

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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #25 on: August 17, 2012, 05:19:41 AM »
How about some beer concentrate to slake your yearning?   

I think the correct answer is Russian Imperial Stout, American Barleywine, etc. Carry one bottle instead of six! (or even better - get one in a can.)
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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2012, 05:50:58 AM »
Half way through my second one I started to lose some interest but that first one and a half was quite possibly the best beer I ever drank.

Wow. You need to try more commercial beers. ;)
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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2012, 06:09:23 AM »
Half way through my second one I started to lose some interest but that first one and a half was quite possibly the best beer I ever drank.

Wow. You need to try more commercial beers. ;)

 :D Touche but the point of the matter is that when you are really, really thirsty for a beer you will be surprised how low you will stoop.  ;)
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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #28 on: August 17, 2012, 08:32:02 AM »
:D Touche but the point of the matter is that when you are really, really thirsty for a beer you will be surprised how low you will stoop.  ;)

When you say it like that, it makes you sound like a crack head.  It reminds me of a certain quote from Bob Saget in Half Baked. . .
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Re: Backcountry beer
« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2012, 08:59:31 AM »
I draw the line at rubbing alcohol and Mich Ultra. Well, definitely at the Mich Ultra.  ;)

I'd love to see one of you beer snobs turn your nose up to an ice cold beer after scorching beerless on the trail for 3 or 4 days. Guarantee you would be surprised what you think tastes delicious. Would I prefer a good German style pils? Oh, absolutely. But in reality MGD is not such a bad beer. One of the better mass produced lagers along with regular old Michelobe.

I do usually draw the line at "Lite" beer though. I'd rather have ice tea at that point. But .... on the trail I have been offered a Miller Light from time to time and I am not too ashamed to say I drank it and actually wished I had another.
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