Don’t want to lug around a case of beer every time you go camping? According to Gear Patrol, Pat’s Backcountry Beverages makes concentrated forms of beer that you can simply make by adding water. The company claims that it is “the most environmentally, socially and sustainably responsible carbonated beverage system on earth.”
The mechanism seems simple enough. Just by adding a pouch of beer concentrate for flavors and a packet of citric acid and potassium bicarbonate for carbonation to purified water, you can make beer in matter of minutes. Sounds magical, right?
Unfortunately, there are kinks that need to be worked out. Simply put, the “beer” just does not taste good; “ the end product tastes no doubt like beer, but includes a sour, unintended funkiness and bitter aftertaste from carbonate mix.” Apparently, it loses carbonation in a few minutes as well.