Contraptions like the SodaStream let you mix up your own carbonated beverages at home, but the devices are far from portable. And carrying a six-pack or bottle of soda when camping is extra weight you don't need. Thankfully an enterprising gent named Pat has created a powdered beer and soda alternative that can be hydrated and carbonated using nothing more than a lightweight plastic bottle.
Since they leave out all the water during transport, Pat's Backcountry Beverages are light and easy to travel with. Besides the bottle, all you need to carry is a couple of pouches containing the dried drink mix and carbonating agent. The specially designed bottle features a pump on the lid for pressurizing its contents, and apparently all that's needed is a bit of vigorous shaking to whip up a batch of carbonized soda or beer.
The first run of the Backcountry Beverages should be available by the end of August. And besides a powdered Pale Ale, the line up of soda flavours includes everything from cola, to root beer, to a potent ginger ale brew. But if you're not a camper, they'll still make a great addition to your emergency preparedness kit. Remember, it's 2012 and the end of the world is still nigh, and you don't want to spend the apocalypse surviving on just water. [Pat's Backcountry Beverages via The Gear Caster]