Loc: Torrance, CA
I don't drink a whole lot of alcohol. I usually buy alcohol at the grocery store but it usually only comes in 750 ml or larger containers. Maybe I am naive but I recently discovered that neighborhood liquor stores have lots of stuff in little bottles that are nice for backpacking.
Nope, I'm back to being a teetotaler again. I walked the West Highland Way last July, basically from pub to pub, and enjoyed the various beers, IPA's and ales that I drank. But aside from that interlude I have been an abstainer for most of the last 40 years and plan to stay that way.
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
When at home, I enjoy a beer or a glass of wine with the best of them, but I've never felt the desire to imbibe when out in the woods. Just my surroundings are enough to relax me and make me feel good without adding booze to the mix.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey
No, I've just never felt a need for it. (I also don't drink "in civilization" either; no moral convictions - it just never appealed to me, except for an occasional beer with pizza or wine with spaghetti. Gave that up, though, as part of controlling diabetes without medication.)
I don't object when my close circle of hiking friends bring along a spot of refreshment; I know they can handle it appropriately. If the group I'm going with isn't known to me, I ask about group policy or intent, and make a decision I'm comfortable with.
Loc: Portland, OR
Similarly to OregonMouse, I'll drink a glass of wine with dinner just about every night when I am at home or if I am eating in a restaurant. When I'm car camping I'll drink wine or beer very infrequently, maybe one night in twenty. When I am backpacking, never.
I usually bring an airplane bottle or two of vodka or Fireball. Sometimes it gets carried back home, sometimes only the empty bottles make it home. I enjoy it mostly when it's cold and a little nip helps take the edge off the chill. But I would not feel comfortable drinking to the point of being inebriated since I'm out there to enjoy nature and also feel like I need to keep my wits about me to stay safe!
I didn't use to, but generally do now (although only for medicinal purposes. ) "During the prohibition period in the U.S., Laphroaig was the only whisky legally imported into the country. Apparently, due to the distinct smell of iodine characteristic of the spirit, customs officials could easily be persuaded that the liquid was in fact medicinal."
I usually buy alcohol at the grocery store but it usually only comes in 750 ml or larger containers.[b][/b] I have heard that some have managed to transfer some alcohol from 750ml bottles into smaller containers...
Almost never in "3 season" but on my winter trips I liked to have a nip of brandy with my very chocolaty hot chocolate at bed time. I use the smaller solid Nalgene containers for that.
Usually a bit of single malt. I have a dram or so in the evening after dinner - and usually carry enough to share with a few others.
I'm going to have fun this weekend though. Doing a short 2-night trip with a few folks, I'm bringing a small bit of wine to have with my Friday dinner (pasta beef bolognese), and small bit of sake to have with my Saturday dinner (salmon chowder), and a small bit of single malt as an apertif both nights. I even have a nice titanium sake cup for the wine and sake (though the single malt will inhabit the titanium sake bottle).
Loc: Ozark Mountains in SW Missouri
I generally bring a pint of IPA in a can for each of the 1st two nights and that's it. I won't lug anymore than that along but I do plan trips that take me wandering back to my car where I can grab a couple more and keep on exploring if I want.
We're only a month away from our prime backpacking season here. The creeks are still running pretty good too so that should help make it a great season. I'm sure ready for some time in the forests.
Loc: Kitsap Peninsula, WA
Recently I took along a 5 ounces of Scotch Whisky and had an ounce after dinner each night. It was very pleasant to have it along and I think I enjoyed the evenings looking forward to my wee nip each night. (Famous Grouse; and quite good for a blended malt).
A lesson I learned many years ago golfing... 12 cans of beer weighs a lot less than 12 bottles! especially on the back nine. Oh to be young & foolish again.
I used to grab a pint of Fireball (hot cinnamon whiskey) to take with me, and while I still enjoy a sip now and again, I find it gives me heartburn now. As I've gotten older, the sips have been getting smaller. I doubt I would bother to take anything now. A good cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea works for me just as well as a sip would.
Loc: Colorado High Plains
I usually bring something for that end of the day, relaxation time. Whiskey, scotch or brandy usually. Thought about taking 151 rum but decided against it after reading the warning label about having it near fire! It is heavy though, but still worth it if you're into it. Has anybody ever tried Palcohol? I'm not aware of it being available yet, at least not around my neck of the woods. Still waiting for freeze-dried beer to be invented!!
However, the legalization of some previously illegal organics has opened the door to truly lightweight options!
Loc: Torrance, CA
The thing about Palcohol is that everclear is the most dehyrdated form of alcohol you can get (~5% water). Whatever they do to solidify the alcohol must include adding something to it. Palcohol is not dehydrated alcohol it is solidified alcohol. It cannot be lighter than everclear.
Loc: Colorado High Plains
Very interesting, thanks BZH & wgiles!! I did find a place in town that supposedly sells the Backcountry Beverage product. I'll have to check that out. The article on "powdered" alcohol says that one would need a 1/2 cup of Palchohol to make a drink, which doesn't sound too efficient in terms of weight & bulk. I guess the "old ways" are still the best!
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