There’s an unspoken rule in backpacking: Leave the beers at home and bring a flask of whiskey instead. It’s based on the very real rule that weight is your number one enemy on the trail. We’ll give it to the (long-graduated) Boy Scouts out there that beer — good brews, not the dehydrated stuff — will never pass the practicality test for a real backpacking trip, at least one that’s more than 40 miles. But those two- or four-day trips are a different story. A well placed beer or three (six packs are pretty much out) will be sustenance you remember — the treat that will bring the biggest smile in front of the fire. Of course, there are rules: No glass, aim for high alcohol, skinny aluminum cans, and seek out resealable bottles (you have to pack it out anyway, might as well use it for water). Oh, and make sure you drink your beer chilled — in a cold spring for 20 minutes while you set camp or start cooking. Here are our favorite cans to bring, drink, and pack out of the wilderness.
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