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Innovative beverage vessels for outdoor enthusiasts

It’s summer, and in Central Oregon, that means indulging in a multitude of outdoor recreational pursuits. For outdoor enthusiasts who wish to drink delicious liquids while partaking in their favorite al fresco activities, local purveyors have some revolutionary options for transporting your beverages both safely and conveniently.

Launched in 2013, DrinkTanks specializes in providing one of the most innovative vessels for drinking beer. After noticing a lack of quality beer growlers on the market, DrinkTanks creator Nicholas Hill was inspired to design a portable container that treats craft beer with the same respect that the brewers put into it.

While traditional beer growlers are made of glass—which are fragile, non-insulated and translucent (exposure to light gives hop-based beer an unpleasant, “skunky” taste)—the vacuum-insulated DrinkTanks vessel is cast from high-quality food-grade 18/8 stainless steel, the same quality steel used in the craft brew industry tanks. This prevents sunlight from ruining your beer and also ensures a durable, lightweight vessel—perfect for a day on the mountain, your favorite hike and everything in-between.

DrinkTanks launched with a 64-ounce growler, and this season, the company will offer the Juggernaut, a 128-ounce growler and personal keg. Both incorporate design elements from engineers, craft beer professionals and beer connoisseurs.The DrinkTanks growler also boasts double-wall vacuum insulation (which keeps your beer cold for up to 24 hours) and a leak-proof cap that maintains carbonation. There’s also an optional CO2 auto-regulating keg cap that maintains your beverage’s carbonation for up to five days and turns your growler into a personal, portable mini keg. Campers can now savor their favorite craft beers, kombucha or soda without the dreaded fear of them going flat or losing their flavor!

Both the 64- and 128-ounce growlers are assembled by hand in Bend and can be personalized with multi-color screen-printing and laser engraving. DrinkTanks growlers are stocked at Deschutes Brewery and Humm Kombucha, and are available online.

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DrinkTanks has also teamed up with Silipint, the Central Oregon king of silicone drink ware, for a match made in high desert heaven. The DrinkTanks Party Pack pairs two growlers with four Silipint pint glasses for a thirst-quenching solution to your outdoor drinking needs.

Silipints are the ultimate in outdoor drinkware as they are virtually indestructible. Made from BPA-free, 100 percent food-grade silicone, Silipint glasses are non-toxic, unbreakable, insulate against both hot and cold temperatures and are dishwasher- and microwave-safe. They can also withstand extreme temperatures, so you can store them in the freezer, set them on a grill, or use them in your oven to bake muffins. And because of their versatility and flexibility, the cups are convenient for travel and camping. Silipints are available in a variety of sizes, more than 50 different colors and patterns and can be customized with unique screen-printing and logos. Find them on the web and in Bend at Cascade Cottons and Newport Market.

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Another local favorite for outdoor recreation junkies is Hydro Flask, the award-winning creator of high-performance, insulated stainless steel flasks. Constructed from double-wall vacuum insulated food-grade steel, these bottles ensure that cold beverages stay cold for up to 24 hours, and hot liquids stay hot for up to 12 hours. Hydro Flasks are extremely durable, so you can take them on any adventure your heart desires. The company has also launched a new 16-ounce insulated beer pint, so your favorite libations stay cold from the first sip to the last drop.

If you prefer to kick it old school, canned beer is a practical and portable way to enjoy your favorite succulent suds in the great outdoors. In the past this meant settling for big-name, mass-produced beers, but today craft brewers throughout Central Oregon are starting to can their delicious and complex microbrews. Boneyard Beer, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Worthy Brewing and GoodLife Brewing all purvey flavorful brews in aluminum.

Cans are a superior disposable solution to glass bottles as they are lighter, chill faster, won’t break and actually maintain the flavor of hop-based beer better. Many cities forbid glass bottles in public spaces such as parks and beaches, so canned beer is a much more versatile way to enjoy a cold one, whether it’s out hiking, at a picnic, backpacking or camping. If you’re a cider connoisseur, Red Tank Cider Company offers their locally crafted Happy Cider in 16-ounce cans—a truly tasty treat on a hot summer day!

Cans of local beer and cider are available throughout Central Oregon at bottle shops, markets and growler stations.

Wine aficionados need not feel left out; there are safe and convenient vessels for your vinos as well! Bend’s Naked Winery in the Old Mill District sells wine in plastic bottles designed specifically for the outdoors. Their wine bottles are made from BPA-free, lightweight plastic that’s environmentally friendly without hurting your pocketbook. You can throw them in a canoe, carry them in your backpack, chill them in mountain streams without fear of shattering, and then refill them with water when they’re empty. Naked Winery’s Outdoor Vino brand of wines includes a winsome variety of four distinctive blends: Wanderlust White, Rambling Red, Sundress Sweet and Picnic Table Sweet.

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If you prefer to carry your wine in more compact containers, REI offers the Platypus PlatyPreserve 27-ounce Wine Preservation System. PlatyPreserve bladders are packable, lightweight, 100 percent BPA-free and lined with a food-grade polyethylene liner. Simply fill each PlatyPreserve with your favorite wine and enjoy at your leisure—wine will keep for weeks when stored in these airtight containers.

While mountain air mixed with sunshine is the perfect summer cocktail for some, others prefer something a little different. For outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of a better beverage container, these innovative products are worth checking out. Salud!

 

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