It’s camping season and you and your friends are headed into the woods. You might think you know your friends, but if you’ve never camped with them you can’t be sure. Is one of your friends a secret Sasquatch hunter, or an amateur archaeologist? Here’s a list of the 5 types of peculiar campers, and the craft beer they love.
The Indiana Jones
The Indiana Jones is that friend who is sure every rock is an arrowhead, the chicken bones the last campers left in the fire pit are fragments of dinosaur fossils, and the hill you’re hiking up is an ancient burial mound. For the amateur explorer in your group try Wari by Off Color Brewing. Made by the Wari people of what is modern day Peru, this is a tart beer with a unique red color. Traditionally, Wari was fermented by chewing the ingredients and spitting them into a pot. Don’t worry, Off Color Brewing sticks to more modern methods of brewing beer. Go ahead and tell Dr. Jones it’s still made with fermented saliva. He’ll probably like that idea better.
The Sasquatch Enthusiast
Whether you know it or not, you have a Sasquatch friend. Everyone does. That’s not to say that one of your friends is an 8-foot tall hairy missing link, or maybe they are. Either way, Bigfoot friends are easy to pick out once they’re in the woods. By the end of day 1, they will have either asked if you believe in Bigfoot, tell you a story about a family friend who once saw one in the mountains of Washington, or will be drinking Bigfoot by Sierra Nevada Brewing. With a 9.6% ABV, Bigfoot packs a punch. It’s a barley wine that’s famous for how well it ages. The aging process changes the flavor profiles overtime.
Bear Grylls Wannabe
The experience of camping with your friends wouldn’t be complete without that friend who thinks he’s Bear Grylls. It’s never who you expect either. Your friend that went through survival school in the military, it’s not him. The amateur survivalist isn’t always easy to spot. At first glance, they look like normal people. Take them to the woods and it’s a whole different story. They’ll be trying to catch their own food in snares, and start fires by rubbing two sticks together. Always fun to have around, but be careful, you don’t want your trip to end like every Bear Grylls show. Make sure to hand your friend a beer before they try to drink their own urine. While you’re at it, make it a Dogfish Head brew named It’s the End of the Wort As We Know It. This beer was specially crafted for the survivalist, and beer lover. It’s packed with antioxidants and more than 90% of your daily serving of B vitamins.
In case you’re not familiar with glampers, it’s a mash up of the words glamour and camper. Glampers don’t ever really camp; they move all the comforts of home to the woods. Glampers also tend to be hipsters. You can identify your hipster glamper friends by what looks like lumberjack clothing during their day to day or jeans that are uncomfortably skinny. As tempted as you might be to just hand this friend a Pabst Blue Ribbon, don’t do it. Instead, grab All Day IPA. This Founders craft beer has a low ABV and is perfect on a hot day enjoying nature. Even in skinny jeans.
The Early Riser
The early riser is that friend you never see on the trip. It’s not that they don’t go with you; they’ve just been hiking for 3 hours already by the time you unzip your tent in the morning. Thank your elusive friend for brewing coffee before they left, and give them a KBS from Founders. Kentucky Breakfast Stout is a delicious blend of coffee and vanilla. It’s also almost as hard to find as Sasquatch. KBS is released in limited locations, and only during the spring. You’d have to wake up pretty early to grab KBS for your trip, so you might actually want to send your early rising friend on that errand.
Regardless of what type of campers your friends turn out to be, you probably still have at least one thing in common. You can all appreciate a cold craft beer.