I like to drink as much as the next lad or lad-ette. Especially in the joyously hot Black Rock Desert.
When you’re chilling underneath your shade structure in the middle of a sweltering afternoon on the playa, there are few things more suitable than quaffing a few cold ones to watch the day go by — interspersing those cold ones with steady gulps of delicious water to keep yourself alive and stuff.
Or, if and when you run out of ice to keep said beverages chilled, you’d be amazed at how tasty a warmish beer can be. In fact, by the end of the week, I can attest you’ll be acclimated enough with Black Rock City to not care if a beer is cold or not. Even if it’s been sitting in the blazing sun all day (which can be easily avoided if you keep your cooler in a shaded spot) and its inner temperature is near boiling point.
Regardless, when purchasing your various beverages, whether or not it’s alcoholic, you should always get aluminum cans, never glass bottles!
Why, do you ask? First, cans are much easier to recycle. We like recycling a whole bunch! Recycling = good; Non-recycling = evil.
Second, aluminum cans are much easier to store once you’ve finished them off. You can delightfully smash them down to being as thin as a pancake and toss them in your bag full of recyclable aluminum.
With bottles, that’s not so easy. Glass bottles take up way more room for storage purposes. And hello, they can break. I seriously doubt you’d be stoked about stepping in a pile of broken glass when you emerge from your tent half-awake at 3 p.m. Plus, you’re not exactly close to a hospital than can fix you up lickety-split. Let’s just try and avoid that situation entirely by NOT bringing glass bottles. Feel me?
Anyway, though it’s pretty easy to figure out what the playa beer of choice is amongst burners (look for the ubiquitous red canned beverage made south of the border ;), there are so many more delicious beverages to choose from while soaking up the hardcore desert sun.
We’ve put together a list of beverages you might want to consider when you’re loading up your vehicle before touchdown on the playa.
Of course, as we mentioned before, you should always always always remember to maintain a steady pace of drinking water between alcoholic concoctions.
Oh and remember, we are certainly NOT endorsing any of these products listed.