Joseph, when we lived up north in MN you could always count on plenty of snow to pack your steelhead in the spring, and usually for a month after season finally opened for us around mother's day a quick walk in the woods with a cooler would give you plenty of packing snow for the first month of the season or so.
I'd buy bottle beer and leave it out long enough for the bottles to start freezing inside. Sure, once in a while I'd lose a bottle but usually I was able to sort them this way into those clearly icing up inside for guests and those bottles with enough alcohol to show no signs of icing would go in to the select brew side of the fridge. 'Course, when we used to drink Grain Belt beer since it was cheapest you'd really have to watch it. I always heard their strong beer were the batches that only went a point or two past 3.2 beer so they never really had a 5-6 % beer like others.