For this installment of Throwback Thursday, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the Field Notes Drink Local set. I didn't have the blog back when these first came out, so I plan to pull out an old edition from time to time and give them a proper review.
I used to work in the craft beer industry, so these are right up my alley. Field Notes and craft beer go hand-in-hand, and they have many of the same fans. I've been at many beer tastings and watched people putting tasting notes in their Field Notes. There's a stamp you can buy to make your blank Field Notes into a tasting journal. Heck, there's a whole notebook company built around pocket notebooks for various tastings. A beer edition of Field Notes was a no brainer, and I'm surprised it took them as long as it did.
Drink Local was one of those editions where you get 2 different 3-packs, or 6 different books in total. The covers are the colors of the 6 different beers they feature: Bock, Pilsner, & Pale Lager in the Lagers pack; Stout, Amber Ale, and IPA in the Ales pack. The logos are all in white except for the Pale Lager, which is such a light yellow that white would not show up. It looks to be the Bock brown on that one. The inside covers are all black with white printing. See the gallery pics below for the hilarious Practical Applications. The cover specs say New Page Sterling Premium 120#C "Dull" with a "soft touch" varnish and gloss-varnished logos. It feels like heavy paper printed on, then covered in something that gives it a rubbery feel. The closest thing I could think of is the cover of a Rhodia or the Blackwing Clutch. The gloss varnish for the logo is printed on last, and they did a hell of a job. My Bock book is a fraction off-register, but the rest of them are spot on. The corners are all rounded beautifully because this was prior to their printer switching to that new machine that has seemingly lowered their ability to get a good round corner.
The paper inside is the Finch Opaque Smooth 50#, which was the standard at the time. These days it's a little heavier at 60#. Instead of the normal brown lines, they use a "Hefeweizen" yellow. It is the normal graph layout. It might've been nice for them to make these beer tasting books with a specialty layout, but I can see that getting a TON of flack from the Nuts. I still hold out hope that they'll make something like this...I mean, they make the Flight Plan for crying out loud...more people drink beer than fly drones, I guarantee. I'm not doing a writing test here, but you know the drill: this paper was trash for all but the driest and finest of fountain pens, pretty much fine for everything else. And gold staples! They're shiny.
A cool drink coaster was packaged in the belly band of each pack. They did different ones for style of pack, though the differences are slight. I saw many branded coasters, of all shapes and sizes, in my time as a beer salesman...these are thick, quality coasters. Subscribers also got a "6-pack" holder, which was a piece of heavy stock you had to fold and could put both packs in it. Not useful, by any means, but cool and relevant to the theme.
Overall, these are nice books. In fact, I think I'm going to make the Bock my next daily carry book, once my Expedition Franken-book is finished. When I first got these, I used the Stout as an on-the-desk sketch journal and finished it in about 3 days, so I never got to experience how these would hold up in the pocket. I'm a big fan of beer and a big fan of Field Notes, so these are going to fit right in with my daily carry, and hopefully the cover coating will hold up to being accidentally set down on a mug ring at the bar.
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