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Field Test : Moleskine Beer Journal at the Great American Beer Festival

25 Oct

Moleskine-Beer-Journal-goes-to-Great-American-Beer-FestivalDogfish Head calls their brews “analog beers for the digital age”.  Nowadays, when there’s an app for everything, even recording your impressions of a beer or a style you want to try brewing, the Moleskine Beer Journal is a fun and rather unique way to record all things related to beer, much like Dogfish Head’s fine ales.

I wanted to put this journal, one of Moleskine’s Passion Journals, through the paces to see how it held up. Fortunately, the perfect event was just around the corner on the calendar: the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado – the superbowl of beer festivals, known to sell out in a half-hour or less. The festival features more the 3,100 different beers from 624 breweries. While there are beer festivals that put out more volume (Oktoberfest in Munich), few can match the GABF for sheer variety. Moleskine-Beer-Journal-European-Paper-Quote

Indeed, the variety of beer presents a great challenge for a beer nerd like me. The GABF serves beer a single ounce at a time. This means that over the course of an evening you can easily sample dozens of beers. For me the question is: with such a number of beer styles from across the country, how do I ever keep track and remember what I liked the next day? Enter the Moleskine Beer journal.

The categories on the tasting pages are similar to the judging score sheets used by the American Homebrewer’s Association for judging beer competitions. There are spaces on the tasting pages for noting style, colour, appearance, nose, taste and overall opinion. But the tasting sheet also includes places to mark the ABV, information about the brewery, how it was served (draft, bottle), where & when you tasted the beer and what you think the most appropriate glass would be. One of my favorite features is a sort of “taste wheel” where you can quickly mark the intensities of common flavor elements.

At first using the journal was a little frustrating – entering the floor of the GABF is like releasing a kid into a candy store with a blank check. You want to try everything. Right. Now. It was hard to take my beer, get out the journal, sniff it, write, hold it up the light, write, taste it, write and then record my overall thoughts. Then I realized that this was the journal doing exactly what I ultimately wanted it to do: slow me down and make me truly consider and really enjoy what I was drinking. By the end of the first session I had tried 35 one-ounce samples (or the rough equivalent of three bottles of beer). What’s more, I had a good record of what I liked and would buy if I saw it in the store or on the route of some road-trip. And the next morning? I woke up without a hangover, ready to return for GABF’s Saturday session.Moleskine-Beer-Journal-European-Paper-Open-Book-Writing

This Moleskine Beer Journal also has tabs for tracking beers in your “cellar”, beer recipes, brewpubs and bars you visit and homebrewing. I haven’t yet had a chance to try out the homebrewing or cooking recipes, but I did receive the beer journal right before a whirlwind trip to the French Quarter in the Big Easy. They had a fun little place called Crescent City Brewpub. If you ever find yourself in New Orleans, I can tell you what beers you should zero in on at this pub.

Finally it was time to take the cellar tab for a spin. While most beers are best when tried fresh, certain high alcohol and sour beers, much like a good wine, benefit from a few months of aging. Trying the cellar tab meant I had to delve into my special beer collection (oh the things I must do to write a blog!). Since it was October I pulled out the Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard Brewing from my home state o’ Maine. Unfortunately, I’d forgotten when I bought the bottle, so that space remained blank but I was still able to record the pumpkin, clove and nutmeg smells in the full-bodied brew and give it a 4 of 5 stars.

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There are still many pages left to fill in this beer journal. Someday I may ditch my 2006 cell phone and get a smartphone with beer apps galore but, for now, I will deeply enjoy being analog in a digital age. Isn’t that what following your passion is really all about? Cheers and happy sampling.

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Meet the Writer :  Knud Hermansen is an engineer, marathoner, beer aficionado and five-time volunteer at the Great American Beer Festival. Originally from the great state of Maine, you can usually find him racing along one of the many trails around Boulder, trying his hand at a vegetarian recipe, or working to make your utility companies run a little greener.  

Blackwing Pencil Super Variety Pack – the Crowd Goes Wild!

24 Oct

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Are you ready for this? We’ve taken 4 of each style of your beloved Blackwing Pencils, and bundled them into one 12 pencil Super Variety Pack. It’s a genius idea that is exclusive to European Paper, so you can only shop them here »

For a limited time, to celebrate the new super pack, you can grab Blackwing erasers and sharpeners and save 20% off! Use code SUPER20 at checkout. Hurry, this offer expires 10/29!

P.S. – The Blackwing Super Pack makes a great gift!

Notes & Quotes : Mahatma Gandhi on Life and Learning

11 Oct

European-Paper-Quote-Mahatma-Gandhi-Live-and-Learn Something else we love from Gandhi? This stunning Paperblanks Embellished Gandhi Manuscript Wrap Journal. – Makes a wonderful gift for aspiring masters!

Happy Weekend from the European Paper Company.

New Paperblanks Journals : Virginia Woolf, Mahatma Gandhi, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

10 Oct

paperblanks-new-european-paper-blogThese new arrivals from Paperblanks are sure to get your creative mojo going. Enjoy the beautiful old world style, sewn binding, embellished manuscript cover, elegant magnetic wrap closure, and fountain pen loving paper with the musings of Virginia Woolf, Mahatma Gandhi, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Pssst – these stunning wrap journals make beautiful gifts for writers, artists, geniuses, and scholars. Shop all Paperblanks Embellished Wrap Journals »

Got an Adventurous Rhodia Pad? Log Its Journey & Get a Coupon!

5 Oct

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We know Rhodia fans travel all over the world with their beloved orange pads. Here’s a chance to capture the adventure with your Rhodia! Simply use hashtag #TravelingRhodia, and tag @EuroPaper on Instagram or European Paper on Facebook  & we’ll send you a fantastic coupon!

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The details :
Available to US customers only.
Naturally, submissions must be new, original, and taken by you in order to receive a coupon; your participation in this contest warrants that this is true.
Every new month, you can get a new coupon if you submit a new photo (one coupon per username per month, three coupons max).
To receive a coupon, your Instagram account needs to be public (as we’re unable to send coupons to private users).
The coupon cannot be combined with other offers.
This coupon incentive is good through 12/31/13.
Occasionally, we’ll feature our favorite submissions of #TravelingRhodia on our blog – we promise to credit your photo!

Grab a FREE Vintage FAF Pad Refill for a Limited Time!

2 Oct

131002-epc-SoMe-blog-FAFFor a limited time, order a Vintage FAF Pad, and receive a FREE FAF Pad Refill!
Use code FREEFAF and enjoy! Shop Exacompta Vintage FAF pads »
(Pssst… early bird gift shopping? These make wonderful gifts for #paperlovers!)

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As always, we will take care to package items carefully and ship your order promptly.  Thank You for shopping with Europeanpaper.com!

Pugly Pixel Loves Rite in the Rain!

29 Sep

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One of our most loved web designers & bloggers, Katrina of Pugly Pixel recently blogged about her love of Rite in the Rain’s waterproof covers and overall packaging. We love her beautiful images and how enthusiastic she is about Rite in the Rain notebooks for her climate in the Pacific Northwest, saying…

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Read the full review on Pugly Pixel »
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All of these beautiful pictures are from Pugly Pixel.

Leuchtturm Masters Collection Notebooks A4+

25 Sep

European Paper Company | Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks

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When Leuchtturm1917 Master Notebooks arrived, we were all crowded around the samples ooohing and aaahing over their magnificent size. And ever since their debut on our site, they’ve been a HUGE hit – pun intended.
With a notebook this gigantic, including many paper-lover’s favorite features, and some of the best paper around, how could you not feel inspired to dream big? It would be a perfect notebook for novelists, sketchers, and large long-term projects you’d like to keep in one place. Shop the 4 styles of Leuchtturm1917 Master Notebooks right here »
How do you use your Master Notebook?
Do you have a favorite pen or pencil that hugs to the tooth of Leuchtturm1917 paper?

 

 

 

G. Lalo Fine Stationery Featured in VOGUE Magazine!

18 Sep

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Our favorite G. Lalo french stationery was spotted in VOGUE’s behind the scenes article of illustrator’s deskscapes this week. Add some class to your desk top too! Shop G. Lalo here »
& enjoy the full VOGUE article here »

from Vogue …

Five Illustrators Share
Their Chic Desk Spaces

by Rebecca Stadlen

New York Fashion Week is finally over and for those who aren’t heading to Europe for the London, Paris, and Milan collections (major FOMO), it’s back to the office we go. And so, even though the first of September typically marks “back to school” for most of the world, today is when the fashion set officially returns to their desks. To help make the retreat slightly less ominous, Vogue.com asked five illustrators who know a little something about working with a pencil and paper to let us inside their workspaces…. read more »

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Rhodia Pencils 10% Off with the Purchase of a Refillable Planner

12 Sep

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For a limited time, save 10% off Rhodia Pencils when you purchase a refillable Quo Vadis or Exacompta 2014 planner. Ends 9/17.
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New! Soho Cover Refillable Planners from Quo Vadis and Exacompta

11 Sep

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These slick looking & smooth feeling covers are  perfect companions to the traditional grained Club Planner Covers.  Shop Soho & Club Planners here » 
Already have your Quo Vadis or Exacompta Refillable Cover? Grab your 2014 Refills here »

PLUS, for a limited time, buy a Soho or Club planner and get 10% off Rhodia Pencils! Use code TAKE10 at checkout. Ends 9/17

The Medium Size Blackwing Folio, Just In!

4 Sep

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Graduating to the corner office? Preparing for the big pitch? Celebrate with a Palomino Blackwing Luxury Folio Cover and Notebook. This embossed leather-like folio shouts success, in a very understated and classy way. Enthralled, we’ve carried the Large Luxury Folio Cover (7.5 x 10) for a while and now we’re excited to introduce its little brother, the Medium Luxury Folio Cover at 5 x 8.25 inches. You know Palomino Blackwing for their long tradition of exceptional pencils, including the original 602: expand your brand awareness here, and join the elite with these elegant folios, perfectly adapted for the boardroom. Shop the Blackwing Luxury Folio Cover and Notebook »