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The Best Beer
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Belgium Ales Not Wine
Hops- the full story
Judge Beer Like a Pro
Bottles v. Cans
Beer World Records
Beer and Taxes
How to Pour Beer
How to Taste Beer
Summer is Beer Time
The Pabst Heritage
Growlers and Cans
Beer History in Bavaria
History of Beer
in New York
THE PABST BOTTLE
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|DB15 Cask Commissioner /
club treasurer Brian Lynch
(left) and Fritz Maytag,
founder of Anchor Brewing
meeting at a special VIP
session at the TAP beer festival.
See you at
|DB15 shirts are here!
Choose from two different 4-color shirts. One with our Uncle Sam DB 15 logo
or one with the club motto -
" I'd rather die of thirst than drink from the cup of mediocrity"
Order by mail HERE.
Club members can order in person at the next meeting.
|If you are not currently on the DB15 mailing list or would
like to join simply write firstname.lastname@example.org or
stop in the Gaslight and ask your friendly
bartender for a registration form.
New members always welcome - it's a pefect time to join.
|Sign up a new member,
win a beer!
The DB15 is the largest beer appreciation organization in New
Jersey, but what about the East Coast? Well it's time to make
our move. Bring a new member to the next meeting, have them
officially register, and get a Gaslight beer compliments of the
DB15 Cask Commissioners.
Why sign up for the club dues full payment plan?
Enjoy the many benefits available to club members on the
full-payment plan. A one time fee of only $50 covers all meetings,
plus discounts for DB15 special events.
This year members received benefits that totaled well over the dues
amount. Substantial discounts were provided for the TAP NY
beer fest trip, the Newark Bears baseball outing, the NJ Brewers
Festival, and the Victorian Dinner. In addition members on the full
pay plan are exempt from the individual meeting beer fee.
Ask club treasurer Brian Lynch, or any Cask Commissioner
for the full details at the next meeting.
|15 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ
|Next Meeting - May 20, Sunday, 4 PM at the Gaslight
USA vs. Belgium
You just can't get better beer than the brews from
Belgium.... or can you? That's what we're about to find out
at our May 20th meeting as we have a tasting showdown of
Belgium dubbels against their USA counterparts.
The origin of the dubbel can be traced to a beer brewed in
the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle in 1856. At first it was
a strong version of their usual brown ale. In 1926, the
formulation was changed and it became even stronger.
The first written record of its sale by the abbey was in June
1861. Following World War II, the Westmalle Dubbel
became popular throughout Belgium and the world. In fact
it became so popular that the name "dubbel" was used
by many Trappist and non-Trappist breweries alike
for commercial purposes.
Today this style (6%-8% ABV) has an understated
bitterness, fairly heavy body, with a pronounced fruitiness
and spicy character. Think of highly regarded dubbels such
as Trappistes Rochefort 8, Trappist Westvleteren 8, and
Chimay Première (Red) and you'll understand why this is a
meeting not to be missed- Sunday, May 20, at 4PM.
TAP-NY Trip Big Success
Once again the Gaslight annual trip to the TAP-NY, the best
beer festival on the East Coast, sold out over a week before
the festival date. With a full load of 50 passengers and two
sixtels of great Gaslight beer the bus departed exactly on
time at 9:30 AM and arrived at Hunter Mountain, NY
at 11:45 AM. Facing the daunting task of tasting as many of
the 140 available beers as possible our hardy group did the
club proud led by Dan Hodge's total of 73 beers sampled!
Special thanks to Jeff Levine who supplied the entire group
with red clown noses. Not only did it make it easy to find
lost and strayed DB15 members it made our group the
social hit of the festival. While others at the fest sported
mundane group t-shirts our clown noses elicited countless
stares and admiration, two things perfect for a fest.
Abbey Normal - Release Date May 19
The annual release of the Gaslight's award winning beer,
Abbey Normal, will be Saturday, May 19, 2012 to
celebrate American Craft Beer Week. This Belgian Dubbel
is brewed with the traditional double fermentation with the
addition of Belgian Dark Candi Sugar during fermentation to
add flavor, complexity and a little extra alcohol. A Belgian
Yeast and elevated temperatures are used to create a spicy,
fruit profile. This beer ALWAYS goes very fast so be sure
to get in early for some. There will be giveaways and Young
Frankenstein will be planing on the big screen all day to help
keep everyone in an ABBEY NORMAL mood.