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DB15 Cask Commissioner /
club treasurer Brian Lynch (left)
and Fritz Maytag, founder of
Anchor Brewing taking a break
from signing autographs at last
year's TAP-NY festival.  Both
served as celebrity judges in the
Best of Hudson Valley contest.
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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"
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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
webmaster@beernexus.com 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 - March 10 at the Gaslight 4 PM  
The Gaslight
February Meeting Sets Record

Our first ever Bracket Buster IPA Tournament at the
Feb. 17 meeting set a record for a club tasting with 32, yes
really, 32 different IPAs!  It also set the record for our
largest expenditure ever for a single meeting breaking
the one held by the still talked about "Bucket List" sampling..
We warned you not to miss this one since it proved to be
the most unique and memorable meeting in DB15 history!

Meeting Notes
by Brian Lynch

The meeting started at around 4:10 P.M. despite the
absence of Cask Commissioner Dan Hodge, who was
rumored to be attending an alcohol-free Kilt
convention in Troon, Scotland.

Members and guests in attendnnce were:
Glenn DeLuca, Brandon Einhorn, Tom Fennelly,
Vince Holmes and guest, Chris Johnson, Neil Mukherjai,
Tom Nooney, Faith Franzino, Dan Soboti, DJ Soboti,
Vince Capano, Brian Lynch, and Doug Vohden.

The theme of the meeting was the DB 15 IPA Challenge of
2013, whereby 32 IPAs were grouped by region and tasted
two at a time in pitchers marked A and B, until one beer
emerged as champion. The details of the fiendishly complex
scoring system need not detain us here. The winning beer
was Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA of Paso Robles,
California. According to my semi-legible, beer-stained
notes, the worst beer was Snapperhead IPA.

The IPAs that were tasted are as follows:
Ithaca Flower Power, Lake Placid, Ipswich, Harpoon,
Weyerbacher Last Chance, Flying Fish Hopfish, Saranac,
Cricket Hill Hopnotic, Summit Saga, Lakefront, Lagunitas,
Goose Island, Sam Adams Latitude 48, Full Sail, Arcadia,
Red Hook Long Hammer, Dogfish Head 60 Minute,
Southern Tier, Terrapin Hopsecutioner, Speakeasy Big
Daddy, Brooklyn East India Pale, Flying Dog Snake Dog,
Abita Jockamo, Evil Genius EvilEyePA, Stone, Firestone
Walker Union Jack, Victory Hop Devil, Blue Point Hoptical
Illusion, Fort Collins Rocky Mountain, Left Hand 400 Lb.
Monkey, Snapperhead and Barrel Trolley.

Homebrews sampled after the meeting were:
Brandon E.'s Oak-aged Bourbon Porter
and his Mystery(?) Beer.
Chris J.'s Black Ale and Pale Ale.
Doug V.'s Saison.

Respectfully submitted,
Brian Lynch
Substitute Recording Secretary


March 10 Meeting - Home Brew Challenge

It's a homebrew contest for bock beer.  Ingredients, either
extract or all-grain, must be purchased from U-Brew.
There is still time - see Dan now!

It always sells out so get your tickets early for our April 28th
trip to the "best beer fest in the East" .  The entire trip
package (transportation, beer on the bus, fest ticket,
bagels/coffee) is included with  your membership fee
of  $110.  Remember your membership includes
TAP-NY,all meetings, and huge discounts to the
Victorian dinner and the baseball game!

Cost of the trip for non-members is $85.

April 14 Meeting
Breweriana and Beer -
Every member is asked to wear something with a brewery
name/insignia and bring a beer of the same kind.  Prizes in
various categories.  Details TBA.

Read the story of the DB 15 Membership Card Here

Attention home brewers  - don't forget that U-Brew can
supply all your needs plus provide expert guidance.  
U-Brew is located above Gaslight; just ask Dan.

For the latest updates on what's being
poured at the Gaslight go to
New Jersey beer
laws have changed.
Get the story from
the President of the
NJ Craft Brewers
D.J. Soboti
as seen on PBS
See the
Complete IPA
Results HERE