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Beer Etiquette

Where Beers are
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It's All About
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Not True-  
Lies about Beer

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

Czech Beers

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
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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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See you at
the Gaslight!   
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

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
March 10 Meeting, 4 PM
Home Brew Challenge

It's a homebrew contest for bock beer at our next
DB15 meeting. All entrants have used the same
ingredients so it will truly be a test of the brewer's skill.  
Everyone attending will be a taster and judge.
Bock Beer
Back in medieval days German monasteries would brew a
strong beer for sustenance during their Lenten fasts.
Some believe the name Bock came from the shortening
of Einbeck thus "beck" to "bock." Others believe it is
more of a pagan or old world influence that the beer was
only to be brewed during the sign of the Capricorn goat,
hence the goat being associated with Bock beers.

The modern bock beer is a bottom fermenting lager that in
general is stronger than a typical lager with more of a robust
malt character.  Its hop bitterness can be assertive enough to
balance things but not get in the way of the malt flavor.  
Today there are several different styles of bock beer -
Bock (the one you'll judge at the meeting), Maibock or
Helles Bock, Double Bock and Eisbock.  

When you rate the beers at our meeting please keep in mind
the style guidelines from the BJCP- "Bock beers have a
complex maltiness dominated by the rich flavors of Munich
and Vienna malts, which contribute melanoidins and toasty
flavors. Some caramel notes may be present, hop bitterness
is generally only high enough to support the malt flavors,
allowing a bit of sweetness to linger into the finish.
Well-attenuated, not cloying. Clean, with no esters or
diacetyl, no  hop flavor and no roasted or burnt character."

Enjoy great beer from some of the finest home brewers in
the state at our next meeting.  Don't miss it!
(Remember Daylight Savings Time begins on March 10)

February Meeting

It was the first ever DB 15 IPA Challenge in which, 32
IPAs were grouped by region and tasted until one beer
emerged as champion.  The winning beer was Firestone
Walker Union Jack IPA of Paso Robles, California. The
well deserved worst beer was Snapperhead IPA.

The meeting set a record for most beers sampled and for
total meeting expenditure!  As an added bonus  everyone in
attendance received a special selection of IPAs to
take home courtesy of the DB15.  As promised, it really
was one of the most memorable meetings in club history!


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.


Attention Home Brewers
U-Brew can supply all your needs plus provide expert
guidance.  U-Brew is located above Gaslight.  
See Dan for information

Read the story of the DB 15 Membership Card Here

Check out the story of the Gaslight Jukebox Here
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
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Complete IPA
Results HERE