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DB15 Cask Commissioner / club
treasurer Brian Lynch (left) and
Fritz Maytag, founder of Anchor
Brewing, relaxing after teaching
several brewing seminars at
TAP-NY.  Each presentation
played to standing room only
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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"
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
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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 - June 8
The Gaslight

Member Emeritus
Did you know that the Draught Board 15 has one and
only one Member Emeritus?  It's Augie Helms.
You can read about his amazing beer life in
the new
Beer My Way by Dan Hodge.


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All records were broken as the Gaslight/ DB15 annual trip
to TAP-NY, the  largest beer festival on the East Coast,was
SOLD OUT over a month before festival day, 4/27/14.

Most of the 52 ticket holders arrived at the Gaslight well
before the scheduled 9:15 AM departure time  to enjoy
complimentary bagels and coffee.  Then, immediately after
boarding the well appointed charter bus,  many of them
began preparing their palates for the arduous task ahead
(over 300 beers awaited) by drinking great Gaslight beer
available from two sixtels strategically placed on the bus.
This clearly was a serious, totally focused crowd.  The
group's already high spirits continued to soar when trip
planner/director DJSoboti distributed two free gifts to
everyone on board - an official DB15/TAP logoed mug and
special Velcro festival glass holders complete with an
embossed DB15 lanyard.  Thanks DJ!!

The bus arrived at Hunter mountain in record time thanks to
our driver who had only recently retired from the NASCAR
racing circuit.  In his hands, the hairpin turns on the single
lane roads on the climb up the mountains toward
our destination became a showcase of his
formidable driving skills. Well done!

The only negative aspect of the trip occurred upon arrival
when our bus was forced to wait by festival officials for
well over 15 minutes before unloading passengers.  This
was compounded by another 15-20 minute wait to enter the
festival as each person's ID, especially those over 45 years
old, was carefully and intimately scrutinized to insure legal
drinking age.  Most club members proudly showed their
Draught Board 15 membership card and were dutifully
admitted.  Just more proof that your membership card is
accepted anywhere in the world that recognizes it.


Special acknowledgement to DB15 member Chris Johnson
who, as a champion home brewer, was selected by the
Saranac/FX Matt Brewers to collaborate with them on an
exclusive festival beer.  Congratulations Chris!


TAP Medal Winners

Governor's Cup
Best Craft Beer in New York State
The Witte - Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Governor's Cup
Best Craft Beer in New York State
The Witte - Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Best Individual Craft Beers in New York State
Silver Medal: Chocolate Porter -  Horseheads Brewing
Bronze Medal: H3 Belgian Tripel - Port Jeff Brewing Co.
(no Gold awarded)

The Matthew Vassar Brewers' Cup
Best Craft Beer Brewery in the Hudson Valley
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

The Matthew Vassar Brewers' Cup
Best Craft Beer Brewery in the Hudson Valley
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

John Calen Memorial Award
2014 Theme: English Style
Kick Ass Brown Ale - C. H. Evans Brewing, Albany, NY

Next Meeting
Scheduled For June 8

Gaslight will not be available on our regular meeting day
of the second Sunday of the month since that is Mother's
Day. The following Sunday is Seton Hall graduation day
which will make Gaslight  again unavailable.  As such
there will
not be a May meeting.
Our next meeting will be at 4 PM on June 8,
topic TBA.
Check back often for any changes in the above schedule.
Breaking News- Keep you eye out for DJ and Dan Soboti
plus "three colorful gents" who all appear in the pilot episode
of the forthcoming TV series "Beer Geeks."  Filming at
Gaslight was completed in late April.  Viewing info TBA.
Did you make it to the
picture booth at
TAP-NY?  Click

to see  eight
from our trip who did.
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