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Guide To Bad Beer

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Beer Etiquette

Where Beers are
Really Brewed

It's All About
The Water

Not True-  
Lies about Beer

The Best Beer  
in the World

Reinheitsbebot  &
Belgium Beer

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
in New York


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DB15 Cask Commissioner / club
treasurer Brian Lynch (left) and
Fritz Maytag, founder of Anchor
Brewing sample Fritz's newest
creation named after the  
DB15 treasurer himself-
"Brian's Trip-El Triple".  Supply
will be limited when released.
welcomes comments,
articles, and
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 - 4 pm / Sunday,Oct. 12
The Gaslight
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20 Rules to Follow
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 television
For all the latest beer and club news go to
the most read beer website in the Tri-Sate area
Read the story of
Augie Helms
DB15's only
Member Emeritus
(L-R) Rando Needham, Dan Hodge,
Livingston Hickley
Medal winners from our last Home Brew
Challenge confidently pose at U-Brew
when picking up their brewing ingredients
for the October ESB Challenge.  
Although they predict winning all
medals they modestly maintain there is a
"very small chance we might not sweep."
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Home Brew Challange
at the Oct. 12 Meeting

The long awaited battle for home brewing supremacy
will be held at the DB15's October meeting, 4 PM at the
Gaslight.   The style is Extra Special Bitter. A glittering array
of past medal winners and other talented brewers will offer
their beers for judging in a blind tasting.  
Everyone at the
meeting will have the opportunity to vote on the entries
making the winner truly worthy of the championship crown.

When you vote please consider these style criteria:

BJCP Style Guidelines For ESB
8C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
Hop aroma moderately-high to moderately-low, and
can use any variety of hops although UK hops are most
traditional. Medium to medium-high malt aroma, often with
a low to moderately strong caramel component.
Medium-low to medium-high fruity esters. Generally no
diacetyl, although very low levels are allowed. May have
light, secondary notes of sulfur and/or alcohol.
Appearance: Golden to deep copper. Good to brilliant
clarity. Low to moderate white to off-white head.
Flavor: Medium-high to medium bitterness with
supporting malt flavors evident. Normally has a
moderately low to somewhat strong caramelly malt
sweetness. Hop flavor moderate to moderately high Hop
bitterness and flavor should be noticeable, but should not
totally dominate malt flavors. May have low levels of
secondary malt flavors Moderately-low to high fruity
esters.  Optionally may have low amounts of alcohol,
and up to a moderate minerally/sulfury flavor. Medium-
dry to dry finish  Generally no diacetyl, .
Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium-full body. Low
to moderate carbonation, May have a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall Impression: An average-strength to
moderately-strong English ale. The balance may be fairly
evenbetween malt and hops to somewhat bitter.

Great American Beer Festival Style Index - ESB
60. Extra Special Bitter
A. Subcategory: English-Style Extra Special Bitter
English ESBs are amber to deep copper colored. Chill haze
is allowable at cold temperatures. Fruity-ester aroma is
acceptable. Hop aroma is medium to medium-high. The
residual malt and defining sweetness of this richly flavored,
fullbodied bitter is medium to medium-high. Hop flavor is
medium to medium-high. Hop bitterness is medium to
medium high. Mild carbonation traditionally characterizes
draft-cask versions, but in bottled versions, a slight increase
in carbon dioxide content is acceptable. The overall
impression is refreshing and thirst quenching. Fruity-ester
and very low diacetyl flavors are acceptable, but should be
minimized in this form of bitter. The absence of diacetyl is
also acceptable. Body is full. English hop varieties or others
that approximate their resulting character are used.
B. Subcategory: American-Style Extra Special Bitter
Same as above with one addition - American and/or other
hop varieties that approximate their resulting character
are used in this subcategory


Medal Winners GABF 2014 - Extra Special Bitter
Public Ale Community Beer Co. TX - Gold
RedFish Flying Fish Brewing Co. NJ - Silver
ESB Bent Paddle Brewing Co. MN  - Bronze


November 9th Meeting

Don't miss our World Series of Beer meeting on
November 9 as we sample and rate beers from breweries in
the cities of teams in the MLB playoffs.  It's fun, different,
and you don't even have to like baseball to have a great time!


December Meeting

Gaslight's renown Victorian Dinner
Details TBA


Did you ever consider home brewing and decide against it?  
Well, let Dan Hodge try to convince you in his new article

To Brew or Not to Brew

September Meeting Notes HERE
Read the behind the
scenes story and
watch the trailer for
the  upcoming
TV series
"Beer Snobs" filmed
at the Gaslight
Did you make it to the
picture booth at
TAP-NY?  Click

to see  eight
from our trip who did.
The Finest Executive Gifts
featuring items for beer lovers
Use coupon code
"BEER" for 20% discount
DB 15 Member Discount!
The Finest Executive Gifts
featuring items for beer lovers
Use coupon code
"BEER" for 20% discount
Remember -
All meetings are
generally held on
the second
Sunday of the
month, 4 PM,
at the Gaslight.
congratulations to club
Doug Vohden  
for winning the
Gold Medal and
"Best in Show"
at the NJ State Fair
Homebrew Competition
Beers served too
cold?  Use the "Katz
Cradle" technique to
warm thing up.  
Brian will be giving
lessons on how to
do it at our next
Read the latest
news from the
NJ Craft
Brewers Guild