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Not True-  
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The Best Beer  
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Judge Beer Like a Pro

Bottles v. Cans

Beer World Records

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DB15 Cask Commissioner / club
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Bowl. They  were in charge of
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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.
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Notes of the January 11, 2015 Meetig
by Dan Hodge

Cask Commissioners met at 3:45 pm and decided that the
February meeting will be a “sensory awareness” meeting
with some commercial brews provided to better illustrate
the tastes in the doctored samples.  The meeting's purpose
will be to instruct club members on how to judge and
evaluate beer as the professionals do.  The session
will be run by DJ Soboti and Jeff Levine.

Regular meeting commenced at 4:10 pm.  Members present
were:  Dan Soboti, DJ Soboti, Vince Capano, Dan Hodge,
Brian Lynch, Jeff Levine, Matt Chuchla, Brandon Einhorn,
Randy Needham, Sean guarnaccio, Chris Johnson, Andrew
MacKenzie, Scott Reino, Glenn de Luca, Raffi Manjeekian,
and Vince Holmes. Non members attending were:
Greg Needham, Bob Renshaw, Jeff Corcione, Cosmo
Antonacci, Patrick Dwyer, Susie Suarez,Charles Feldman,
Nancy Feldman, and Rebecca Espinal.

Meeting was a presentation by Jonathan Scala,
representative of Pabst Brewing Company who spoke the
company.  His main focus was on the creation and highly
successful re-introduction  of the famed Ballantine IPA .

Mr. Scala poured samples of Pabst Blue Ribbon and
Ballantine IPA while the club provided multiple pitchers of
the Ballantine. A brief history of Pabst/Ballantine was given
by Mr. Scala with a few corrections being made by older
members who had a tad more knowledge on the history
than did the speaker. But that’s okay. The younger set has
to learn somehow!. He did explain that Greg Duhs, the
brewmaster for Pabst works in Cold Spring, Mn. where a
micro brewery actually brews the Ballantine IPA.  He added
that Ballantine XXX ale is brewed at varied facilities by the
Miller/Coors conglomerate which contract brews all
Pabst products. He asserted that Pabst was actively
searching for a place in the Newark area to locate
a brewery to specifically brew Ballantine.

Several drawings were held after the meeting. Dan Soboti
won the 50/50 and Raffi Manjeekian and Brian Lynch won
the coveted packages go Ballantine IPA T Shirt/cap/opener.

Beer sampled at CC meeting was Belo Sao Francisco
Brazilian Dubbel provided by Vince Capano.

Beers sampled after the meeting were:
1.  Brandon Einhorn’s Irish Stout, 1and 1/2 years
old  homebrew
2. Andrew MacKenzies’s DB15 Competition ESB (not
entered in comp) homebrew
3. Adroit Theory Coffee IPA, provided by
Chris Johnson
4.  Harpoon Black Forest Cherry Chocolate Porter, provided
by Chris Johnson’

Meeting ended approximately 6:00 pm


Upcoming Meetings

Feb. 8 - Sensory Awareness

March 8 - March IPA Madness
32 different IPAs are matched in a bracket busting
taste-off more exciting than the NCAA Tournament.

April - TAP-NY Brewfest and NJ Brewers Fest
More info coming soon

Style:  Maibock
See Dan at U-brew for info and ingredients.


Annual dues are due at the March meeting.


It's Ballantine IPA as seen by Dan Hodge
"Hey Getcha Cold Beer"

If you don't home brew you should read this:
To Brew or Not to Brew

December  Meeting Notes HERE

Check out member Glenn DeLuca's latest beer musings
The Big G Beer Beat

Read the behind the
scenes story and
watch the trailer for
the  upcoming
TV series
"Beer Snobs" filmed
at the Gaslight
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picture booth at
TAP-NY?  Click

to see  eight
from our trip who did.
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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 member
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
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