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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
Brian Lynch (left) and Fritz
Maytag, founder of Anchor
Brewing c
elebrate buying a
minority share of The Jersey
Cyclones of the International
Pro Roller Derby Beer League.
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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 $65 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 which is
now $10 per person.
Ask any Cask Commissioner
for the full details at the next meeting.
15 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ
Nest Meeting - 1/10/16 - Sunday
4:30 PM at the Gaslight
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of the Gaslight
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 Guild
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
Medal winners from our
Maibock Home Brew Challenge  
Vince Capano (bronze)   and
Livingston Hinckley (silver).
Scott Renio (gold)  not present.

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January Meeting A Club First

Our January 10th meeting will be the first barrel aged beer
tasting ever sanctioned
by the DB15.  It will feature an array
of special beers you may have not tasted before ranging
from Blue Mountain Local Species to Big Muddy Backwood
Monster to Rock Art Wine Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.  In
all, nearly a dozen of these hard to find, expensive, full
bodied behemoths will be on hand.  It is a most special
meeting we may never repeat so don't miss it -
Sunday, 1/10, at 4 PM only at the Gaslight.


Barrel Aging

Just like spirits and wine, beer can also be aged in barrels
The unique character of the wood and/or the flavor of what
has previously been
in the barrel can have a truly significant
impact on the flavors and aromatics of the beer.

Beer may be aged in wooden barrels (new or previously
used to age wine or spirits), or chips, spirals and cubes may
be added to the conditioning tanks that house beer.

Our tasting will only have beer aged in full barrels!

A variety of types of wood are used including oak, apple,
hickory and more. White Oak is the most popular.

To create the barrel wood is shaped into staves and bound
together by metal hoops.  The inside of the barrel is then
“toasted” by being exposed to flame
.  The toasting or
can be done to varying degrees to further
enhance the flavor of the wood.

In general, the longer one conditions the beer, the darker it
will be and with stronger barrel flavors.  After about three
years of
use, the barrel loses most of its flavor.

Many large-production commercial beers typically age for
one month; some lagers take up to four. T
hat length of time
is one reason why barrel-aged beers are costly and are just a
niche part of
the $14.3 billion annual U.S. craft beer market.

A century ago, almost all beer was stored in wood barrels.

Then, soon after Prohibition, came stainless-steel tanks,
hich proved to be the death knell to of use of wood.  But
barrels are back thanks in large part to experiments that
began at Chicago's Goose Island Beer Company, which
released its first Bourbon County Brand Stout, a
chocolatey, wood-kissed imperial stout, in 1992.

The DB15 agrees with  Garrett Oliver, brewmaster for
Brooklyn Brewery when he says that "barrel aging is the
current hot trend in American craft beer." See what all the
excitement is about - Jan. 10 at the Gaslight 4 PM!

Members - don't forget to pick up your
free DB15 half
liter stein at the meetings.  Steins are also available
for purchase.

It's not to late to enter the Dopplebock home brew contest.  
See Dan at the Gaslight for all the details..

November Meeting Notes

October Meeting Summary

September Meeting Summary

August Meeting Summary

July Meeting Summary
Have an idea for a future meeting?  
Just tell any of the
Cask commissioners or e-mail it here.

Dues: $65 which includes all club meetings and all
event discounts.  The total savings equal much
MORE than the amount of the dues!
NOTE - Non-members now pay $10 per meeting.

Join Dan Hodge on a tour of
Birmingham, UK - HERE
Spread the word about  craft beer-
read how it's done in
more great beer articles
Do you need a
Beer Reality Check?
If you don't home brew you
should read this:
To Brew or Not to Brew


Check out member Glenn DeLuca's latest
beer musings in
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
Did you make it to the
picture booth at
TAP-NY?  Click

to see  eight
from last year's
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 member
Doug Vohden  
for winning the Gold
Medal and "Best in Show"
at the NJ State Fair
Homebrew Competition
Read the latest
news from the
NJ Craft
Brewers Guild
George Clooney
a noted beer
drinker WILL
attend our
anuary meeting!!

What celebrity
will be next??

Jack has been
Co-winners of the
Member of the Y
ear award
Tom Nooney, Faith
Glenn Deluca.  
Show your appreciation and buy them
a beer at Gaslight!
Wins Title of
Best Beer in NJ
in the

Jan 10
Barrel Aged Beers

Feb. 14
All welcome to enter
see Dan at Gaslight.

March 13
IPA Bracket
over 30 IPAs
Congratulations to
Head Brewer
D.J. Soboti
and the entire
Gaslight Team!