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Guide To Bad Beer

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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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Reinheitsbebot  &
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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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Brian Lynch (left) and Fritz
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toasting their creation
of the new Oktoberfest Scotch.
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or one with the club motto -
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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 - 10/9/16 - Sunday
4:00 PM at the Gaslight
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D.J. Soboti
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September Meeting Notes
by Livingston Hinckley

This month’s meeting theme was a club brewing
competition for Double IPAs.  After Vince Capano’s
introduction, Jeff Levine explained the competition and

how it would be judged in a manner similar to that used
by the the Brewers Association.

All members brewed from an identical list of ingredents,
with allowances for brewing with extract malt or all-

grain.  Each brewer was allowed to be in full control of the
process, however but could only use the supplied kit with
no added fermentables or flavor substitutions.  The brewer

thus had great freedom in making his or her version of a
DIPA with creativity of process.
There were six DB15
entries, and one secret commercial brew.   The contest was

judged using the American Homebrewers’ Association
2008 guide as Style 14C(now style 22B in the 2015 guide).  
In the interest of simplicity, the six judging categories,
Aroma, Appearance, Flavor, Mouthfeel and Overall
Impression were not scored to AHA standard, which
weights the categories differently based on significance, but
rather were equally weighted in order to make scoring
simpler for inexperienced judges.  There were 14 members
and guests evaluating the beer, with a maximum score of

10 points per category totaling 50 points per beer,

On this basis the scores were as follows:
6th place, Beer E - 401 points, Vince Capano
5th place, Beer B - 403 points, Jeff Levine
4th place, Beer F - 416 points, Dan Hodge
3rd place, Beer D - 428 points, Chris Johnson
2nd place, Beer A - 429 points, Liv Hinckley
1st place, Beer C - 437 points, Troegs Gentle Giant

The commercial brew is also a DIPA but did not use the
same ingredients and so was present for information only.  
Therefore the 2nd 3rd and 4th place entries won Gold,
Silver and Bronze medals.   Nevertheless, the commercial
brew did top the list, something that definitely does not
always happen in our competitions.

The highest single judge’s rating was 44 out of 50 points for
Vince Capano’s entry. The lowest single rating was tied at
16 points for Beers A and E, and thereby hangs a tale...

The meeting was attended by members Dan Soboti, DJ
Soboti, Vince Capano, Jeff Levine, John Levine, Chris
Johnson, Tom Nooney, Faith Franzino, John Reid, Glen
DeLuca, and Livingston Hinckley, Nick Moramarco, Lynn
Lewis, and
non-member guests Debbie Villareal-Hadly, Mike
Hadley, Elaine Larameel, Red Hangan.

The following delicious mead and beers were generously
brought to share:Chris Johnson - Orange Blossom Mead
(aged 4 years)Faith Franzino, Tom Nooney - Anchorage
Love Buzz Saison, Cigar City-Stillwater 21st Century Means
Glen DeLuca - The Alchemist Heady Topper, Lord Hobo
Steal This Can, Kelsen Battle Axe IPAVince Capano - Great
Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

    Our thanks to all for making this a great meeting!
Members - don't forget to pick up your
free DB15 half
liter stein at the meetings.  Steins are also available
for purchase.

July Meeting Notes
(No August Meeting)
June Meeting Notes
May Meeting Notes
(No April Meeting)
March Meeting Notes
February Meeting Notes
January Meeting Notes
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Just tell any of the
Cask commissioners or e-mail it here.

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

Great Beer Articles

Hope You're Not A "Novuveau"

The History of Happy Hour and More!

Ten things Dan Hodge Hates About Beer

A Trip To The Grocery Store

To Brew or Not to Brew

The Tasting Room

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
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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
Read the latest news from the
NJ Craft Brewers Guild
Judge Judy  
not help judge
our DIPA Showdown
at the
Sept. meeting!!

What celebrity will
be next??

Mark Zuckerber,
Facebook founder
has been invited to
join us at our Oct.
Co-winners of the
Member of the Year award

Tom Nooney, Faith Franzino,
Glenn Deluca.
Show your appreciation and
buy them a beer at Gaslight!
Wins Title of
Best Beer in NJ
in the
Congratulations to
Head Brewer
D.J. Soboti
and the entire Gaslight
TAP- NY Fest
Identify all people in
both pictures below
and win a special
BeerNexus  prize.  
Submit entries
at the Oct. meeting.
Make bad beer
good with
Mad Hops -
full product
review HERE

Next Meeting
October 9
Sunday - 4 PM
Topic TBA
Thanks to Olympic
swimming champ
Ryan Lochte
for not mentioning
DB15 or waving his
membership card in
any interview or
legal disposition.
Since no entry has been
correct it's time for a clue:
one of the people in the top
picture is "Jeff" and one in
the bottom picture is "Tom"