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Beer Etiquette

Where Beers are
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It's All About
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Not True-  
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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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DB15 Cask Commissioner
Brian Lynch (left) and Fritz
Maytag, founder of Anchor
Brewing in the cellars of
Köstritzer Bier Lab helping
them create a proprietary
recipe for a black lager.
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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"
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If you are not currently on the DB15 mailing list or would
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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 $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
Next Meeting - May 21
at the Gaslight - 4 PM
The Gaslight
Don't Be A Loser -
Bad Bar Behavior
20 Rules to Follow
Read the story of the
Draughtboard 15
Membership Card
Check out the story
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
Gold Medal winner from our
Double India Pale Ale
Home Brew Challenge -
Livingston Hinckley-
Congratulations on a well
deserved victory!!
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Next Meeting - May 21
Home Brew Showdown
Pico Brewing Machine Demonstration
It's another round of the DB15's popular Home Brew
Showdown series pitting some of the top home brewers
in the state against each other for the coveted Draught
Board 15 Gold Medal. Everyone in attendance - both
guests and members - will judge in a blind tasting.  The
style is Schwarzbier (German for black beer).

In addition the meeting will feature an exclusive presentation
by award winning brewer Livingston Hinckley of the
Pico home brewing machine.  If you thought it
was impossible to build something akin to the Keurig
coffee machine that makes beer you're in for a surprise .

It's a great two part meeting that promises to be one of
our best of the year.  Don't miss this one!!
Sunday, May 21 at 4 PM.   at the Gaslight.
Black beers have been winning over the hearts of craft beer
devotees for decades but until recently, stout and porter
have dominated the affair. In the past few years though,
the unusual black lager known as schwarzbier has been
crashing the party with both American microbrews and
German originals. Schwarzbier, literally “black beer,” is
probably the longest continuously brewed beer style in the
world, with its known ancestors close to three millennia in
age and with definitive origins in the modern brewing cradle.

Today’s schwarzbier combines Old World rusticity with the
graceful smoothness of lagerbier, and a clean roasted edge
with German malt complexity. It’s deep, ruby-black color
and modest strength makes schwarzbier the lager equivalent
of basic stout.  It is sometimes called “black pilsner”
because of the lithe body and perceived bitterness. Actually,
it is more of a black Dortmunder or Vienna beer, as balance
and background malt character are its key attributes. Its hop
profile serves to balance the brew, but should nevertheless
have a firm presence.

The origin of schwarzbier lies in what perhaps the most
significant historical brewing region in the world:
southeastern Germany, including some of Bavaria, and
portions of the former Bohemia, now the Czech Republic.

BJCP Guidelines
Aroma: Low to moderate malt, with low aromatic malty
sweetness and/or hints of roast malt often apparent. The
malt can be clean and neutral or moderately rich and bready,
and may have a hint of dark caramel. The roast character
can be somewhat dark chocolate- or coffee-like but should
never be burnt. A low spicy, floral, or herbal hop aroma is
optional. Clean lager yeast character,
 Appearance: Medium
to very dark brown in color, often with deep ruby to garnet
highlights, yet almost never truly black. Very clear.
Mouthfeel:Medium-light to medium body. Moderate to
moderately-high carbonation. Smooth. No harshness
Flavor: Light to moderate malt flavor; a clean, neutral
character to a moderately rich, bread-malty quality. Light to
moderate roasted malt flavors can give a bitter-chocolate
palate that lasts into the finish
. Medium-low to medium
bitterness, which can last into the finish. Light to moderate
spicy, floral, or herbal hop flavor. Clean lager character.
Aftertaste tends to dry out slowly featuring hop bitterness
with a complementary but subtle roastiness
Commercial Examples:  Devils Backbone Schwartz Bier,
Einbecker Schwarzbier, Eisenbahn Dunkel, Köstritzer
Schwarzbier, Mönchshof Schwarzbier, Nuezeller Badebier

Members - don't forget to pick up your free DB15 half
liter stein at the meetings.  Steins are also available
for purchase.
TAP-NY Fest - Trip Notes
April 2017 Meeting Notes
March 2017 Meeting Notes
February 2017 Meeting Notes
January 2017 Meeting Notes
2016 Meeting Notes
(No Dec. Meeting - Victorian Dinner)
November Meeting Notes
October Meeting Notes
September Meeting Notes
July Meeting Notes
(No August Meeting)
June Meeting Notes
May Meeting NotesFeb
(No April Meeting)
March Meeting Notes
February Meeting Notes
January Meeting Notes
Have an idea for a future meeting?  
Just tell any of theCask commissioners or e-mail it here.
Yearly Dues: $65 which includes all club meetings and all
event discounts.  The total savings equals much MORE than
the amount of the dues!  NOTE - Non-members now pay
$10 for non-special meetings
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's Beer Beat
Read the behind the
scenes story and
watch the trailer for
the  upcoming
TV series"Beer
Snobs" filmed
at the Gaslight
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
Co-winners of the
Member of the Year 2016
awardTom 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
Make bad beer
good with
Mad Hops -
full product
review HERE
The DB15 running team
celebrates victory at the
beer club
Club Members at last year's
Due to
Mother's Day
our next
meeting will be
May 21.
Send your pictures from TAP-NY and have
them featured here on our club page.
Bus to TAP
Steve Austin celebrates his
winning the last  DB15
Home Brew Challenge.