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This year members received benefits that totaled well
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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.
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February Meeting

We've all enjoyed Guinness along with numerous other
stouts but
porter came first. Not only did it come first,
porter was actually popularized by Arthur Guinness himself,
who brewed
it until alterations in recipe yielded a stronger,
“stout porter” that eventually became h
is famous “stout”.
The porter style i
s still popular and expanding thanks to
American craft brewing. I
ts the perfect option for anyone
who likes the darker end of the beer spectrum and wants

to explore some flavors outside of the stout world.
The original porter was born in the 1700s, supposedly the
result of blending old (as in stale or sour), new (brown ale),
and mild beers so as to make something palatable.

odern English porters come in two styles: Brown and
A Brown Porter is more malty than hoppy, with
flavors like bittersweet chocolate, caramel, or toffee
.  It's
without any significant quantity of roasted barley. In a
sense, a Brown Porter is a kind of heftier Brown Ale.
Robust Porter, as the name suggests, is a bit more intense,
thanks to use of roasted and/or black patent malt,
sometimes with accompanying substantial hops.

Blurring the lines between porter and stouts
is the Baltic
Porter. I
t's basically an English Porter with a higher alcohol
which was needed to withstand a journey across the
Baltic Sea, where the style continued to evolve thanks in
part to influence from the Russian Imperial Stout style.
Baltic porter can get deliciously complex with notes of
molasses, chocolate, licorice, toffee.  

Inspired by English Porter, American Porters take the
depth and complexity of the classic porter version to
uncharted, craft brewed territories.  Variety in American
Porter, as in craft beer, abounds. Just expect malty
complexity, possibly aggressive hops, and some freedom
to play wildly in the dark side of beer.

We will be tasting an array of porters in various styles at our
meeting on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 4 PM at the Gaslight.  It is
our first ever meeting devoted entirely to porters!

Football season is over so it's time to join us for a
Sunday of great beers!  Bring a friend - all are welcome.


BJCP Style Guidelines for Porters

BROWN PORTER -   A fairly substantial English dark ale
with restrained roasty characteristics.  Differs from a robust
porter in that it usually has softer, sweeter and more
caramelly flavors, lower gravities, and usually less alcohol.
More substance and roast than a brown ale. Higher in
gravity than a dark mild. Some versions are fermented with
lager yeast. Balance tends toward malt more than hops.
Usually has an “English” character.
ROBUST PORTER - A substantial, malty dark ale with a
complex and flavorful roasty character.  It may be
distinguished from Stout as lacking a strong roasted barley
character. It differs from a brown porter in that a black
patent or roasted grain character is usually present, and it
can be stronger in alcohol. Roast intensity and malt flavors
can also vary significantly. May have a strong hop notes.
BALTIC PORTER - Generally quite full-bodied and smooth,
with a well-aged alcohol warmth  Medium to medium-high
carbonation, making it seem even more mouth-filling. Most
versions are in the 7-8.5% ABV range.  A Baltic Porter often
has the malt flavors reminiscent of an English brown porter
and the restrained roast of a schwarzbier, but with a higher
OG and alcohol content than either. Very complex.

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the second
Sunday of the
month, 4 PM,
at the Gaslight.

March. 11
eer Bracket
with 32 IPAs!!
Congratulations to
club member
Doug Vohden  
for winning the Gold
Medal and "Best in Show"
at the NJ State Fair
Homebrew Competition
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and the entire Gaslight
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Beyonce enjoys a pint
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Silver Medal winner
Dan Hodge
Bronze Medal Winner
Jeff Levine
Winners of the
"Sing a Beer Jingle"
contest at our last
Members dancing to
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October meeting.
Congratulations to
club member
for passing the BJCP
test to become a fully
Beer Judge.
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