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Not True-  
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The Best Beer  
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Belgium Ales Not Wine

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Judge Beer Like a Pro

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Beer World Records

Beer and Taxes

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Former DB15 Cask
Commissioner Brian Lynch
(left) and Fritz Maytag, founder
of Anchor Brewing in Fred
Bell's toast the opening of their
new hop farm in Troy, NY.  
Both promise to be hands on
owners and work in the fields.
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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
Next  Meeting 9/9/18
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Next Meeting - Single Hop Beers
Sept. 9, 2018 - At the Gaslight- 4 PM

Most beers are made with a mixture of hops, the fragrant
flowers that furnish aroma, bitterness, and flavor. Some
hops are favored for their perfume, while others are better
off supplying a bitter jolt. By mixing and matching hops,
brewers can create singular beers, much like cooks
tinkering with a spice cabinet.

With some beers stuffed with three, four, or sometimes
even ten-plus hop varieties, and new breeds debuting
annually, isolating each flower’s contribution is difficult.
In fact, it can be intimidating for some drinkers to get a beer
that has multiple hop varieties listed on the label because
they don’t know how it will taste.

The solution is single-hop beer, a drinkable lesson in flavor
and aroma. By keeping the base beer the same and only
tweaking one variable—the hop—breweries such as
Founders, Stone, Sierra, Westbrook, and Mikkeller can
offer liquid intelligence, for consumers and brewers alike.

Beers using commonly available varieties, such as herbal,
piney Chinook, intensely citrusy Centennial, and floral and
grapefruit-tinged Cascade, are seen the most often. But each
year in the hop fields of the Pacific Northwest, Germany,
and New Zealand, researchers and farmers are busy
developing a dizzying array of breeds sporting novel aromas
and flavors. Single-hop beers are the perfect platform to test-
drive new varieties' commercial viability.

Beyond educating consumers about flavors and aromas,
single-hop brews highlight the fact that beer is born of
agriculture, not faceless industry. People don’t always look
at beer as a true agricultural product, but without the efforts
of farmers, both of grain and hops, brewers would be like
chefs eyeballing an empty pantry. If you love beer then the
hop farmer is a hero along with the brewer.

Dan Hodge will personally select a wide range of single hop
beers for the meeting.  This is our fist ever meeting on the
topic and it promises to be most special and tasty!

Don't miss it - Sunday, Sept. 9 at 4 PM,  the Gaslight.

Bring a friend - everyone is welcome.

A Guide To Basic Hops

Big citrus notes, spiciness and hints of flowersA classic,
widely used hop that's been around since the '70s and is
considered the quintessential American hop Cascade creates
big aromas of orange and grapefruit, as well as floral
characteristics, a bit reminiscent of roses.

Gives the beer: those classic IPA grapefruit and pine notes,
plus some bitterness. Centennial is  super popular and
widely available variety.

Notes of black currant, tropical fruit, and woodsy earth and
hefty bitterness.Simcoe is a hop that isn't grown
everywhere, meaning you'll find it in fewer beers.

Really big citrus aromas and flavors Expect a potent mix of
orange, grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine with Citra – a
distinct combination that's made this hop highly popular.

Subtle notes of tropical fruit with some grassiness
A new release back in  2012, this hop quickly became a
favorite with IPA drinkers  Look for notes of mango and
pineapple, plus some tangerine and blackberry.

The Noble Hops
Hallertauer Mittelfrüh (sometimes called just "Hallertau" or
"Hallertauer"): Continental Europe's most famous hop variety
is gentle and floral, with a slightly peppery or woodsy
spiciness. Tettnanger brings zesty and grassy notes, with an
earthy spiciness and a touch of citrusy aromatics. Spalt is
easy-going, woodsy, and peppery. Saaz is a Czech hop
known for its assertive earthy spiciness.

Australia and New Zealand
Hops from Australia and New Zealand can be woodsy and
earthy or ultra-bright and juicy. Those falling on the fruit-
forward end of the spectrum are well-loved in the United
States for their flavors of melon, lime, and passion fruit
aromatics they can impart to IPAs, and pale ales. Notable
ones are Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, and Motueka


Meeting Notes
March 2018 Meeting Notes
May 2018 Meeting Notes
November 2017 Meeting Notes
October 2017 Meeting Notes
September 2017Meeting Notes
August 2017 Meeting Notes
July 2017 Meeting Notes
June 2017 Meeting Notes
May 2017 Meeting Notes
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

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
How To Be A Fake Beer Geek
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

Home Brew Showdown
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 Guild
.Best wishes to
long time  
Tom Nooney
and  Faith
who are
moving to
Wins Title of
Best Beer in NJ
in the
Congratulations to Head
D.J. Soboti
and the entire Gaslight
Make bad beer
good with
Mad Hops -
full product
review HERE
Club Members at last year's
Silver Medal winner
Dan Hodge
Bronze Medal Winner
Jeff Levine
Winners of the
"Sing a Beer Jingle"
contest at our last
Congratulations to
club member
for passing the BJCP
test to become a fully
Beer Judge.
He has also
passed the
Mead Judge exam!
"How Barrel
Aging Works"
More On Barrel Aging
Video Special
Rabbie Burns
Night at the
produced and
directed by
Livingston Hinckley
To celebrate the start of
the NFL season
NY Jet's Hall of Fame
quarterback and hop
farmer has been invited
to our Sept 9 meeting.  
Please do not ask for
in the unlikely even he  attends.