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Former DB15 Cask
Commissioner Brian Lynch
(left) and Fritz Maytag, founder
of Anchor Brewing in Munich
as official guests of the German
Government for Oktoberfest.  
They will deliver the keynote
speech in the opening cermony..
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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.
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Next  Meeting 10/14/18
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Next Meeting October 14, 2018
Germany v. USA / Oktoberfest Beers
Sunday 4 PM at the Gaslight

It's a showdown of epic proportions as Germany, the home
of Oktoberfest beer, duels some of the best versions the
USA has to offer.  Everyone attending will sample an array
of beers in this great style and vote to determine the nation
that will reign supreme as the true King of Oktoberfest!


Oktoberfest beers are almost invariably lagers. However,
surprisingly, the type of lager varies significantly. In
America, our Oktoberfests tend to be red hued, slightly
sweet beers known as Marzen. But at the actual festival, the
beers are closer to
a paler German lager, similar to another
German style known as a Dortmunder.

The Brewers Association actually breaks down Oktoberfest
into two distinct styles: German-Style Oktoberfest/Wiesn
and American-Style Marzen/Oktoberfest.

At the real Oktoberfest in Munich, only six local breweries
serve on the premises: Paulaner, Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr,
Augustiner, Hofbrau and Lowenbrau.

Before you think that the beers from the USA are a distinct
underdog in the competition note that in his book "The Birth

of Lager,"  Michael "The Beer Hunter"Jackson wrote: "It is
America's turn to teach the Germans something: to show
them that traditions can be rediscovered."


What is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volksfest (beer festival
and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria,
Germany, it isa 16- to 18-day folk festival running from

mid or late September to the first weekend in October.
Over six million people from around the world attend the
event every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after
the colloquial name for the fairgrounds, Theresa's meadows
(Theresienwiese). The Oktoberfest is an important part of
Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810.
Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest
celebrations that are modeled after the original Munich event.

The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place in the 16-day
period leading up to the first Sunday in October. In 1994,
this longstanding schedule was modified in response to
German reunification. As such, if the first Sunday in
October falls on the 1st or the 2nd, then the festival would
run until 3 October (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival
now runs for 17 days when the first Sunday is 2 October
and 18 days when it is 1 October.

The festival has annually serve
s about 7 million liters of beer
which is enough to fill nearly three Olympic-size swimming
pools.  Wine
is also served at Oktoberfest.  Last year 94,795
were consumed along with 42,526 Litres of sparkling
wine.  Over 1.1 billion: euros are pumped into the Munich
economy annually, courtesy of the festival.

There are also sporting events at Oktoberfest – the

German Crossbow championship, for example, is
traditionally held at the Armbrustschützen Paulaner tent.

The breweries whose beers are served a
t Oktoberfest are
only those with a long tradition in Munich’s city limits.
six breweries are Paulaner, Spaten, Löwenbräu, Augustiner,
Hofbräu and Hacker-Pschorr.


Meeting Notes
September 2018 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

Peter Wittig
is the German
Ambassador to the
United States.  He has
been invited to attend
our Oktoberfest meeting.
We are anxiously
awaiting his reply.