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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
The Water

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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Former DB15 Cask
Commissioner Brian Lynch
(left) and Fritz Maytag, founder
of Anchor Brewing have been
named j
udges emeritus for the
annual Home Brew With The
Stars contest to be held in
Hollywood. Congratulations!
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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"
Order by mail

Club members can order in person at the next meeting.
If you are not currently on the DB15 mailing list or would
like to join simply write
webmaster@beernexus.com or
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 19, 2019
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
DB 15
Home Brew Contest
Gold Medal
Belgium Golden Strong
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Next Meeting
Sunday, May 19, 2019
4 PM at the Gaslight

t's one of our most popular meeting formats ever - Home
Brew Challenge!  The beer style will be Double IPA so you
know we will be pouring some tasty treats.


Every contestant has used the same recipe and ingredients
supplied by U-Brew so it is truly a test of brewing

Which brewer will reign supreme? You will determine the
answer. Everyone present, brewer and non-brewer alike,
will vote for their favorites.

Don't miss this unique meeting - May 19, Sunday, 4 PM.

Note the meeting is  not on the usual second Sunday of
the month because of Mother's Day.

Style Guide for

From BeerAdvocate.com- Double (or Imperial) India Pale
Ales (IPAs) can resemble everything from a Pale Ale to a
Barleywine, reserved International Bitterness Units (IBU) to
hundreds, from pale to black in color. On top of that, this
truly unique American style has also been interpreted by
brewers around the world who also put their signature
twists on the style.   An o rules” approach is actually what
makes a Double IPA—and it’s so American.  
As the style originated on the West Coast, high alpha acid
hops from the larger Pacific/Northwest region are typically
associated with the style; however, any hops can be used.
Once an IPA reaches the 7-plus percent (ABV) range, it’s
entered Double IPA turf. The higher ABV is derived from
more fermentable sugars, usually from malts. Mash (60
mins), kettle/boil (about 90 mins) and fermentation times
could also vary depending on your desired outcome,
Basically, a Double IPA should be hop-centric and assertive
both in aroma and flavor, and have a higher alcohol content
than a standard IPA (not “double,” per se, just higher),
achieved by adding more malt.

From Beer Judge Certification Program guidelines
A prominent to intense hop aroma that can be derived from
American, English and/or noble varieties. Most can have an
additional resinous or grassy aroma, although this is not
required. Some clean malty sweetness may be found in the
background. Fruitiness, either from esters or hops, may also
be detected in some versions Some alcohol can usually be
noted, but not have a “hot” character.
Smooth, medium-light to medium body. No harsh hop-
derived astringency, although moderate to medium-high
carbonation can combine to render an overall dry sensation
with malt sweetness. Smooth alcohol warming.
Bigger than either an English or American IPA in both
alcohol strength and overall hop level (bittering and finish).
Less malty, lower body, less rich and a greater overall hop
intensity than an American Barleywine. Typically not as high
in gravity/alcohol as a barleywine. A showcase for hops.


Club Dues Now Payable
Our fiscal year will change to a “calendar year”.  As such,
dues for 2019 will only be
$50 payable at the next  
. Starting Jan. 2020 the fee will be the regular $65...

o you have pictures from TAP-NY?
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Past Meeting Notes

March 2019 Meeting Notes
February 2019 Meeting Notes
January 2019 Meeting Notes
November 2018 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 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 per meeting and $20 for a special meeting.
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
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  DB15
members and
TAP-NY regulars
Tom Nooney
and  Faith
who have move to  
Washington to be
closer to hop
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
e has completed all
requirements and is now a
fully certified  BJCP judge!
He has also paaed the
Mead Judge exam!
"How Barrel
Aging Works"
More On Barrel Aging
Video Special
Rabbie Burns
Night at the
Gaslight 2018
produced and
directed by
Livingston Hinckley
Best wishes to
long time DB15  
members and
Tap-NY regulars
Jay and Kathy
Eichberge who
have just moved to
Michigan to be
closer to Founders.

Robert Burns Night
at the Gaslight
2019 event video

produced and directed
by Livingston Hinckley
The style guidelines
regular IPAs
Club Dues
payable  now.
Yearly- $50
Will these medal winners repeat at the May 19
meeting?  Your are the judge - don't miss it.
Wrestling and beer
icon Ston Cold Steve
Austin will
not be at
our May meeting