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Former DB15 Cask
Commissioner Brian Lynch
(left) and Fritz Maytag, founder
of Anchor Brewing celebrate at
the famed Oktoberfest in
Munich.  They were honorary
Fest Parade Grand Marshals.
Congratulations Brian and Fritz!
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the Gaslight!  
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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 )ct. 13, 2019
The Gaslight
Don't Be A Loser -
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20 Rules to Follow
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Next Meeting
October 13 at the Gaslight 4 PM
brew Challenge

Here it comes, one of our most popular meetings of the
year.  It's the Home
brew Challenge!  Join us as some of the
top brewers in the area battle for the prestigious DB15
Medal of Brewing Excellence in the British Brown Ale
category. Everyone present will get to pick the winner
as we sample and rate each entry. It's excitement from
beginning to end. Come and support home brewing!

This is one event you should not miss
- Sunday, 10/13/19 at
4 PM.
Bring a friend and we guarantee they will thank you.
British Brown Ale
(From the 2015 BJCP Style Gideline)

Overall Impression - A malty, brown caramel-centric British
ale without the roasted flavors of a Porter.
Appearance - Dark amber to dark reddish-brown color.
Clear. Low to moderate off-white to light tan head.
Aroma - Light, sweet malt aroma with toffee, nutty, or light
chocolate notes, and a light to heavy caramel quality.
Flavor - Gentle to moderate malt sweetness, with a light to
heavy caramel character and a medium to dry finish. Malt
may also have a nutty, toasted, biscuity, toffee, or light
chocolate character. Medium to medium-low bitterness.
Malt-hop balance ranges from even to malt-focused; hop
flavor low to none. Low to moderate fruity esters allowable.
Mouthfeel - Medium-light to medium body. Medium to
medium-high carbonation.


Brief Look At Home Brewing

Home brewing wasn’t legal in all 50 states until 2013.
(Alabama and Mississippi were the last.) This was 35 years
after home brewing was federally legalized, and 80 years
after the 1933 repeal of Prohibition.  

The wheels of the contemporary craft beer revolution
started turning on Oct. 14, 1978, when President Jimmy
Carter signed a bill (H.R. 1337) that explicitly legalized
brewing beer at home.  In December 1978, the American
Homebrewers Association (AHA), a national organization
devoted to supporting amateur brewers, was founded by
Charlie Papazian
, the “Godfather of Homebrewing".

A recent survey by the American Homebrewers Association
estimates that there are now  1.1 million homebrewers in the
United States, with 40 percent of them taking up the hobby
within the last four years.
 Unfortunately it's still against the
law in all states to use the U.S. Postal Service to send beer.
UPS and FedEx allow you to send it  with a special permit.

Do you have beer pictures you want to see posted on
this page?  Just send

Past Meeting Notes
June 2019 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.

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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


The Best in Beer Reading

Check out member Glenn DeLuca's latest
musings in
The Big G's Beer Beat
The wisdom and whimsy of beer from
The Beer Sage
Vince's Adventures in Beerland
Dan Hodge's Beer My Way
She Said He Said Beer Debates

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
.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
Congratulations to our medal winners!
Winners of the
"Sing a Beer Jingle"
contest at our last
Congratulations to club member
He has completed all
requirements and is now a
fully certified  BJCP judge!
He has also paaed the
Mead Judge
"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
for regular IPAs

Next Meeting
Sunday 10/13/19
4 PM at Gaslight
Home Brew
Bring a friend-
all are welcome
Winners Home Brew Challenge Double IPA
The beer race from the
August meeting!
Dan Hodge         Vince Capano      Tim Terhune
Silver                       Gold                         Bronze
Past Home Brew
Challenge Winner
Club member Livingston
Hinckley representing the
DB15 in Plzeň, Czech
Republic judging at the
Czech Homebrewing
and Mead Festival
Thanks to
Tom Hendricks
from Troegs Brewing
for his outstanding
presentation at our
Sept. meeting
Which is correct
"home brew" or
Here's the