DECEMBER MEETING ON SAT., DEC. 10  -  Austin Homebrew Supply at 9129 Metric Blvd, Austin, from 6:30-10:30 PM.  It's our CHILI COOKOFF and YEAR END CELEBRATION WITH AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS!!!  The AUSTIN ZEALOTS WON THE LONE STAR CIRCUIT TROPHY SO LET'S PARTY!    There are trophies for the best chilis!   If you want to enter the chili cookoff, it needs to arrive by 7:30.   We will have plugs for your crock pots but you may want to bring a serving spoon for your chili as we only have a few.  We WON'T have a keg setup so just bring beer like you do to a regular meeting (bottles, growlers, etc...), but feel free to bring commercial beers to share as well.   Please bring a tasting glass.  Bring a chair if you really want to sit.  We will also hand out the FRED Award (ZEALOTS Homebrew Enthusiasm trophy).  We will need to clean up a bit at 10:30 but then the party can shift to 4th Tap or Draught House or Black Star if you wish.  There are hotels in the area if you want to check that out plus some new alternative taxi services are operating in Austin so you might want to check those out beforehand.    Feel free to bring some food other than chili: enchiladas, chips and dip, veggies, you name it.  Also you can bring 2 canned or dry goods for the food bank.  

If you want an opinion on your beer, please let us know and we will try it early and help solve any issues you may be having. Don't be shy!   We will give you an honest opinion and give friendly advice. How are we going to win the National Homebrew Conference in Minneapolis next year if we don't HELP eachother???   If you are new, we don't bite!!  Come on in and introduce yourself.   Cheers!

Summary: 1.  make sure your chili arrives by 7:30.     2.  bring some beer, cider, or mead    3.  bring a tasting glass    
4.  bring two canned or dry goods for the food bank    5. have a safe way home     6.  don't mess up AHS as they are very gracious to host a bunch of us!!


The 13th Annual Austin ZEALOTS Homebrew Inquisition (2016) results are in !  

Best of Show, Ricardo Fritzsche, Austin ZEALOTS, Balanced Beers, "Ric's Pale Rider"

1st runner up, Mark Schoppe, Austin ZEALOTS, Meads & Ciders, "Mark's Semi-Sweet Hydromel"

2nd runner up, Dan Ironside, Austin ZEALOTS, Open Category, "Imperial Smoked Porter"

See all the results on the bottom of the Inquisition page, or click RESULTS.


Chris Colby has also written a homebrewing book!!!  "Home Brew Recipe Bible"  LINK TO PURCHASE      "Chris Colby from Beer & Wine Journal serves as the brewmaster for this collection of 100 recipes for home brewing!  Chris’ Vienna Lager won silver in the 2004 National Homebrew Competition, as well as a Best of Show in 2004 and several lesser ribbons from his contest days. Here, he’ll show you how to take the freshest ingredients and create a lot of different and fantastic beers to choose from."    Beer and Wine Journal

Dan Ironside (Austin ZEALOTS member) has written "Idiot's Guide: Homebrewing".  Purchase a copy now or download on your device.  LINK TO PURCHASE       "Idiot's Guides: Homebrewing breaks the brewing process down step-by-step and helps you understand how to minimize the risk of a bad batch, maximize your success, and foster the passion and pride that every homebrewer experiences when they brew the perfect beer. The author teaches readers the fundamentals -- from home brewery setup and equipment sanitization, to the proper techniques for nearly any style of beer, to bottling and aging their brews. You will learn how to select ingredients, taste beer the right way, and experiment from over 60 recipes ranging from German lagers to IPAs."    Dan's Apartment Homebrewer Blog


NEWS FLASH: MARK SCHOPPE WINS the 2015 NINKASI AWARD for earning the most points in the National Homebrew Competition!  Congratulations to Mark!  What an effort!  He was the Ninkasi winner in 2012 as well! 


The Austin ZEALOTS is a loose group of members that have a common interest in brewing and/or drinking great beer. "ZEALOTS" stands for Zymurgic Enthusiasts of Austin Loosely Organized Through Suds. The club has been around since about 1990 and was started by some of Austin's homebrewers, the owners of Live Oak Brewing Co., the early owners of Austin Homebrew Supply, and employees at Celis Brewery. There is a weekly roaming happy hour at the various breweries in and around Austin (sign up for the forum, the yahoo email group for details or check Facebook).  No dues or office of the CEO exist. However, we do ­have pseudo officials: Primary Fermenter, Secondary Fermenter and Conditioning Tank(s), just for grins.  Monthly meetings are the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of the month at a location and time announced here, on the email group, and on Facebook.   Our meetings usually consist of about 40 or more people who share their creations (bring a tasting glass please). We have a style of the month, but if you have homebrew that isn't in that style, bring it on! ­If you don't have any homebrew handy, feel free to bring a commercial example of the style of the month that you enjoy. Bear in mind that to give each person a sample, you will need to bring at least 2 twelve ounce bottles. Each year we host a Homebrew Competition called the Inquisition.  It is certified and sanctioned by no one. It is unique in that judging is not to determine if you can emulate a particular classic style, but can you make quality beer.   In 2012, the ZEALOTS finished 3rd in the AHA's National Homebrew Conference and Mark Schoppe finished in first place overall and became the Ninkasi Award winner (plus he won the Ninkasi in 2015!)!  The ZEALOTS won the Lone Star Circuit Trophy in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014!


  • Mark Schoppe wins Ninkasi for 2015! Mark Schoppe Wins Top Award at World’s Largest Beer Competition  SAN DIEGO, CA • June 14, 2015 Mark Schoppe of Austin, Texas, and the Austin ZEALOTS was presented the Ninkasi ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2015, 10:20 PM by Dan Dewberry
  • Lone Star Circuit news and Dixie Cup results The Dixie Cup completed all the contests for 2014 and the Austin ZEALOTS scored enough points to win the Lone Star Circuit!  Also, Chris Rauschuber scored the most points at ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2014, 9:07 PM by Dan Dewberry
  • Black Star Contest Go to the "Contests" page to get the details on the homebrew contest being held in November, 2014 at Black Star Co-op.
    Posted Sep 24, 2014, 9:45 PM by Dan Dewberry
  • Keep Austin Beered ProAm winners - 2014 Here are the results from the two contests.  Congrats to all the winners!ROGNESS - American Brown Ale1st - Corey Martin2nd - Chris Rauschuber3rd - Daniel ChristensenFLIX - Mild1st - Stuart ...
    Posted Jun 30, 2014, 12:15 PM by Dan Dewberry
  • Styles of the Month January - Stouts & PortersFebruary - English ales & all ImperialsMarch - Scottish and Irish alesApril - Pale Ales & IPAsMay - Bocks and Smoked beersJune - BelgiansJuly - Wheat beers & MeadsAugust - Lawnmower ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2014, 1:05 PM by Dan Dewberry
Showing posts 1 - 5 of 11. View more »


November ZEALOTS Meeting Meridian Hive Meadery at 8120 Exchange Dr, Ste 400, Austin, 78754 November 19, 2016 7 to 9 p.m. 
October ZEALOTS Meeting Zilker Brewing at 1706 E. 6th St. October 16, 2016 2 - 4 p.m. 
September ZEALOTS Meeting Blue Owl Brewing at 2400 E. Cesar Chavez #300, 78702. September 10, 2016 1 - 3 p.m. 
August ZEALOTS Meeting & Picnic Emma Long Park at 1706 City Park Rd. August 13, 2016 Noon - 10 p.m. 
July ZEALOTS Meeting Austin Homebrew SUpply July 9, 2016 6:15-8:15 p.m. 
Showing 5 items from page News & Events sorted by Date. View more »