Austin ZEALOTS Homebrew Club
MARCH MEETING ON SAT., MARCH 8: Twisted X Brewery in Dripping Springs from 5-8 p.m. Style of the month is Scottish & Irish ales, but bring what you have as always.
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). 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 Saturday of the month at a location
and time announced on the calendar.
Our meetings usually consist of about 60 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! The ZEALOTS won the Lone Star Circuit Trophy in 2010, 2011, and 2013!