AUGUST MEETING ON SAT., AUGUST 13 from Noon-10 p.m. - Location: Emma Long City Park at 1706 City Park Rd.     Emma Long Park  does NOT take cash for daily park fees (only credit cards) & it costs $10/day per vehicle on the weekend.  The official party starts at noon, but some folks will be there all day so feel free to come out early and help set up.  The park does get to capacity later in the day, so if you don't come out early enough you might get turned away. Check our facebook page for updates as the day goes on.  This is also one of our semi-annual food drives, so we ask you to please bring a couple of cans of food for the local area food banks and a bag of ice for the beer trough.  Speaking of beer, this is a keg drag, so feel free to bring a keg of your latest concoction and put it in the trough.  The trough does only go to 11, so you may want to bring a bucket or trash can to put your keg in as well as a picnic faucet (last year we had about 40 kegs).  If you don't keg you can still bring your bottles, just keep it on the down low as glass containers are not allowed in the park.  

Bring a swimsuit, SUNSCREEN, WATER, floats, sunglasses, lawn chairs, pop-ups for shade, 2 canned goods, a bag of ice and a fun attitude!!  Kids are welcome.

The annual cook-off this year is any dish made without meat.  There will be judges and prizes will be awarded!!  Be sure to have your dish there by 1 p.m. if you want to enter the contest.   Meat lovers: bring all the meat you want!!!  You just can't win a prize this year.  This is a potluck so bring anything that is tasty!!  We will provide the plates and utensils.

This is also when we announce the winners of the Inquisition, usually between 2-3 p.m.  Winners of the contest absolutely will not be announced before this date and time.  The results will be posted on the website and sent out via email whenever we recover from this event.

Many of us stay the night, so you are more than welcome to join us.   Click on the Emma Long link above to reserve a campsite (bring a tent).  The park closes at 10 p.m. and they lock the gate.  If you aren't outside the gate, you will be spending the night. Cheers! 


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."


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! 


Note: The results of the 13th Annual Austin ZEALOTS Homebrew Inquisition (2016) will be posted here after Aug. 13.

The 12th Annual Austin ZEALOTS Homebrew Inquisition (2015) results are in ! 

2nd runner up, Will Schauberger, Round Rock Brewers Guild, hoppy beers, "Not Quite A Zombie Dust"

1st runner up, Mark Schoppe, Austin Zealots, Open category, "Mark's Imperial Rauchbier VI"

Best of Show, Keith & Pam Bradley, Austin ZEALOTS, Lagers, "HELL YES!"

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


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 Saturday of the month at a location and time announced here, on the email group, and on Facebook.   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, 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
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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. 
June ZEALOTS Meeting Whitestone Brewing - 601 E Whitestone Blvd #500, Cedar Park, 78613 June 18, 2016 3 - 5 p.m. 
May ZEALOTS Meeting Last Stand Brewing at 12345 Pauls Valley Rd., Austin, 78737 May 14, 2016 4 to 6 p.m. 
April ZEALOTS Meeeting Bluebonnet Brewing, 1700 Bryant Dr #107, Round Rock, 78664 April 9, 2016 3 to 5 p.m. 
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