APRIL MEETING ON SAT., APR. 15  -  Hi SIGN Brewing from Noon-2 p.m.    Address: 1201 Bastrop Hwy, Austin, TX.   Style of the month is Pale ales & IPAs but as always, bring what you have and a tasting glass.  If you don't have any homebrew ready, bring a nice example of the style of the month.    FYI - Live Oak is having their anniversary party that day so maybe plan ahead to be able to go to both since they are in the same area.  Cheers!!

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!


Judges and stewards needed on April 7-8 to judge over 700 beers for the Nat'l Homebrew Conference.   Look for details on our Facebook page and via our email group.



And Ricardo Fritzsche won homebrewer of the year on the Lone Star Circuit!!  Congrats!   Mark Schoppe finished second!!  Kerry Martin finished 7th and Ronnie Lawson finished 15th!!  Congrats on an amazing effort in 2016!  Corey & Angela Martin finished 4th in the team competition!  

Join us at the Bluebonnet Brewoff in the DFW area in late March where the Lone Star Circuit Trophy will be awarded to 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, 2014 & 2016!


  • Styles of the Month We do have a "Style of the month" for our meetings BUT we are Loosely Organized!!!  As always, bring what you have to a monthly meeting.  But if you are ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2017, 2:09 AM by Dan Dewberry
  • 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
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April ZEALOTS meeting Hi Sign Brewing, 1201 Bastrop Hwy, Austin. April 15, 2017 Noon - 2 p.m. 
March ZEALOTS Meeting Live Oak Brewing Co. at 1615 Crozier Ln, Del Valle, TX 78617 March 11, 2017 1 to 3 p.m. 
February ZEALOTS Meeting Oasis Texas Brewing at 6550 Comanche Trail #301, 78732 February 18, 2017 3 - 5 p.m. 
January ZEALOTS Meeting Black Star Co-op January 14, 2017 4 - 6 p.m. 
December ZEALOTS Meeting Austin Homebrew Supply December 10, 2016 6:30-10:30 p.m. 
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