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 12th Annual Austin ZEALOTS Homebrew Inquisition 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.


AUGUST MEETING ON SAT., AUGUST 8 from Noon-9:30 PM.    PICNIC TIME!!   We will meet at Emma Long City Park ($10 admission per car but they DO NOT TAKE CASH ANYMORE - so bring a credit card).  Style of the month is Lawnmower beers/Free-for-All (but bring whatever you have brewed).  Bring a keg if you want (you probably need to bring a bucket to keep it cold since the trough/serving board can fill up early).  If you bring bottles, keep them hidden as glass is technically not allowed.  We are doing a canned food drive so bring 2 cans or boxes of food we can donate to the food bank.  Please bring one bag of ice for all the kegs.  The ZEALOTS Inquisition Awards will be handed out about 2 p.m.   We are having a spam cookoff and wards will be given.  Any dish with spam in it can be entered.  Or just bring what you want to share whether that is a main dish or a bag of chips.  Don't forget SUNSCREEN, SWIMSUIT, WATER, ICE, CANNED FOOD, CHAIRS, beach shoes, pop-up tents, etc...   You can check the Emma Long website for info on campsites.  Note the park opens at 7 a.m. but closes at 10 p.m. and they lock the gate so you cannot get out after 10 p.m. 


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!


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    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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April Meeting Real Ale in Blanco April 13, 2013 Noon to 5 p.m. 
March Meeting Rogness Brewing, Pflugerville March 9, 2013 5 to 7 p.m. 
May Meeting Thirsty Planet May 11, 2013 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
June Meeting Hops and Grain Brewing, 507 Calles St. June 8, 2013 5-7 p.m. 
July Meeting Adelbert's Brewery July 13, 2013 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
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