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The Big Prize!

The ZOO would like to formally announce that the Best of Show winner for the Art of Darkness competition will get an opportunity to team up with Mother’s Brewing Company for the 2014 Great American Beer Festival Pro Am!  For more details, check out the competition website ( There may also be some more interesting prizes for medalists announced in the not so distant future. Cheers!

Art of Darkness


Upcoming Competition: The Art of Darkness

The Homebrew ZOO would like to announce our next competition “The Art of Darkness” – a special tribute to dark beers.  It covers BJCP categories:

10C: American Brown Ale

11A-C: English Brown Ale

12A-C: Porter

13A-F: Stout

18B, E: Belgian Dubbel and Belgian Dark Strong Ale

23: Specialty Beer

Registration opens Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM, CDT. Registration closes Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM, CDT. Please note: registered users will not be able to add, view, edit or delete entries after this date/time. Be sure and check out the competition website for special updates including new prizes!

Big Brew Day Recipes

If you’re looking to brew with us on Big Brew Day, you’ll need to select one of the recipes provided on the AHA web site.  There are three recipes this year, and each is available in either extract or all-grain.

If you plan to brew and are a current dues-paying member of the Homebrew ZOO, you need to contact Todd Frye and let him which recipe you are brewing and how much as soon as possible.  You can email him at todd [at] homebrewery [dot] com.  Let him know if you are brewing the blond, pilsner, or mild, if you’re brewing extract or all grain, and how much beer you plan to make.  He will have your kit ready to go on Big Brew Day and current ZOO members will get a discount on these kits.

To review the recipes, click here.

Third EVER Mother’s Day Festival

Title: Third EVER Mother’s Day Festival
Location: 215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield, MO
Link out: Click here
Third Ever Mother’s Day Festival
Saturday, May 18th
“Hard to believe it, but the 3rd Ever Mother’s Day Festival is coming up and we have quite a day planned for all of you fine people. Just like the previous two festivals, we will be focusing on local beer, local food, local art and local music! The event will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 2-8pm (doors at 1:30pm) in your Mother’s Backyard (215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield, MO). $5 at the gate and, as always, kids 15 and under are free. Don’t forget to bring your chairs and blankets so you can get comfy and make yourself at home in Mother’s Backyard.” -Mother’s Brewing

The Homebrew ZOO will be well represented @ this festival, showing off our equipment and maybe even brewing up some beer! Come over to our tent and chit chat with us about beer… or better yet: making your OWN! Hope to see you there!
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2013/05/18
End Time: 20:00

AHA’s Big Brew Day

Title: AHA’s Big Brew Day
Location: 1967 Boat Street, Ozark, MO
Link out: Click here
Description: Help the Zymurgists of the Ozarks celebrate the American Homebrewers Association’s Big Brew Day. Members from the organization will be brewing one of the three recipes provided by the AHA to promote the love and joy of homebrewing. This will be in conjunction with The Home Brewery’s customer appreciation party. Any and all are welcome!
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2013/05/04
End Time: 18:00

Happy Birthday, SGF!

Title: Happy Birthday, SGF!
Location: Park Central Square
Link out: Click here
Description: “TAG Media is throwing a birthday party for Springfield like never before. Park Central Square will be filled with games (for kids and grown ups), a birthday cake silent auction, inflatables, local food vendors, live music, city officials, local celebrities, and a whole lot more from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.” -TAG

Along w/ local food and games, the Homebrew ZOO will be there brewing up some goodness, taste testing some grains and generally educating Springfield about the awesomeness of homebrewing! Be sure and stop by the tent to say hello!
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2013/04/27
End Time: 17:00

Hoppy St. Patricks Day WINNERS!

Below is a list of all the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each category as well as the best of show.  If your place earns you another prize, you will be receiving that prize as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please contact the competition committee chair Keith at


Category 8: English Pale Ale

1st: Keith Wallis – “English Pale”

2nd: Robert Socha – “Sofa King Bitter”

3rd: Jake Culver – “Lady Snaggletooth”


Category 10A: American Pale Ale

1st: Tim Thomssen – “Cheech & Chong Pale Ale”

2nd: Chris Becker – “Conan Pale Ale”

3rd: Time Rosse – “Spitfire Extra Pale Ale”


Category 14A: English IPA

1st: James Frazer – “James the Ripper”

2nd: Mike Winckler – “It’s Pat(‘s Ale)”

3rd: Robert Socha – “Redcoat IPA”


Category 14B: American IPA

1st: David Schumacher – “SchuBrew IPA”

2nd: Keith Bachman – “Chupacabra IPA”

3rd: Dave Hukill – “SAC Up IPA”


Category 14C: Imperial IPA

1st: Tim Thomssen – “Hop-Tarded Imperial IPA”

2nd: Wit Sanders – “BlackIPA Imperial IPA”

3rd: Nicholas Otersen – “TLC Double Bubble Imperial IPA”


Best of Show

1st: Keith Wallis

2nd: David Schumacher

3rd: Tim Thomssen

September Cereal Killer Competition Reminder!!!


Just a reminder that we are currently planning a Cereal Competition (I might have added the “Killer” part in the title) for the September meeting!

The only rule or stipulation is that at least 10% of your grain bill must be breakfast cereal.

There’s still plenty of time to brew for it so please start on your winning recipe if you haven’t already done so!

June ZOO Meeting – Style: Saison or Farmhouse Ales

Title: June ZOO Meeting – Style: Saison or Farmhouse Ales
Location: The Home Brewery – Ozark, MO
Description: This month’s style/theme: Saison or Farmhouse Ales.

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Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2012-06-19
End Time: 21:00