Last Friday, my wife and I attended the 29th annual Dixie Cup, the homebrew contest and conference of Houston’s Foam Rangers. We’ve attended several Dixie Cups before and always had fun, and this year’s conference was no exception.
Every Dixie Cup has a theme. This year’s theme was Beermagedon, based on the supposed Mayan prediction of the end of the world. Every year, the Dixie Cup also has a special category to their contest. This year, it was called The Last Beer on Earth. Entries for this category were actually due at last year’s Dixie Cup and they were stored outside in a shed for a year — including through a hot Texas summer — before being judged. (A brewer named Mark Todd won that category.)
Last year at this time, my club (the Austin ZEALOTS) was flying high. One of our members (Mark Schoppe) won the Templeton Award (most individual points at the Dixie Cup), our club won the Dixie Cup (most points by a homebrew club) and our showing at the Dixie Cup cemented our lead for the Lone Star Circuit (the combined points in all the BJCP contests in Texas).
This year we didn’t do as well. A Foam Ranger (Jeff Reilly) won the Templeton award and the Foam Rangers won the Dixie Cup. For some reason, the winner of the Lone Star Circuit hasn’t been announced, but the Rangers may have surged ahead at the Cup and won this, too. Oh, well....