Per the SCA Corpora, By-Laws, Corporate Policies, and Articles of Incorporation (revised January 18, 2014)
VIII. POLICY ON ALCOHOL
Manufacturing, distributing, selling, serving, or furnishing of alcoholic beverages by the SCA or its branches or subdivisions is prohibited within the United States and its territories.
The use of any SCA funds for the purchase of potable alcohol, except for such quantities as may be necessary for cooking, is prohibited in the United States and its territories.
Officers are not prohibited from serving alcohol; however, it must be done as individuals, and not as part of their official duties as officers.
Officers are not prohibited from giving gifts of alcohol; however, it must be done as individuals, and not as part of their official duties as officers. Giving or receiving gifts of alcohol in court is not considered to be part of an officer’s official duties.
Sorcha here: I’m not sure a Kingdom Notable like the Royal Brewer counts as an officer, but we might be safer if, rather than “paying taxes” of mead or beer to the Crown, who may or may not appreciate the gift or drink alcohol, we donate beautifully presented bottles to be given as Royal Largesse instead.
Atlantian Book of Policy
Effective August 2014
Photo courtesy (mostly modern) Bottle Typing/Shapes website: http://www.sha.org/bottle/typing.htm
http://law.atlantia.sca.org/Policy.pdf1.11 Policy on Alcohol at Events
1.11.1 When a site written contract is silent on alcohol, branches may not publish in any announcement that alcohol is permitted or excluded and may not sponsor activities related to alcohol. In order to have SCA sponsored activities which require the use of alcohol such as brewing and vinting competitions, the written contract must be revised giving permission. Verbal authorization is not sufficient. However, the SCA will not prohibit or monitor the responsible use of alcohol by individuals at these sites.
1.11.2 Site contracts which include alcohol permission may be advertised as such.
1.11.3 Sites with alcohol prohibitions will be advertised as dry sites and the seneschal and event steward will be responsible for maintenance of the signed contract. Exceptions to the contract must be in writing from the site owner or contractual authority.
6.4 Registering Events
126.96.36.199 Site restrictions. Use this block to note any site restrictions such as no open flames, no pets, etc. You must specify whether alcohol is permitted on site.
(Nothing in the following Kingdom Law documents: Kingdom Financial Policy, Acorn Financial Policy, Kingdom Crusades Financial Policy)
Sorcha here: The long and short of it is, don’t be a jerk. There is no such thing as a “discreetly damp” site. Either alcohol is explicitly allowed or it’s not. If the contract doesn’t give us permission, we’re hanging the Society’s ass out there and the consequences are much worse than a spanking.
We used to say “no modern containers”, but who wants to see a modern container at a period event anyway? Bring a pitcher or a barrel if you have brew to share. Seriously.