Not to brag, but we’re a pretty generous lot.
It’s not unusual to see bottles of beer, mead, braggot, wine, or pyment included in Royal gift baskets, or as part of a Baronial feast. Guildmembers set up a bar near the feast pavilion on a couple of special occasions, carding and pouring for a couple of hours before they got their own food. The Crown has received a couple of dozen 350-ml bottles at a time, all decked out in Kingdom colors with period materials, to give away as largesse – particularly when Atlantia is supplying a Royal gift basket to a couple of Royals from another Kingdom who are known to like beer or mead. Dozens of cases of period homebrew are provided to the Kingdom party at Pennsic. (Sorcha here – I’m trying not to be smug, but the Atlantia parties don’t tend to run dry, and the beer and mead are good all the way through the party.) For one Pennsic Queen’s tea, three people sent coolers who weren’t even at War that year. Siegfried Sebastian Faust spearheaded the brewers of Atlantia’s representation at that Tea…
So what cool things have you done with your brew lately? No reason we can’t share excellent ideas and rejoice in our own creative generosity.
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.