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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.
We, the Brewers of the Kingdom of Atlantia, in order to continue the practice of brewing within our fair kingdom, do request that the Crowns of Atlantia renew our guild’s charter. The guild, which shall be henceforth known as the “Brewers’ Guild of Atlantia,” will encourage the practice, research and understanding of brewing within this realm. The following articles will delineate the purpose, officers, rankings, and potables recognized by this guild. Article I: Purpose Section 1: Purposes and Objectives The primary purposes and objectives of this guild shall be:
- To provide standardization in the art of Brewing;
- To provide instruction in the arts of fermentation, infusion, and decoction to any who are interested;
- To teach the populace the major drink styles and varieties, both period and modern;
- To provide information to other groups and assist them in their studies;
- Apprentice: Any brewer of the guild who has demonstrated proficiency in ONE style of the six recognized by the guild. A brewer advances by having brewed one beverage with a score of 75+, judged either formally or informally, by three Atlantian Brewing Guild Judges.
- Journeyman: An Apprentice brewer advances to the status of Journeyman Brewer by demonstrating proficiency in TWO styles of the six recognized by the guild. A brewer advances by having brewed two beverages of different styles with scores of 80+, judged either formally or informally, by three Atlantian Brewing Guild Judges.
- Master: A Journeyman brewer advances to the status of Master Brewer by demonstrating proficiency in FOUR or more styles of the six recognized by the guild. A brewer advances by having brewed four beverages of different styles with scores of 80+, judged either formally or informally, by three Atlantian Brewing Guild Judges.
- The guildmaster should be chosen from among those with the rank of Master within the Brewers’ Guild. The guildmaster holds the membership listing and rankings for the Brewers’ Guild. The guildmaster shall advise all Brewers as to the nearest teacher recognized by the Guild. The guildmaster will submit a progress report to the Crowns at their Coronation. The Guildmaster is expected to remain active, during their tenure, in order to keep abreast of advancements within the guild.
- Meads: Covers most drinks with honey as the main fermentable ingredient. These include traditional meads (made with honey and water), metheglins (added herbs and spices), and melomels (fruit and honey).
- Wines: Includes fruit wines, hippocras and spiced wines (only if the brewer fermented the base wine), and other variants.
- Beers/Ales: Includes beers, ales, sakes, braggots, and any other potables where the main fermentable is grain
- Vinegars: Includes both herb-infused vinegars, fruit-infused vinegars, and vinegars created by the brewer from an alcoholic base and a mother of vinegar.
- Cordials: Any alcoholic beverage that uses either distilled or fermented alcohol as its base in combination with other herbs, fruit, or spices. This would include liquors and spiced wines (where the brewer did not produce the original base.)
Per the SCA Corpora, By-Laws, Corporate Policies, and Articles of Incorporation (revised January 18, 2014) http://www.sca.org/docs/pdf/govdocs.pdf 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 2014http://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 220.127.116.11 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.