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Largesse – so what have you brewed for Atlantia lately?

device for Kingdom of AtlantiaNot 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.

Atlantia Brewers’ Guild Charter (2008)

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;

(e)     To assist the brewers and populace with abiding by the alcohol policies of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

Article II: Membership and Rankings
Section 1: Membership
Membership in the Brewers’ Guild of Atlantia is open to any gentle that resides within the confines of the Kingdom of Atlantia and has expressed interest in furthering their understanding of the arts of Brewing.

Section 2: Ranking System
To further the advancement of knowledge and facilitate technical skill within the Brewers’ Guild of Atlantia, we hereby establish four (4) classes of members:

  • 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.

(d)   Brewmaster of Atlantia: An honorary rank that is bestowed by the Guildmaster to those members who are considered to have a lot of brewing experience, are actively brewing and willing to teach others.

Article III: Officers
Section 1: Guildmaster

  • 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.

(b)      If at any time it becomes necessary for a guildmaster to become inactive, s/he is expected to name an interim deputy or to recommend a successor, depending on the expected length of inactivity. Should it become necessary to replace or remove a guildmaster in absentia, the Guild members are to be presented with a list of candidates from among those of Master rank. The next guildmaster is to be chosen by popular vote, with the consent of the Crowns.

Section 2: Inspectors
(a)    Any brewer who represents the guild in their local SCA group. Responsible for: promoting the guild within the group, assisting Autocrats in complying with SCA Alcohol Policy, encouraging new brewers in their group, sponsoring competitions, and reporting local brewing activities to the Guild as needed or at least 4 times a year.

Section 3: Webminister
(a)    The webminister shall be in charge of maintaining the official website for the Brewers’ Guild of Atlantia.

Article IV: Potables

Section 1: Potables
The term “potables” refers to the various styles of brewed beverages and the official categories into which they are to be classed. The charter shall be considered the definitive classification for any guild sanctioned brewing competitions. However, this list is not exhaustive.

Section 2: Style Categories

  • 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.)

(f)       Non-Alcoholics: Includes fruit, herb, or flower syrups and any vinegar based beverage.

Society Policy on Alcohol

Per the SCA Corpora, By-Laws, Corporate Policies, and Articles of Incorporation (revised January 18, 2014)



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.

Atlantia’s Policy on Alcohol at Events

Atlantian Book of Policy

Effective August 2014

group of round-bodied glass bottles

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 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.