Lochac's Herbal for Brewers
Lochac's Recipe Book
The purpose of the guild shall be to:
- Practice brewing, wine making, mead making, liqueur making, vintning
and imbibing in the style of the Medieval and Renaissance periods;
- Further research and study of period brewing techniques;
- Make available information on all aspects of period brewing as it
pertains to the SCA;
- Maintain an index of information and period sources;
- To educate, encourage, and foster an awareness of brewing arts within
the populace; and
- Regularly publish a newsletter (with the needs of the members in mind).
- Membership is open to any person. Members choose their own level of
involvement, from being an imbiber, one who drinks and samples, to a
brewer, one who brews for those who imbibe, or a liquermaker or vintner.
Categories for Mastery:
- Gruit (herb beer) and ales,
- Lambic and Belgian ales,
- Mead and metheglin,
- Melomel, pyment and cyser,
- Hypocras and hydromel,
- Cider and perry,
- Wine (grape),
- Wine (other),
- Liqueurs, fortified wines, and cordials,
- Other brewed drinks, kefir, kumis, kvass, and kosher wines,
- Vintning, malting, herb cultivation, and bee-keeping,
- Medicinal brews, and
- OPTIONAL - an entry in a Principality or Kingdom level competition.
- All Guild members shall begin as novices as of Twelfth Night AS XXXIII
- Rise in rank requires a mastery of a number of categories. With the
exception of vintning, bee-keeping, malting, herb cultivation and imbibing,
to master a category three brews must be produced for an event to be
consumed by at least three people, or may be presented to members of
the brewer's Shire/ Barony/ Group. The presentation and taste of the
brew will be commented upon, preferably by at least two fellow members
of the Guild (or three members of the brewer's Shire/Barony/group).
- In the case of vintning, bee-keeping, malting, & herb cultivation
a displayed ability in the art or science will suffice. For imbibing
a member must make accurate and informed comment on at least 6 comment
- For all categories entered, period documentation must be provided
and any adaptations noted.
- Any entry in Kingdom or Principality level competitions will be considered
as one category presented and will require no comment.
- There will be a form for recording the member's name, the category
entered, documentation, any recipe, and any adaptations and the comments
of three people.
- This form must be sent to the Guild Administrator following the presentation
of each category entry.
- NOVICE: To become a novice you must show an interest, and have presented
one category entry.
- APPRENTICE: To become an apprentice, the novice must master the production
of three category entries. One of these entries must be presented at
an official event.
- JOURNEYMAN: To become a journeyman, the apprentice must master a further
three categories. One of these entries must be presented at an official
event. The apprentice must also write one article for the Guild publication
or teach at a Collegium.
- MASTER/MISTRESS BREWER: To become a Master or Mistress Brewer a journeyman
must provide sufficient brew at an event that all present may partake
if desired. The journeyman must also write one article for the Guild
publication or teach at a Collegium.
- :Every Shire/barony/group may have a chapter of the Guild while a
member lives within. Each chapter is responsible for commenting upon
fellow Guild members' work. Chapters may organise themselves and their
activities according to the Charter as they see fit.
- Individual guild members are responsible for their own progress forms.
- Each member must collect colleagues' comments and send the form to
the Guild Administrator following the presentation of each category
entry. Failure to do this prevents rise in rankings.
- Each chapter shall abide by the Charter of the Guild, the laws of
Lochac and the ideals of the SCA.
- A review of the Guild shall be held each 12th Night (Note: This
is now at Rowany Festival at Eastertime). If the meeting cannot
be held at 12th Night, it will be held at Rowany Festival. Any changes
may be made by a majority of the Guild Members. The Administrative Head
of the Guild shall hold office for no more than four years.
The Guild and the Crown:
- It is the Right of the Crown (within the limits of SCA Corpora) to
request beverages from their Guild, and as much as possible, the Guild
shall comply with the wishes of the Crown.
- The Crown may, at its discretion and at the request of the Guild appoint
a Royal Brewer to provide advice and beverages for their Highnesses
as needed and to serve as an additional point of contact between the
Crown and the Guild.
- The Crown shall recognise the Guild ranking system, and the rankings
given individual brewers by the Guild. For its Part, the Guild shall
establish and maintain a set of rules governing the awarding of rank.
- The administrative head of the Guild is called the Guild Master or
Guild Mistress and may be of any rank. This Guild Administrator must
maintain a current list of members and reply to their correspondence.
Each imbibers rank and progress must be recorded and filed. He or she
must maintain and augment any Guild resources or index. The Guild Administrator
reports to their Highnesses, Lochac Minister of Arts and Sciences and
the Lochac Seneschal prior to Twelfth Night. The Guild Administrator
may appoint a Chronicler if necessary.
- The chronicler is responsible for the publication of the Guild newsletter
and may hold office for no more than three years. The chronicler is
answerable to the Guild Administrator. The newsletter should he produced
at irregular intervals and issued at the cost of production.