Good greeting, Brewers, Vinters and Imbibers of Lochac! My, what strange times we find ourselves in. I hope this missive finds the members well, as we come blinking back into the daylight in the hope of some semblance of normality.
I wish to bring to notice of the membership some happenings within the Guild.
Kotek Torzhoskoi will be conducting a Guild tasting on the Thursday, 12/11/2020 after opening Court at Golden Flight 2020, being held in Southron Gaard. I would commend Guild members attend and support Kotek if able. If you are not a member, but are going to the event, please join in and enjoy yourself with the largess of some of the Kingdoms best brewers display their craft.
For those attending Golden Flight and seeking advancement in the Guild’s ranking system, please speak to Kotek for forms.
Staying in the Islands, Canterbury Faire is approaching, on 24-30 January, 2021. The Guild normally has a strong showing at this event, and I enjoyed myself the time I was able to attend. We are seeking a volunteer or two to run the tastings at this event, and provide a brief run down to myself afterwards. If you think you would be interested, please contact me.
As there was no Rowany Festival, there was no Guild Meeting. If we are able to meet again at Rowany Festival in 2021, I would hope to retire from this role and return to my estates. As such, please consider volunteering to become the next Guild Clerk. If you are interested, again, please contact me to discuss what this entails.
Also, I would like to thank Master Drake Morgan for his session on Discord in May on Basic Beer and Ale. This channel is available if anyone was thinking of running any classes, or just starting a discussion.
Again, I wish our members well, and hope to catch up soon, and raise a glass in company as events recommence.
Yours in service,
From the lands of the Wiradjuri
Greetings fellow brewers. I have been travelling this Kingdom, and seen the wondrous activity of our brewing community. At Fields of Gold, held in Politarchopolis in early December, Lord Bjorn organised an area for any guild members to present their wares to the Kingdom. Ably assisted by Jochen Schwabe, who provided a fantastic “hole in the wall”, the event was well provisioned by Bjorn’s meads and ciders, Lord Aymer’s cider, and my own yppocras and beers, as well as Bjorns snacks. I am looking forward to what we can put together for next FoG, and, sorry about the “appley” beer and if I missed any contributors.
From FoG, my family joined the caravan and headed east, to Canterbury Faire, an event most splendid and worth the journey. I was welcomed by our fellow brewers with open arms and proffered bottles, and enjoyed the spirits tasting held on the Monday of that event. Many thanks to the organisers of the tastings, in particular Lord Maximilian and Lord Kotek. It was good to see the enthusiasm for the brewing arts, and the amazing display of wares offered up for tasting.
At this event, two of our number, being Mistress Aveline and Lord Damien had their wares examined, and were granted elevation to the rank of Journeymen of the Guild. Congratulations on achieving this, and I look forward to tasting your work in the future.
Again, with rankings, and after reading back through correspondence received, three members of the Guild have been added to the number of Apprentice, being Kotek Torzhoskoi, Howard of Gildenwick and Sir Master Vitale Giustiniani. My apologise for not attending to this sooner, and congratulations on your apprenticeship.
Finally, Rowany Festival draws nigh, and as is the tradition, Master Padraig, who won last years brewing competition, and set the rules for this year’s brewers comp, to be judged at the Guild Meeting at Rowany this Easter. His conditions for entry are as follows: “a dark ale or beer, to whatever recipe or redaction the entrant favours so long as it come from grain”. I, for one, am looking forward to see what is offered at the tasting this Festival, and look forward to meeting more members of the Guild. Once the date and timing of the meeting is confirmed, I will advise in all the usual places.
In Strathcorbie, on the feast of St Victor and Claudian, in the Reign of Eva and Felix
Greetings, Brewers of Lochac!
As tasting coordinator for the Guild Tastings at Canterbury Faire 2019*, I am pleased to announce a few changes to the norm, and the categories, of which some are new for this event.
Firstly, we will be trailing a new feedback system. This will aim for a speedier and better experience for both tasters and creators.
Second; in respect to pacing, we’ve decided to split across two tastings, with spirits as a separate event.
Third, and more excitingly: I’m aiming to get a (small) prize for the best item in each of the categories. To which, I am still seeking a few sponsors for this (a sponsor being willing to: attend the event, contribute to a prize (negotiable), and help out with the tallying process)
Fourth, pre-registration of entries is available as an electronic form. This won’t be a requirement, and you can still brew at the event and/or enter on the day.
Finally the categories are:
-Fermented soft drinks (Being ~.5-2% alcohol)
-Ales and Beers
-Meads and Melomels etcetera
-Spirit infusions (from purchased spirits*2)
-Zero Alcohol Drinks: refreshing but non alcoholic pre-1600 drinks.
-Accompaniments: Snacks to pad the stomach of the most imbibed imiber.
I’m informed by my guildmasters that there is to be another competition on the theme of “From Honey”, This will take place at the a&s display on Tuesday 22nd at 2pm at Canterbury Faire next.
Hopefully this will inspire you all to get started on brews – only 116 days to go…
– Kotek Torzhokskoi
In Southron Gaard, Lochac
*book now, you know you want to: http://sg.sca.org.nz/cf/
*2 this is to enable those without a still, but want to try spirit infusing, and for international visitors who are not permitted to distill by law in their lands.
My Dear and Fellow Brewers, Greetings!
Firstly, I apologise for the delay in this missive, as I have been distracted by the press of business at my estate.
Item, at Rowany Festival recent was held the Guild’s Annual General Meeting, where the sole order of business was the election of the Guild Clerk. I am pleased to say that the Guild now has a new Clerk in James Douglass, Baron of the Court of Lochac and Master of the Pelican.
Item, after the election was held the tastings for the Guild competition for Rowany Festival, being for a gruit. As the sole entrant, I appear to have “won” this competition. As victor, I would like to announce that the competition for next Festival shall be for a dark ale or beer, to whatever recipe or redaction the entrant favours so long as it come from grain.
Item, after the Competition came the open Tastings. The meeting attendance varied over the course of the meeting, due to the press of other business at Festival for many, thus some of the most-approved beverages in each section had 11 plusses, others 8. Recorded attendees were: Padraig, Rosalind, Mont Joye, Constantine, Yast, Bjorn B, Henecoc, Ianto, Al’Attar, Tim, Bjorn P, James, Maximillian and Sigvaldr. The beverages presented were as follows:
Ales and beers: Padraig’s rosemary gruit, James’s Stout, Henecoc’s kit honey wheat beer, Bjorn P’s buckwheat scotch heavy, Henecoc’s kit ginger beer. The most approved was Henecoc’s kit honey wheat beer, followed by James’s stout.
Wines and ciders: Rosalind’s cider, Bjorn B’s perry, Ianto’s elderflower, Bjorn B’s plum wine, Al’Attar’s Bloody Mary Brew, Bjorn B’s beetroot wine, Padraig’s Cider water, Ianto’s 16 yr old kit Cab Sav. The most approved was a tie, between Ianto’s elderflower and his kit Cab Sav; mention should be made of Bjorn B’s beetroot wine, as the consensus was that it would make an excellent ingredient or base for borscht or other similar stew.
Meads and melomels: Bjorn P’s Casual Profanity, Padraig’s pomegranate and citron melomel, Ianto’s 2015 blackcurrant melomel and Ianto’s 2016 blackcurrant melomel. The most approved was Bjorn P’s Casual Profanity, underscoring why he is having success with his brews outside of the SCA, followed closely by Padraig’s pomegranate and citron melomel.
Spirits and liqueurs: Kotek’s blackcurrant brandy, Bjorn B’s cherry liqueur and Bjorn B’s butterscotch liqueur. There was a tie between Kotek’s brandy and Bjorn B’s cherry liqueur for the most approvals.
I would like to thank all the Brewers, Vintners and Imbibers who made my tenure as Clerk such a joy, and look forward to the tenure of James.
Yours in Service,
Padraig, Journeyman of the Guild
At Innilgard on the Feast of St Petronax the Benedictine, Tailtiu and Rowland being Crown.
The Guild tasting for Canterbury Faire 2018 will be held at 4pm on the Tuesday of Faire in the Half Circle amphitheatre unless the weather is inhospitable, in which case other arrangements will be made.
Members are asked to limit their entries to two each, and we expect the meeting to run for nearly two hours so BYO water and snacks.
The Guild competition for Canterbury Faire 2018 is “small’s” being low alcohol drinks, such as small ale, small mead or fermented soft drinks. Bonus points will given to those who make sufficient quantities to have it put “on tap” at the Mangy Mongol for the populace.
The competition will be judged during the A&S display on the Tuesday morning of Faire. The judging form that will be used can be found at https://brewers.lochac.sca.org/files/2015/01/Brewers-Guild-judging-form.pdf Entrants should provide a sample of their brew and documentation to the judges by 10am sharp.
My Dear and Fellow Brewers, Greetings!
After much toil by Maximilian, which followed a motion made by Master Rurik at the Festival AGM, we now have a simple online form by which one can submit a request for an advancement in the Guild. The link can be found here and should be pretty self-explanatory.
For those interested in grading the brews, please get in touch with Maximilian and he can arrange for you to be added to the system.
Additionally, at the tasting that occurred at Midwinter Coronation, Maximilian submitted a Cider that was judged as drinkable by divers people present; I know this by looking at the online form. As such I would have it known that Maximilian is to be an Apprentice in the Guild, and that I look forward to further work from Apprentice Maximilian.
In Cerevisio Felicitas,
Padraig Lowther, Journeyman and Clerk of the Guild
At Innilgard on the Feast of St Hormisdas, Steffan and Branwen being in their second reign.
My Dear and Fellow Brewers, Greetings!
I apologise for the delay in this missive, but I have been kept busy with the requirements of my estate.
At May Crown last was held a competition on Meads and Fruit Wines, and I congratulate Wolfgang Germanicus on winning the competition. This completed his requirements for advancement within the Guild, and so I am pleased to name him a Journeyman of the Guild. Additionally, William Montrose has completed the requirements to be name an Apprentice of the Guild, and has been recorded as such.
I hope that this missive finds you well, and look forward to seeing you all in future.
Padraig, Clerk of the Guild,
In Innilgard, on the Feast of St Saturnina, Ariston and Lilavati being Crown
My Dear and Fellow Brewers, Greetings!
This past Festival was a busy and eventful one, especially for the Guild. This missive is to serve as a recitation of the business conducted at Festival, so that all in the Guild may know of these Happenings.
Primus, there was held after the Laurel Prize Tournament the Guild AGM, wherein the only formal piece of business was the election of the Clerk of the Guild for the coming year. As the only candidate, your humble Author was returned to the Clerkship, for which I can only offer my humble thanks to the Guild for their confidence.
Item, following the Guild AGM was held the Guild tasting, which was run by Rosalind, Apprentice within the Guild, due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict on my part. The results of this are as follows; the single entry in Fermented Soft Drinks was Rosalind Beaufort, thus she is victorious in this category. For Beers and Ales, in order of descending approval, there was Stuart the Brewer’s German beer, then Eclen’s ginger beer, then a tie between James Douglas’ red ale and Eclen’s ginger ale, with Bjorn Bassason’s summer beer making up the numbers. For Wines and Ciders, in order of descending approval, there was a tie for first place between James Douglas’ Yppocras and Rosalind Beaufort’s mead, then Eclen’s sparkling cherry wine, then a tie between Eclen’s blueberry wine and James Douglas’ cider, then Bjorn Bassason’s cider, then Beatrix’s mead, with Bjorn Bassason’s orange wine making up the numbers. For Meads and Melomels, in order of descending approval, there was Bjorn Purssaspringr’s sack mead, then William Montrose’s Raisin Mead, with my own mustard mead making up the numbers. For Spirits and their infusions, in order of descending approval, there was Bjorn Bassason’s peach liquor, then Hostilia’s butterscotch liquor, then a tie between Beatrix’s cherry liquor and Bjorn Bassason’s raspberry liquor, with two more liquors, watermelon and lychee, from Bjorn Bassason completing this section. This Tasting counts for Advancement, and so I commend those who entered to consider their rank within the Guild and their standing in this Tasting. I would note that, similar to the Tastings undertaken at Canterbury Faire, that the press of Time’s Bootheel be on us all, and so Fellows of the Guild should be wary about the number of beverages they submit to the Tasting, especially if they submit several within the same category.
Item, this Festival the Competition was for a Cider containing one ingredient other than Apples, Yeast, Water and Yeast Nutrient if desired. Victorious in this competition was Wolfgang Germanicus, with William Monrose placing second and my own water-cider bringing up the numbers. I have asked Wolfgang to nominate the Category for next Festival’s competition, and he wishes it to be Unhopped Ales. Thus, a brew primarily from malted barley, wheat, spelt or other grain commonly used for the purpose of making beer, that contains no hops but may be flavoured with other ingredients. I look forward to this next competition, and anticipate a fine variety of gruits.
Item, a member of our Guild has, through diverse efforts, improved their Rank in the Guild. This is Asbjorn Pederson, who through his efforts is now reckoned a Craftsman by the Guild. Craftsman Asbjorn is the first of our number to be reckoned as such by the Masters of the Guild, and I commend his knowledge and experience to all who wish to learn of the Mysteries of our Art.
This complete my report, and so I leave you firm in the knowledge that I remain
Padraig Lowther, Clerk of the Guild
At Innilgard, on the Feast of St Winewald,
Ariston and Lilavati being Their Lochacic Majesties