It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of THL Wolfgang Starcke on January 26th, 2018. Wolfgang was an avid brewer and a great advocate for this Guild as well as inter-kingdom brewing and vintning activities. He served off and on as a Region 4 representative as well as the head of the Guild from 2014 to 2017. For many years, he was the organizer for the hospitality bar at the AE party at Pennsic, and the coordinator for the inter-kingdom brewers meet-and-greet. As the autocrat for Ice Dragon, he took great pains to ensure that the event site enabled brewers to participate in the A&S competition. He was a great friend and he will be missed.
Showcase: Prepare now for Countess Anna Leigh's Great Beverage Showcase and Social to be held the Friday night of War Practice. Follow the link for details, and check back often as new information is released.

Points for Participation: A new program designed to encourage participation in brewing activities throughout the kingdom. Check out the details at our participation page.

We endeavor to keep up a certain level of activity throughout the Kingdom. Below are a few events where we will be having brewing-related classes, meetings, competitions and other various activities:

Feb 17-18, 2018 AEdult Swim AEdult Swim is adding an A&S component this year. This is a two-day event at a damp site, so brewing options are available both as part of the A&S and for recreational purposes.
Mar 9-11, 2018 Known World A&S Hosted by our neighbors to the East, this event in Philadelphia features the best of the arts & sciences world from all over the SCA. The East Kingdom brewers are planning a brewing track, and I have assurances from them that unofficial brewing-related activities will also be taking place.
Mar 10-18, 2018 Gulf Wars A war, a wet site, and a host of A&S activities where brewers are welcome to participate. Also, Their Majesties have put out the call for AEthelmearc to have a strong presence in all aspects of the war... so it's the patriotic thing to do to participate.
April 7, 2018 Bacon & Brewing Bash V Region 2 Brewing Championship. Any brewer is welcome to enter and vie for the overall prize. The highest scoring entry from within Region 2 will be declared the Region 2 Champion.
April 14, 2018 Ice Dragon Brewing is a top-level category, with three subcategories: Beer/Ale, Wine/Mead, and Non-alcoholic.
May 17-20, 2018 War Practice Lots of opportunities to share and enjoy home brewed beverages... but primarily Countess Anna Leigh's Great Beverage Showcase and Social. This activity includes a grand beverage competition at the Mastery and Artisan levels as well as an Aspirant competition judged by populace vote at a social gathering. Both occur on the Friday night of War Practice weekend. Countess Anna Leigh promises a multitude of prizes great and small, and of course what better way to showcsae one's wares than to see them enjoyed by dozens... even hundreds... of the populace.


Each regional representative is encouraged to host a minimum of one round table within their region each year as well as an annual regional brewing championship. Contact information for each region is on the Organization page.

From the Guild Head:

The Crowns' largesse coordinator is constantly seeking gifts that can be given by Their Majesties in gift baskets to foreign dignitaries, as tokens of appreciation to the populace, or as comestibles at social events. Small bottles of home brewed beverages make excellent largesse gifts. If you are so inclined, please contact Countess Anna Leigh through the SCA AEthelmearc page on Facebook.

Countess Anna Leigh is in charge of the A&S at War Practice coming up in May. The theme of the A&S is "14th Century" - any geographical area - numerous opportunities to teach, conduct round tables, or attend classes.

Comments, questions, opinions, and suggestions may be shared on either the Yahoo group, the Facebook page, or directly with Madoc or your regional representative.

Regional Representatives have begun posting guidelines for official Guild-sponsored competitions within their regions. Check it out at the Resource page.

The charter for the AEthelmearc Guild of Brewers, Vintners, and Meadhers has been signed. We are now charged with the promotion, study, and production of fermented beverages throughout the kingdom.


From BMDL 12th Night (January 13, 2018): THL Madoc Arundel hosted the Tasters Tavern, which offered a variety of wines and meads as well as 30 gallons of beer/ale from five different brewers - Lady Alysoun of the Debatable Lands, Nohaaj, Sean of Hahvehbier, and Stiofan of Hahvehbier joined Madoc in supplying the populace with fine libations. Additionally, Madoc was made an Amicus Cometus by Their Excellencies Debatable Lands for hosting this activity over the last four years, and he received a writ to consider elevation to the Order of the Laurel for Brewing and Vintning. He will answer that writ at Bacon & Brewing Bash V on April 7, 2018.

From Fabric, Fiber & Fighting (November 18, 2017): THL Elska á Fjárfelli received a writ to consider elevation to the Order of the Laurel for Brewing and Household Arts. She will answer that writ at Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon on April 14, 2018.

From Crown (October 7, 2017): Lady Alysoun of the Debatable Lands hosted a Brewers Round Table. The topic of discussion was "Describe your ingredients and processes."

From Harvest Raid (September 30, 2017): Lady Morgana le Coeur hosted a Brewers Round Table. The topic of discussion was "What did you bring and how did you make it?"

Seeing good brewers, vintners, and meadhers recognized for their efforts is very rewarding. Remember that any member of the populace can recommend any other person for any award. You do not have to be a member of an order to recommend someone for membership in that order. Use the online award recommendation form located here to ensure that your recommendation goes to the appropriate individuals.

September 3, 2017 Shoot in the Wildwood: The Region 5 Brewing Championship had a half dozen people participate in the combined championship and round table, with several interesting entries in the Beer, Wine and Cordial categories. THL Cristina Inghean Ghriogair became the regional champion for her Birch Beer Trial - a series of three beers made using birch sap as a primary fermentable.
July 8, 2017 Pax Interruptus: Baron Caleb Reynolds was inducted into the Order of the Fleur d'Æthelmearc for Brewing.
April 22, 2017 Coronation: THL Elska á Fjárfelli was inducted into the Order of the Fleur d'Æthelmearc for Brewing and Household Arts.
April 15, 2017 Bacon & Brewing Bash IV: Lady Elska á Fjárfelli won the overall competition with her hive mead. Baron Rauthbjorn Lothbroke won the Region 2 Championship with a tie between his kvass and his reduced pyment. There were ten entries from five brewers overall.
April 8, 2017 Ice Dragon: Lord Wolfgang passed the mantel of leadership to THL Madoc Arundel. Lord Wolfgang served as the Guild Head for more than three years, and is largely responsible for the increase in the number of brewing round tables kingdom-wide, for increasing the status of the Guild as the host of the tavern at the AEthelmearc party at Pennsic, and for researching laws and regulations in the three states with regard to the status of home brewing and brewing activities from a legal standpoint.
January 21, 2017 BMDL 12th Night: Master Tofi did a class in tasting, adding various components surreptitiously to multiple bottles of the same brew, and going through tasting techniques for picking out the differences. Both Tofi and THL Madoc provided libations for the Tasters' Tavern.
November 12, 2016 AEcademy: Master Gille taught a class in basic brewing practices. THL Madoc taught a class in how to document period brewing. Lady Elska moderated a Brewers Round Table attended by 11 gentles. THL Madoc was inducted into the Order of the Fleurs d'AEthelmearc for brewing and vintning.
October 22, 2016 Bacon and Brewing Bash III: The 2nd Region 2 brewing competition had 9 entries from 5 brewers. The overall winner of the competition was Lady Rhiannon filia Catell of the Barony of the Cleftlands with a score of 104/120 for a cinnamon melomel that one judge was heard to proclaim 'tasted like Christmas.' The winner of the Region 2 Championship was Baron Rauthbjorn Lothbroke with a score of 96/120 for an aged pyment that had an extraordinarily rich flavor.
Pennsic War, 2016 The Guild fulfills their traditional role of providing the beverages for the AEthelmearc party, with six brewers providing roughly 45 gallons of alcoholic beverage and 10 gallons of non-alcoholic beverage.
June 1, 2016 AEcademy: THL Madoc offered classes in Documenting Homebrew, and Medieval Malting.
April 30, 2016 Queen's Prize and A&S Faire: Lady Elska presented her much acclaimed beehive mead.
April 23, 2016 Blackstone Raid: Region 1 holds its first Regional Brewing Championship.
April 16, 2016 Siege of Harlech: A "brewing only" competition and round table hosted by Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson. Ten total entries came from THL Madoc Arundel, THL Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Good Gentle John, one other good gentle (forgive me - the name escapes me), and His Excellency Baron Fergus of Hanna from Atlantia.
April 9, 2016 Coronation: The Guild made a presentation to TRMs while sitting in state. TRMs expressed an interest in their son learning about ginger beer. An impromptu round table involved discussion about documentation of brewing, judging brewing, and the upcoming vacancy in the Region 1 guild representative office.
April 2, 2016 Ice Dragon: Lady Elska and THL Madoc both took blue ribbons - Elska for a beehive mead and Madoc for a sage beer. Lady Elska went on the win the Pentathlon Novice division.
January 23, 2016 Region 2 hosted a tasters tavern on conjunction with the BMDL brewing championship. Four brewers showcased 11 different beverages. Judging was by populace choice. Around 45 people voted. The BMDL brewing champion is Bovi, who presented a clove metheglin.
January 9, 2016 The Guild hosted a round table and sampling at 12th Night. Four topics presented for discussion were the future focus of the Guild, the construction of a new charter, the creation of an educational track within AEcademy, and a means of identifying expertise of various Guild members for the edification of novice members.
October 31, 2015 Kingdom A&S: THL Madoc Arundel entered a heather ale.
June 13, 2015 Lady Caolifhion of the who received a Sycamore for brewing, specifically ciders and meads.
April 11, 2015 Lord Hundthor the Pintsman received a Sycamore for brewing, specifically beers and ales.
March 21, 2015 THL Madoc Arundel wins the Ice Dragon Pentathlon, largely on the strength of his brewing entries.
January 17, 2015 Baron Rauthbjorn Lothbroke, Lord Geirolnir the Huntmaster, and Lord Thorfinn Fra Ell’s Fjorde all received a Sycamore for the brewing sciences, and Lady Diana of Waterford received her Award of Arms for vintning.
July 24-August 9, 2015 The IKBG meet-n-greet as well as the IKBG competition both took place on middle Sunday, hosted by our own Lord Wolfgang Starcke. THL Madoc Arundel taught classes in pre-16th c. gruit and on brewing sugars. Members of the Horse Piss Tavern had open bar pretty much every night of the war. The AEthelmearc party featured brews from numerous contributors throughout the kingdom.
August 7, 2015 The Guild sponsors both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic bars at the AEthelmearc party at Pennsic.
April 25, 2015 Region 1 hits the mark with a brewing competition in 3 parts - including Regional Champion, Lady Adrienne MacLeod.
April 18, 2015 Region 2 shines at Bacon & Brewing Bash, with 8 brewers entering 10 beverages in a round-table competition. THL Madoc Arundel wins the Region 2 Championship.
March 21, 2015 Guild members do well at Ice Dragon:
  • Beer/Ale Individual: Madoc Arundel for English Brown Ale
  • Wine/Mead Novice: Susan Verberg for Cyser
  • Wine/Mead Individual: Madoc Arundel for Mosel-style Riesling
  • Cordial Individual: Caleb Reynolds for Cinnamon Water
  • Non-alcoholic Individual: Caleb Reynolds for period Lemonade
January 17, 2015 The Guild sponsors the members of the Borderwatch Brewers Consortium in a Tasters Tavern and a "populace choice" competition at BMDL 12th Night.
January 10, 2015 The Guild hosts a roundtable and competition at Kingdom 12th Night, as well as cohosts a Tasters Tavern with ACG (the hosting shire.)
August 4, 2014 The Guild runs the bar at the AEthelmearc party at Pennsic, with more than 45 gallons of beer and mead.
May 18, 2014 The Guild establishes a presence on Facebook.
March, 2014 Lord Wolfgang Starcke becomes the Guildhead.
February, 2014 THL Madoc becomes the Guild Webminister.
November 2012 Sir Aengus MacBain becomes the new head of the Guild.
August 2012 The "Iron Brewer": Cherry Challenge is sampled during the Knowne World Brewer's Meet & Greet at Pennsic War XLI.
September 1, 2009 The Kingdom of AEthelmearc Brewer's Guild forms a Youth Chapter.
August 3, 2009 The Kingdom of AEthelmearc Brewer's Guild provides about 50 gallons of beverages for the Kingdom-hosted party at Pennsic War XXXVIII.
August 3, 2009 The "Iron Brewer": Pepper Challenge is sampled during the Knowne World Brewer's Meet & Greet at Pennsic War XXXVIII.
January 9, 2009 The guild now has an officially registered badge! Wear it with pride: (Fieldless) On a barrel palewise proper, an escarbuncle argent.
August 4, 2008 The Kingdom of AEthelmearc Brewer's Guild provides about 50 gallons of beverages for the Kingdom-hosted party at Pennsic War XXXVII.
August 3, 2008 The "Iron Brewer": Sage Challenge is sampled during the Knowne World Brewer's Meet & Greet at Pennsic War XXXVII.
August 6, 2007 The Kingdom of AEthelmearc Brewer's Guild provides about 50 gallons of beverages for the Kingdom-hosted party at Pennsic War XXXVI.
August 5, 2007 The "Iron Brewer": Cinnamon Challenge is sampled during the Knowne World Brewer's Meet & Greet at Pennsic War XXXVI.
June 30, 2007 The "Iron Brewer": Lime Challenge is sampled at Pax Interruptus, in the Barony of Thescorre.
March 24, 2007 The new Brewer's Guild website is launched.
August 14, 2006 Master Gille MacDhnouill transfers stewardship of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc Brewer's Guild to Brandubh O'Donnghaile and Iain Ard mac an Bhaird at court held during the Kingdom-hosted party at the Pennsic war.
August 14, 2006 The Kingdom of AEthelmearc Brewer's Guild provides almost 100 gallons of beverages for the Kingdom-hosted party at Pennsic War XXXV.
December 22, 2005 The AEbrewers mailing list is formed, with over 50 brewers coming together within the first week!

This is the recognized Web site for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc Brewer's Guild, Kingdom of the AEthelmearc (The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.) and is maintained by THL Madoc Arundel. This site may contain electronic versions of the group's governing documents. Any discrepancies between the electronic version of any information on this site and the printed version that is available from the originating office will be decided in favor of the printed version.
Copyright © 2007-2018 Guildhead, AEthelmearc Guild of Brewers, Vintners, and Meadhers. The original contributors retain the copyright of certain portions of this site.
For information on using photographs, articles, or artwork from this web site, please contact the web minister via email at madoc.arundel AT He will assist you in contacting the original creator of the piece. Please respect the legal rights of our contributors.
All external links are not part of the AEthelmearc Brewer's Guild website. Inclusion of a page or site here is neither implicit nor explicit endorsement of the site. Further, SCA, Inc. is not responsible for content outside of

This page last updated 3 February 2018 by Madoc Arundel