Duchess Anna Leigh's Grand Beverage Showcase & Social

Duchess Anna Leigh (aeannaleigh AT gmail.com) is sponsoring a grand and glorious activity to take place at Ęthelmearc War Practice in May 2021. The activity brings together the three Ęthelmearc guilds responsible for potable beverages: the Ęthelmearc Guild of Brewers, Vintners, and Meadhers; the Ęthelmearc Herbal & Apothecary Guild; the Worshipful Company of Cooks & Bakers. Each of these guilds will be conducting formal beverage competitions within their area of responsibility. In addition, an informal competition will take place collectively during a social gathering where the populace will have the opportunity to choose their favorite.

A couple of new twists this year. First, the Ardent Ensemble of Gourmands and Imbibers will be making their debut. This is a companion guild charged with coordinating and standardizing comestible activities between the three guilds promoting potable beverages.

Second, the competition has added a category - paired food and beverage entries. This may include a food paired with a beverage, a food using a brewed or apoth'd beverage as an ingredient, or a food that incorporates spent ingredients from a brewing or apoth beverage. Details are available through the Worship Company of Cooks and Bakers, and will be published by THL Lasairfhiona at the FB Event Page and via kingdom contact lists.

The activity will take place in the A&S area on Friday evening. Beverages may be dropped off between 5PM and 6PM. Judging will commence at 6PM. Winners will be announced in Court on Saturday.

Coordinators for the individual guilds are:

  • Ęthelmearc Guild of Brewers, Vintners, and Meadhers: Meistr Madoc Arundel, madoc_arundel AT yahoo.com

  • Ęthelmearc Herbal & Apothecary Guild: THL Maggie Rue, tinamhrain AT yahoo.com

  • Worshipful Company of Cooks & Bakers: THL Lasairfhiona inghean Aindriasa, Ravenheart.vp AT gmail.com

Want to pre-register your entry? Use the convenient forms here. Fill them out and email copies to Anna Leigh (aeannaleigh AT gmail.com) and the appropriate Guild coordinator.

There are three levels of competition. Each entrant chooses at which level they wish to compete.

It doesn't matter what awards one might have, whether or not one has previously won a competition or even previously entered a competition. Each entrant is free to choose any level they wish.
  • Mastery Level: Entries at this level will be judged using the 60-point criteria normally used for the Ice Dragon competition. Judging for the Mastery level will be "passive", meaning the competitor need not be present. If the competitor is present, there is no interaction between the competitor and the judges during judging. There are no requirements for anonymity.
    • Entry must be a period-style beverage
    • Entry should be manufactured using period processes and/or equipment
    • Entry must be fully documented - the style of beverage, all ingredients, and processes.
    • Documentation should include primary and/or secondary sources.

  • Artisan Level: Entries at this level will be judged using simplified criteria and a modified 24-point rubric. Judging for the Artisan level will be "passive", meaning the competitor need not be present. If the competitor is present, there is no interaction between the competitor and the judges during judging. There are no requirements for anonymity.
    • Entry should be a period-style beverage
    • Entry may be manufactured using modern processes and/or equipment
    • Entry must include some documentation of style of beverage, ingredients, and processes. Primary sources are not required.

  • Aspirant Level: Entries at this level will be judged by the populace and some dignitaries in an informal setting. Competitors are free to interact with anyone they choose during the judging period. Time permitting, competitors may request formal feedback from the judges of the Artisan and Mastery level without being subject to the judging criteria for those levels.
    • Entry must be a potable beverage
    • Entry must be made by the entrant
    • Entry requires no historical documentation
    • Every entry MUST be accompanied by a list of ingredients (for allergy purposes)
    • Entry should be enough beverage to allow as many members of the populace as possible to sample and vote

Beverages listed below will be considered by the appropriate Guild. Where a beverage may be appropriate in more than one Guild, the competitor has sole discretion regarding where he or she wishes to be judged.

  • Beverages considered by the Ęthelmearc Guild of Brewers, Vintners, and Meadhers:
    • Beer and Ale
    • Wine
    • Mead and Braggot
    • Hard Cider
    • Other Fermented Beverages (e.g. Kvass, Kumis, etc.)

  • Beverages considered by the Ęthelmearc Herbal & Apothecary Guild:
    • Cordials
    • Infusions with a Distilled Alcohol Base
    • Medicinal Teas
    • Extracts
    • Other Medicinal Beverages

  • Beverages considered by the Worshipful Company of Cooks & Bakers:
    • Vinegar and Sekanjabin
    • Non-Alcoholic Spiced Beverage
    • Fruit-based Ades (lemonade, limeade, orangeade, etc.)
    • Flavored Waters / Milks
    • Teas
    • Extracts
    • Soft Cider
    • Other Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Download the appropriate form for your entry, fill it out, and email it back to Duchess Anna Leigh (aeannaleigh AT gmail.com) with a copy to the appropriate Guild Coordinator.


Brewers, Vintners, and Meadhers Herbal and Apothecary Cooks and Bakers


60-Point Rubric for the Mastery Level

Brewers, Vintners
& Meadhers
Herbal and
Apothecary (coming soon)
Cooks and
Bakers (coming soon)


24-Point Rubrics for the Artisan Level

Brewers, Vintners
& Meadhers
Herbal and
Apothecary
Cooks and
Bakers

Keep checking back. We will continue to add other information as it becomes available.

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