Greetings unto all potential contestants for the Barleycorn Brewing Contest! Once again the extremely transient Gratuitous Lily Guild (get it, heehee) offers an evaluation of the efforts of the Kingdom brewers for encouragement in their craft, the betterment of their fame and the entertainment of the populace!
There will be prizes offered for all categories: beer, wine, mead, cordial, non-alcoholic and best of show. Contestants are expected to be over 21 if entering an alcoholic category, as are those judging those categories. You may download the entry form here
Please do not enter more than three entries total, as largesse is appreciated around the night fires but not in the middle of the day by even the most stalwart of our doughty judges. ;-7 Also in the spirit of fairness, if you or your significant other are judging a category please do not enter anything in that category.
As this is an SCA competition, it is not a blind taste test. Presentation is part of your entry, thus labels, pretty and/or period looking bottles are encouraged. Please try to document your entries. Efforts to remain true to historical accuracy are excellent, but your work does not have to be period so long as it is created for the enjoyment of yourself, the populace, and the art of brewing. If you wish to keep your recipe and process secret, that is fine although you will lose points; but all ingredients MUST be listed so as to prevent allergic reactions among the judges. If your entry does not list all ingredients it will NOT be judged.
I am not, repeat, NOT a judge-level member of the InterKingdom Brewer's Guild, but I am using their form and following their judging guidelines - because they're there. :)
All beer and mead will be classified using the 2004 version of the Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines. You can take a look at them here
As always, we need judges!!! Please contact me directly if you want to judge. This year we will make a vague attempt to judge categories at specific times, so that people wishing to judge a particular category will be able to schedule their participation around the other Barleycorn activities.
Entries must be received by noon. Tentative judging schedule: 12pm: beer; 1pm: mead; 2pm: wine; 3pm: cordial; 4pm: non-alcoholic and best of show.
Kindly forward to other local SCA lists and blogs as is appropriate.
Best of luck to all,
Aquilina of the Sea Cliffs