best-medieval-wine-650x351To ensure that Kingdom Twelfth Night (January 10, 2015) will be filled with good cheer, the Æthelmearc Brewers’ Guild invites you to sample a brew or two at the Taster’s Tavern, which will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

To partake, you must show proof of age — 21 or over.  From 10:30 to 12:30,  tavern staff will stamp your hand and give you two tickets, which may be exchanged for samples. Some non-alcoholic beverages will be available as well. If you are willing to bring beverages to share, please contact THL Madoc Arundel at madoc_arundel AT yahoo DOT com so he has an idea of what will be available.

During the afternoon, a formal judged competition will take place with a prize awarded to the best beverage from a period source (documentation encouraged). Rumor has it that Her Majesty – who enjoys all types of comestibles, but especially wine – might stop by to select a Queen’s Choice. Judging will consist of each brewer judging every entry, including his/her own; so come prepared to be pleasantly critical. Details regarding time/place/process and recommended documentation will be available on the Brewers Guild website located at brewers.aethelmearc.org as well as posted on the Guild’s Yahoo group and Facebook page.

Following the competition, we will have an informal round table discussion focusing on advancing interest and participation in the science of zymurgy throughout the kingdom. Other topics are also welcome.

NOTE:  The site is discreetly damp (BYOB);  please drink responsibly.  Anyone found serving alcohol to those under 21 or publicly intoxicated will be asked to leave immediately with no refund.