Brewers and Vintners

The Guild of Brewers and Vintners exists to promote the production and responsible enjoyment of fine quality wines and beers by members of the Far Isles. Membership of the Guild shall be open to all members who are aged 18 and over. Persons aged 16 and over may seek to join with parental knowledge and consent.

Current Guildmasters (jointly): Lady Patricia Dalla Toscana, Master Christopher of Launceston

Rules of the Guild

1. From 1st July 2014 these shall be the rules of the Guild of Brewers and Vintners (herein called 'the Guild') and shall supercede and cancel all former Rules of the Guild.
2. The Lady Patricia Dalla Toscana (in mundane Pat Evans) and Master Christopher of Launceston (in mundane Chris Evans) shall be jointly the Guildmasters of the Guild. All references to an act by the Guildmaster shall be a reference to their joint act, or to an act by either one individually.
3. Membership of the Guild shall be open to all members of the Far Isles who are aged 18 and over. Persons aged 16 and over may seek to join with parental knowledge and consent.
4. The Guild exists to promote the production and responsible enjoyment of fine quality wines and beers by members of the Far Isles.
5. There shall be four grades of Members.

a) The first Grade shall be that of Apprentice.

To achieve this grade, a Member of the Far Isles shall present the Guildmasters with a sample of a beer or wine which he or she has made, sufficient for them to taste it and ascertain its quality. They shall also present the Guildmasters with the recipe used to make the drink, and notes of the methods used, including details of any and all additives and sterilising agents used, the times the drink has been aged, and its conditions of storage.
If the Guildmasters so approve, the recipe and notes shall be lodged in the Book of Mysterys of the Guild, the grade of Apprentice shall be granted and the new Apprentice shall have their grade confirmed in open Court so soon as may be.

For this grade only, the use of commercially available kits to produce beer or wine is acceptable, though not to be encouraged. For all grades, the use of commercially available recipes is wholly acceptable. For the purposes of the grades, Mead and Ginger Beer (alcoholic) count as beers.

b) The second grade shall be that of Journeyman.

To acheive this grade, an Apprentice shall present the Guildmasters with samples of two further wines or beers, one of which should be of a different character to that produced for his Apprenticeship, sufficient for them to taste them and ascertain their quality. They shall also present the Guildmasters with the recipes and notes relevant to these drinks as before.

If the Guildmasters so approve, the recipes and notes shall be lodged in the Book of Mysterys as before, the grade of Journeyman Vintner shall be granted if three wines have been produced, Journeyman Brewer if three beers have been produced, and Especial Journeyman if both wine and beer have been produced and the new Journeyman shall have their grade confirmed in open Court as soon as may be.

c) The third grade shall be that of Master Brewer and Vintner.

To achieve this grade, a Journeyman shall present the Guildmasters with samples of three further beverages, with their recipes and notes as before. A Journeyman Vintner shall produce at least one beer or mead, a Journeyman Brewer at least one wine; and an Especial Journeyman may produce what alcoholic beverages they please.

As before, if the Guildmasters so approve the recipes and notes shall be lodged in the Book of Mysterys.In addition, an article upon some aspect of Drink in the period covered by the Far Isles, of suitable length and interest to be published in Apples and Acorns shall be produced by the intending Master. At the discretion of the Guildmasters it may be so published, and it too shall be lodged in the Book of Mysterys.

Upon completion of this the grade of Master Brewer and Vintner shall be granted and the new Master Brewer and Vintner shall have their grade confirmed in open court as soon as may be.

d) The fourth grade shall be that of Patron of the Guild.

It shall not depend upon the tests for the other grades.

To acheive this grade, the intending patron shall make this known privately to the Guildmasters. They should treat the Guildmasters to a drink (which may be of any form acceptable to the Guildmasters) prove that they can converse interestingly upon some topic related to drink, and should declare their readiness to assist intending apprentices to the guild with the costs of starting the production of their first wine or beer.

A Patron of the Guild shall be entitled to call upon the Guildmasters for two bottles of wine or beer in any one year, one for the Twelfth Night Revel and one at any other time, by giving the Guildmasters reasonable notice. The Guildmasters may supply these themselves or may call upon any Master Brewer and Vintner, Journeyman, or Apprentice that they deem competent to supply them.

They may, at their discretion, have this grade declared with approval in open Court, or may chose that this shall not be done.

A list of Patrons will be kept in the Book of Mysterys.

6. The Book of Mysterys is open to no-one save the Guildmasters.The reigning Monarch may request information from the Book from the Guildmasters and it will be provided privily. None other may open the book, but if any Apprentice, Journeyman or Master wishes to review the pages they have submitted, these pages will be provided.

7. As the Guild exists to promote the responsible enjoyment of fine quality wines and beers, any person, having a grade within this Guild, who:
- behaves drunkenly in open Court to the offense of the reigning Monarch
- behaves drunkenly so as to offend our hosts at any revel
- behaves drunkenly so as to offend the Guildmasters,or
- knowingly and outwith parental responsibility plies any minor with strong drink,
shall be named in open Court, their grade shall be stripped from them, and they shall take no further part in the Guild's affairs. Such a person may only be re-admitted to the Guild on the direct appeal of the reigning Monarch to the Guildmasters.

8. Any person intending to become an apprentice but lacking the werewithal to produce their first beverage may apply to the Guildmasters with a copy of the recipe they intend to use. If the Guildmasters approve, the recipe shall be returned to the intended apprentice, and the necessary equipment or finance shall be supplied, either by the Guildmasters themselves or by a Patron of the Guild.
The intending Apprentice shall produce their beverage within twelve months of receiving this support (or shall tell the Guildmasters that it is being prepared but needs further time, producing a sample of the beverage to validate this claim, if that is the case). If the intending Apprentice does not so produce the beverage, the equipment shall be returned or the finance repaid as may be the case. Any dispute on this matter shall be brought before the Lord Chancellor for settlement.

9. Any person, at the date of these rules, who claims to have a pre-existing grade within the Guild shall bring this matter to the Guildmasters with appropriate proof within six months of the publication of these rules, and the Guildmasters shall rule upon the validity of that claim. The Guildmasters ruling shall in this instance be final.

10. If the reigning Monarch, or the designated Autocrat for a forthcoming revel, shall request any brew or wine for a forthcoming revel, the Guildmasters, either personally, or through any Master Brewer and Vintner, Journeyman, or Apprentice that they deem competent shall endeavour, but shall not be bound, to comply.

11. If there is any dispute about the meaning or effect of any of these rules, it shall be brought before the Guildmasters, whose ruling shall be final.