Gratuitous Lily Guild
Fabulous PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!
The Gratuitous Lily Guild (get it?)
The Gratuitous Lily Guild likes tasty beverages. A lot. We like making tasty beverages, drinking tasty beverages, judging tasty beverages and encouraging others to make tasty beverages. We are pretty much a one note flute regarding tasty beverages.
With merriment and respect for their efforts, we welcome newcomers to the brewing arts as well as seasoned artisans by hosting a brewing contest at the Feast of John Barleycorn. We also hold the occasional Brew Ha Ha (brewing workshop) or demonstrate mead making at public SCA demos.
The Gratuitous Lily Guild's facetious name and device are meant to illustrate the precept that "Who dares to teach should never cease to learn". Our members are few, but we produce quality beverages and don't take ourselves too seriously.
The Guild was originally considered to magically manifest once a year at John Barleycorn, with Aquilina being the only member. Part of the joke was that the Guild would disappear after Barleycorn was over in order to be a fast moving target that was hard to hit. Although Aquilina was also running the brewing contest prior to 2006, that was the first year any reference or heraldry for the Guild appeared.
- John Barleycorn Brewing Contest []