BVC - women and brewing -Reply
Chuck.Graves at faa.gov
Fri Apr 2 10:35:10 PST 1999
>>2) Since women in the Middle Ages were the primary >brewers -- why aren't
>>more women in the SCA >interested in brewing? What prompted this
>>>disinterest? Is brewing in the SCA truly a "MAN's" >Activity? (grin)
>I believe that beer is more of a "man's" drink now than in the Middle Ages
>where everyone including children drank beer (or ale) with every meal
>including breakfast (with the possible exception of the rich who drank
>wine). For that reason, brewers may be more likely to be male.
That's true given beer but what about the wine and meads.... true
most of the woman in the Sca tend to lean more towards wines, liqueurs and
meads. There are less women brewers in Ansteorra than fingers on my
I would also venture that you should consider yet another aspect: when
did brewing become more predominantly a guild activity? Perhaps the
masculine angle comes from both general consumption (how many women
generally frequented the taverns?) and public production (how many women
were part of the brewing guilds?)
>The only women at such activities tend to be the significant others of male
>homebrewers. If we lived further north where fruits and berries were more
>common, we may would see more women as vintners.
Is that true? I know Isabella or ork, who has been posting
recently on this list is from the Eastern area. Are there more brewers in
the Northern part of the US who are brewers. Is Ansteorra, unusual for the
amount of brewers. Personally I don't think so since Isabella mentioned
she was happy to talk to another female brewer (during Gulf War) How many
Brewers are in Ansteorra that are female?
There seem to be more North and East of Ansteorra; however, these areas
are also more populace. The general mix of men and women in brewing,
vintning, and mazing you see in Ansteorra is present from here to the
East Coast. My principal experience is Atlantia and the East Kingdom.
It is also my experience from judging competitions at Pennsic.
And these are brewers not cordiallers.... that would change the
Most definitely. For my part, I believe you should always include
the cordiallers. They are all brewing arts to me. I know others
feel it is not brewing unless the active cultivation of yeast is
involved...to each his own. I also consider vinegars a part of the
brewing arts (of course, not usually the prouder aspect of our art).
In fact, the Interkingdom Brewers Guild recognizes the following
areas: 1) beers and ales; 2) wines, ciders, and cysers; 3) meads,
metheglins, and melomels; 4) cordials and liqueurs; 5) exotic drinks
(e.g., kumis and kefir); 6) vinegars and 7) distilled beverages (I
know, I know--an all-American no-no).
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