from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Liquor made from malt, whether by brewing or distillation; ale or whisky.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Humorous, Scot. Liquor made from barley; strong ale.
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- noun humorous, obsolete, Scotland
liquormade from barley; strong ale
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By eight o'clock, however, he was merry with the barley-bree, and making
Willie who gave the entertainment was Mr William Nicol, a master in the High School of Edinburgh -- Rab, the poet himself -- and Allan, a certain Mr Masterton, likewise of the Edinburgh High School: three merry-hearted men, of remarkable talents and many other good properties, but who, unfortunately, were all of them too liable to the seductions of the 'barley-bree.'
"In a snug shelter maybe at our hostelrie below, with a mug of the right barley-bree buzzing at our elbow -- oat-cake and cheese conformable thereto."