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  • (noun) - (1) A corruption of three-thirds, it denoted a draught, once popular, made up of a third each of ale, beer and "two-penny," in contradistinction to "half-and-half." This beverage was superseded in 1722 by the very similar porter, or "entire." --Robert Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1874 (2) Half common ale, and the rest stout or double beer. --B.E.'s Dictionary of the Canting Crew, 1699 (3) Porter was last brewed in the British Isles in Dublin in 1973. The last draughts of the brew were consumed, in true Irish style, at a wake for porter, which was held in a country pub near Belfast in May of that year. The mourners wore black bowlers, downed the porter, and consigned its container in a coffin draped in "Guinness black." --Michael Jackson's The World Guide to Beer, 1977

    April 22, 2018

  • A corruption of 'three~thirds'. It denoted a draught, once popular, made up of a third each of ale, beer, and 'two~penny', in contradistinction to 'half~and~half'. This beverage was superseded in 1722 by the very similar porter, or 'entire'.

    Robert Chambers, Encyclopedia, 1874

    February 4, 2009