Tankard of October

(A). A tankard of the best and strongest ale brewed in October.

“He was in high favour with Sir Geoffrey, not merely on account of his sound orthodoxy and deep learning, but [also for] his excellent skill in playing at bowls, and his facetious conversation over a pipe and tankard of October.” —Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak, chap. iv

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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