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