Upsee-Dutch

A heavy Dutch beer; Upsee Freese a Friesland strong ale; Upsee English, a strong English ale. Upsee Dutch also means tipsy, stupid with drink.

I do not like the dulness of your eye,
It hath a heavy cast; `tis upsee-Dutch,
And says you are a lumpish whoremaster.

Ben Jonson: The Alchemist, iv. 4.

Yet whoop, Barnaby! off with thy liquor,
Drink upsees out, and a flg for the vicar.

Sir Walter Scott: Lady of the Lake, vi. 5.

“Teach me how to take the German upsy freeze, the Danish rouser, the Switzer's stoop of Rhenish.” —Dekker: Gull's Hornbook (1609).

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