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cakes and ale

Simple material pleasures; fun or lively enjoyment in general. The phrase first appeared in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: "Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?" Primarily heard in UK. Any reasonable person knows that life is not all cakes and ale. Kids these days think only of cakes and ales—and not of the hard work they need to put in to be successful.
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Adam's ale

Water. A humorous phrase based on the idea that the only thing Adam and Eve had to drink in the Garden of Eden was water. I don't have any beer, but I can offer you some Adam's ale.
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cakes and ale

BRITISH, LITERARY
You use cakes and ale to describe a time or activity when you enjoy yourself greatly and have no troubles. It has not all been cakes and ale, and Harding has had his share of setbacks along the way. Note: This expression is used in Shakespeare's `Twelfth Night'. Sir Toby Belch says to Malvolio, `Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?' (Act 2, Scene 3). `Cakes and Ale' is also the title of a novel by Somerset Maugham, which was published in 1930.
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cakes and ale

merrymaking.
1601 William Shakespeare Twelfth Night Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?
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Adam's ale

A jocular term for water, based on the strong likelihood that Adam hadn't discovered anything stronger (and they call the Garden of Eden a paradise?). Apparently no fans of alliterations, Scots used to refer to water as “Adam's beer.”
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"It's exciting to collaborate with breweries such as the Conwy Brewery, and we hope our customers really enjoy the new selection of ales that we now have on offer - we are very pleased to add Conwy Brewery's beers to the increasing range of locally produced ales now available in our stores."
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The pub in Rhiwbina, Cardiff, is introducing four specially selected new ales, including 'Project Green', 4.5% ABV, which takes just 100 hours to get from the field to your glass - making it the fastest ale on Earth.