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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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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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He said:"This is an opportunity for people who may not have had the chance to sample our fine ales to enjoy our traditional 'hoppy' brews, a signature taste which we have maintained over the years.
It's run in conjunction with the Alnwick Food Festival and is now in its eighth year, with 30 real ales from both local and national breweries, various ciders, wines and soft drinks.
A POPULAR beer festival has ordered 1,000 extra pints after real ale fans drank last year's bar dry.
The green hopped ale is very different to regular beer as the fresh hops create flavours that can never be repeated.
Morrisons has developed a taste for real ale, adding another 51 beers to its regional ale range.
Joe Roberts, cellar manager at Birmingham city centre pub The Wellington, famed for its selection of real ales, said he had seen a gradual increase in the number of female real ale drinkers in the five years he had been there.
Dubbed Heritage Ales, Conwy Brewery is basing its newest tipples on historical themes, including the medieval town's role as the location for Mulberry harbour prototype building for the D-Day landings in World War II.
Swallows Nest landlord Heather Harding said: "Over the next six weeks my Inn will host a total of nine real ales as part of our ongoing efforts to promote the nation's national drink.
The firm already sells bottles of its ales, including Cwrw Haf (Summer Ale) to the US, where they sell particularly well in Chicago, company bosses claim.
Ethanol, carbonation, and bitterness are primary to all beers, and many other beers have a few more primary flavors, such as the hop aroma in pale ales.
But most of you--and your customers--would probably be surprised to learn that ales were once a huge part of the American beer market.
All the beers are brewed in Newport, Oregon by award winning Rogue Ales, and can be had either on tap at Mugishutei or in bottles available throughout Hokkaido and at a few bars in Tokyo.