Kim & Rima McKinzey
rkm at SLIP.NET
Sat Nov 4 10:17:29 UTC 2000
I forwarded the question to a friend who I thought might know
something. (For one thing, he's done a great deal of research into
old English drinking songs) Here was his reply.
>I have not the clue of a Dutchman. Possibly it refers to ale fortified with
>strong spirits, like gin. Or, another possibility, an ale made up of the
>lees left by the beer engines as they exhausted the cellared kegs, poured
>off into a common butt as the kegs were switched.
>Just educated guesses however. Feel free to pass them along at their face
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