honey-beer, noun

Origin:
DutchShow more Perhaps translation of Dutch honingbier.
A drink similar to mead, made of honey fermented by the addition of leaven and, occasionally, the larvae of bees; bojalwa sense 1; Hottentot beer, see Hottentot noun sense 6 b; cf. karrie noun3 sense 1 a.
1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. II. 57Doubtless, they owe not their Healths a little to the Simplicity of their Drink, which is only Water, Milk, and Honey-Beer.
1824 G. Barker Journal. 21 Apr.Jan Wildeman came to me like a man under a sense of his sin, but I was told afterwards that he had been drinking honey beer.
1844 J. Backhouse Narr. of Visit 596The Bushmen intoxicate themselves with honey-beer.
1883 M.A. Carey-Hobson Farm in Karoo 149‘Do they make mead?’ said Fred. ‘Oh, yes. Honey-beer they call it. Some of the larvae are used in the fermentation, and also the root of a curious little plant which possesses the fermenting property in a wonderful degree.’
1898 Act 28 in Stat. of Cape of G.H. (1906) 3959‘Kafir beer’ shall, in addition to the liquor commonly so-called, include..fermented liquor, made from honey, called ‘Honey-beer.’
1910 E. Prov. Herald 18 Apr.Honey Beer seems to be the author of the majority of their woes. It tickles the palate and fuddles the brain.
1920 F.C. Cornell Glamour of Prospecting 218Our gang was never full — except of honey beer — which they made from big hauls of wild honey.., and on which they got gloriously drunk every day.
1949 L.G. Green In Land of Afternoon 161Much wild honey is gathered because honey means honey beer. Coloured people in the Piketberg Sandveld still make it every year.
1972 S. Afr. Panorama Nov. 36The chilled and distilled lagers and ales as we know them are a far cry from, for instance, the honey beer relished by the Bushmen.
1988 Weekend Argus 1 Oct. 22Honeybeer? It’s good stuff, but we’re not allowed to make it anymore. You take the honeycomb with the young bees still in it and strain it through a cloth by pouring hot water over it..mix in some bread and let it stand.
1992 Weekend Post 24 Oct. (Leisure) 1Kareedouw’s Karrie Festival may well be over but the taste of its honeybeer lingers on. The smooth yellow liquid, first brewed by the Strandloper Bushmen, is unique to the Kouga and Tsitsikamma regions, since the vital ingredient — the boesman flower — only grows in this area.
A drink similar to mead, made of honey fermented by the addition of leaven and, occasionally, the larvae of bees; bojalwa1; Hottentot beer, see Hottentotnoun6 b;

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