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Literally "barley broth". See brew.

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barley-bree (uncountable)

  1. (humorous, obsolete, Scotland) liquor made from barley; strong ale
    • 1785, Burns, Robert, Scotch Drink:
      When neibors anger at a plea, / An' just as wud as wud can be, / How easy can the barley-bree / Cement the quarrel! / It's aye the cheapest lawyer's fee, / To taste the barrel.