1. a meal.
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 58: He came back [...] to find McTurk, Stalky [...] enjoying an unlimited ‘brew’ — coffee, cocoa, buns, new bread hot and steaming, sardine, sausage, ham-and-tongue paste, pilchards, three jams, and at least as many pounds of Devonshire cream.‘Slaves of the Lamp’ Pt I in|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 247: Pussy and Tertius said they would be happy to attend the brew.‘Satisfaction of a Gentleman’ in|
2. a pot or drink of tea; thus rush a brew v., to make a pot of tea.
|Portsmouth Eve. News 6 Oct. 7/6: The properties are looked upon as the strong tea of the brew.|
|Portsmouth Eve. News 2 July 2/5: Forty Soldiers Poisoned [...] Only the men who had drunk of a particular brew of tea were affected.|
|El Paso Herald (TX) 14 July 15: Hey Bunk drop that brew a minute and listen.‘Silk Hat Harry’ in|
|Rhymes of a Red Cross Man 127: Tonight, by Fritz’s camp-fire, won’t I ’ave a gorgeous brew / (For fightin’ mustn’t interfere with Tea).‘A Pot of Tea’ in|
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 466: Rush a Brew. Make tea.|
|Tramp-Royal on the Toby 6: I sip my brew and munch my tommy.|
|Penguin New Writing No. 33 157: Better ’ave another brew.‘The Gift’ in Lehmann|
|Shiralee 122: Feel like a mug of brew?|
|Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 8: The Second Mate’s Scotch and he came down for a brew.diary 13 Aug. in|
|Stag Party 80: He poured the tea into the mugs [...] ‘Who’s for a brew?’.|
|Hazell and the Three-card Trick (1977) 31: Do you like Chinese tea? I’ve just put a brew in motion.|
|Boys from the Blackstuff (1985) [TV script] 45: Get a brew on Loggo, will you.‘Jobs for the Boys’|
|G’DAY 44: It is smoke-oh and they are sitting down having a brew.|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Brew. 2. A drink of tea or coffee.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 90: Say what you like about the women welfare, they definitely made a better brew.|
|Crumple Zone 73: Could murder a brew [...] lovely cup tea.|
|(ref. to 1971) Homeless in my Heart 184: Where a squealer finds ground glass / Has sweetened his morning brew.‘Old Bailey’|
|Insidious Intent (2018) 29: ‘Morning, skipper [...] shall I make us all a brew?’.|
3. (US) any form of home-made concoction.
|J. London ‘The Hyperborean Brew’ in Faith of man and Other Stories [Internet] In Tummasook’s copper kettle I mixed three quarts of wheat flour with five of molasses, and to this I added of water twenty quarts [...] When the brew was strong enough [...] I filled the kerosene can with it.|
4. (US, also brewster) beer, ale, esp. in the UK Carlsberg Special Brew, poss. the strongest canned beer on sale in the UK.
|Kansas Agitator (Garnett, KS) 3 Jan. 1/1: As a prohibitionist [he] very properly declined [...] the invitation to feast at the ‘brew factory’ as it was called on the invitation.|
|Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 23 Mar. 42/1: [advert] The Perfect Brew. Blue Ribbon Bottled Beer.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 4 Feb. 4/8: A beery ballad — [...] For we like a man like you who is partial to his brew.|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 20: I never hung around saloons hiding the brew.in Zwilling|
|Smile A Minute 184: On account of him comin’ back we can’t get no brew.|
|Adventures of a Scholar Tramp 39: With the second scoop, I had gulped all the vile brew I could stomach.|
|Hobo’s Hornbook 64: They meant, without fear Pilsner beer / Was the brew on tap that day.‘The Boomer Shack’ in|
|Gang War 115: Sipping at the damnable brew for which he had been charged sixpence.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 186: I was just thinkin about goin over to Choy’s and lappin up some brew [...] You think you can buy me off with beer? Come up here and needle me all afternoon and then buy me a couple of brews and make it all all right.|
|Exit 3 and Other Stories 38: Christ, that’s good brew.|
|Voices of the Living Dead (1983) 31: It was a night named Friday / when everyone was high on brew.‘Five Nights of Bleeding’ in|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 2: brewster – beer.|
|Muscle for the Wing 156: He [...] belted back some brew.|
|(con. 1985–90) In Search of Respect 194: We be smoking cheeba; drinking brew; hanging out on the Deuce.|
|(con. 1979–80) Brixton Rock (2004) 21: Give me a brew [i.e. Special Brew], Floyd.|
|Yes We Have No 247: ‘A brew will see me right’ [...] and a can of McEwan’s is handed to him.|
|in Westsiders 170: I’m sleepin’ through — down the brew, this weed has got me fadin’.|
|Night Gardener 210: Gaskins went to the kitchen to find that brew.|
|Intelligent Life Spring 142/1: Fancy a brew?|
5. (US) a pot or cup of coffee.
|Oakdale Affair 74: Oh, my heart it is just achin’ / For a little bite of bacon, / A hunk of bread, a little mug of brew.|
|Hobo’s Hornbook 218: Oh, my belly is just achin’ / For a couple of strips of bacon, / A hunk of punk and a little pot of brew.‘Hungry Man’s Canyon’ in|
|New York Day by Day 8 June [synd. col.] Harry Leon Wilson quit drinking coffee for two years, then one morning downed in a row six cups of hefty brew and did he feel elegant.|
|(con. 1967) Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 71: I take a cup of brew and go sit on top of my bunker.|
|see sense 2.|
6. home-made wine.
|Night to Make the Angels Weep (1967) I x: You’ll drink in this house when you taste my Aunt Ada’s plum, mate. She’s the tops round here at brew, I’m telling you.|
7. (Can./US/N.Z. prison, also homebrew) illicitly brewed alcohol.
|Best of Barry Crump (1974) 134: He [...] poured him a dirty glass of home-brew.‘One of Us’ in|
|Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 84: Them sisters of mine have got some home brew ready.‘Dandy’ in King|
|Animal Factory 76: Brother T is holding some weights and there’s some brew in the equipment room.|
|Big Huey 100: I drank more brews there [i.e. in Paremoremo prison] than anywhere else in my sentence. Home-brews are usually made out of a mixture of yeast, sugar and water, with anything fermentable used as a base. Raisins, prunes, fresh fruit, rice, potatoes, and tealeaves are all popular.|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Brew. 1. Illegal prison-made alcoholic beverage. Some recipes include (a) A fermented mixture of Coca Cola and vegemite (a yeast source), (b) Orange juice, vegemite, sugar and black tea, (c) bootpolish filtered through a sieve (e.g. bread) to isolate alcohol. A variety of other concoctions utilise psychotropic properties of chemicals found in telephone cleaner, disinfectant, etc.|
|Prison Sl. 70: Brew and Home Brew […] homemade alcoholic beverage. Also used to indicate legal, manufactured liquor that has been smuggled into the prison.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 10: When’s the brew gonna be done cookin’?|
|Running the Books 153: An orange opeel could be fermented into a nasty little batch of liquor, ‘homebrew’.|
(US campus) a can or drink of beer.
|Z-Link 30 Oct.–1 Nov. [Internet] Oxford Ale House [...] Caroline Kennedy’s fave, the House has brewskis from around the world.|
|Campus Sl. Spring 2: brewsky – beer.|
|Street Talk 2 13: brewsky – beer [...] also brewski.|
|Guardian Rev. 1 Oct. 6: Hatched during a night of brewskis and cable porn.|
|Dreamcatcher 205: Pete Moore had to have his brewskis.|
1. (US campus) (a bottle of) beer.
|Campus Sl. Oct. 2: brewdogs – beer.|
|Sl. and Sociability 70: Dog is often the second member of a compound or phrase: [...] brew dog, chilly dog ‘beer’.|
2. (also brew dogger) a heavy beer drinker.
|Campus Sl. Spring 1: brew dogger – someone who drinks too much.|
(US campus) a regular drunkard (but not an actual alcoholic).
|Sl. U. 45: Many frat guys are brewhounds.|
(US black) a liquor store.
|[||Castle Rackrent (1832) 58: My master was pleased to take me aside with him in the brewhouse that same evening, to complain of my son].|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 187: The liquor store [...] has a number of vernacular names — [...] filling station, brew house, leeky store.|
see separate entries.
to open a beer.
|N.Y. Mag. 5 Nov. 55: Just crack a brew and unwind.|
|Cool Deal 10: He cracked a brew and tried to lighten me up.|
|‘Shooting Hops’ at MaximOnline.com [Internet] Flip on some round ball, and every time any of the events listed below occur, take a drink. Kick back, crack a brew, and give your lips a workout.|