noun Chiefly Scot.
liquor, malt liquor, or the like, especially whiskey.
Origin of barley-bree
First recorded in 1780–90
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What more poetical life can there be than that of the men with whom we are now quaffing the barley-bree?
By eight o'clock, however, he was merry with the barley-bree, and making a butt of himself to amuse the company.The House with the Green Shutters
George Douglas Brown