He often chuckled in contempt at our local paper and referred to The Times as a real paper. Today I read in The Times

Beer was ranked alongside bread as the most important staple in 16th century Ireland, and some workers were granted a daily allowance of 14 pints.

Susan Flavin, a lecturer in early modern history at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, examined evidence from household accounts, soldiers’ rations and port books from 16th-century Ireland. She found that ale and beer were seen as a vital source of calories and nutrition, and drunk in incredible quantities by labourers, women and even children.