Beer or ale mug, 1772-99. Museum no. C.65-1921. Given by Alfred Darby Esq.

Beer or ale mug, 1772-99. Museum no. C.65-1921. Given by Alfred Darby Esq.

Beer or ale mug
England, Caughley, 1772-99
Porcelain, painted and gilded
Museum no. C.65-1921
Given by Alfred Darby Esq.

Beer and Ale

Beer is rich in calories and vitamins and was a dietary staple until 150 years ago. Clean drinking water was a luxury for most people and beer often took its place at meal times. It had a wide social appeal and was drunk in the most humble of taverns and the most refined homes.