E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Tankard of October (A).
A tankard of the best and strongest ale, brewed in October.
He was in high favour with Sir Geoffrey, not merely on account of his sound orthodoxy and deep learning, but [also for] his excellent skill in playing at bowls, and his facetious conversation over a pipe and tankard of October.Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak, chap. iv