Tantuls Old Tankard
Tantul's, the local brewery, stands at the edge of its own barley fields and atop deep, cool wells that almost gush with water; little pumping is required. Here one can buy flagons, handkegs, or butts (cart-sized, and requiring at least six people to shift when full) of the thick, nutty-flavored local brew, Tantul's Dark. This stout is doctored with crushed berry juice and even more secret ingredients and is very much an acquired taste. Its spicy ropy thickness makes it almost a meal rather than a thirst-quencher! If you like what locals call proper Battledale beer, however, this is the place to buy it. A flagon is 1 cp, a handkeg is 8 cp, and a butt is 1 gp. Do not expect prices less than twice that elsewhere! The fat, lazy brewers here seem to partake liberally of their own wares and are rarely hurried into doing anything. I also noticed that huge wheels of cheese and black bread seemed to be lying on every handy surface ready for carving and eating with one's fresh-drawn tankard. I would have been happier if the waiting knives buried in the bread or cheese had not so often been adorned with an equally fat, lazy rat!