1) A festival at which ale was drunk.
1540 the chyrche allis, Sheriff Hutton
1648 I gave Mitchell for my shot to an ale ... 2s, Thurlstone. There is evidence for a wide range of feasts which had such names as clerk-ales, bride-ales and leet-ales. Debauched behaviour was not uncommon: in York, in 1595, John Grene made an ale upon Sonday … where was greate fighting and disorder . Church-ales were celebrated in order to raise money for the maintenance of the building but in 1544 at the 'Keapinge of church ales' there was often 'leappynge, daunsynge and kyssyng'.