12th Century Drinking
Ale or wine, depending upon country and preference.
Taverns were open fronted establishments located on the ground floor of buildings (like shops), with benches, stools and a few trestle tables, and kegs of wine or ale tapped for customers.
If a drinker could not pay for his drink, the barkeeper would take articles of clothing instead, like a pawnbroker.
Playing (gambling) dice games was a popular pastime at taverns.
A popular drinking game with the English, which probably gave them a reputation as either big drinkers or drunkards in foreign countries.