i love the smell of hops in the morning…

…took me years to get used to it, the smell of hops that used to emanate from the various city breweries and overwhelm Edinburgh at odd times of the day. I used to hate it, then i got used to it, and eventually i grew to love it. Then it more or less disappeared as the city’s breweries started to close down, now the occasional whiff of malty hops sends me reeling with nostalgia…

The Fountain brewery – William McEwan opened the Fountain Brewery in 1856, in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh, once part of the McEwan drinking empire, now derelict and awaiting “redevelopment”. Lets not go crazy with nostalgia, the beer was cheap and nasty, but it smelled good while they were making it and the laughing cavalier logo was fabulous.

(The logo depicts a character from Frans Hals’s painting  The Laughing Cavalier enjoying the beer.)

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