112 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BW
This brewery was bought over by William Younger in 1858, who turned it into the largest brewery in Edinburgh, with the capacity to produce 60 brews a week, generating 600 barrels of beer a week, or 432 million pints of beer every year. In the twentieth century malt was brought in in huge quantities by lorry and off-loaded in Coopers Close. The brewery finally closed in 1986. You can see more of the old brewery buildings by walking down Crichton’s Close. William Younger’s also owned the Abbey Brewery on the site of what is now the Scottish Parliament. It was named after Holyrood Abbey where monks first brewed beer for sale in in the twelfth century. By this time owned by Scottish and Newcastle breweries, which had its head office here, the Abbey Brewery was demolished in 1995 to make way for the new parliament building. Scottish democracy can be truly said to be built on beer.
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