EDINBURGH, Scotland -- After 900 years the unmistakable smell of beer brewing is to disappear from Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile, the old ridgetop street stretching from the castle to the Palace of Holyrood House.
The Holyrood brewery is to close by early 1986 for a loss of 260 jobs.
The brewery stands opposite the gold-crested front gates of the Palace of Holyrood House, where the royal family occasionally stays.
Monks brewed the first ale in Scotland in the 11th Century at Holyrood Abbey, now a ruin in the palace grounds. Underground springs around the abbey are pure and clear, and made Edinburgh a famous center of brewing.
The brewery's owner, Scottish and Newcastle Breweries,said Friday it was switching production to a more modern plant in Edinburgh. The company also suffers over-capacity in beer production because of a fall in sales.