Monday, June 4, 2018

June 4. Brewery Smell

I live in St. Louis. Maybe you've heard of our local brewery. Or seen the pretty horses in commercials.

In the evening, when the wind shifts a bit or even sometimes when it is dead still in South City, you can smell the hops. This isn't so bad as industrial odors go. But if it is a hot damp sweaty summer night and you take a deep breath, you can taste the air. And it is beer-flavored.

That sounds enjoyable but it's really not.

Air should not have a flavor.


  1. Dad used to brew his own from home. I can attest that hops smell like boiled gym socks.

  2. I love drinking hops. But I hate the smell of stale beer (postparty college floors?), and I'm guessing it's a bit like this.

  3. I disagree. Air should be flavoured NZ countryside/native bush flavour. When I fly home on a long flight, get into fresh air for the first time in 15 or 30 hours, breathing in NZ's air certainly has a flavour.

    Beer-flavoured, not so much.

  4. I don't mind walking into an old bar and smelling old beer, but I would not want to smell it outside an old bar.

    I remember going to a, now-closed, chocolate/candy factory* in Yorkshire and being able to smell the mints** they produced from the parking lot.


    **polo mints