Stella Artois, a Piece of Brewing History | The Well

Welcome back to The Well—your guide to the fascinating tales behind the drinks we love. Today, we’re pouring ourselves into the storied past of Stella Artois, a brew that’s been a symbol of craftsmanship and tradition for centuries.

The Story of Stella Artois

Stella Artois isn’t just a beer; it’s a piece of brewing history. The story begins in the city of Leuven, Belgium, way back in 1366. That’s right, this beer has been around since the Middle Ages, a time of knights, castles, and, as it turns out, exceptional brewing.

Originally brewed in the Den Hoorn brewery (which translates to “The Horn” – a nod to its medieval roots), Stella Artois started as a Christmas brew. Its name, “Stella,” is Latin for “star,” a tribute to the Christmas star and the festive season when it was first crafted. It was intended to be a gift to the people of Leuven, a special brew for a special time of year.

But why has Stella Artois endured for centuries? The answer lies in its quality and the brewing process that’s been refined over generations. The recipe has been a closely guarded secret, passed down from master brewer to master brewer, each adding their chapter to its rich legacy.

Tasting Stella Artois is like taking a step back in time. The beer is renowned for its crisp and refreshing flavor, with a hint of apple and a mild bitterness, perfectly balanced. It’s a testament to the Belgian brewing traditions that have made this country famous in the beer world.

Why I Love Stella Artois

  • Its timeless taste is both refreshing and sophisticated.
  • Stella Artois has an elegance to it, from its unique chalice glass to the ritual of serving.
  • It’s versatile – perfect for a casual catch-up with friends or a classy dinner party.

Doug Patrick
Growth & Marketing, Saucey

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