Stella Artois

Stella Artois

infobox beverage
name = Stella Artois

caption =
abv = 5.2%
type = Lager
manufacturer = InBev
distributor = InBev
origin = Leuven, Belgiumflagicon|Belgium
introduced = 1926
website =

Stella Artois (pronEng|ˈstɛlə ɑrˈtwɑː) is a 5.2% ABV global lager first brewed in Leuven, Belgium in 1926 as a Christmas brew, and named "Stella" after the Latin for "star".Cite web|url=|title=Pivovary Staropramen : Stella Artois|accessdate=2006-12-10]

Although Belgium is best known internationally for its ales, the so-called "table beers", the bottom-fermented pilsner lagers such as Stella Artois head the list for domestic consumption, making up almost 75% of Belgian beer production. Stella is promoted as an international brand by its brewer, InBev. In its home market of Belgium, however, it is marketed, priced and sold as a regular lager. Despite its success internationally, the number 1 selling beer in Belgium is its sister beer Jupiler.


It is brewed in Belgium (both in the plants of Leuven and Jupille) and the United Kingdom, as well as other countries, including Australia, and Ukraine Cite web|url=|title=Sun Inbev Ukraine Brands : Stella Artois|accessdate=2008-10-05] . Much of the Stella Artois exported from Europe is currently produced at InBev's brewery in Belgium, and packaged in the Beck's brewery in Bremen, Germany.

The "Anno 1366" on the Stella Artois logo refers to the origin of brewing in the city of Leuven. The city's tax records dated 1366 mention the existence of a local brewpub called "Den Hoorn", ('Hoorn' in Dutch meaning 'Horn' in English, as is represented in the logo on the beer label). The name "Artois" was coupled to the brewery in 1708, when new owner Sebastian Artois achieved the title of "master brewer". The frame that surrounds the name Stella Artois on the label refers to the traditional style of window frame found in Flemish architecture.

Stella Artois is available on draught and in several packaged sizes, including a 275 ml bottle, 284 ml bottle, a 330 ml bottle, a 440 ml can, a 50cl can, a pint size can known as "La Grande Bière" (568 ml), 66 cl bottle, 70 cl bottle and a 1 litre bottle.


The first recorded history of Stella Artois begins in 1366, when records of taxes exist on Leuven's Den Horen Brewery, a brewery that is still in existence today. In 1708, Sebastian Artois became the master brewer at Den Horen, and gave his name to the brewery in 1717.

In 1926, Stella Artois was launched initially as a seasonal beer especially for the Christmas holiday market. It was such a commercial success that the brand was commercialised all year round and, apart from the during the Second World War has been produced ever since. The first Stella Artois beer was exported to the European market in 1930. By 1960, 1 million hl of Stella Artois was produced annually. InBev open a new fully automated brewery in Leuven in 1993, and by 2006, total production volume was over 10 million hl annually.

The current pack design and bottle shape was created in 1988 by the late David Taylor, founder of Taylorbrands. The design replaced a 1960s design and is inspired by the original 1926 bottle label. The design incorporates the horn symbol of the Den Horen brewery and the date 1366 which is the date of the earliest recorded brewing in Leuven. The label also shows medals for excellence awarded to the brewery at a number of trade exhibitions in Belgium in the 19th and 20th century. The name Stella Artois is held within a "cartouche" which was influenced by the style of Flemish architecture of Leuven.


For some time, Stella Artois' advertising slogan in the United Kingdom was "Reassuringly Expensive". The UK television advertising campaigns became known for their distinctive style of imitating European cinema and their leitmotiv inspired by Giuseppe Verdi's "La forza del destino". The campaigns began with a series of adverts based on "Jean de Florette", directed by the British duo Anthea Benton and Vaughan Arnell, moving on to other genres including war movies, silent comedy and even surrealism (for which the slogan was changed to "Reassuringly Elephants"). They have used notable movie directors such as Jonathan Glazer, and their aim was to portray the drink in a context of sophisticated European culture.

During 2007, the "reassuringly expensive" slogan was dropped, and the word "Stella" has been avoided in the advertisements. This has been seen as a reaction to the lager's perceived connection with aggression and binge-drinking in the United Kingdom, where it is nicknamed "wife beater". [ [ Where did it all go wrong for the beer they call 'wife beater'? | Mail Online ] ] [ [ The Argus - Pubs ban Stella Artois ] ]

In Belgium, Stella Artois is promoted as "Mijn huis is waar mijn Stella staat" and "Chez moi, c'est près de ma Stella" ("My home is where my Stella is"). Interestingly, in Belgium, Stella is sold as a regular lager and does not enjoy the more flattering reputation it has abroad.

Stella Artois is also brewed in Abbotsford, Melbourne by Foster's Group for the Australian market under license from InBev.

Stella Artois has had a long association with film. Dating back to 1994 (in the UK), the beer has organized a range of events as well as TV sponsorship of Channel 4 films and a website. Most recently the beer brand has adopted the new identity — Studio Artois. Stella Artois has been a primary sponsor of the film festivals at Cannes and Sundance.

In May 2008, an advertising campaign was run in the United Kingdom reporting that Stella Artois is only made from four ingredients: hops, malted barley, maize and water. Technically, the process also uses agents such as yeast for fermentation and isinglass for clarification [] ; "The animal product that we use is Isinglass (fish finings). This is a clarification agent made from certain fish. It assists clarification by attracting the yeast cells causing them to coagulate into larger particles which then separate from the beer, giving the beer a clean and clear appearance." (Interbrew 19-Nov-2003).

ee also

*Peeterman Artois, a 4% wheat-based lager often sold alongside Stella Artois in the UK
*Artois Bock, a 6.2% 'brown' beer to be phased out and replaced by Eiken Artois
*Eiken Artois, a 4.6% 'oak aged' lager sold alongside Stella Artois in the UK


External links

* [ Stella Artois: Official Website]
* [ Studio Artois: Official Film Website]
* [ Brasserie Artois: Artois Family of Beers]
* [ Rating on]
* [ Collection of glass beer mugs from Stella Artois]
* [ Photos from the now-defunct Stella brewery in Leuven]
* [ Singapore Stella Artois Gold Standard Establishment Information]

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