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Brewery Stella Artois

Stella Artois is part of the world’s largest brewery concern, AB InBev, and is still firmly rooted in its home base of Leuven.

You can visit the brewery on Saturday and Sundays. Take part in the new interactive guided tour. Experience the brewery in action and enjoy a wonderful Stella Artois after your visit. In short, experience beer in its purest form.

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Individual visitors • classic tour.

  • Saturdays: 13:00 NL • 15:00 & 17:00 EN
  • Sundays: 13:00 & 15:00 EN
  • Book your ticket in time because the places are limited

Groups • Private Classic Tour

• Only after reservation: Stella Artois

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Why the Stella Artois Brewery Tour in Leuven is a Must for Beer-Lovers

Stella Artois Brewery Kettle, Leuven

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For those who drink, an unmissable part of visiting Belgium is the chance to explore its beer culture . Aside from drinking copious amounts of different beers, another way is to go on a tour of one of the country’s breweries. While I had several different choices of breweries to visit, I decided to pick one of Belgium’s most prolific beers, Stella Artois .

There were plenty of things I was keen to see when visiting Leuven , but the Stella Artois Brewery was near the top. After all, Stella is one of the most internationally recognizable Belgian beers. What resulted was an especially informative and engaging brewery tour through a cultural landmark of the city of Leuven .

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Leuven’s Beer History

De Lantaarn Cafe, Brewery Tour

It’s fair to say that beer has had a major role in the history of Leuven.

The city’s brewing legacy extends back far before Stella Artois, with evidence of breweries existing as early as 1366. Leuven owes its tradition of beer in part to its prosperous university and strong academic culture, like many cities with historic ties to brewing.

Rather than associating this link with an academic understanding of the brewing process, most people tend to simply connect students and drinking!

The importance of Leuven’s brewing industry didn’t have an impact on just the city’s growth, but also its very landscape. Like in many Belgian cities , the Vaart canal was built to link Leuven with the neighbouring city of Mechelen. Since the building of the Vaart, the surrounding Vaartkom area has had strong ties with the city’s brewing culture.

Artois Leuven

One historical building of the Vaart that still has a place in modern Leuven is the De Lantaarn Cafe . The cafe arose as part of the boom around the Vaartkom in the 18th century, and after World War II, it became synonymous with the Stella Artois brand.

History of Stella Artois

Stella Artois Brewery Leuven

Even though the name “Stella Artois” is globally well-known, it’s only been used for the last century of this centuries-old history.

The origins of Stella Artois begin just along the Vaart from the modern Stella Artois brewery at the Brewery Den Hoorn . Established in 1366, Brewery Den Hoorn became a major Leuven institution, gradually becoming the biggest business in the city.

It wasn’t until 1708 that the Artois name came into play when Sebastien Artois became the brewery’s master brewer. He would actually buy the brewery in 1717, renaming it the Artois Brewery . The next big change to the brewery didn’t happen until 1928 and with it “Stella Artois”.

For the festive season, a special Christmas beer was brewed and given the name “Stella”. The success and popularity of this seasonal beer were so immense that it soon became available year-round which led to this name change. The original horn symbol can still be spotted as part of the Stella Artois emblem.

The Stella Brewery Tour

Stella Artois Leuven

After walking up to the Stella Artois Brewery, I arrived at the visitor centre, was given a high-visibility vest, and was ushered upstairs. Once we’d been given an introduction and safety briefing, we were on our way and started the tour.

We were led onto the brewery grounds proper and into a small theatre. Here, we learned about the history of Stella Artois and the brewing process. It was quite interesting to learn the role each of the ingredients played in the composition of the beer. This is even though this was not my first brewery tour, having visited the Pilsener Urquell Brewery in Pilsen, Czechia.

For those who don’t know the process of how beer is brewed, I’ll try to give you a brief overview. The four essential ingredients of beer are water, barley, hops and yeast, however, Stella also interestingly adds maize. The origin of the water, barley, maize and hops, and the strain of yeast gives each type of beer its unique taste.

Brewery Tour

The brewing process starts with the “ malting ” of the barley, by heating, drying and cracking it. After that is the “ mashing ” stage, where the malted barley is soaked in hot water to release its sugars. The mash is then drained, leaving behind a sugary liquid known as “ mort “.

Next, the mort is boiled while the hops are gradually added, balancing out the sweet flavour of the mort. All of this is done in rows of immense, shiny kettles. The last step in the brewing process is fermentation, caused by adding the yeast to the strained and cooled mort.

While Stella Artois is brewed in other countries for the international markets, if you drink Stella in Europe, it was likely brewed here in Leuven. We were able to see the kettles, before moving on to the bottling plant.

From the viewing platform above, you can look down into the automated bottling machines and watch the process take place. While Stella is brewed here, it’s mostly other brands that are bottled on-site, including Leffe .

Bottling Machine, Brewery Tour

The end of the tour rightly finishes with the opportunity to do some tasting of freshly and meticulously poured Stella Artois on tap.

There is actually a 9-step process required to ensure the perfect pour. They allow plenty of time for you to enjoy a drink or two, as well as take a look at the gift shop. Before returning to the visitors centre, they kindly handed out gift bags to everyone, including several drinks for you to try.

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Brewery Tour Information

Stella Artois Tasting Brewery

Tours of the Stella Artois Brewery are run on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm and last a bit under 2 hours.

Entry costs 8.5€ (as of 2017), with information here . Note: the entrance is by the large car park and you should allow more time than you think to get there. I was one of many who were struggling to find the entrance as the clock ticked down to 3pm.

You can get to Leuven and the Stella Artois Brewery from other Belgian cities like Brussels by train . The brewery is roughly a 20-minute walk from Leuven’s train station.

Would you make time to take a tour of the Stella Artois Brewery on a visit to Leuven? Have you been on a brewery tour before? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

*Disclosure: I received free tickets from Visit Leuven for the Stella Artois Brewery Tour. As always, opinions are my own.

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David is the author behind the Travelsewhere travel blog and is always on the search for the quieter, less-visited corners of the world.

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Stella Artois Brewery

Beer fan? Enjoy a guided tour of this brewery and learn more about Leuven’s most famous beer. Of course, no visit is complete without a tasting!

Everyone under the sun knows that Belgium is THE country for beer. Belgians drink a whopping 68 litres of beer a year, and the country is home to 300+ breweries.

When it comes to beers, Leuven has an impressive record. The multinational brewing company AB InBev is the largest brewing company in the world and has their home right in Leuven. Ever heard of them? They produce Budweiser, Corona and Beck’s, among others. Still, there’s one beer Leuven is specifically known for: Stella Artois.

Leuven locals love their Stella. And it’s not just them! Locals and tourists alike can get all the deets about this beer on a guided tour (Available in English and Dutch).

  • First-come, first-serve : you can buy your tickets online or get them at Leuven’s tourist office (Naamsestraat, 3). Make sure to reserve in advance!
  • Small steps : a guided tour lasts about 2 hours and starts in a small room before you enter the actual factory. Here you’ll learn more about the history of the company (which was founded in the 1300s). Then, you’ll get to see how the beer is brewed and you’ll learn more about the manufacturing process. Finally, you’ll be shown how the beer is packaged in cans and bottles. On the tour, your guide will answer any beer-fuelled question you have.
  • The best part : after you’ve learned the theory, it’s finally time to taste the practice. Some tour guides call this “heaven”: the brewery’s bar, where you’ll have the chance to try some of the most beloved beers in Belgium.

Tips and Tricks

  • For extra safety and coolness, you’ll be given a reflective vest before you start the tour.
  • A special gift: before leaving, you’ll get 3 small beer samples as a souvenir for your visit.
  • Wanna buy an actual souvenir? There’s a very nice gift shop in the brewery.
  • Make sure to ask your guide before taking pictures, as you may not be allowed to do so in some areas.

Getting there:

  • By Car: on-site parking available
  • By Bus: close to bus stop Leuven Vaartvest. Buses 333, 334, 335 and 630 stop here

Aarschotsesteenweg 20, 3000 Leuven

Sa - Su, 15:00 (tours in English); Tu - Sa, 9:00 - 21:00 (for large groups)

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Sip, Savor, and Sway into the Art of Brewing! Join us for an exclusive guided tour through the Stella Artois Brewery, where beer-making secrets come to life. Uncover the craft, indulge in beer tastings, and make memories one sip at a time. Cheers to a brew-tiful adventure! Friday, October 06 from 18:30 until 21:00 Location: Stella Brewery (Aarschotsesteenweg 20, 3000 Leuven) Meeting Location: Will be emailed later to registered students Price: €11 This event has been kindly subsidised by Loko International. - Presales during our office shifts (dates mentioned below). - Payment deadline: Monday, 02 Oct (for registered students) - Payment Friday (29/09) and Monday (02/10): for reserved spots - Payment Wednesday (04/10): first come, first served, until tickets last. You can only come and pay if you get a confirmation email (after registration) that you're allowed to come and pay. Registration: Link in our bio/Facebook page. Spots are limited, so only registration does not ensure a spot. Please register as soon as possible and pay to secure your spot after receiving the confirmation. By joining these events, you accept photos and videos possibly being taken of you which will be used for marketing purposes.

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Stella Artois Brewery Tours and Tickets

1. Stella Artois is a brewery located in Brussels, Belgium. It was founded in 1366 by a group of monks who began brewing beer to fund their monastery. The brewery was sold to the Artois family in 1717 and became known as the Artois Brewery. The name Stella Artois (which means \"star of Artois\" in Latin) was first used in 1926 to commemorate a special batch of beer brewed as a Christmas gift to the people of Leuven, Belgium. Today, Stella Artois is one of the best-known Belgian beers in the world. Visitors to the brewery can take tours and learn about the history of the beer and the brewing process. 2. The Stella Artois brewery in Brussels is open for tours from Monday to Friday, from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. The brewery is closed on weekends and public holidays. The phone number for the brewery is +32 16 276 276. 3. Tickets for the Stella Artois brewery tour can be purchased online or at the brewery. The price of a standard tour is €8.50 per person and includes a guided tour of the brewery, a tasting of Stella Artois beer, and a souvenir glass. The brewery is located in the town of Leuven, about 25 kilometers east of Brussels. Visitors can take a train from Brussels to Leuven, which takes about 20-30 minutes. From the Leuven train station, the brewery is a 15-minute walk or a short taxi ride away.

  • Wheelchair users should contact the brewery ahead of time to confirm access arrangements.
  • Interactive elements make this a great choice for families with older kids, as well as beer lovers and engineering enthusiasts.
  • It can get hot in the factory hall, so wear layers or cool clothing.
  • Book your interior tour ahead of time as availability is limited.
  • Be prepared for a lot of walking, as the tour takes you across the factory grounds.

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