Stella Artois Brewery Tour in Leuven, Belgium

Stella Artois Brewery Tour in Leuven, Belgium
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. What resulted was an especially informative and engaging brewery tour through a cultural landmark of the city of Leuven. 

Leuven’s Beer History

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 it’s 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.

 
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Guide Name: Stella Artois Brewery Tour in Leuven, Belgium
Guide Location: Belgium » Leuven
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Stella Artois Brewery   De Lantaarn Cafe  
Author: David Johnston
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