Stella Artois was originally brewed back in the 1700s as part of the new wave of European brewers’ experimentation with this crazy new type of beer from Pilsen Germany. This “pilsner’ beer was radically different from the ales that everyone knew and loved. This new yeast fermented at much lower temperatures than traditional ale yeasts and produced a crisp, clear, and light-on-tongue beer. A beer you could see through! Shocking! Damn near scandalous. To say it took the beer world by storm would be an understatement. In fact, today, pilsners make up around 90 percent of all beer sold in the world.
There’s good reasons that pilsner beers are so popular all over the world. And aside from being one of the oldest, Stella is one of the best of them. Beautifully clear in both appearance and taste, it’s a little sweeter than many, but that’s a nice difference.
Stella Artois was originally brewed by the Artois Brewery in Belgium as a special Christmas beer. The name “Stella” means “star” – as in the one that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem. But the beer was so good, and such a hit, that they kept it around year round. Today the beer is found pretty much everywhere. A great import beer that you can reliably find, it’s light and crisp, and sweeter than most pilsners. A pretty good summertime beer, of course, but I’m a fan of tradition, especially at Christmas. So I sometimes grab this one to take to holiday parties. Stella is always welcome and it gives me the chance to beer-geek out about how Stella Artois, of all things, is actually a Christmas beer anyway. So grab a six-pack of Stella Artois the next time you want a great Old World pilsner or a traditional Christmas beer.
Butch Bailey is a 15-year resident of the Pine Belt. He is a forester with two degrees from Mississippi State. Husband to Toni, father to Liam, and founder of Raise Your Pints. Promotional consideration for the Signature Sips is provided by Stokes Distributing, by which Stella Artois is exclusively distributed.