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A Brewery for the Modern Day

The date is right on the label... "Anno 1366". Stella Artois beer begins in the Belgian town of Leuven. The name of the beer is not yet Stella Artois. The brewery is called Den Horen, meaning "The Horn" and that explains the horn on the modern label. The beer we know today as Stella Artois came about in 1926 when they put out a special Christmas brew that became so popular they decided to produce it all year long. They named it Stella Artois with "Stella" meaning "star" and Artois being the last name of a master brewer of the company from years gone by. The brewery was eventually moved across town. The original site was left abandoned until 2011 when it was finally demolished. [1] [2] [3]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
On a personal note: When I was no more than eight-years-old my father took me out to the back porch and handed me a beer and a cigarette... apparently wishing to teach me a lesson. I was delighted until I took a big swig of beer and a big drag off of that butt. I turned green and just about puked. My father must have hoped to cure me of ever drinking beer or smoking cigarettes AND IT WORKED! When I grew up I drank Jack Daniels and smoked cigars instead! Thanks Dad! (May he rest in peace. I loved my father. When I speak I hear his voice.)

Women of the Middle Ages: The Veil has Fallen

It is difficult to find women professors in the Middle Ages, but in the city of Bologna, Novella d'Andrea broke through the academic ceiling teaching Canon law as a substitute professor for her father. She was said to be so beautiful that she would only teach from behind a veil so as to not distract the students. Now the veil has fallen. Novella has passed from this world. [4] [5]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Bologna is also known for its medical school. Guy de Chauliac studied anatomy by dissecting cadavers. He wrote a book that became the textbook for surgery in the Middle Ages. Guy de Chauliac is known as the Father of Surgery. [6] [7] [8]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1366, Wikipedia.

See Also


  1. Stella Artois - From Belgium With Love, StellaArtois.com, 2014 [last update] (Official Site) quote="Let's start with the year, 1366, the date our brewing roots trace back to. It was then the Den Hoorn brewery was first established in Leuven, Belgium."
  2. Brouwerij Den Hoorn UrbEx - Forgotten & Abandoned, urbex.nl, 2014 [last update] quote="This site would make a very nice museum or restaurant, but it was demolished early 2011."
  3. Beernaert, Stefaan. Brewery Den Hoorn, foantje.com, 11-October-2013 [last update] (PHOTOS)
  4. Durant, Will and Durant, Ariel. The Story Of Civilization, Volume 5, The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304-1576 A.D.. 1953. p. 6. (BOOK)
  5. Novella d'Andrea - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  6. Walsh, James Joseph. (James Joseph Walsh, bio) Old-Time Makers of Medicine: The Story of The Students And Teachers of the Sciences Related to Medicine During the Middle Ages. New York: Fordham University Press. 1911. pp. 282-312. 2006-Dec-30 [Release Date] (PUBLIC DOMAIN)
  7. Pilcher, James Evelyn. Guy de Chauliac and Henri de Mondeville - A Surgical Retrospect. Annals of Surgery. Jan 1895; v21n1. pp. 84-102. (JOURNAL)
  8. Guy de Chauliac - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]

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