Sebastien Artois became head brewer at the Den Horen brewery in Leuven, giving his name to it in 1717.In 1926, Stella Artois was launched as a festive beer, named after the Christmas star.First sold in Canada, it eventually became available all year round, and, apart from the duration of the Second World War, has been produced ever since. The first Stella Artois beer was exported to the European market in 1930.
Stella Artois (called Stella), is a pilsner beer of between 4.8 and 5.2% ABV. It has been brewed in Leuven,Belgium, since 1926, although it is also brewed in other locations.
In 2012, AB InBev, the makers of Stella Artois, Becks and Budweiser, announced that, for the UK market, they were reducing the alcohol content across their range of beers, from 5% to 4.8%. The original strength of the lager was 5.2%