10 interesting things you should know about St. Stefanus

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1. Our beer has a 719 year history (and counting!). First established by Augustinian monks in Ghent in 1295, our beer is now brewed at the Van Steenberge Brewery. 2. The doors within our monastery, the birthplace of our beer, are stained with St. Stefanus Blonde. 3. Jef Versele, our Master Brewer at the Van Steenberge Brewery, doesn’t release a single batch of St. Stefanus until he believes it is ready. 4. Did you know? The symbol of the flaming heart of St. Augustine is present on every bottle cap and musulet (wire cage over a cork) of St. Stefanus. (See inset photo). 5. The monastery where our beer originated was destroyed not once, but twice. The original Sint Stefanus Monastery was destroyed in the "iconoclastic fury" of 1566 when Calvanists ravaged every single church, monastery and convent in the Low Countries. It was rebuilt, but only to be destroyed again during the French Revolution, which stripped all abbeys and monasteries in France and the Low Countries of their wealth and power. In 1796, the monastery was once more rebuilt - this is the current building that still stands today. 6. We use three yeasts in the brewing process, including our treasured Jerumanus yeast. This wild yeast strain is protected by our brewers to ensure our beer is always of the highest quality. 7. Our brewery’s rich history stretches back over six generations. Learning the art of brewing from his grandfather, our Master Brewer Jef has been working at the family brewery since 1998. 8. Unless you are a real beer enthusiast, one thing you may not know is that the name given to our 33cl bottles is a “steini”. And our 75cl bottles? They are known as "sekt bottles". 9. Our beer takes its name from Saint Stephen. When our original order of Augustinian monks set out to build a monastery in Ghent in 1295, they chose the site of the existing Saint Stephanus church – a holy place that paid homage to this first Christian martyr. The monastery was built around the church to keep this building at the heart of all the monks’ activities. One of these activities included brewing St. Stefanus as a way to give back to the community around them. 10. Secondary fermentation, or refermentation, takes place in the bottle. This process allows our beer to continue maturing and evolving in the bottle over time, thus developing different flavours and aromas depending on the age of the beer. What are your favourite beer facts? Share them with us in the comments below.

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