There used to be many urbex locations in my hometown, Leuven, but many of those places are disappearing so recently I have been wanting to capture these beautiful old buildings before it's too late.
I used to explore this brewery when I was just a little kid.
History (stole this from wikipedia..)
Tax records exist from 1366 for Leuven's Den Horen Brewery. In 1708, Sebastianus Artois became the master brewer at Den Horen, and gave his name to the brewery in 1717.
In 1926, Stella Artois was launched initially as a seasonal beer especially for the Christmas holiday market. It was first sold in Canada and it was such a commercial success that the brand became available 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. By 1960, 100 million litres of Stella Artois was being produced annually. InBev opened a new fully automated brewery in Leuven in 1993, and by 2006, total production volume was over a billion litres annually.
The current package design and bottle design and shape was created in 1988 by David Taylor, founder of Taylorbrands. The design replaced a 1960s design and is inspired by the original 1926 bottle label. The design incorporates the horn symbol of the Den Horen brewery and the date 1366 which is the date of the earliest recorded brewing in Leuven. The label also shows medals for excellence awarded to the brewery at a number of trade exhibitions in Belgium in the 19th and 20th century. The name Stella Artois is held within a "cartouche" which was influenced by the style of Belgian architecture of Leuvenes.
Two of my friends coming along, B.&J.
The 1926 Stella Artois brewery.
We had to squeeze ourselves through some bars of the gate at the main entrance but we got in!
Ready to enter the brewery on last shot before we go in.
So that's how we got in, the door was wide open SUHWEEET.
This place was full of junk, old desks and telephones. We were actually right underneath some of the brewing kettles.
Some more old desks. We went through the door at the end and took some stairs towards the roof.
We came across this awesome corridor.
Some awesome scales!
Why don't stairs these days look like these anymore?
Compositional genius can be found in the weirdest of places.
Finally got to the roof, took us long enough...
In the background you can see the new Stella Artois brewery.
Nature, it always wins doesn't it?
Nice Belgian view, shitty Belgian weather...
B.&J. were looking in the wrong direction.
We found a hatch in the roof and it led to some newer office and lab areas.
Checking out the lab, not very interesting.
You can see the hallway with the scales from earlier.
Strange looking garden, glass pyramid, roof thingy... I don't know what the hell it is but I want one.
We got bored of the newer parts so we went back to the roof.
Scaled off paint, I really like the orange.
Back in the much older parts of the building.
Shoes, look at them.
Down the stairs we went.
Don't know what this is.. Couldn't read the label on the can.
Reminded me of the first Saw movie, scary as shit at night..
Hmm quite a contrast, yes this really is the same building only passed one door.
Emergency shower, no longer works.
Lab storage area, almost everything is still there!
Some cool looking equipment.
Okay so this room was pitch black, you couldn't see past your own nose...
We took this picture without the use of a flash.
What we did was set the shutter time to 30 seconds and ran across the room with a flashlight.
I'm quite pleased with the result.
They used to brew the beer in these tubs.
Opened another door and stumbled upon the old archives, empty archives..
A very big hall, maybe it was once used as a reception area or ballroom.
Went all the way to the end of this building and entered this room, looked through the windows and saw this:
We left the newer building and went to the oldest part of the brewery.
Plastic Artois crates from the 60's I think.
Some old wooden crates of a beer I had never heard of before.
The old, very industrial looking area.
Oh boy, I do love me some old stairs...
This is the top view.
Wrench! We went back to the roof.
Surprise surprise, it was still raining..
Time to head home.
Had never been here before, had to take this picture.
Top of the brewing kettles you saw in one of the first pictures, the top halves were removed
probably because they were made of copper.
Back outside, farewell old friend of mine! I'll miss you...
Really it's kinda sad.
I hope you guys enjoyed this, I will probably do some other buildings in the future.
If you have any questions I'd be happy to provide you with some answers.
The stairs look awesome in 3d.