.Flattened “beer” can from a Bristol gutter; 21 Mar 2004.

I’ve put the word beer in quotes because, in my opinion, this well known brand only just merits that description – and do you remember their “Reassuringly expensive” advertising slogan?!  What a load of ****************!!!!

Stella is made by one of the vast brewing giants and, well, it has some taste and it makes me drunk – but a taste experience?  Well, no.  Belgium has far, far tastier brews than this – Duvel is my out and out favourite, but at 8.5% alcohol this frothy, innocent looking, golden ale is not for drinking down recklessly – unless lying down helpless on the floor is your thing of course.

Other Belgians?  The two Westmalle beers, the Dubbel and the Tripel.  And much as I like Hoegaarden itself, its Grand Cru, Forbidden Fruit and Julius stablemates are rather naughtier – tho whether they are all still in production and / or generally available I don’t know.  And also John Martin’s, and Arabier, Barbar, Abbaye de Bonne Esperance, Saison de Silly and many more – but, no longer as good as they were, the various Chimay beers.  Belgium is the top country in the world for beer, in terms of quality and sheer variety – a week there and I’d be down on the floor with alcoholic poisoning!

Tripod-mounted OM-4 with 90mm Macro Zuiko; Fuji Velvia 50 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.




About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    I agree with Meanderer . Very much a pop-art.


  2. Adrian Lewis says:

    Thanks, Adrian – so you’ve been to Belgium – those beers are not for messing about with, are they?! Thanks for your thoughts, my friend – good to find a kindred spirit! A


  3. Adrian says:

    Way to go Adrian- agree with everything you´ve said-when i was about 17 i went to Belgium with some mates and ended up a bit like the beer can in your post-in the gutter:) I reckon this photo of yours would make a good promo photo for Stella- they´re minted, so make sure you get paid top-it´s a classic 🙂


  4. krikitarts says:

    If you get the chance, wrap your tonsils around a St. Feuillen!


  5. adrianpym says:

    Great image and what a coincidence – I have been working on an image this afternoon of a crushed can of Orangenboom lying on the pavement, in the rain. Distinct colours like the Stella can but so far I can’t get a final image that I like. Will now revisit. Thanks for the inspiration Adrian.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      If I’ve provided inspiration, I feel good – thanks! With my picture here, I felt it better to get in close so that the brand name leaps out of the shot. Thank for your thoughts, Adrian! A


  6. Meanderer says:

    It reminds me very much of pop-art. I like it a lot.

    With regard to beer: I don’t drink very much light beer but I do like Hoegaarden. My very favourite dark beer – which after extensive tests is yet to be beaten 🙂 – is Young’s Chocolate Stout. Sublime.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, I agree about pop-art – could be! Hoegaarden is delicious – Chocolate Stout eh? >>> well please just tell me you’re not a Closet Tippler!!!!!!

      Thanks for your thoughts, M – hope you have a good Sunday – tho its grey and very cold here – not promising! Cheers, A!


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