THE BEER OF EMPEROR CHARLES V

In 1542, the doctor at the Court of Charles V wrote the book "Banquete de Nobles Caballeros" (The Noble Gentlemen's Banquet), also referred to as "Vergel de Sanidad," where he left a written record of the good palate and exquisite taste of the Emperor. In it, he described the Emperor's desire to nurture his soul through a monastic retirement within the Monasterio de Yuste, without forgetting his desire to feed his own body.

Because of that, he was accompanied by a court of cooks and a master brewer to whom he provided certain rooms in the Monastery. Lobera himself made a distinction between the two types of beer, the thick and the delicate one, separating the soft beer from the ones that had too little or too much hop. After choosing the light beer with little hop, Lobera warned that:

"For it to be a good beer, it must be brewed with wheat, barley, oat and hops, which in the Flemish region, are said to be the herb for the beer, and good water. These grains must be good and not be corrupted. It must be very boiled and then thoroughly purified. It must have been made for days, unblemished of feces and not oily."
The result of these conditions would be an excellent beer, good enough for the health of court nobles, and which must be drunk at the beginning of a meal or supper.

WHY BLOMBERG?

Barbara Blomberg is the woman we honour due to her astonishing life. She was the lover of Charles V, but little was known about her until now. She was a woman that broke down the mold of preconceptions in her days. And she was known renowned for her beauty, and her abilities to sing and to dabble in the arts. In addition, she was a great lover of beer, an interest she shared with the Emperor. She surprised the court with her indomitable spirit, her pursuit of freedom, and because she always did whatever she wanted.

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