Sunday, October 14, 2012

Charles V and beer

Yuste Monastery

Last day we learnt that Charles V decided to abdicate in 1556 and retired in Yuste. As he liked eating and drinking well, he settled down in the monastery with 20 servants. One of them was a master brewer, in charge of producing beer in the Flemish style, as the Emperor liked. This was the origin of the first beer factory (rather manufacture) in the Kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula. 

The brewery continued to exist in the monastery in the following centuries. Nowadays Heineken, the big beer producer, has supported the production of a craft beer called Legado de Yuste. They follow the same craft process the monks used in the 16th century. If you want to learn more about the production process, click on the following link: 

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