This is said by Juan Frutos, founder of Cervezas Extremeñas de Monesterio SL. But he is also a renowned audiovisual producer, a native of Monesterio. In 2019 he directed for La 2 of TVE the documentary series "Carlos V: los caminos del Emperador", praised by historians such as Carlos Belloso, Wolfgang Wallenta or Geoffrey Parker.
During the documentation phase of this series, Frutos came across a curious fact: Charles I of Spain and V of the Holy Roman Empire himself stopped in Monesterio for lunch on 7 March 1526, on his way to marry Isabel of Portugal in Seville.
"Cerveza de Monesterio" had been forging the idea of holding an annual event in Monesterio since its presentation in August 2019: "We have been thinking for more than three years about setting up an annual event to be held in our town that would highlight our beers and the gastronomy of Monesterio", Frutos points out.
Since 2019, "Cerveza de Monesterio" has had a significant impact in the media and you only have to look in the newspaper archives to see a fact that is repeated in many of Frutos' speeches to sell the attractions of Monesterio: "Do you know that Charles V stopped in Monesterio to eat on 7 March 1526? Monesterio has not been a gastronomic stop for 50 years; Charles V stopped to eat in our town 500 years ago".
Presentation at INTUR: "The arrival of Charles V in Monesterio"
It's precisely on this curious historical event that the tourism promotion project that "Cerveza de Monesterio" has presented to promote the relationship between beer and gastronomy is based. The event, held as part of the Inland Tourism Fair in Valladolid (INTUR), was attended by the mayor of Monesterio, Antonio Garrote, the historical-gastronomic advisor and chef Antonio Parra, as well as Quintín Correas and Fermín Encabo, managing director and secretary of the Cooperation Network of the Routes of the Emperor Charles V, respectively.
Charles V arrived with his entourage in Monesterio on the morning of 7 March 1526. It was a journey organised just as spring was about to dawn. He was on his way to Seville, where he was to be married to Isabella of Portugal on 11 March 1526 in the Royal Alcazar of Seville. "Charles V did indeed eat in Monesterio; a stop that has gone down in history, according to different documentary sources", according to the Cooperation Network of the Routes of the Emperor Charles V.
The mayor of Monesterio, for his part, underlined the importance of supporting private initiatives and giving them a plus from the institutional side: "We welcome serious projects that serve to promote our town and boost all sectors. We have before us a solid and very striking project that will have to grow and for which the involvement of the municipality itself is fundamental". Antonio Parra also praised the project, who, as well as being the chef of one of the most renowned restaurants in Spain, El Rinconcillo, was invited as a historical and gastronomic advisor because he is a historian: "It is a commemoration that I like very much, because it will recreate a part of history in Monesterio, where the Emperor enjoyed some of the food of the time. We will investigate to find out what Charles may have eaten when he passed through Monesterio".
The Scientific Committee of the Cooperation Network of the Routes of the Emperor Charles V will work carefully on the investigation of this historical fact and continue to delve into this curious day of 1526 in Monesterio. "We will continue working all the parties involved in the coming months so that in March 2022 we can celebrate the arrival of Emperor Charles V to Monesterio", says Frutos to which Fermín Encabo, mayor of Jarandilla and secretary of the Carolinian network adds "it is well known that Charles V was a fervent lover of beer; he was even accompanied by his master brewer so that he did not lack a good beer at the table".
The Monesterio Town Council has begun to prepare the official request for the Scientific Committee of the "Cooperation Network of the Routes of Emperor Charles V" to approve the inclusion of Monesterio in this large group of select towns and cities linked to the figure of Emperor Charles I of Spain and V of Germany.