The art of making beer… artfully

Blanca Fresno

Head of production

Blanca Fresno, is our head of production and the person who designs and develops our recipes. “In 2008 I visited a Slovakian brewpub and ordered a glass of beer, I had never tasted anything like it, and from that moment on my concept of the drink changed forever, so much so that since then my life has been tied almost entirely to beer”. Her other passion is teaching, having previously studied this at university.

In 2012 she began producing ORDUM beers in Cá Beleño. From the start she always read the writings of master brewers such as Boris de Mesones who share their knowledge through the internet, thus making the path much easier for those who take their first steps in this field a few years later

“I’m very fortunate to learn from his experience and read his advice. It’s something we should all be grateful for, those of us who brew and also those who drink our beers, because all this knowledge clearly influences the finished product”.

How to produce a quality beer? “Ideally you should find your method through a lot of work, many years of trial and error, as well as taking into account the studies other people have made. The key is to persevere and to enjoy the work.

Frank Delgado is the creative engine. Involved in music since a child, he has always made it part of his professional life. He was one of the founders of the folk group Beleño, playing the fiddle and percussion.

Apart from being at the helm of Cá Beleño, he has worked as a music producer in Spain and in Hungary, where he lived for four years and where he had the chance to experience central European beer culture. “That experience made me aware of a type of business which hardly existed in our country a few years ago, and it was where the idea of turning Ca Beleño into a brewpub originated

Throughout the years he created and produced sea festivals like “Noegápolis” within the Atlantic Arc Festival 2012 in Gijón. Here he brought together his love of seafaring and of music and was joined by musicians like the Asturian band Nuberu and the well known Irish piper Paddy Keenan. Two years later, he also took part in organising Alcuentru Cerveces del Mundu (World Beer Fest), which took place in Gijón in 2010. The protagonists were both beer and music, and the event was a huge success

Another of his passions is the sport of fencing, which he often includes in events organised by ORDUM.

Frank Delgado

Manager and Creative Director

A pint of history

Beer is an age old drink whose exact origin is unknown. Because sugar is not present in the grain which is to be fermented without first carrying out a separate process, it seems unlikely that the creation of beer was accidental. The origin and widespread use of the drink is believed to have taken place between 6,000 and 8,000 B.C.

In ancient Egypt, Babylonia and in cultures of the European Bronze Age, especially the Celtic ones, women played a fundamental role in the brewing of beer. They are recognised as having carried out much of the work until monasteries established their business models.

Women played an essential role in the production of beer

In Spain, Charles I encouraged the beer industry which until then had been small

The emperor was the grandson of the Catholic Kings and son of Joana of Castile and Philip the Fair, who was in turn the son of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I.
On the ship which brought him to Spain, the Engelen, his first sight of land was the El Sueve mountain in Asturias, a marker point for all seafarers on the Cantabrian Sea and the very place where Borines spring is located. He disembarked a mile and a half from the town of Villaviciosa at the small port of Tazones. One of his ships was loaded with British ale, whose delayed production in Flanders had caused the royal fleet to arrive behind time. Charles – at the time still known as Charles V- brought with him from Mechelen his own master brewers, and established in Madrid the first brewery which produced for him and the royal court. He was so fond of the drink that when he retired to Cáceres upon his abdication, he ordered another brewery be set up there, in the monastery of Yuste.