It's difficult to combine the right book and the right beer...
Two military leaders are making my day interesting
There is one of the better unions – famous Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Zikmund (Sigismund) of Luxembourg (I know, I know, history of Europe is a little bit complicated) and four-stars General Petr Pavel, the former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, the first person from a former "Eastern Bloc“ to hold the position.
The beer is Rišaví Zmikund by Clock. It's a very special 20% EPM Imperial Red Ale (meaning 7.8% alcohol). Very full taste, very dark red colour, very bitter, very drinkable. Only one brew was produced and it's a pity. It combines aroma of oranges, lemons and cherries. The first mouthful is about oranges and honey, but then the herbal bitterness arrives, and it's bliss.
For this beer, a special cooperation was established. There is an artist called Opraski, who works at the Institute of History of the Czech Academy of Science and who draws witty comics about Czech history and contemporary events. Nobody knows who is he. He is our own Banksy. He created his own language understandable to native Czechs, but I really pity non-native speakers who wants to have fun too. Under this language, Zikmund became Zmikund which can be perceived only as a letter play, or you can acknowledge a whiff of foul name. And Zmikund and Huz (Hus) are the most beloved characters that whole nation took up for its liking. Both of them are on the pictures – Huz is fired up as always, and Zmikund can't hide his red colour in this red ale.
For context – Sigismund of Luxembourg was called Zikmund the Red Fox in our lands. He was a younger son of the most famous Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV (the one that half of Prague is named after – Charles bridge, Charles University,…). He spoke seven languages, loved knights tournaments, and he was quite a good military leader. Unfortunately for the Lands of Bohemian crown. In the beginning, the Czech King was his older brother Vaclav IV, but he was weak. There was a reformative movement against Catholic Church lead by Master Jan Hus. The Pope in cooperation with then Hungarian King and Holy Roman Emperor Zikmund let him be burnt at the stake in Konstanz and the Christian Europe organized a crusade against the Czech lands. For 17 years, Czech"husits“ (followers of Hus) were a dreaded army, but in the end, Zikmund and the Catholic Church won. And a germanization of the Czech lands started up wildly.
And do not forget about the book – it´s a series of interviews with the General, his friends, coworkers, and family. It´s a nice way how to get to know something about a person who has already reached so much and who is being discussed as a possible future Czech president after he left the Army.