'Latin America's oldest beer' could be returning to shelves | NBWA: America's Beer and Beverage Distributors

Attempting to recreate the beers of yore is nothing new. Modern technology can analyze and isolate yeasts found on artifacts and use them to brew anew. But a bioengineer in Ecuador is especially excited about his brewing renaissance, believing he's been able to reproduce Latin America's oldest beer. Working with a splinter of wood from a 400-year-old oak barrel, Javier Carvajal recovered a yeast strain he says was used by Jodoco Ricke, a Franciscan friar from Flanders. Ricke brewed beer in Quito in 1566 after introducing wheat and barley to the area from Europe.