ECUADOR BEER – Ecuadorian researcher recreates South America’s 1st beer from original yeast

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A researcher in Ecuador has successfully recreated South America’s first beer, a product made in 1566 by friars at Quito’s Basilica and Convent of San Francisco.

The key for Javier Carvajal, a researcher and professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) who spent almost half of his life on the project, was to use the same yeast in the fermentation process as those 16th-century monks employed.