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OLDEST - The World's Oldest Beer
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 37° 47.838 W 121° 12.928
10S E 657113 N 4184825
Quick Description: Manteca's brewery produces a beer made from 45 million year-old yeast.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 8/28/2009 6:16:56 PM
Waymark Code: WM73RN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:

In the summer of 2008, Manteca's Kelly Brothers Brewing Co. hosted a launch party for a new beer, that is truly different from anything else ever made from hops and yeast. The beer is called "Fossil Fuel" and it deserves the name for it is made from the world's oldest strain of yeast - over 40 million years old!

The history of this yeast strain dates back to the dawn of mammals, a time called the Eocene epoch (from the Greek word eos meaning "dawn"). It was the time when today's amber was formed from tropical tree sap. Sometimes, small insect were trapped in the sap to become rare fossils. In the movie Jurassic Park, scientist isolated dinosaur DNA from the blood of an encased mosquito. That is still science fiction.

But it is no fiction that Cal Poly scientists Dr. Raul Cano and Lewis Lambert isolated and revived a bacterium, which had lain dormant in the gut of an amber-encased bee. They then isolated a few yeast strains from the bacteria that resembled modern Saccharomyces cerevisiae - the yeast we use every day for brewing and baking. And after over 40 million years, the yeast came back to life - and it is still growing!

The scientists then partnered with brew masters Joe Kelley (Kelley Bros. Brewing, Manteca, CA) and Peter Hackett (Stumptown Brewery, Guerneville, CA) and formed "Fossil Fuels Brewing Company, creator of the World's Oldest Beer.

Type of documentation of superlative status: Website

Location of coordinates: Kelley Brewery, Manteca, CA

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