May 14, 2011

Dogfish Head Sah'tea

We learned about Sah'Tea, a Dogfish Head brew, at the teaspoons & petals blog.  Unfortunately for us, Sah'Tea is not sold in our area (within 50 miles of our zipcode).

Here is a description of the beer from the Dogfish website:
A modern update on a 9th century Finnish proto-beer.  Brewed with rye, we caramelize the wort with white hot river rocks, then ferment it with a German Weizen yeast. In addition to juniper berries foraged directly from the Finnish country-side we added a sort of tea made with black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and black pepper. The spicing is subtle and balanced and Sahtea is a highly-quaffable, truly-unique brew with a full-mouth feel.
Image: Finlandia Sahti (source)
The original Finnish beer - Sahti - sounds delicious, too, according to its Wikipedia entry:
Sahti is a traditional beer from Finland made from a variety of grains, malted and unmalted, including barley, rye, wheat, and oats; sometimes bread made from these grains is fermented instead of malt itself. Traditionally the beer is flavored with juniper berries in addition to, or instead of, hops; the mash is filtered through juniper twigs through a trough shaped tun called a kuurna in Finnish. Sahti has a distinct banana flavor due to the yeast. Sahti is a top-fermented brew (ale), and while baking yeast has been used traditionally, ale yeast may also be used in fermenting.
Update, 5/19/2011: Read a New Yorker article published on November 24, 2008 about Sah'tea at A Better Brew: The rise of extreme beer, by Burkhard Bilger (hat tip Beertography).


  1. AnonymousMay 16, 2011

    Thanks for the shout out! I actually saw a bottle of the tea beer in Eataly in NYC. I wonder if they still have it...

  2. The BrewerMay 19, 2011

    ooh! We went in and out of Eataly once in the space (time) of one minute. It was packed to the gills and we needed speedier eats.

    A Sah'tea find is a good reason to try again.