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Dogfish Head Brews Sah'tea

Tue, 05/05/2009 - 9:48am

The fires are burning here at Dogfish Head today as we brew Sah'tea for the first time in full production.

The beer is one we brewed at our brewpub a while back when writer Burkhard Bilger was writing a feature on Dogfish Head for The New Yorker, so you can read all about our first stab at this strange brew.

Our version is a take-off on a Finnish style beer called sahti. Traditional sahti is brewed with a variety of grains, malted and unmalted, including barley, rye, wheat, and oats; then flavored with juniper berries in addition to, or instead of, hops. The old-school style of brewing sahti also includes the step of heating hot rocks over a fire and using them to boil the wort.

In traditional Dogfish-style, we break with tradition by finishing the beer with an exotic black chai tea at the end of the boil.

Lead Bryan Selders explains the Dogfish brewing process:

Mission accomplished! The hot rocks were successfully transferred to the wort and boiling ensued (although we are certainly not winning any safety awards on this one). Here's the video: