PW's Year of Beer: Dogfish Head Sah’tea

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note.

For 1,000 years, the Finns have been making a beer style called Sahti. This traditionally homebrewed beverage includes not just barley malt and hops, but also rye, wheat and juniper berries. Dogfish Head is anything but traditional, though, so leave it to them to not just craft an obscure beer style, but to turn an already offbeat beer on its head. Their take on Sahti is largely brewed the traditional way, right down to heating the wort (unfermented beer) with scalding hot rocks during the brewing process. The twist is the generous amounts of tea used in the beer. Yes, tea. A blend of black teas gives Sah’Tea an aroma and taste that will instantly remind you of a fine cup of Chai. That sounds very wrong. But the result is very right. Way off the beaten path but utterly intriguing, this is a beer worth seeking out. Try it at Side Bar & Restaurant.

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