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Sahti

Description:
Said to be one of the only primitive beers to survive in Western Europe, Sahti is a farmhouse ale with roots in Finland. First brewed by peasants in the 1500s, mashing (steeping of grains) went down in wooden barrels, and then that mash would be scooped into a hand-carved wooden trough (a kuurna) with a bed of juniper twigs that acted as a filter. The bung at the bottom of the kuurna would be pulled to allow the sweet wort (liquid infusion from the mash) to pass through the twig filter, followed by wort recirculation and a hot water sparge (rinsing of the grains), all of which created a juniper infusion of sorts.

Sahti is also referred to as being turbid, because the wort isn’t boiled after lautering (separation of spent grain and liquid), leaving loads of proteins behind, thus providing tremendous body. A low-flocculating Finnish baker’s yeast creates a cloudy unfiltered beer, with an abundance of sediment. Traditional Sahti is not typically hopped, so the task of balancing is left up to the juniper twigs, which impart an unusual resiny character and also act as a preservative. Some have compared Sahtis to German Hefeweizens, though we find them to be more akin to the Lambics of Belgium due to the exposure to wild yeast and bacteria, and its signature tartness.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 7.0-11.0%   [ ? ] 

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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
Sah'teaDogfish Head Brewery9.003.98592-
Norse Legend SahtiBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)7.003.5815774
SahtiNøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S11.003.88153-
Lammin Kataja OlutLammin Sahti Oy7.003.259975
Arctic Circle AleMalmgårdin Panimo7.303.9276-
Lammin SahtiaLammin Sahti Oy7.503.383074
SahtiGoose Island Beer Co.8.303.6127-
Bare BearOff Color Brewing7.003.8616-
SahatiThe Ale Apothecary10.504.2714-
Sahti ClawsParallel 49 Brewing Company7.704.017-
Finlandia SahtiFinlandia Sahti Ky8.003.546-
SahtiPropolis Brewing7.504.045-
Finlandia Strong SahtiFinlandia Sahti Ky10.003.582-
SahtiSouth Street Brewery5.003.672-
KoduõluSaku Brewery LTD4.804.022-
HackapeliGoose Island Beer Co.8.004.071-
Anne Of Gruit GablesRefined Fool Brewing Co.8.503.461-
Puhti IV BLammin Sahti Oy7.003.821-
De Raine PoreEarth Bread + Brewery ? 4.181-
Malmgård JouluolutMalmgårdin Panimo4.502.981-
Nordic FarmhouseLiquid Riot Bottling Company6.304.171-
JoulupukkiVintage Brewing Company6.803.421-
Barrel-Fermented SahtiScratch Brewing Company7.004.141-
Naisten SahtiRight Proper Brewing Company3.804.111-
Ragnar Lothbrok Viking AleEngine 15 Brewing Company7.603.531-
Drink Me SahtiRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery7.203.351-
Kupiškėnų Šventinis AlusKupiškio alus5.203.271-
Joulu SahtiBruuveri ? 3.421-
Summer SahtiVintage Brewing Company5.403.821-
Koniec SwiataBrowar Pinta7.90-0-
Burdock SahtiScratch Brewing Company4.60-0-
Nosey NeighborRound Barn Brewery7.50-0-
Nordic AleCastle Danger Brewery5.00-0-
KiviSahtiHollolan Hirvi7.00-0-
SahtiJoBoy's Brew Pub7.30-0-
Caedmon's AleBS Brewing5.50-0-
BerserkrFirehouse Brewing Co.8.00-0-
Tumma JuhlasahtiPyynikin Käsityöläispanimo9.50-0-
KurpitsahtiElysian Brewing Company ? -0-