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 Avg Ratings > Bros
Sah'teaDogfish Head Craft Brewery9.003.951,825-
Norse Legend SahtiBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)7.003.5649174
Bare BearOff Color Brewing7.003.79187-
SahtiNøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S11.003.84186-
Arctic Circle AleMalmgårdin Panimo7.303.93142-
SahatiThe Ale Apothecary10.504.25139-
Lammin Kataja OlutLammin Sahti Oy7.003.2811475
SahtiGoose Island Beer Co.8.303.6245-
Lammin SahtiaLammin Sahti Oy7.503.433974
Sahti ClawsParallel 49 Brewing Company7.703.9536-
SahtiPropolis Brewing7.503.9418-
PlumageFonta Flora Brewery7.203.9810-
StatolithTired Hands Brewing Company5.703.8310-
GotlandsdrikaJolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales6.503.919-
Barrel-Fermented SahtiScratch Brewing Company7.004.029-
Nordic AleCastle Danger Brewery5.003.628-
Unforgiven AleTempest Brewing Company5.403.858-
Finlandia SahtiFinlandia Sahti Ky8.003.357-
Summer SahtiVintage Brewing Company5.403.96-
KoduõluSaku Brewery LTD4.803.815-
HackapeliGoose Island Beer Co.8.004.024-
Caedmon's AleBS Brewing5.503.844-
Koniec SwiataBrowar Pinta7.903.973-
Finlandia Strong SahtiFinlandia Sahti Ky10.003.433-
Malmgård JouluolutMalmgårdin Panimo4.503.023-
SahtiSouth Street Brewery5.003.693-
Jäinen Osmotar, Kahdeskymmenes RunoSahtipaja15.003.53-
JoulupukkiVintage Brewing Company6.803.523-
Finishing SchoolAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse9.203.833-
Oshlag / Les Coureurs Des Boires KoduõluOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie7.502.872-
Nordic FarmhouseLiquid Riot Bottling Company6.303.992-
OlkipukkiTerritorial Brewing Company9.403.22-
Forever YoungBirrificio Del Ducato4.002.891-
Anne Of Gruit GablesRefined Fool Brewing Co.8.503.461-
ValhallaEl Rancho Brewing Company7.603.981-
SahtiBrowar Bazyliszek ? 3.361-
Puhti IV BLammin Sahti Oy7.003.821-
De Raine PoreEarth Bread + Brewery ? 4.181-
Lammin SahtiLammin Sahti Oy7.503.551-
SahtiLaBEERint Brewery8.503.831-
KiviSahtiHollolan Hirvi7.004.041-
Kallio Artisan & Birra Amiata - LuraBirra Amiata7.202.871-
Benny & JooniperEbenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.8.803.941-
AluVoss Bryggeri6.004.371-
Naisten SahtiRight Proper Brewing Company - Shaw Brewpub3.804.111-
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-
KurpitsahtiElysian Brewing Company ? 3.251-
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