New Brew Friday- Dogfish Head Sahtea

I noticed this new Dogfish Head in Whole Foods yesterday and something about it really caught my eye. One of the workers there saw me inspecting the label and bounded over to spew the wondrous virtues of this beer. His exact words at one point were “I drink this beer for breakfast.”

Well that is a pretty strong recommendation. So I picked one up and brought it home for us to try out (at night time mind you)

Apparently Dogfish makes this beer by using the same method for brewing a Finnish style beer Sahti. After mixing the grains they add juniper berries to flavor the beer instead of hops. Then they heat white hot rocks over a fire to use for boiling the wort. Dogfish adds a black chai tea to finish the brewing process which makes it a completely different kind of beer than the Finns brewed.

Appearance- This beer poured a cloudy amber with a small head that quickly dissipated.

Aroma- Wow! This smelled exactly like a Chai Tea from your local Coffee shop. I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in a blind smell test! Okay that doesn't make any sense but you know what I mean.

Taste- This beer had a great creamy texture that was a lot like Chai Tea with Cinnamon, Oatmeal, Vanilla and Nutmeg.

Overall- Dogfish did it again. This beer was so drinkable and tasty I would never guess it was 9% (just like the Red and White). This beer does have a sweet finish that may be a little too much for some people but I really enjoyed the flavor. If I ever have to have a beer for breakfast this is the one I want.