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Bare Bear Finnish Style Sahti

Tasting Notes

Subtle spice heat from juniper and rye malt blend with a black pepper phenol aromas. Some candy malt notes while the finish is dry from tannins drawn from barrel staves added to the boil.


7.0 % alc/vol


Pils, Cara Rye, Rye Malt, Carapils, Red Malt, Roasted Barley, Nugget hops, Juniper Berries, Kettle Wood Staves

Beer nerd facts

Michael Jackson claimed that "Sahti is the only primitive beer to survive in Western Europe.The beer that peasants learned to brewing in the 1500s is still made much the same way today." Most sahti today is still brewed in saunas. Saunas are a substantial part of Finnish culture and brewing.

Inside the typical home/sauna brewery is the Finnish mashing vessel called a kuurna. The bottom of this long, trough-shaped vessel is lined with juniper branches and straw that act as the filter to separate the wort from the grains in the mash. 

Sample Menu Description

Sahti is a traditional Scandinavian sauna beer chock full of rye and juniper with spicy yeast esters. This sahti might inspire you to build your own sauna to ride out the winter.


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