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You may have read Burkhard Bilger’s recent New Yorker profile of Dogfish Head’s founder and oh-so-eccentric brewmaster Sam Caligione. The way we see it, the man is a national treasure and so is his beer. Originally based in Caligione’s kitchen, Dogfish Head has grown into one of the biggest and baddest craft beer powerhouses in the country, achieving well-deserved notoriety with its long list of what Caligione describes as “extreme beer.”
Among the latest is Sah’tea, the brewery’s take on a ninth-century Finnish beer that combines fruit and citrus flavors with bitter hops, smoked over hot coals. For now, the beer is available only at Dogfish’s brew pubs, but Caligione is looking to release it later this spring or summer in bottle form. The ultimate shelf date is uncertain, as apparently there’s been some trouble adapting the brewing process to produce large quantities. We haven’t had the pleasure of sampling it yet, but hope that Dogfish may have some on hand at Savor to be held at D.C.’s National Building Museum at the end of this month. (Sorry, tickets are sold out, but we’ll be there to gather intelligence on the best new beers on your behalf. More on that later.)
If, like us, you wish you could bathe in Dogfish Head’s Indian Brown Ale each morning or swim in an ocean of its Raison d’Etre, you might want to check out the brewery’s new dedicated YouTube channel, where you can find the latest news to quench your obsession. Here’s a video in which brewmaster Bryan Selders gives a 411 on Sah’tea: