A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of attending the Draft Magazine Microbrew Festival at Turf Paradise. It was a fairly great time marred by one great disappointment. I ran into Louis Dolgoff, Arizona's Dogfish Head sales manager who explained to me that he was in possession of Sah'tea, a new brew infused with chai tea and juniper berries.
"Great!" I exclaimed. "Can I try some?"
"I'm sorry but we're all out," was the heart-wrenching reply I received.
Well my fellow drinkers, I've come across a bottle of the stuff in time for this week's review. Let's have at it!
There is magic in this bottle. Dogfish Head has used rye and juniper berries in the brew process. To heat the wort they used wood-fired rocks. Rocks! At the end of the boiling process black chai tea is added to give it a spiciness that lingers with each sip.
It's immaculate. Smooth but strong, fascinating but subtle, this beer has it all.
I got mine:
at Top's Liquor
for $13.99, but stay away, fiends. It's mine, you hear? All mine!
Strength: Sah'tea is 9% alcohol by volume.
Goes with: perhaps attaining Nirvana? I'm not sure what sort of experience is appropriate to enjoy while drinking a beer of this caliber, but I'm certain it would result in some sort of spiritual enlightenment. Why ruin that by pairing it with food?
Verdict: I'm a bit too busy drinking Sah'tea right now to think of one. Try again later.