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Apr 20, 2014

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Sahti may get EU designation

Production method, character of Finnish beer to be protected

June 7, 2001 - Sahti, the ancient Finnish beer, should soon have European Union protection for its particular style. Sahti and with Belgian Lambic are considered the oldest beer styles in commercial production. The only other previous beer style to get European Union regulation is Newcastle Brown.

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The application has been approved by the European Union, and will become a law unless successful complaints are met by September 2001. The specification lists the production method, traditional character, and description of Sahti.

Sahti is one of the last original beers of Western Europe, and could be dubbed as an ethnobeer. Sahti is traditionally prepared from raw materials including, in addition to malted barley, other cereal malts and cereals (rye, barley, wheat, and oats) and usually hops, fermented using baker's yeast, or harvested yeast.

Sahti has a long history: the brewing instructions have probably been handed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. Sahti is used as a festive drink and forms part of the living rural culture in its Finnish home regions of Kanta-Hame, Paijat-Hame, and Pohjois-Satakunta.


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