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November 2016: Limited edition – Bandit Smoked Brown Ale

A brown ale is one of our favourite styles – but we couldn’t resist adding smoked beechwood malt for some extra intrigue! This is a malt-driven beer, packed with two row Irish malt, rye, wheat, dark crystal and chocolate malt for real depth and complexity of flavour. Get this outlaw before it’s driven out of town. Short description: brown ale – caramel and hazelnut – smooth, smoky and sippable Style: brown ale Hops: Simcoe Malt: two row Irish malt, rye, wheat, dark crystal and chocolate malt. Strength: 6% ABV Bitterness: 89 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: deep, dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Aroma: smoky malt to the forefront, followed by a sweet, nutty aroma. Flavour: a malt forward beer, medium-bodied and with a mellow smoked flavour. Sweet dark caramel and hazelnut notes are balanced with a gentle bitterness. Nicely balanced, without the smoke being allowed to overtly dominate. Aftertaste: smooth, smoky and sippable. Food pairings: the main flavour hook in this beer is smoked malt which makes it ideal to complement roasted meats like the Sunday roast beef, leg of lamb or something grilled – get your hands on a fat, juicy burger with blue cheese for the ideal match. Cottage pie in the oven? Break out the Bandit for a very happy marriage of flavours. Avoid smoked foods – you don’t want to overwhelm your palate with conflicting smokes – but try with some mature cheddar or gouda cheese. Hegarty’s cheddar, mature Coolea and Mossfield are all good bets. Launch Date: October 2016 on draught, November 2016 in bottles. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social:  #BanditSmokedAle

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Limited Edition: November 2016 – Wayfarer Sour IPA

We travel a distance from our normal ultra-hoppy IPAs for this Wayfarer Sour IPA. Sour takes the place of bitterness in this style, but we couldn’t resist bringing hops along for the ride. En route, it is dry hopped, bringing out the sweet tropical fruit aromas of Amarillo and Citra. The sour comes comes from eight strains of super 8 lactobacilli, finishing things off with a tart bite. Approachable and easy drinking, this Wayfarer won’t leave you in the dust. Short description: sour IPA – fruit tart – fresh and tangy Style: Sour IPA Hops: Amarillo, Citra Malt: pilsner malt, malted wheat Strength: 4% ABV Bitterness: 6 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: hazy yellow in the glass. Aroma: sour lemon and gooseberry on the nose, with a hint of fruity sweetness from the hops. Flavour: a fresh IPA with a mild tang. Tart lemon pith, gooseberry and green mango flavours blend with juicy passionfruit hop notes. Aftertaste: this sour doesn’t linger, making it a flavourful and refreshing sipper. Food pairings: a lemony sour like Wayfarer is tailor made for fish. Try it with pan fried hake in a lemon butter sauce or miso butter salmon and see how this tangy beer enhances the flavours. A young goat’s cheese from St Tola, Bluebell Falls or Ardsallagh, with similar fresh lemon flavour notes, will work well with Wayfarer. Try the cheese in a sandwich with some caramelised pears and give your tastebuds a treat. On the sweeter side, give your guests a zippy ending by pairing a simple Cuinneog buttermilk pannacotta with the beer. Launch Date: November 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles, limited draught

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Limited Edition: November 2016 – The Fearless Farmhouse Ale from The Dukes of Burgundy series

The Golden Age of Burgundy was from 1364 to 1477, when the Dulchy was recognised as one of the major powers of medieval Europe. John the Fearless was known for defending the emerging Burgundian state but all his scheming couldn’t save him from an axe in his back. Under Philip the Good, there was pomp and ceremony aplenty – along with mistresses and illegitimate children – as he manipulated his strategic alliances into independence for the Dulchy. A lover of luxury, Charles the Bold drained the coffers and when he was killed at the siege of Nancy in 1477 it was the beginning of the end for what had been the wealthiest state in Europe. We have brewed three beers to celebrate these colourful medieval dukes, aged in oak barrels from their French homeland. The Fearless – Farmhouse Ale, aged in Burgundy chardonnay oak barrels. (for release in late Nov) The Bold – Imperial Stout, aged in Burgundy pinot noir oak barrels. (for release in late Nov) The Good – Barleywine, aged in Burgundy pinot noir oak barrels. (for release late Jan 2017) First up… The Fearless Farmhouse Ale Saisons and white wine are a match made in heaven; in fact, the saison yeast strain – with its hint of spice and pepper – has evolved from wine yeast. We brewed a straightforward, bone-dry farmhouse beer and let it age in chardonnay Burgundy wine barrels. This allows the subtle vanilla, light citrus and a touch of pineapple from the French oak and the chardonnay lees to impart their flavour. Unlike Duke John the Fearless of Burgundy, there’s no backstabbing here. Short description: farmhouse ale – bone dry – food-friendly Style: farmhouse ale Hops: Nugget. Malt: Pilsner malt and wheat malt. ABV: 6.4% IBUs: 32 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: hazy yellow. Aroma: an […]

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Three Dukes of Burgundy – The Good, The Bold and The Fearless

We all got very excited a few months ago when oak barrels from Burgundy arrived at the brewery. We knew that we had to brew something extra special to age in these barrels. And so we did. The Three Dukes of Burgundy is our 2016 Barrel Aged Project. All of these limited edition beers will be bottled into 750ml amber champagne-style bottles. See that bottle there on the right? We got so excited when the labels arrived yesterday that we just had to try them on a bottle! No beer in it yet, but that’s coming. Two of these three winter beers will be released by the end of the month; the barleywine will see the light of day in January 2017. As they’re released into your local independent off licences we’ll tweet / Instagram /Facebook about them using the collective hash tag #DukesofBurgundy. Also check #FearlessFarmhouseAle, #BoldImperialStout and #GoodBarleywine for more info on where they are. Three Dukes of Burgundy – The Good, The Bold and The Fearless The Golden Age of Burgundy was from 1364 to 1477, when the Dulchy was recognised as one of the major powers of medieval Europe. John the Fearless was known for defending the emerging Burgundian state but all his scheming couldn’t save him from an axe in his back. Under Philip the Good, there was pomp and ceremony aplenty – along with mistresses and illegitimate children – as he manipulated his strategic alliances into independence for the Dulchy. A lover of luxury, Charles the Bold drained the coffers and when he was killed at the siege of Nancy in 1477 it was the beginning of the end for what had been the wealthiest state in Europe. We have brewed three beers to celebrate these colourful medieval dukes, aged in oak barrels from their French homeland. The […]

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Limited Edition: September 2016: No Way Gose

No way? No Way Gose! We’ve gone a bit sour at Eight Degrees this autumn, brewing up a blood orange and Irish Atlantic Sea Salt gose. Soured with lactobacillicus, a huge coriander seed charge was added to the kettle and we finished the brew with flakes of natural sea salt, harvested from the Irish Atlantic by the O’Neill family on the Beara peninsula down in West Cork. Our gose tastes of tart oranges with a beautiful citrus and floral coriander aroma, finishing on a slight saline note that draws you back in again. Short description: Gose-style – tart and aromatic – salty lips Style: Gose Hops: Hersbrucker Malt: pilsner malt, malted wheat Strength: 4.1% ABV Bitterness: 7 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: rich, opaque amber. Aroma: bright orange and aromatic spice notes. Flavour: tangy blood orange with a touch of sourness from the lactobacillicus and a lovely sea salt brininess. Crisp with a memorable twang, this beer has a sour-plus-salt profile that draws you back again and again. Aftertaste: lick-your-lips salt with a tart kick. Food pairings: when we asked head brewer Mike for a food pairing for this beer, he came up with one word: tequila. We’d like to add a few more words: eggs benedict, Silver Darlings’ pickled herrings alongside a classic potato salad, pho bo, a selection of fresh shucked Irish oysters. This is a super food-friendly beer; don’t miss making a dinner date with it. Launch Date: September 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: draught only (30L and 50L kegs)

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Limited Edition – Supernova DIPA

A double IPA with double dry hopping of Simcoe, Amarillo and Enigma, this beer is an explosion of flavour. Expect a big hop aroma of pine, grapefruit rind, tangerine and peaches with a good assertive bitterness, followed by a dry finish that leaves your palate demanding more. Like a supernova, this beer might just be your brightest shining moment of the night. Although we genuinely hope not… Short description: Double IPA – explosive hop flavour – full on bitterness Style: Double IPA Hops: Simcoe, Amarillo and Enigma and Equinox Malt: two row base Irish malt Strength: 8% ABV Bitterness: 85 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: light orange with a fluffy off-white head Aroma: oodles of passionfruit and tangerine. Flavour: a full mouth feel with glorious full-on hoppy bitterness. Lots of fruit in each sip including passsionfruit, tangerine and underripe papaya. There’s a solid malt backbone here, holding everything in balance. Aftertaste: humming lingering bitterness. A contemplative drink. Food pairings: put this Supernova with some seared scallops, especially if they come with a pineapple / mango / chilli salsa and feel your tastebuds go stratospheric. If you can get your hands on some intense blue cheese, like an aged Young Buck from Northern Ireland, you’re in for a treat. Launch Date: September 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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August 2016: Limited Edition – Amarillo Single Hop IPA

Smooth on the outside, crunchy on the inside…oh, those were armadillos. Amarillo, on the other hand, is the fourth in our single hop trilogy. OK, so we’re easily confused, not great at numbers – but we do make tasty beer. The Amarillo hop, unlike the armadillo, is famous for its high levels of myrcene. What does that mean? It’s all the good stuff: a flavour profile rammed full of grapefruit, melon, apricot and peach…with not a crunch in sight. Short description: single hop IPA – soft bitterness – summer sipper Style: single hop IPA Hops: Amarillo Malt: two row base Irish malt Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 62 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: orange with a foamy white head. Aroma: bright citrus pith and apricot. Flavour: this beer is tangarine-tastic! It’s got full-on intense fruit flavours, oodles of stone fruit and a touch of melon. Aftertaste: a lingering humming bitterness. Food pairings Summertime and the living is easy. Pull together a platter of cured meats – choose from some fantastic Irish suppliers like McCarthy’s Butchers in Kanturk, Gubbeen Smokehouse and James McGeough in Oughterard – with Irish farmhouse cheese: Hegarty’s cheddar and Cashel Blue work well with this kind of citrusy IPA. Add a few slices of crusty sourdough, a handful of gherkins, a little pot of rhubarb chutney and a couple of bottles of Amarillo Single Hop IPA and you have the perfect summer evening feast. Launch Date: August 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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August 2016: Limited Edition – Going Out Out, Kölsch-Style

You know when that happens? You’re not going out out, you’re just going out for a pint of milk and then you meet yer man, and he’s off to catch up with the lads in the local and, sure, herself is coming by in a while and…suddenly it’s 2am, you’re standing by the bar in Whelans, you realise that you’re still wearing your slippers – and you’ve lost that pint of milk. You were undoubtedly out out. A particularly good out out beer, Kölsch is an ale which is is cold fermented with its own special yeast and then cold conditioned for an extended period – just like a lager. At Eight Degrees we love this elegant, nuanced and extremely clean tasting beer style, which is perfectly suited to being brewed with our Galtee mountain water. The malt bill is made up of the finest German Pilsner malt, hopped to perfection with the Noble hop Saaz. Short description: Kölsch-style – crisp bitterness – sessionable Style: Kölsch-style Hops: Saaz. Malt: Pilsner malt. Strength: 4.5% ABV Bitterness: 36 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: straw yellow with a white fluffy head. Aroma: gentle floral to light fruit aroma. Flavour: mild crisp bitterness with a touch of sweet honey. Delicate and well balanced. Aftertaste: light and refreshing, making you want to take another sip. An ideal afternoon session delight. Food pairings: This is your ideal hot-weather beer so, while temperatures soar, keep your cool with a nice cool glass of this Kölsch-style beer. It plays happily with fishy food like fried calamari or scampi, the light fruity esters contrasting nicely with the seafood, and it’s a light option for pairing with something like lemon sole or monkfish in a brown butter sauce. Or, if you want to look really classy, chill it well and serve […]

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July 2016: Limited Edition – Galaxy Single Hop IPA

Three summer single hop specials. Three of our favourite hops; one grist bill to unite them all! The malt body for these brews is simple, yet elegant, designed to showcase the hop flavours and aromas. The third beer in our single hop summer trilogy is Galaxy. This versatile hop from far, far away – well, Australia actually – has a wonderful blend of fruity characteristics: a clean citrus aroma gives way to ripe passionfruit and peach flavours. Pair with smoky, savoury barbecued spare ribs or a big, fat, juicy burger. Perfect for those clear starry, starry night skies! Short description: single hop IPA – short, sharp and snappy – tropical fruit Style: single hop IPA Hops: Galaxy. Malt: two row base Irish malt. Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 62 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma: up front passion fruit aroma, followed by a sharp citrus twang. Flavour: short, sharp and snappy, like a good punk band! Intense tropical fruit flavours, with masses of passion fruit, hints of peach and a grapefruit rind bitterness at the end. Aftertaste: lipsmacking dry finish. Food pairings: these fruity flavours are just the thing to contrast with barbecue food like some rich smoky spare ribs or a decent homemade burger. Go for a lighter style of summer eating with some shrimp ceviche with coconut and see how the tropical fruit aroma complements the shellfish. Gorgeous with mango sorbet. Launch Date: July 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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June 2016: Limited edition – Summer Days Seisiún IPA

Raise a glass to these long, long summer days when our side of the world tilts towards the sun for a while. What better way to escape the work day drudgery than with our 2016 summer session IPA. Pop the top, tilt your head back, close your eyes and drink in the gentle fresh breeze, these hops will be your guide to summer days drifting away and, uh oh, those summer nights… Summer Days Seisiún IPA brewed with Amarillo, Mandarina Bavaria, Equinox and, Citra hops – have yourself a blast! Short description: session IPA – soft bitterness – summer sipper Style: session IPA Hops: Amarillo, Mandarina Bavaria, Equinox and Citra, dry hopped with Simcoe. Malt: two row base Irish malt, Cara pils. Strength: 4.5% ABV Bitterness: 43 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pale yellow, white mousssey head. Aroma: initial floral aroma with a gentle lime bitterness, light malt. Flavour: smooth, soft hop bitterness on the palate with the flavour of fresh lime zest. The finish is dry, with a delicate sprightly prickle. A refreshing summer Sparkler. Aftertaste: lingering bitterness, inviting you back for more. The perfect summer sipper. Food pairings: it’s all about the surf, rather than the turf, with this beer. The rounded hop flavours showcased here will work beautifully with anything smoked – think a light, summertime Goatsbridge smoked trout and barley salad with a lime dressing. Get smokey with some fish yourself and land a side of lemon and herb marinaded salmon on the barbecue, or grill some whole mackerel with ginger, chilli and lime. The gentle bitterness of this beer will complement the citrus, cutting through the oily fish and refreshing you with each sip. Launch Date: June 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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May 2016: Limited edition – Mandarina Bavaria Single Hop IPA

The second release of our three summer single hop specials. Three of our favourite hops; one grist bill to unite them all! The malt body for these brews is simple, yet elegant, designed to showcase the hop flavours and aromas. This IPA features Mandarina Bavaria, the new hop on the block from Germany. It’s a tangerine dream with intense pineapple and lemon zest flavours and a herbal finish, imparting a wonderful summery aroma. We have adopted an innovative hop utilisation technique to maximise aroma pickup and ensure that this beer is bursting with hop flavour. Fantastisch! Short description: single hop IPA – heady aroma – sweet citrus Style: IPA Hop: Mandarina Bavaria Malt: two row base Irish malt Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 47 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: orange with a foamy white head. Aroma: a heady mandarin nose with lots of passion fruit. Smells like summer… Flavour: sweet citrus and tropical fruit with a hint of mandarin peel bitterness. Herbal coriander notes and a touch of salt in the finish. Aftertaste: a rounded flavour, with the malt and hops playing nicely together. Food pairings: a summertime beer like this is perfect with lighter dishes that suit the sunshine. Pan fry some John Dory in olive oil with slices of lemon and enhance the flavours by pairing it with Mandarina Bavaria IPA. This is a beer that goes wonderfully with cheese, the sweet citrus flavours enhancing the cheese in a similar way to membrillo, the Spanish quince paste that works so well with manchego, goats’ cheese and blue cheeses, the more pungent the better! Launch Date: May 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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May 2016: Limited edition – Citra Single Hop IPA

The first release in our series of three single hop beers. Three of our favourite hops; one grist bill to unite them all! The malt body for these brews is simple, yet elegant, designed to showcase the wonderful hop flavours and aromas. We decided to put this hop’s fabulous tropical fruit flavours on display: think lychee, passion fruit and guava plus some ripe stone fruit. Short description: single hop IPA – juicy – citrus bite Style: single hop IPA Hop: Citra – what else! Malt: two row base Irish malt Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 62 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pale orange colour, fluffy white head. Aroma: full-on tropical fruit juice. The sweet top note is undercut with bitter aroma. Flavour: those tropical fruits come through all the way in this luscious and full bodied beer. Enough malt backbone to let the passion fruit and guava flavours shine, balanced with strong, persistant orange pith bitterness. Both sweet and tart, with a gloriously juicy mouthfeel. Aftertaste: full on bitterness with a decent citrus bite. Food pairings: the bitterness will cut beautifully through sweet low-and-slow pulled pork served with spiced peach relish. This beer also will counterbalance the bold flavours of barbecued chicken wings and play nicely with some grilled spicy fresh Gubbeen chorizo sausages. Try it with a not-too-sweet Key Lime pie for a full-on citrus ending to your meal. Launch Date: May 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Review “Lemon zest and honeysuckle, grapefruit pith, mango and a hint of nettle tea all make for a finish that’s big and zingy and full of life. Very good indeed.” Simon Williams, CAMRGB

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