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Lemon Drop Single Hop IPA

For the first in our 2017 Single Hop India Pale Ale – or SHIPA – series, we’ve gone with the evocatively named Lemon Drop. The new kid on the American, Super Cascadian hop block, this incredibly aromatic hop brings a cocktail of flavours to the IPA style. It’s all about the tart lemony citrus here, mixed with mint, green tea and a hint of melon. Pucker up and drop everything for this aromatic delight. Short description: Lemon Drop – bitter lemongrass – green tea and grapefruit Style: Single Hop India Pale Ale Hops Lemon Drop. Malt: two-row Irish malt. ABV: 5.7% IBUs: 62 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a golden, mellow yellow body with a white head. Aroma: as befits the name, it’s all lemony-grapefruit citrus on the nose. Flavour: full on bitter lemongrass with some herbal spearmint notes and rounded melon and tropical fruits in the finish. Aftertaste: green tea and grapefruit pith bitterness. Food pairings Seared scallops in a beurre blanc is the ideal match with Lemon Drop IPA – the lemongrass bitterness of the beer plays nicely with those sweet scallops and cuts through the rich sauce. Pair it with some seaweed-battered chunks of haddock and chips for a runaway success. Go sweet by serving it with a lemon poppyseed cake that’s been liberally topped with a passion fruit cream cheese frosting – it will complement the lemon in the cake and stop the frosting from becoming too cloying. Launch Date: April 2017 Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social: #LemonDropIPA   Putting @8degreesbrewing‘s lemon drop into my facehole. That’s nice stuff. — feylya (@feylya) April 13, 2017

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Limited Edition: April 2017 – The Good Barleywine – Three Dukes of Burgundy

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 had drained the coffers by the time he was killed at the siege of Nancy in 1477 thus ending 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. (released November 2016) The Bold – Imperial Stout, aged in Burgundy pinot noir oak barrels. (released November 2016) And now – finally! The Good – Barleywine, aged in Burgundy pinot noir oak barrels. Like Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy, there was much pomp and ceremony when we chose to age our barleywine in red wine barrels from his native land. We dried out the barleywine a touch more this time round, adding a three-hour boil to the brew to intensify the flavours and add a touch of caramelisation to the wort. This beer can be best described as a Caribbean Christmas cake with lots of ginger, spice and orange. Short description: Barleywine – spicy vanilla oak – share and savour Style: Imperial stout Hops: Nugget, Simco, Centenial. Malt: two-row Irish malt, Crystal, CaraAroma. ABV: 10.9% IBUs: 88 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: dark amber in the glass with a pale caramel head. Aroma: swirl and inhale the big boozy. rum and […]

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Limited edition: Retribution Black Rye IPA

Retribution Black Rye IPA is a special collaboration brew with Spike Buckowski from Terrapin Beer Company. Spike came to Cork in February to brew beer. En route to Mitchelstown, we took a detour to a little spot that he shares a name with, Spike Island. The reason was obvious, but the reaction less so. At one stage, Spike Island was a holding place for convicts awaiting transportation to Australia. It was also used as a staging post for the British on their way to put an end to what they called the American Revolution – what Spike calls the American War of Independence. Inspired by Spike Island, we brewed something black, bitter and angry. It has rye, because Spike insists that every beer should have rye. It has patriotic hops like Cascade, Citra and Amarillo. We then dry hopped it until the hops wouldn’t fit in the fermenter anymore. Here’s to Retribution. Style: Black Rye IPA Malt: Irish pale malt, Rye malt, Carafa III, Cararye Hops: Cascade, Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe, dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Mosiac Strength: 6.2% ABV Bitterness: 71 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: black in the glass with a foamy light tan head. Aroma: herbal notes with a sweet, fruity toffee melon aroma. Flavour: up front fruit flavours – melon, strawberry, passion fruit – with a round, sweet medium body. A hit of black pepper and spice. Aftertaste: roasted, toasted malt with pepper and a long, dry finish. Food pairings: this is a full flavoured beer which needs some solid flavours to play against. Because of the solid malt base, it’s a good beer to use with – or in – a slow-braising situation. A long cooked shin of beef with prunes would be a good pairing or you could use it to quench the spicy fires of […]

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Feb 2017: Limited Edition: Trans-Pacific New World IPA

  This anti-protectionist IPA is all about thinking outside of country borders. Aussie hops, like the people, are a bit brash and rough around the edges. We’ve taken two of their stars – Ella and Vic Secret – and overlaid them with the wonderfully smooth, floral American Citra hop to create a beer that is so much more than the sum of its parts. The result is a juicy sessionable IPA that will blow away the narrow minded rhetoric. Short description: New World hops – tropical fruit – bitter citrus Style: New World IPA Hops: Ella, Vic Secret, Citra. Dry hopped with Ella. Malt: two row Irish malt, Carapils, Munich. Strength: 5% ABV Bitterness: 62 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: dark yellow in the glass, white head. Aroma: full on juicy tropical fruit aromas with masses of sweet pineapple. Flavour: It may be bitter and there’s nothing subtle about this beer but it’s not overbearing. Up front passionfruit and pineapple flavours with a smack of bitter citrus at the end. Aftertaste: light body, bitter in finish. Leaves you wanting more. Food pairings: bitter and quaffable, this is the kind of beer that will cut through rich food, like a slow cooked brisket or a sweet-salty-sticky pineapple and mustard glazed ham. Think Indian as well, specifically a creamy korma or buttery chicken makhini. The tropical fruit will compliment the flavours in a spiced carrot cake (don’t forget the cream cheese frosting!) and cut through all the funk in a intense cheese like Bellingham Blue.   First released: February 2017. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social:  #TransPacificIPA

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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. First released: 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: 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. First launched: November 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles, limited draught

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Limited Edition: November 2016 – The Bold Imperial Stout 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 had drained the coffers by the time he was killed at the siege of Nancy in 1477 thus ending 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. Everyone loves a barrel-aged stout and The Bold, aged in a single-use pinot noir cask, is a very special beer. For our third imperial stout in recent years, we’ve tweaked the malt bill and toned down the bitterness slightly, allowing the tannin from the oak and the wine to take the place of the bittering hops. It’s a huge beer with a port-like quality that has become more marked after a few months in the barrels. Just like Duke Charles the Bold of Burgundy, this beer epitomises a love of luxury. Short description: Imperial stout – pinot noir characteristics – sip and savour Style: Imperial stout Hops: Summit. Malt: two-row Irish malt, crystal, dark crystal, wheat, chocolate, roasted barley. ABV: 9.9% IBUs: 70 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pours deepest, darkest black with a light tan head. Aroma: a heady aroma of vinous oak with lots of rich roasted malt. ithis is a great big beast of a beer and there’s a lot going on. There are sweet malty dark chocolate […]

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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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