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#IndieBeerWeek Open Day in Mitchelstown

Indie Beer Week is taking place at independent microbreweries across the country from 23rd June to 2nd July. Breweries are throwing open their doors, inviting their local communities to join in a celebration of independent Irish beer – and we’re on board with that! Come join us in Mitchelstown on Saturday 24 June, between 2pm and 6pm for a sneak preview of MITCHELSTOWN’S NEW BREWERY. (What we’re currently calling B2 or Brewery 2. Imaginative, I know.) Beer tastings / Food pairings with other local producers / Music Guided tours every hour from 2pm. FREE EVENT – ALL WELCOME (Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times) Part of the Indie Beer Week Ireland events – keep an eye on the website, Facebook and Twitter accounts for more local microbrewery events.

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Ballymaloe Malt & Music Festival

Over the July Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July, Eight Degrees will be at the debut Ballymaloe Malt & Music Weekend. There’s a brilliant line up of bands, including Little Green Cars,  Jerry Fish and Hurricane Highway, an equally solid line up of brewers from around the country – we’re the malt! – and great food from Wildside Catering, Volcano Woodfired Pizza, My Goodness, Lolo’s Kitchen and Golden Bean coffee. The whole event is taking place in the Big Shed on Ballymaloe Farm, which means that there’ll be no rain stopping play, and the weekend promises to become a firm fixture on the festival calendar. Ticket prices per day range from €10 to €56 and you can get your hands on them via www.eventbrite.ie

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Friday night launch of Spruce Juice!

The first taste of our Spruce Juice Irish Amber Ale, a collaboration with Drake’s Brewing Co., is taking place this Friday, 16 June in Limerick, Dublin and Wicklow. In Dublin, head to Porterhouse Temple Bar, Porterhouse Central or Porterhouse Bray to get your hands on this robust amber ale that we brewed using locally foraged spruce tips. In Limerick, you can find us at the lovely Mother Macs in Limerick. We decided to decamp there for the night so you’ll find us at the bar, Spruce Juice Irish Amber Ale in hand, wearing our Eight Degrees t-shirts. Mother Macs itself is just by the Milk Market, in the heart of the city. We thought it was an appropriate place to drink the beer ourselves considering that we went foraging locally for this brew, taking Molly O’Brien, brewer and botanist at Drakes, to Ballyriggan, just outside Kilfinane, Co Limerick to check out the spruce. A post shared by Eight Degrees Brewing (@eightdegreesbrewing) on Mar 28, 2017 at 4:00am PDT It was too early in the year for picking then, so we returned when the spruce tips were luscious and green and ready for the picking. A post shared by Eight Degrees Brewing (@eightdegreesbrewing) on May 12, 2017 at 1:52pm PDT Ballyriggan is a special place for our Caroline; her family originally came from there and she spent her childhood running through Ballyriggan Wood, which sits on top of Palentine Hill. She was leading the charge. (She also happens to have Drake grandparents. Just saying.) We took our baskets of spruce tips back to the brewery and brewed a robust amber ale, full of liquorice toffee flavours and lots of pine needle overtones. You’ll find the tasting notes here – Spruce Juice Amber Ale – and you’ll find us at the bar in Mother Macs on Friday night, raising a glass to Molly. Spruce Juice Irish Amber Ale launch – Friday 16 June Porterhouse Temple Bar, Dublin […]

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Spruce Juice Irish Amber Ale

A collaboration brew with Molly O’Brien, brewer and botanist at Drake’s Brewing in California. Together we came up with a beer that has been created with locally grown spruce tips from the Ballyhouras. James takes some of our spent grain for his cows; one bright day in early summer he took us foraging on his farm in Ballyriggan, just in sight of Kilfinane. We waved at the cows and gathered baskets of the finest, freshest spruce tips especially for this beer. While Silka spruce is a native of the American Pacific North West Coast, it’s a blow-in to these parts – but one that loves the soil and climate of Ireland. An outsider no longer, the Silka spruce is now part of the Irish landscape. Its fresh tips can be used a substitute for hops and impart a resinous pine, slightly melon and fresh mint flavour to this robust amber ale. Short description: robust amber ale – liquorice toffee – lingering pine bitterness Style: Irish amber ale Hop: Nugget, Simcoe + spruce tips from Ballyriggan, Kilfinane, Co Limerick. Malt: two-row Irish malt, Munich, CaraAroma, CaraPils. Strength: 5.8% ABV Bitterness: 61 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: bright amber with a cream head. Aroma: aniseed and liquorice with a sweet melon base note. Flavour: liquorice toffee flavours with pine needle overtones. Aftertaste: medium body with lingering pine bitterness. Food pairings: Best sipped outdoors in the fading sunlight of an active day, this is the perfect beer for a cook out in the woods – or for lazing in a beer garden. It will be able to take on those sausages that you’ve caramelised (read: burnt) on sticks over a wood fire, cope with ember-roasted potatoes, eggs and mushrooms and cut through the spicy flavours in a big pot of cowboy beans. Or you could […]

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Taste Cork visits Eight Degrees

After appearing on the scene last summer, Taste Cork has been doing great work at promoting local food and beverage producers throughout Cork. It’s an initiative from Local Enterprise Offices in Cork, Cork City Council, Cork County Council and other state agencies and it’s stated mission is: “to encourage, educate, support, and promote sustainable regional food production in Cork county.” Check out their website for a directory of producers, all the Cork food news and event listings. They also have a YouTube channel – that’s where you’ll find a short video of a busy production day at the brewery, brewing Full Irish IPA and bottling Cumulus Lupulus Cloudy IPA.

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Cumulus Lupulus Cloudy IPA

This hazy beer oozes with tropical juicy sweetness. Oats and wheat, along with truckloads of hops, add a smooth, subtle mouthfeel. Championed in Vermont, New England, this cloudy IPA style is taking hop enthusiasts to another dimension. Bursting with hop aroma from heavy hitters like Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria this ale is bound to pack a punch. It’s tropical fruit juice – with added benefits. Drink it fresh and enjoy the summer haze… Short description: cloudy IPA – juicy – luscious tropical fruit Style: Cloudy IPA Hop: Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria. Malt: two-row Irish malt, oats, wheat. Strength: 7.2% ABV Bitterness: 70.2 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: this is an unfiltered beer which is noticeably hazy. It has a dark golden hue with a pillowy white head. Aroma: sweet with passionfruit and honeydew melon on the nose. A little tart lime to follow. Flavour: sweet and light at the start, hop-forward and juicy but not bitter. Packed with luscious tropical fruit – honeydew melon and passionfruit. Aftertaste: A pillowy soft mouthfeel with a delicate tartness in the finish. Food pairings: Smooth and subtle, this beer has the all tropical fruit flavours that will work wonderfully with pokē, the Hawaiian raw fish salad or go retro and pair it with a classic prawn cocktail. It’s also good to complement the flavours in a pina colada cheesecake and a pineapple upsidedown cake. One of our brewers also suggested heading to the pick and mix bar for some fruit salad penny sweets and a bag of marshmallows – we’ll leave that up to you! Launch Date: May 2017. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social: #CumulusLupulusIPA

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Deep South 2017 Beer Festival

Beermobile loaded and ready for Cork’s Deep South beer festival this weekend! We’ll be pouring super-fresh, new #LemonDropIPA, our award-winning #AmberEllaAle and the classic #BarefootBohemianPils. There’ll be music (Saturday: The Light Runners from 8pm; Sunday: The Band Anna from 8pm), sausage sandwiches (O’Flynn’s fantastic Gourmet Sausages) and smiling faces behind the bar. The whole thing kicks off tomorrow, Friday, at 5pm and runs until Sunday night. It’s going to be a good one. Call in and say hi!

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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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Looking for our #GoodBarleywine?

Looking to get your hands on a bottle of our #GoodBarleywine? Here’s the list of places that we dispatched to earlier this week. Blackrock Cellar, Blackrock, Dublin – on the shelf and they also have some bottles of #FearlessFarmhouseAle in stock Baggot Street Wines, Dublin 4 Molloys Liquor Stores, Clonsilla Jus De Vine, Portmarnock Thompsons CarryOut Off licence Ferrybank Next Door Offlicence James St, Dublin Martins Off Licence, Fairview, Dublin 3 Pettitts SuperValu, Gorey, Co Wexford Bull and Castle, Christchurch, Dublin O’Briens Wine Beer Spirits Fresh The Good Food Market, Smithfield, Grand Canal and Camden Street – already spotted in Smithfield! Bradley’s Specialist Off-Licence & Foodstore, Cork City Celtic Whiskey Shop & Wines On The Green, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Bierhaus Cork – didn’t manage to get your hands on #BoldRussianImperial? They have a few bottles here, along with #FearlessFarmhouseAle. Complete the set!

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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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Six Nations kerfuffle

Today’s missive to the crew from the Aussie (Cam generally sends anything involving sports or competitions. Just to make sure that the Kiwi doesn’t win. Not that there’s any air of competition between our Aussie and Kiwi. Oh no. What on earth would give you that impression?) Dear All, At Eight Degrees we generally try to makes things as confusing and convoluted as possible, especially when it comes to competitions. As such, it is not surprising that a week long ‘stewards inquiry’ has delayed the announcement of the winner of the Eight Degrees Six Nations competition. And to further confuse things, we may even have two winners, and no second place. The only certainty is that Scott yet again collects a wooden spoon, to add to his collection. So why the delay: We need to go back to 18th March. With Derek seemingly well in the lead, conservative picks in the final 6 nations round should have been enough to secure victory, but the allure of a 19 /1 draw for France v Wales looks to enticing, so he went for it. This is where the character and integrity of Paudy, our 6 nations administrator, has come into question, and the reason for a week long inquiry. 1) did he abuse his administrator power and only predict result for himself AFTER full knowledge of Derek’s picks 2) did he prevent Derek from amending his picks once he could see an outcome where Paudy could pip him to the post. After round 4, Derek was on 13.495 points, Paudy on 11.9825, a margin of 1.5125. By choosing a draw in the France v Wales games, this allowed Paudy to choose France with odds of 1.57 which if he chose the same as Derek in the other two matches would give him the victory by […]

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Real Irish beer in the UK for St Patrick’s Day

Check out some of our real Irish beer in the UK for St Patrick’s Day with Ireland Craft Beers. Here are a few spots where you can find drinks like our Full Irish IPA and Wayfarer Sour IPA: Six Degrees North BeerDock Crewe Beer Asylum Mason & Company The BirdCage N16 Draft House Tower Bridge Six Yard Box London Beer Lab There’s also rather a fantastic event taking place in the Tate Modern Museum – it’s a Tap Takeover x St Patrick’s Day Irish Beer & Spirits at the Tate Modern Terrace Bar, 17 March from 6pm. Sunburnt Irish Red will be on tap there, along with offerings from Metalman, Kinnegar, White Hag and Porterhouse. Tickets from £10 includes 5 thirds of beer – try each of the tap takeover beers + complimentary samples of Dingle gin & vodka Book www.tate.org.uk/tate-eats Location Tate Modern Terrace Bar (enter from Sumner Street) www.tate.org.uk/tate-eats @TateEats #TateBeer #TateModern #TateTapTakeover We’re trying to keep up with all the different happenings on Facebook – there’s also the Sláinte! Irish Beer Festival happening in Cardiff – so check out our events calendar    

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