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Knockmealdown Porter Brownies


Why match beer and food?

Wine and food? Nah! That pairing has had its day. Now it’s all about putting beer, specifically tasty Irish craft beer, with food.

Beer is a very versatile accompaniment, offering a range of flavours that work perfectly with lots of different foods. Good matches are all about balance so be careful not to overpower either component.

Matching can be about contrasting flavours – the zippy, citrus notes of Howling Gale Ale point up the sweetness of caramelized onion or roast garlic. Or try a complementary pairing: the sweetness of lamb works well with the caramel flavours in Sunburnt Irish Red.

The different flavour components of beer can also be utilised in matches. For example, the bitterness of the hops can cut through fat to allow flavour shine, while nutty malts can complement roasted meats. Even carbonation has an important role to play, cleaning the palate with each sip and allowing you to really appreciate what you are eating and drinking.

You can also use all those glorious flavours in cooking and baking. Try Knockmealdown Porter in a Chocolate Potato Cake or even some Sunburnt Irish Red and Elderflower Ice Pops.

Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner Lager ABV 4%
Tasting notes: It has a subtle biscuit malt base balanced by a generous lashing of Czech hops giving a nice hop brightness and peppery, spicy aroma from the Saaz hops. It has been aged in conditioning tanks and filtered to give a nice crisp finish. Like always: no chemicals, additives and preservatives.This is a clear, pale golden colour. This is light on the palate, clean and delicate, but with plenty of sophisticated flavour. There’s enough bitterness to make it interesting, and a little spiciness from the hops.

With food: amazing with pizza and able to cutting through the melted mozzarella, snappy bitterness really good with the sweetness of shellfish, sharp and dry enough to drink as an aperitif in champagne flutes with a half-dozen Irish oysters or have a glass with some savoury home-popped popcorn. Good with Vietnamese/Thai spices, hop notes play with cumin and coriander in Mexican dishes, stands up to oily fish like mackerel, salmon, Irish caviar, the fat of ham. Avoid delicate fish or a beefy winter stew.

In food: pizza dough, to make an exceptionally tasty flatbread, extra light waffles.

Howling Gale Ale ABV 5%
Tasting notes: Like blitzing down the Ballyhouras on your bike with an icy wind in your face, this delivers a refreshing crisp smack around the gills. Howling Gale is a refreshing pale ale hopped with American Chinook, Amarillo and Centennial hops. Characterised by a moderate hop bitterness, balanced with slightly biscuit and caramel pale malt body, it has a pleasant grapefruit and citrus aroma.

With food: Fresh and crisp, with moderate bitterness, this ale makes sure that spicy or fried food never becomes palate-clogging. Pale Ales are traditionally seen a great foil for spicy food – there’s a little bit of sweetness there that will cut the chilli burn – but don’t miss the chance to have Howling Gale with fish and chips (or in the batter for the fish!). It’s well worth trying with a Cashel Blue and Broccoli Gratin, the bright citrus notes act like a squeeze of lemon with smoked salmon or pair it with semi-soft, washed rind cheeses like Milleens, Durrus and Gubbeen. It has a similar flavour profile to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and can be paired with many of the same foods: fish, seafood, summer salads, chicken or anything off the barbeque.

In food: It is important to remember that cooking with beer concentrates flavour so be careful not to reduce this hoppy ale too much as the bitterness may become overpowering. Used judiciously, it can add flavour to the broth used to cook mussels, is delicious in a chicken and ale pie and adds piquancy to roast garlic mashed potatoes.

Sunburnt Irish Red ABV 5%
Tasting notes: Like an Irishman on holiday in the Canaries, this beer has a red tint and a chilled out, mellow feel. Sunburnt Irish Red takes the characteristic sweet caramel malt and burnt barley of an Irish red ale and adds additional malt complexity by using six different malts. The malt body is counterbalanced with Australian and New Zealand hops, adding a modern twist to the traditional style.

With food: Serve with a cheese and charcuterie platter: mature cheddar cheese (like Hegarty’s), Gubbeen salami and chorizo, fresh crusty bread, crisp apples and dried figs.There are enough hops here to stand up to the sharp cheese and cut through the richness of the cured sausage. The sweetness of the figs also complements the caramel notes of the beer. Buttery, rich cheeses, whether it has a bloomy rind – eg Cooleeney Farmhouse Cheese, Wicklow Baun – or a washed rind like Cais Rua work well here, the carbonation in the ale effectively cleaning the palate between each bite. Lamb – sweet and ever so slightly fatty – is also a good pairing. Match with a traditional Irish stew or make some lamb burgers, with lots of rosemary, and let the Sunburnt Irish Red shine through.

In food: This is a good beer to use in a Cheese and Herb Beer Bread, the sweetness going well with a well-flavoured mature farmhouse cheddar cheese like Hegarty’s, Coolattin or Mount Callan. It’s also good used as the liquid in a simple cheese fondue or for adding a little sweetness to the gravy for a spicy sausage and mash combination. Use as a braising liquid for slow-cooked pork shoulder, add to a venison stew or try those ice pops.

Eight Degrees Brewing - Sunburnt Irish Red and Elderflower Ice Pops (1)

Sunburnt Irish Red and Elderflower Ice Pops

Knockmealdown Porter ABV 5%
Tasting notes: Like tackling the Knockmealdowns in a blizzard, this beer is not for wimps. Our evolution of the traditional Irish stout, it resembles a Victorian-era Irish porter and provides complex dark malt characteristics with distinctive espresso flavours. Without the weight of a stout, the porter is well rounded with mellow English hops.

With food: When the weather is cold, a traditional beef and stout stew is always a winner. For something completely different, hold the porter for the sweeter end of the meal; just make sure you keep the sugar content of the beer balanced with the pudding. Bold chocolate and espresso flavours make it good accompaniment to a dense, but not over-sweet, chocolate cake or contrast the sweetness of the porter with the saltiness of blue cheese and oatcakes.

In food: Reduced, the porter makes a great base for a complex caramel sauce, which can be served as it is or incorporated into truffles or ice cream. It can be baked into bread – a wholemeal loaf incorporating blue cheese is good – makes lovely dense brownies and is great in a cocoa-based chocolate cake. It is also a good beer to use in a chunky Mexican chilli, making the beef taste that bit beefier.

Recipes on www.Bibliocook.com
Knockmealdown Porter Brownies
Caramel Ale Sauce
Cheddar and Chive Sunburnt Irish Red Beer Bread

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Sunburnt Irish Red and Elderflower Ice Pops
Spiced Chocolate Ale Cake
Knockmealdown Porter Cake


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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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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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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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