Our brewmasters have achieved something special. Yes, they do make exciting and adventurous beers using only natural ingredients but, even more remarkable than that, they are unique examples of a Kiwi and an Aussie working together in semi-harmony….well, apart from the odd sporting difference.
Both Kiwi Scott and Aussie Cam learnt how to make full flavoured beers as home brewers and then studied how to make these beers consistently at Versuchs und Lehranstalt fur Braurei (VLB) Berlin.
Cam originally trained as a chartered accountant but, he’d like to say, more of an adventure-seeking, sports crazed, beer-loving kind of accountant than the nerdy, pale, office-bound sort. Scott is a water engineer who tries to mix his loves of epic travel and air guitar at any available opportunity.
Lured to Ireland by two Irish cailins and in search of good beer, they came up with an idea: let’s brew it ourselves!
In 2010 they established Eight Degrees Brewing at the foot of the Galtee Mountains and, after much work, stainless steel and (never ending!) research launched their first beer on an unexpecting world at the 2011 EasterFest. That was Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale and it’s never been out of stock since.
Since embarking on this adventure, the Eight Degrees team has expanded to ten, including brewers Derek and Dan, office manager Paudy, marketing guru Caroline, the indefatigable David and William on sales, and our packaging / distribution crew John and Sebastian. Eight Degrees is now an award-winning independent Irish craft brewery renowned for its innovation and experimentation.
Why the name? Ireland is located at eight degrees west longitude which, as it happens, is also the perfect serving temperature for our beers.