In the finals! Blog Awards Ireland 2015

Well, ladies and gents, thank you for sending us forward to the next round! We were delighted to get the news this morning that the Eight Degrees blog had made it all the way to the finals for the Blog Awards Ireland 2015. From eight down to five. And what a five! Food & Drink category, sponsored by Glenisk: Neven Maguire Blog: Anyone Can Cook Eight Degrees Brewing Fenn’s Quay…and then some Flogastronomy Ferry Carrig Hotel All the finalists for both company and personal blogs are here. Lots of good reading there! Best of luck to everyone – see you all on 22 October at the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin for the big reveal.

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Eight Degrees on Blog Awards Ireland 2015 shortlist

Delighted to discover that the Eight Degrees blog  – this! here! – has made it on to the shortlist for The Blog Awards Ireland 2015. We’re in the Food & Drink category, sponsored by Glenisk, along with some mighty competition. Neven Maguire Blog: Anyone Can Cook Eight Degrees Brewing Fenn’s Quay…and then some Flogastronomy Ferry Carrig Hotel Grublin.ie Kelly’s Mountain Brew O’Hara’s Beer Blog Nice to see another pair of breweries also on the list – three out of seven ain’t bad! You’ll find the full shortlists for both company and personal blogs here. Well worth taking a wander through.  

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Eight Degrees Brewing takes four stars at 2015 Great Taste Awards, brews millennial IPA to celebrate

Two gold stars for Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale, two gold stars for Sunburnt Irish Red Ale. Eight Degrees Brewing is bringing four gold stars from the 2015 Great Taste awards home to Mitchelstown. The results of the Great Taste 2015 food awards were released this week and all at the brewery were delighted to learn that both Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale and Sunburnt Irish Red Ale were awarded two stars. Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers, judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, producers and a host of food writers and journalists. ‘We were thrilled to get the news about the Great Taste Awards,” said Cameron Wallace, co-owner/brewer at Eight Degrees Brewing. “Last year was the first time we entered, winning three stars, and it’s good to build on that success.” Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale and Sunburnt Irish Red Ale are two of the brewery’s core range of beers, first launched in 2011. The judges commented that Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale had “plenty of hops, well rounded, full of flavour…” adding that Sunburnt Irish Red Ale was “…almost jasmine on the nose; very well-balanced flavour.” “The win also coincides with the fact that we are reaching quite a significant milestone at the brewery with our 1,000th brew taking place today,” said Wallace. “To celebrate the Great Taste awards and our millennial beer, we’re brewing an extra special imperial IPA which we will launch at the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival in the RDS from 27 to 29 August.” Eight Degrees Brewing will also appear at The Big Grill BBQ & Craft Beer Festival in Dublin’s Herbert Park from 13-16 August. 2015 has already been

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ICBS: 2015 Beoir Beer of the Year for The Full Irish

The Irish Craft Beer Show team were busy filming at the recent 2015 Alltech Craft Beer and Food Fair. In the video below watch Beoir chairman Reuben “Tale of Ale” Gray present our Kiwi with the 2015 Beoir Beer of the Year trophy for The Full Irish IPA. There is a lot of hand shaking, followed by John “Beer Nut” Duffy interviewing Scott. If you’re interested in Irish craft beer, it’s well worth subscribing to the ICBS YouTube channel for tastings, beer festivals, debate, brewdays and brewery tours. You’ll also find our Aussie featured on Episode 10. Read more about the award here: Cork’s Eight Degrees Brewing makes Ireland’s favourite beer

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Highly commended for Eight Degrees at 2015 SFA Awards

We were very proud to win a highly commended award in the Food & Drink category at last night’s Small Firms Association Awards. Eight Degrees was among six finalists in that category, with the Kerry-based Quinlan’s Fish & Quinlan’s Seafood Bar taking the top prize. The lads were also proud that they managed to fit into their several-years-old wedding suits and that no buttons popped despite them running on stage to accept the award,  eating a substantial dinner and finishing the night with a round of dancing. Good night all round. You’ll find the Eight Degrees feature in The Irish Independent Small Firms Association supplement right here: “FOR a business that started just four years ago, when two guys with a shared passion for craft beer quit their jobs, Eight Degrees Brewing has done quite nicely for itself, thank you.”

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Dublin Beer Cup Bronze Medal for Hurricane IPA

Delighted that our Hurricane IPA took a Bronze medal at the 2015 Dublin Beer Cup last weekend at the third Alltech Brews and Food Fair in Dublin’s Convention Centre. In total, there were 469 entries from 24 countries with the overall winner of the 2015 Dublin Beer Cup being Denmark’s Coisbo – their second year in a row – who took the award for a Russian imperial stout aged in sherry casks. We had our gasmen on the bar with Gasman Rye IPA making its debut for what turned out to be a busy, busy weekend.

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Cork’s Eight Degrees Brewing makes Ireland’s favourite beer; brewery expansion in Mitchelstown

Beoir members vote number one for Cork’s Eight Degrees Brewing The Full Irish named 2015 Beer of the Year by independent Irish consumer group Brewery expands in Mitchelstown to meet demand Eight Degrees Brewing were delighted to learn on Friday night that their single malt IPA, The Full Irish, had been voted Beer of the Year 2015 by independent consumer group Beoir. Beoir was set up in 2010 with the primary aim of “supporting and raising of Ireland’s native independent microbreweries.” This is the fourth year that Beoir has run a competition to find Ireland’s favourite beer. All beers brewed and sold in Ireland over the last 12 months are eligible for entry; previous winners have included Metalman Pale Ale and Of Foam & Fury from Galway Bay Brewery. With the marked increase in new Irish microbreweries during 2014, there was a total of 128 beers eligible for entry. The Full Irish, a beer first brewed for the Franciscan Well EasterFest 2014, is brewed using 100% Irish malt and showcases the best home-grown barley, malted in Cork. Owner-brewer Cameron Wallace said “We’re delighted with the award and would like to thank all the Beoir members for voting. Credit goes to our head brewer Mike Magee and the Malting Company of Ireland whose base malt can stand up to all those hops – no easy task!” Owner brewer Scott Baigent added: “we’re proud to be standing on that podium with The White Hag Brewery and Galway Bay Brewery, both amazing brewers banging out the sexy beers.” The The White Hag Brewery’s Black Boar was named first runner up; previous winner Galway Bay Brewery’s Of Foam and Fury was second runner up. This success for Eight Degrees Brewing follows on their 2014 award for Amber Ella American Amber Ale, a beer which

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Three Great Taste Awards for Eight Degrees

Two stars for Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale and one star for Knockmealdown Porter. Last night the results of the Great Taste 2014 food awards were released and we were delighted to learn that our Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale won two stars while the Knockmealdown Porter was also awarded a star. Great Taste is the world’s largest blind-tasted food awards, judged by more than 400 food critics, chefs, cooks, farmers, food writers and journalists. The judges were particularly taken with Howling Gale: ‘Effervescent with a wonderfully aromatic nose. A clean palate with a relatively light body but well managed – floral and caramel elements working well together. A pleasing finish with good length. Well made and attractive.’ This marks the third and fourth award for Eight Degrees Brewing in a year which has already seen Amber Ella take a World Beer Cup bronze medal in April and Sunburnt Irish Red Ale win silver at the 2014 Global Craft Beer Awards in July. Read more: Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale Knockmealdown Porter Amber-Ella takes bronze at the World Beer Cup Sunburnt Irish Red Ale

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Amber Ella takes bronze at the World Beer Cup

World Beer Cup win for Eight Degrees Brewing

We’re still a bit stunned. On Friday night in Denver, one of our beers, the rather lovely Amber Ella, won a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup, the brewing world’s Olympics. For a small little upstart brewery from rural Ireland to enter into one of the most prestigious beer awards in America, into one of the two of their most sought after categories and win bronze is a massive shock – on a par with the 1976 Judgement of Paris! – and we hope it will cause Irish craft beer to become a lot more recognised internationally. We are one of the very few European breweries to get onto that medal board. We’re standing alongside our heroes in the international craft beer world. With a very large grin. Read more: It’s all about the Amber Ella, Baby Cam spoke to Conall O Morain on Today FM’s Sunday Business Show about the win, brewing in Mitchelstown and our new beer, The Full Irish. You can listen to the podcast here and you’ll find Cam about 46 minutes into the show.

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