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Limited edition – Big River Tasmanian IPA

Big River is an Aboriginal tribe located just north of the Derwent in southern Tasmania. The Big River tribe lived so remotely, it was claimed that they were the simplest people on Earth. They existed in harmony with nature for millennia and now the spectacularly fertile land where they lived is prime hop growing country. Our IPA showcases two wonderful hops from the region, Ella and Enigma. Short description: Tassie IPA – tangerine and passion fruit – tart bitterness Style: IPA Hops: Ella, Enigma Malt: 2-row base Irish malt Strength: 5.3% ABV Bitterness: 46 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: bright orange colour, fluffy white head. Aroma: strong floral notes, combined with a bright passion fruit and fresh pine aroma. Flavour: hops are to the fore here, with up front bitter tangerine flavours, followed by complex pine resin and tart redcurrant. Touch of anise in the finish. Aftertaste: pleasant lingering tart bitterness. Food pairings: this Tasmanian IPA has lots of lovely bitter pine flavours, which makes it the perfect match for an oily smoked fish like salmon, mackerel or trout. The hops cut through the rich fish – think of how you would serve Burren Smokehouse salmon with a lemon segment on the side – while the anise works as a delicious counterpoint. Make a smoked fish pate with Cork smoked mackerel from Woodcock Smokery or Belvelly Smokehouse and see how the flavours sing together or try it with a baked potato topped with Goatsbridge Smoked Trout. First launched: October 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Watch out! Vic Secret is back in town

It’s back – briefly! – and kegs of our fab Vic Secret Black IPA left the brewery last week so watch out for them in the following spots: Harry Byrnes, Dublin Thomas Connolly Sligo Porterhouse Cork Against The Grain Dublin The Salthouse Bar Sunday Music Session, Galway Alfie Byrne’s by Galway Bay Brewery, Dublin 57 The Headline, Dublin The Brew Dock, Dublin Foley’s Hop House, Galway Bottles were also released into the wild this week so watch out for them in your local independent off licence. Tasting notes? But, of course… Single Hop Series: Vic Secret  

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The Irish Times: Millennium Imperial IPA

From Take it Home by John Wilson in The Irish Times Fri, Oct 9, 2015 Millennium Imperial IPA, Eight Degrees Brewing 10% I met Scott from Eight Degrees in the basement corridor of a Dublin hotel this week. He was gently bemoaning the massive delays they have encountered in expanding their brewery down in Mitchelstown. Lack of space puts a huge pressure on everything and everyone in a brewery, but he seems to be handling it well. However, lack of space hasn’t stopped them releasing a series of interesting seasonal beers. I tried the spicy malty Ochtoberfest Bock, sadly now all gone, and the Millennium amongst others at the Craft Beer Fest. For their thousandth brew, the team decided to make the most alcoholic, most highly hopped beer yet, coming in at a warming 10% alcohol. It is complex on nose and palate, full-bodied with masses of resin and masses of peach and pineapple fruits, finishing very long and dry. Remarkably well-balanced and very enjoyable. Definitely not a session beer; this is one to sit down and slowly savour while watching Mike Ross sprint in for his fourth try against the French… in the Millennium stadium.

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Our beers for auction in Singapore

Not only have our beers made it all the way to Singapore – check out the brilliant Brews Brothers if you’re over there and looking for a home delivery! – but a case went on the block for a charity auction this week. Congratulations and very well done to the winner of the auction. That’s officially the most that’s been paid for a case of our beer and it’s all going to Singapore childrens’ charities. Next time you’re near Ireland, drop into the brewery – we’ll stand you a pint!

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Mauritius to Mitchelstown: brewery build update

After many, many delays we’re about ready to rock into it. Our planning application is in and we’re temporarily fixing primary pipes to get tank positions exact before removing tanks and pouring base. Can of WD-40 ready to be applied to any engineering problem that arises. If you’d like to see what we’re working with at the moment, here’s a super-quick tour of the brewery from early 2014. Ah, so long ago… More about our Mauritius to Mitchelstown adventure here. PS Our not-very-techie Techie has finally got the finger out and updated the online shop with the latest batch of t-shirts for your viewing and purchasing pleasure. €15 a pop, and FREE shipping. Can’t say better than that! Oh, and there’s a new design too. Check. It. OUT. Eight Degrees Shop: t-shirts  

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Now pouring: 20 September 2015

A little late for the weekend, our ‪#‎nowpouring‬ list, with ‪#‎MillenniumIIPA‬‪#‎SunburntIrishRed‬ ‪#‎Hurricaneipa‬ ‪#‎BarefootBohemianPils‬‪#‎HowlingGaleAle‬ ‪#‎KnockmealdownStout‬ ‪#‎FullIrishIPA‬ ‪#‎AmberEllaIPA‬ and all kinds of loveliness. Ashling Hotel Dublin – Full Irish IPA Nancy Hands Bar & Restaurant – Sunburnt Irish Red L. Mulligan. Grocer. – Sunburnt Irish Red The Beerhouse Dublin – Hurricane IPA, Barefoot Bohemian Pils, Millennium The Salthouse Galway – Amber Ella, then Millennium Imperial IPA Harry Byrnes – Grand Stretch, then Full Irish IPA McSorley’s Of Ranelagh – Full Irish Anseo Camden Street – Howling Gale Mulligans of Sandymount – Howling Gale Fowlers Malahide – Howling Gale Fitzgeralds of Sandycove – Howling Gale W.J. Kavanagh’s, Dorset Street – Sunburnt Irish Red, Full Irish Frite Haus – Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner Frank Ryan’s – Howling Gale Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa – Howling Gale Scannells Bar – Howling Gale, then Full Irish IPA Cassidy’s – Knockmealdown Stout Murrays Bar Kilmainham – Howling Gale Hole in the Wall – Full Irish IPA Dock 1 Galway – Full Irish Swagman Bar – Millennium & Full Irish IPA Coming up this week: we’re doing a tasting at O’Brien’s Off Licence in Limerick on Friday 25 September, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. They’ll have bottles of our Millennium IIPA in stock. Just saying!

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Watch: Millennium IIPA

A little something for the weekend? The Aussie talks – and tastes! – one of the first bottles of our celebration beer, Millennium IIPA, to come off the bottling line. 1,000 brews down, another 1,000 to do before we get more of this! Read more about Millennium IIPA here: August 2015: Limited edition – Millennium Imperial IPA

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August 2015: Limited edition – Millennium Imperial IPA

Eight Degrees are celebrating 1,000 brews by creating a big, bold beer to be savoured and sought after. Our hoppiest beer ever, an Imperial India Pale Ale, comes in at 10% ABV and is brewed with a colossal whirlpool addition of whole cone hops producing a beer with sweet biscuit malt flavours, balanced with bitter orange tang. Celebrate good times with Eight Degrees. We’re so hoppy. Short description: IIPA – pine and tangerine – luscious mouthfeel Style: Imperial Indian Pale Ale Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Ella and Galaxy Strength: 10% ABV Bitterness: 84 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pours a rich apricot colour. Aroma: super hoppy on the nose, with pine resin, full pineapple and tangerine citrus aroma. Flavour: Intense flavour profile, with full hop flavours of pine and tangerine zest balanced by a malt richness. Luscious, full bodied and exceptionally well balanced. Aftertaste: smooth, with an incredible length of bitter pine. Food pairings: at 10% ABV, this is a beer that deserves to be savoured and sipped slowly as an after dinner drink. That said, if you happen to have some Crozier Blue sheeps’ milk cheese lying around the house, that’s a bitter/salt pairing well worth trying. Launch Date: August 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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New brews for the Irish Craft Beer Festival 2015

We’re girding our loins and about to go into battle behind the bar for the 2015 Irish Craft Beer Festival at the Industries Hall in the RDS, which kicks off at 5pm tomorrow, Thursday 27 August, running through Friday 28 (5pm – 12.30am) and finishing on Saturday 29 August (12pm – 12.30am). Buy tickets here: www.irishcraftbeerfestival.ie/buy-tickets We’ve got a few special brews for those of you who make it along. Up first is our millennial brew – brew number 1,000 – which happened the same day that we got news of our Great Taste awards. In a rare burst of inspiration, we named – ta, da! – Millennium. (This song may have been playing in our heads at the time.) Millennium Imperial IPA 10% ABV Eight Degrees are celebrating 1,000 brews by creating a big, bold beer to be savoured and sought after. Our hoppiest beer ever, an Imperial India Pale Ale, comes in at 10% ABV and is brewed with a colossal whirlpool addition of whole cone hops producing a beer with sweet biscuit malt flavours, balanced with bitter orange tang. Celebrate good times with Eight Degrees. We’re so hoppy. We also have number 2 in our occasional series of Ochtoberfest beers. Back in 2012, the style we picked was a marzen; this year we’ve gone all bock. Ochtoberfest Bock  6.4% ABV OCHT – number eight in Irish. Ochtoberfest is a modern Irish festival celebrating the lucky and infinite nature of the number eight. Only beer brewed eight degrees west longitude, during the eighth month of the year, and served at eight degrees celsius can be consumed at this festival. Our bock is a strong ale, with plenty of Munich and Vienna malt and a touch of crystal for light toffee sweetness. It is moderately hopped with Chinook and Hersbrucker and pours a beautiful orange-amber in the glass with a fluffy white head.

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August 2015: Limited edition – Ochtoberfest Bock

Autumn 2015 sees the arrival of number two in our occasional series of Ochtoberfest beers. OCHT – number eight in Irish. Ochtoberfest is a modern Irish festival celebrating the lucky and infinite nature of the number eight. Only beer brewed eight degrees west longitude, during the eighth month of the year, and served at eight degrees celsius can be consumed at this festival. Back in 2012, the style we picked was a marzen; this year we’ve gone all bock. Our bock is a strong ale, with plenty of Munich and Vienna malt and a touch of crystal for light toffee sweetness. It is moderately hopped with Chinook and Hersbrucker and pours a beautiful orange-amber in the glass with a fluffy white head. Short description: Bock– malty – lipsmacking length Style: Bock Hops: Chinook, Hersbrucker Malt: Munich, Vienna Strength: 6.4% ABV Bitterness: 41 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: orange-amber in the glass, thick fluffy head. Aroma: strawberry jam on the nose, balanced with a gentle pine aroma. Flavour: a hearty beer, all biscuty malt with a brisk, refreshing hop flavour. Aftertaste: smooth and malty with a juicy lipsmacking length. Food pairings: The full flavours in this beer make it an ideal match for roast pork, pheasant or roasted vegetables. The biscuity malt works very well with the sweetness of a venison stew and it also takes on spices with pleasure; try it with jerk chicken or a fruity Mexican adobo. If you have some St Gall cheese, from the Fermoy Natural Cheese Company, you have a local match made in heaven. Launch Date: August 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Draught only (30L and 50L kegs)

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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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Now pouring: 17 July 2015

A quick round up of what’s pouring. ‪#‎NomadIPL‬ has also reached your local independent off licence and has been released on draught. Go get ’em people! ‪ Read: tasting notes for Nomad IPL #‎KnockmealdownStout‬ ‪#‎GrandStretchIPA‬‪#‎TheFullIrishIPA‬ ‪#‎HurricaneIPA‬ ‪#‎NelsonSauvinSaison‬ Spirit Store, Dundalk – Knockmealdown and Grand Stretch Taphouse, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 – Full Irish Brewdock, Dublin 1 – Full Irish The Beerhouse, Dublin 1 – Hurricane and Nomad IPL Dock No 1, Galway – Full Irish Hartes Bar & Grill, Kildare – Nelson Sauvin The Butchers Bar Dublin – Nelson Sauvin Magpie Inn – Full Irish You’ll also find bottles of our Nomad IPL at this weekend’s Irish Beer Snob Summer Series craft beer and cider festival at Smyth’s on the Square in Navan. Well worth checking out! Irish Beer Snob – A Journey Through Craft Beer: The Summer Series – Smyth’s on the Square Navan

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