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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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Now pouring: 10 July 2015

Thinking weekend drinking? Step right up! ‪#‎AmberElla‬ ‪#‎FullIrishIPA‬‪#‎NelsonSauvinSaison‬ ‪#‎GrandStretchIPA‬ ‪#‎HurricaneIPA‬ ‪#‎HowllingGaleAle‬‪#‎KnockmealdownStout‬ now pouring… Spirit Store, Dundalk – Amber Ella and Knockmealdown both on at the minute with Howling Gale waiting – as is suitable in this fab music/comedy venue – in the wings! Against The Grain Dublin – Full Irish Lock 13 Gastropub, Sallins – Nelson Sauvin on special guest rotation tap Taphouse, Ranelagh – Full Irish Darkey Kelly’s, Dublin 8 – Full Irish Brewdock, Dublin 1 – Hurricane IPA The Porterhouse Temple Bar – Full Irish The Dark Horse, Dublin 2 – Grand Stretch Session IPA Blackbird Rathmines – Full Irish and Grand Stretch Hartes Bar & Grill,Kildare – Nelson Sauvin Dock No 1, Galway – Grand Stretch Cassidys Bar, 27 Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2 – Full Irish Read more: Amber Ella American Amber Ale The Full Irish Single Malt IPA Nelson Sauvin Saison Grand Stretch Session IPA Hurricane IPA Knockmealdown Irish Stout Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale Coming soon – think next week – our Nomad IPL on draught and in bottles: July 2015: Limited edition – Nomad IPL

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Limited edition – Nomad IPL

Nomad Indian Pale Lager This beer is going nomad. An India Pale Lager – an IPL, if you will – it transgresses many stylistic boundaries with impunity, exploring and searching for unique flavours without adhering to rigid beer styles. This isn’t your typical lager. No. It is not. We have taken a clean and crisp German lager base and allowed New World hops Cascade, Nelson Sauvin and Citra to shine. With bittering levels at 54 IBUs, this is a lager that packs a punch. Free your mind from any preconceptions and let your taste buds wander into uncharted territory. Short description: session IPL – passion fruit – full mouthfeel Style: IPL Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Citra, Cascade Strength: 5% ABV Bitterness: 54 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: straw-coloured in the glass. Aroma: full passion fruit nose, underpinned with white grape. Flavour: clean lager finish works as a canvas to show off the rounded hop bitterness and tangerine tang. Dank and fruity with a full mouthfeel. Aftertaste: a lingering rich bitter aftertaste. Food pairings: a fish-friendly beer that’s perfect with a well-seared fillet of hake. Try it with your Friday night Indian take out – it works especially well with a prawn balti or madras, cutting the spices and oils in those dishes and will stand up to the heat. Also perfect with a Moroccan-style spicy roast chicken. Awards: Best by Style Bronze award winner in RateBeer’s Top Beers in the World 2016. Read more. First released: July 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Limited edition releases: 26 June 2015

Looking for a pint? ‪#‎GrandStretchIPA‬‪#‎OxymoronKiwiWit‬. ‪#‎TheFullIrishIPA‬ ‪#‎KnockmealdownStout‬‪#‎HurricaneIPA‬ ‪#‎PolarVortexIP‬ ‪#‎NelsonSauvinSaison‬ now pouring! The Porterhouse Temple Bar – Oxymoron Cassidys Pub Camden Street – Full Irish on, changing to Knockmealdown soon. Swagman Bar – Oxymoron Taphouse – Hurricane IPA Alfie Byrne’s by Galway Bay Brewery – Nelson Sauvin The Spirit Store – Grand Stretch pouring now, Amber Ella next Blackbird Rathmines – currently pouring Full Irish, Polar Vortex and will most likely have Grand Stretch and Hurricane on by Saturday Dock No 1 – planning on Nelson Sauvin by tomorrow. Darkey Kelly’s – Oxymoron Against The Grain Dublin – The Full Irish Brewdock – The Full Irish Just installed today at The Waterloo Bar – The Full Irish There were also a few kegs that left the brewery this week. Coming up soon: The Full Irish Single Malt IPA Ma Murphy’s, Bantry The Hub, Cork The Roundy, Cork Read more: The Full Irish Single Malt IPA Grand Stretch IPA The Dew Drop Inn, Kill, Co Kildare Generator Hostel, Dublin 1 Read more: Grand Stretch IPA

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Limited edition releases: 19 June 2015

This week, it’s all about the Summer Solstice Craft Beer Festival! We’re especially happy because we’re bringing the beer festival home and it’s taking place in one of our favourite pubs, The Bodhrán in Mitchelstown. The brewers have been in training all week and this year we’re hoping that they remember to get a taxi before they’ve all gone home to bed as a 3am call two years in a row “looking for a lift” isn’t the way we want to roll. If you’re not in or around Mitchelstown this weekend (and if not, why not?) here’s where we know some of our other beers are currently pouring: ‪#‎GrandStretchIPA‬‪#‎OxymoronKiwiWit‬. ‪#‎TheFullIrishIPA‬ ‪#‎HowlingGaleAle‬‪#‎KnockmealdownStout‬ ‪#‎HurricaneIPA‬ ‪#‎PolarVortexIP‬‪A #‎NelsonSauvinSaison‬ Grand Stretch at Dock No 1 The Porterhouse Temple Bar have Oxymoron, The Full Irish and Grand Stretch The Full Irish is at Harry Byrnes Spirit Store has Howling Gale and Grand Stretch with Knockmealdown waiting in the wings. The Taphouse is pouring The Full Irish for the weekend and then has Hurricane coming up The Beerhouse has Polar Vortex, The Full Irish and Hurricane You’ll find Nelson Sauvin at Ashtons Gastropub The Dew Drop Inn has The Full Irish Grand Stretch is pouring at The Hole In The Wall Also gone from the brewery this week are kegs of the following: Amber Ella American Amber Ale Salthouse, Galway Spirit Store, Dundalk Read more: Amber Ella American Amber Ale Grand Stretch IPA Hole in the Wall, Phoenix Park, Dublin Spirit Store, Dundalk Dock no 1, Galway The Dark Horse, Carysfort Ave, Blackrock, Co Dublin McHugh’s Off licence (growlers) Salthouse, Galway Bierhaus, Cork Read more: Grand Stretch IPA Hurricane IPA 57 the Headline, Dublin 8 Brew Dock, Dublin 1 The Taphouse, Ranelagh Read more: Hurricane IPA Knockmealdown Irish Stout Spirit Store, Dundalk Cassidy’s Pub, Camden Street, Dublin 2 Bierhaus, Cork Read more: Knockmealdown Irish

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