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Eight Degrees in Beirut

When we got the call from Irish Craft Beers about sending beer to Beirut last year we immediately said YES – and started arguing about who should go there on a hypothetical trade trip. When that opportunity became a reality, for St Patrick’s Day, there was even more squabbling. The Kiwi – just about – won that battle and we headed to Lebanon with the lads from Irish Craft Beers, and several other Irish drinks producers for a weekend of showcasing the incredible beverages that Ireland produces, celebrating links between Ireland and Lebanon, developing friendships and learning that there were some members of the party that knew all 57(ish) verses of The Rattlin’ Bog. We brought beer to the table, as did Antrim brewery Hillstown Brewery and fellow Corkonians Blacks of Kinsale. There was gin from Blacks, Waterford’s Blackwater Distillery and Ballyvolane House’s Bertha’s Revenge. Irish whiskey came from Northern Irish Echlinville Distillery and Co Clare-based whiskey bonders Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey. In short, everything you might need for the St Patrick’s Day to end all St Patrick’s Days. We did work, at events in Backroom Beirut, Fattal Group, Golden Star, EddéYard and Kalani Beach Resort, as St Patrick’s stretched over three riotous days and nights. There was singing. There was dancing- a Siege of Ennis, the likes of which Lebanon has (fortunately) never seen before – and there was almightly craic. Thanks to Liam and Shane at Ireland Craft Beers for inviting us along and a huge thank you to Paul Choueiry, GM of Botella at Fattal Group for organising everything in Lebanon. We’ve already signed up for St Patrick’s Day 2019…        

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Seisiún IPA

Our Seisiún IPA shows that a beer doesn’t need a high ABV to have lots of flavour. Initially brewed so that the brew crew could have a low-alcohol sipper at beer festivals, this sessionable IPA has transcended its origins to become one of our most popular beers. We’ve taken lots of aromatic hops and packed them into a crisp and refreshing beer that comes in at just 4.5% ABV. You may have formerly known this beer as Summer Days Seisiún IPA; we decided to rename it so that it’s not just tied to those two weeks of sunshine in August. Short description: soft bitterness and fresh lime zest Style: session India Pale Ale Hops: Simcoe, Amarillo, Mandarina Bavaria and Citra. Malt: two row base Irish malt, Carapils. Strength: 4.5% ABV Bitterness: 44 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: bright yellow in the glass with a frothy white head. Aroma: fresh hoppy citrus with light malt notes. Flavour: fresh lime zest on the palate with a crisp hop bitterness. Medium light malt body with a clean and dry finish. Aftertaste: refreshing bitterness, inviting you to take another sip. Food pairings: lots of flavour and low alcohol make this a perfect beer to serve over a period of time at a party, relaxed gathering or – as we’ve tested! – beer festival. An ideal pairing is pizza, particularly anything that includes the fabulous chorizo or salami from Gubbeen Smokehouse, as the beer crisply cuts through all that meaty, cheesy gorgeousness with each sip. On the lighter side, try this Seisiún IPA with a St Tola goat cheese and fresh beetroot salad, tossed in a ginger and lime dressing, and see how the hop bitterness complements the citrus. It’s also a great match with pub grub like burgers or fish and chips. Serving temperature: 8 degrees

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Eight Degrees go CANTASTIC!

There’s a wind from the East and it’s bringing some changes – as of next week, some of our gorgeous beer is going to be available in cans. We know that a lot of our customers are into outdoor activities like camping, mountaineering, music festivals and kayaking, and that cans work well in these environments. We’ve definitely seen an increased demand for cans in recent times and, despite our ongoing love for the 330ml bottle (and those gorgeous 750ml bottles), are – ta da! – putting three of our beers into 440ml cans. First off is our latest limited edition beer, Neon Velvet FPA, a kiwifruit and lime-infused pale ale, which will only be available on draught or in cans. We will also be packaging two long-standing favourites into cans: watch out for our multi-award winning Full Irish Single Malt IPA and Citra Single Hop IPA in shiny new cans. We also decided to go with a new design for the new format so watch out for these bright, fun and vibrant labels. The plan is to release them into the wild next week (from Wednesday 7 March) so they should be available at a your friendly local off licence very soon. We’re very excited and we’re really looking forward to hearing what YOU think. Please do let us know! Get social: #EightDegreesCans

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#EightDegreesUSA: Florida launch!

It was a cold day before Christmas when we packed the shipping containers. Tight. Right up to the top. (We nearly left a man in there – but he escaped at the last minute.) We sent those beers from cold, cold North Cork, all the way to sunshine and blue skies in Florida over there in the US of A. And now our Aussie is poised to follow them. He’s heading over there for the official American launch of our beer on Wednesday, 21 February at The Vault, in Tampa, Florida. It’s a meet the brewers and taste the beers kind of evening – Cam will be on hand with our Sunburnt Irish Red Ale and the Full Irish Single Malt IPA. He promises that he won’t skive off and visit Disneyland while he’s there. We believe him. Honest. Follow the story: EightDegreesUSA

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Neon Velvet Kiwifruit & Lime-Infused FPA

This Fruity Pale Ale, infused with kiwifruit and lime, has bright, vibrant hop aromas, coupled with a juicy, silky mouthfeel that pays homage to the New England IPA style. We’ve crammed it with aroma hops Citra and Amarillo, dry hopped with New Zealand’s finest – Pacific Jade and Motueka – and infused it with kiwifruit plus a dash of lime. Everything’s gone (just a little) green. Short description: hazy, silky, fruity Style: Fruit Pale Ale Hop: Citra, Amarillo, Pacific Jade and Motueka Malt: two-row Irish malt, oats, wheat. Strength: 5% ABV Bitterness: 39 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: brewed with oats and wheat, this unfiltered beer is hazy in the glass with a white foamy head. Aroma: fruity, with some lime notes. The fruit aromas open up more as the beer warms. Flavour: juicy sweetness from aroma hops, balanced by soft acidity from the fruit. It’s a smooth and juicy drop. Aftertaste: soft fruity acidity on the palate. Food pairings: The acidity of the fruit in this beer makes it an idea pairing with a potato dish. A pile of boxty pancakes, served with smoked salmon would work well, the juicy flavours of the beer cutting through the smoky fish and brightening the potato pancakes. In a similar vein, a bowl of steaming colcannon, flecked with curly kale and scallions, would work well with a glass of Neon Velvet. Fish chowder is a perfect match, as the beer will cut through the creamy soup and complement the sweetness of the fish. A chunk of good Irish farmhouse cheddar will play off the fruit flavours in both elements of the pairing. Launch Date: February 2018. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: CANS, bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social: #NeonVelvetFPA For more information: https://www.eightdegrees.ie/neon-velvet-FPA

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Wild Ballyhoura: Find the Oak King and Holly King

Looking for our Winter 2017 Wild Ballyhoura beers? Just where did all those lovely 750ml bottles of Oak King Belgian Pale Ale and Holly King Imperial Stout go to? Here’s the list! 1601 Off Licence Ashtons Gastropub Baggot Street Wines Bierhaus Cork Blackrock Cellar Bradley’s Off Licence, Cork Carpenters Bar & Lounge CarryOut Clongriffin Carryout Kenmare Celtic Whisky Shop D Six Off-licence Drinkstore.ie Dublin Bar Academy Dwan’s Off Licence Fresh Camden St Fresh Grand Canal Fresh IFSC Fresh Smithfield Fresh Stepaside Galvins Wines Goose Off licence, Drumcondra Hartes of Kildare Hole in the Wall Pub Martins Off licence Matson’s Douglas McHugh’s Off licence Molloys Clonsilla Molloys Liberties Molloys Tallaght Mother Macs Next Door Off Licence James’ St Next Door Off Licence at J Boyle’s Next Door Off Licence at Myles Creek Number 21 Blarney Number 21 Coburg St Number 21 Limerick O’Donovans Off Licence Pettitts SuperValu Redmonds of Ranelagh SuperValu Balbriggan SuperValu Mitchelstown Sweeney’s Wines The Black Sheep The Dew Drop Inn The Ice Box Balbriggan The Malt House We also sell these beers from our online shop: Wild Ballyhoura Gift Pack: The Oak King Belgian Pale Ale & The Holly King Imperial Stout (2x750ml) The Holly King Imperial Stout (6x750ml) The Oak King Belgian Pale Ale (6x750ml)  

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Wild Ballyhoura: The Oak King Belgian Pale Ale

Wild Ballyhoura series: We’ve got a new pet at the brewery and his name is Brett. This wild yeast is a curious and mischievous little creature and we recently introduced him to our oak barrel-aged beers. There’s a whole shipping container of French oak barrels, formerly used for pinot noir and chardonnay, tucked away in a corner where we can age our very specially brewed ales. While they’re sitting there, we bring Brett to the party. His full name is Brettanomyces Clausenii, or Brett C, the earliest strain of brett to be classified by a chap investigating funky flavours in British breweries (Brettanomyces = British fungus). We can assume that all pre-modern beer would have picked up brett in storage over time; by playing with Brett C, we’re getting a good indication of how beer brewed and aged in the Ballyhouras, over one hundred years, ago would have tasted. Wild yeast = wild flavours. Naturally adventurous. It’s the Eight Degrees way. The Legend of the Oak King & the Holly King The Oak King Belgian Pale Ale Aged in French oak with Brettanomyces C In Celtic mythology, the Oak King and the Holly King were warrior twins, engaged in a never-ending fight for supremacy. At Midsummer the Oak King – representing light – is at the height of his strength, while the Holly King, which represents darkness, is at his weakest. At the Winter Solstice we celebrate the birth of the new sun, the renewal of light, and the return of the Oak King’s strength. To celebrate this re-birth, we have brewed a golden Belgian-style pale ale, using local pale and lager malts, and aged it in our oak barrels along with our new friend, wild yeast Brett C. This Golden Vale Pale Ale is light, complex and tart, followed up

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Wild Ballyhoura: The Holly King Imperial Stout

Wild Ballyhoura: We’ve got a new pet at the brewery and his name is Brett. This wild yeast is a curious and mischievous little creature and we recently introduced him to our oak barrel-aged beers. There’s a whole shipping container of French oak barrels, formerly used for pinot noir and chardonnay, tucked away in a corner where we can age our very specially brewed ales. While they’re sitting there, we bring Brett to the party. His full name is Brettanomyces Clausenii, or Brett C, the earliest strain of brett to be classified by a chap investigating funky flavours in British breweries (Brettanomyces = British fungus). We can assume that all pre-modern beer would have picked up brett in storage over time; by playing with Brett C, we’re getting a good indication of how beer brewed and aged in the Ballyhouras, over one hundred years, ago would have tasted. Wild yeast = wild flavours. Naturally adventurous. It’s the Eight Degrees way. The Legend of the Oak King & the Holly King The Holly King Imperial Stout Aged in French oak with Brettanomyces C In Celtic mythology, the Oak King and the Holly King were warrior twins, engaged in a never-ending fight for supremacy. At Midwinter the Holly King – representing darkness – is at the height of his strength, while the Oak King, which represents light, is at his weakest. To celebrate the Holly King’s midwinter dominance, we have brewed one of our favourite winter styles, an imperial stout, aged it in pinot noir barrels and added a dash of wild yeast Brett C for good measure. There a rich cherry and vanilla presence with undertones of dark roast coffee and brett. It’s the dark side of the year and the Holly King is finishing strong. Short description: rich, full bodied, complex. Style:

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WIN! Bus Éireann tickets to Fanah-Fest!

Coming to Mitchelstown for Fanah-Fest? Why not take the bus! Bus Éireann have kindly given us two pairs of return tickets to Mitchelstown to give away to some lucky Fanah-Fest goers. To enter, just leave a comment below telling us where you’re coming from. Closing date: Wednesday afternoon at 3pm. We’ll email the winners to let them know that afternoon. If you don’t happen to win, the bus is still a good way to get to Mitchelstown. If you have a Leapcard, just show it to the driver when you’re getting on: once you have money on the card, you’ll get a 27% discount on a single ticket. If you’re a student, Bus Éireann is currently running an online promotion for November which gives €5 off to students if they enter the code STUDENT51. More info on their website here. So, the short version of what’s happening: Saturday 25 November 2pm to 5pm – at the brewery for launch, tours, tastings. 5.30pm – Christmas lights on the Square in Mitchelstown. 6pm to late – Live music and beer trail around Mitchelstown. Sunday 26 November 5pm to late – beer trail around Mitchelstown. Participating pubs: An Bodhrán The Beehive J’s Bar & Beer Garden Jackie O Briens Walsh’s Bar Mitchelstown The Ramble Inn Mulberry Tree Paul Roche’s FAQs Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? We will only be serving beer to over 18s. What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event? There will be parking at the brewery on Saturday afternoon. Cars have to be removed by 6pm as that is when the gates close and will remain closed until Monday morning. There is plenty of free parking in Mitchelstown, which is 15 minutes walk from the brewery. We’re planning on having

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Limited Edition: Warrior Irish Red Ale

Warrior Irish Red Ale was brewed specially for our 2017 Fanah-Fest. The festival is named after St Fanahan, a warrior monk who is the patron saint of Mitchelstown, which is our brewery hometown. Every warrior monk needs a traditional Irish red ale, especially on his feast day. Our Warrior Irish Red Ale is not too heavy in terms of ABV but it’s strong to bursting with hops. There’s a decent malty base to balance out the pine and grapefruit Cascade hop flavour. Short description: Toffee, Pine, Citrus Style: Irish Red Ale Malt: Irish pale malt, Cara, Munich Hops: Nugget, Cascade Strength: 4.7% ABV Bitterness: 69 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: an orange-red colour in the glass with a tan head. Aroma: sweet vanilla toffee and a strong grapefruit citrus aroma. Flavour: solid toffee malt base with bitter notes of pine and grapefruit. Barest whisper of chocolate orange Aftertaste: decent bitter citrus finish. Food pairings: We love this red ale with anything from Galty Valley Food Truck. Slow roast pork in barbecue sauce? Check. The 6oz organic burger? Yep. Falafel with lemon and garlic aioli. Definitely. The essential Galty Valley Good Truck fries? Couldn’t miss that pairing opportunity. Launched: November 2017 – our Fanah-Fest Festival beer! Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Draught only (30L and 50L kegs)

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Wild Ballyhoura: The Legend of the Oak King & the Holly King

Last year was the first time we released our barrel-aged beers in 750ml bottles with the Dukes of Burgundy series. For 2017, we’re bringing out a new duo of 750ml bottles, The Oak King and The Holly King, which will be part of our new Wild Ballyhoura Series. Wild Ballyhoura Series We’ve got a new pet at the brewery and his name is Brett. This wild yeast is a curious and mischievous little creature and we recently introduced him to our oak barrel-aged beers. There’s a whole shipping container of French oak barrels, formerly used for pinot noir and chardonnay, tucked away in a corner where we can age our very specially brewed ales. While they’re sitting there, we bring Brett to the party. Wild yeasts equals wild flavours; we hope they play nice. His full name is Brettanomyces Clausenii, or Brett C, the earliest strain of brett to be classified by a chap investigating funky flavours in British breweries (Brettanomyces = British fungus). We can assume that all pre-modern beer would have picked up brett in storage over time; by playing with Brett C, we’re getting a good indication of how beer brewed and aged in the Ballyhouras, over one hundred years, ago would have tasted. Naturally adventurous. It’s the Eight Degrees way. These beers are due to be released in the next few weeks – brett can’t be hurried and we’re waiting on the brewers to give us the thumbs up so that we can put these beauties into bottles. The Legend of the Oak King & the Holly King The Holly King Imperial Stout Aged in French oak with Brettanomyces C ABV 9.5% In Celtic mythology, the Oak King and the Holly King were warrior twins, engaged in a never-ending fight for supremacy. At Midwinter the Holly King –

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Eight Degrees Brewing presents FANAH-FEST: Brewery launch + Beer & Music Festival

UPDATE! The short version: Saturday 25 November 2pm to 5pm – at the brewery for launch, tours, tastings.   5.30pm – Christmas lights on the Square in Mitchelstown. 6pm to late – Live music and beer trail around Mitchelstown. Sunday 26 November 5pm to late – beer trail around Mitchelstown.   *** We love our festivals, we do! And here’s our latest: FANAH-FEST is Eight Degrees Brewing’s Beer and Music Festival for St Fanahan’s Day, celebrating the patron saint of Mitchelstown. Warrior monk St Fahanan, who most people know best as a squat statue outside Mitchelstown garda station, came from Ulster to found a monastery near the town in the seventh century. Traditionally, St Fanahan’s Day was a pattern day, a local holiday. People gathered at his well, which is probably a ritual that goes back far further, to pre-Christian times as the well would have been a place for pagan worship. So, bearing in mind that St Fanahan’s monastery would probably have brewed its own beer, we’ve decided that it’s a good day to celebrate beer in Mitchelstown. Fanah-Fest is happening over the weekend 25-26 November. On Saturday 25 November, we’ll be officially launching our new #MauritiustoMitchelstown brewery, complete with beer tours and tastings from 2pm to 5pm. Then we’re off into Mitchelstown for a live music and beer trail, fun, games and merriment. On Sunday 26 November, there will be a music and beer trail around Mitchelstown from 5pm onwards. The event is free – if you’d like to register in advance, you can do so on EventBrite.ie or just turn up! Keep an eye on #FANAHFEST on social media (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram) for more details.  Eight Degrees draught available in: An Bodhrán, Mitchelstown The Beehive J’s Bar & Beer Garden Jackie O Briens, Walsh’s Bar Mitchelstown The Ramble Inn Mulberry Tree

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