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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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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: 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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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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Limited Edition: Enigma Single Hop IPA

As the name suggests, the Enigma hop has a flavour profile which is difficult to crack. Some say raspberries and redcurrant – others say rock melon and tropical fruit. Enigma now forms part of our Single Hop IPA series. A solid malt backbone transports this wonderful hop to the fore. Expect lots of fruity rock melon, spiced with some orange zest and a balancing crisp hop bitterness. Puzzling, ambiguous and inexplicable; we challenge you to discover for yourself Enigma’s unique, yet irresistible, flavours and aromas. Short description: fruity rock melon Style: Single Hop IPA Malt: Irish pale ale malt, CaraPils, Munich, Cara Hops: Enigma all the way Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 65 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pours a dark gold with a fluffy pale head Aroma: sweet rock melon and citrus on the nose. Flavour: that fruity melon flavour carries through, with some orange zest. Full forward Enigma hop bitterness. A straightforward West Coast IPA. Aftertaste: dry spicy aftertaste, with a hint of pepper. Food pairings: have you ever had blue cheese matched with an IPA? Well, this is an ideal beer to start with. Drink Enigma SHIPA with a mild creamy blue – like Wicklow Blue – or alongside a Cashel Blue and Bacon Tart. Launch Date: September 2017 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social: #EnigmaSHIPA

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Monsoon Mango Lime IPA

In India, it has been said that the monsoon season replenishes the soil while the mango season replenishes the soul. We have taken contrasting fruit – sour lime and juicy sweet mango – and overlaid them on a full bodied India Pale Ale, dry hopped with Mosaic and Enigma. Pineapple and citrus hop flavours fuse with the heady mango aroma and are counterbalanced by the sourness and zing from the lime. The resulting brew brings together the flavours of the subcontinent, akin to sipping on a fruit lassi while taking the edge off the pre-monsoon heat. Short description: Heady mango, zingy lime, citrus hops Style: IPA Hops: Ekuanot, Enigma, Mosiac. Malt: two-row Irish malt, Carapils, Cara Munich. Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 66.6 IBUs (we couldn’t believe it either!) Tasting notes Colour/appearance: gorgeous orange in the glass with fluffy white head. Looks just like a Super Split ice cream. Aroma: tropical mango on the nose, with an underpinning of lime. Flavour: straight up sweet lime, followed by juicy mango and hop bitterness. The mango compliments the citrus and pineapple hop notes, enhanced with bright lime flavours. Aftertaste: punchy bitterness at the end with a zesty lime finish. Food pairings This is the beer to drink with ceviche, the Latin American dish of raw fish marinated in citrus juice. The hops and lime complement the acidity, while the mango sweetness offers a welcome contrast. If you’re going retro with some gently curried Coronation Chicken, the beer will accentuate the mango flavours, cutting through the rich sauce. Try it with a coconut panacotta for another complementary pairing or go for a day-and-night contrast by wheeling out a dense chocolate and coconut cake and watch everyone’s eyes light up. Все любители азартных игр в большей степени выбирают бренд игровых автоматов Вулкан благодаря обстановке и условиям,

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Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Stout infused with cacao husks

If there’s one thing we love more than rolling out our barrels, it’s collaborating with local producers. For this beer, a stout that we aged in pinot noir barrels, we got in contact with our local bean-to-bar chocolatiers Wilkie’s Chocolate. Based just down the road in Midleton, East Cork, Shauna Wilkie set up production in 2012 and has been focusing on making small batch bars from carefully sourced, single origin organic Peruvian Criollo cocoa beans. Much though we love Wilkie’s chocolate, this time we focused on the leftovers, taking cacao husks (that went on quite a journey from Midleton to Mitchelstown – thanks to Becca, Triona and Jimmy for their help in delivering!)  and adding them to the stout for secondary conditioning in the barrels. The result is limited to draught only and got its first outing at last weekend’s ABV Fest – that’s my glass of it there – in Belfast. The rest will be pouring from this Thursday at the Irish Craft Beer Festival in Dublin’s RDS. Don’t miss it! Short description: Dried fruit, cacao, vanilla. Style: barrel aged stout Hops: Nugget, along with lashings of cacao husks from Wilkie’s Chocolate. Malt: pale ale malt, CaraMunich, chocolate malt, roasted barley, wheat malt and dark crystal. Strength: 5% ABV Bitterness: 45 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: dark and handsome in the glass, with a tan head. Aroma: dark roasted malt, espresso. Flavour: Dried fruit with a restrained cacao undercurrent and delicate oaky vanillins coming through. Light enough in body to be pint-able Aftertaste: satisfying roasty dryness in the aftertaste. Food pairings At Eight Degrees, we do love stout with – and in! – brownies. If you’re not going to make your own, we’d recommend Camerino Bakery‘s peanut butter brownies for an ideal pairing. The slabs of sweet-salty, nutty, chocolate goodness are complemented by the cacao and vanilla flavours

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The Double Irish DIPA

The Double Irish is back. The bigger, bolder brother of our much loved, multi-award winning The Full Irish Single Malt IPA has returned – with an extra hint of mischievousness thrown in. Using 100% premium Irish malted barley, this elegant unadorned malt profile allows us to showcase all that’s great about New World hops. With Enigma and Mosaic joining Citra and Amarillo, this really is a showcase for these heavy hitting hops. Expect a tropical fruit explosion with plenty of residual pine hop flavours. Big, bold – and naturally adventurous. (Still goes really well with a Dutch sandwich.) Short description: Heavy hitting hops of the New World. Style: Double IPA Hops: Citra, Amarillo, Mosaic, Enigma Malt: Irish pale ale malt, Irish lager malt ABV: 8.8%. All the eights! IBUs: 98 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: warm golden colour with a white head. Aroma: a full-on juicy hop aroma with fruity cantaloupe melon to the fore and a substantial resinous backbone. Flavour: luscious balanced bitterness. Flavours of dried mango and bitter orange marmalade with a solid pine resin bitterness. Aftertaste: full bodied with a delicious zesty finish. Food pairings Like the last brew, there’s nothing meek or retiring about this beer; something to keep in mind when figuring out what to pair it with! Full-bodied and luscious, we’re going to stick with spatchcocked tandoori chicken, served with a mango / pineapple / chilli / mint salsa, or a spicy Asian pork salad (don’t hold back on the chilli). The sweet mango flavours also work with carrot and pineapple cake and it’s well worth trying with a slab of sticky, fresh ginger gingerbread. Launch Date: First launched February 2016, re-launched August 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles and draught. Get social: #DoubleIrishDIPA

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Berliner Weisse with Redcurrant & Rhubarb

This summer we have created something special: a mixed grain, mixed fermentation Berliner Weisse. A grain base of 50% malted barley and 50% wheat plus a mixed culture fermentation creates a sweet and sour treat steeped in Germanic tradition. The ale yeast combines with lacto bacteria to work side by side in symbiotic harmony to bitter the beer. Add some ripe redcurrant sweetness and rhubarb – just like the brewery lads’ favourite mammy treat, the humble rhubarb tart – and you have yourself free love in a glass. THE thirst quenching, summertime beer from Eight Degrees. Short description: Infused with redcurrant and rhubarb. Style: Berliner Weisse Hops: Saaz, plus redcurrants and rhubarb Malt: Irish lager malt, malted wheat. Strength: 3.1% ABV – yes, you read that correctly. NOT 31% as someone wondered recently. Bitterness: 7 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: A glorious, sparkling pink! (To make the boys wink.) Aroma: Sour and sharp with redcurrant fruit. Flavour: Bright and zippy sweet-sharp flavours, with redcurrant predominating. It’s a fruity Dib Dab sherbet. Aftertaste: super refreshing with a dry lactic tang in the finish. Food pairings Summertime beer! With such a low ABV and palate-cleansing tart flavours, this is a beer to quaff while the sun shines and you eat your way through a barbeque’s worth of bold, sweet / savoury / smoky flavours. Skip the white wine and try it to brighten the flavours in chicken shawarma, to cosy up to grilled sweetcorn and aubergines or to cut through pulled pork and spiced lamb. Bring on the summer. Launch Date: August 2017. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Draught only (30L and 50L kegs) Get social: #EDBBerlinerWeisse

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