IRISH MUNRO Series #5: The Black Road Campfire Porter

Celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains, Irish Munros are peaks over 3,000 ft. Many of these peaks belong to the MacGillycuddy Reeks in Kerry, one is in Wicklow, and there’s one which towers over our Mitchelstown brewery, our beloved Galtymore. Since we started Eight Degrees, we’ve taken inspiration from the surrounding landscape, constantly innovating to brew adventurous beers using natural ingredients. The Irish Munro Series: continuing our Naturally Adventurous journey. IRISH MUNRO Series #4: The Black Road Campfire Porter Galtymore 3012 ft Our beloved Galtymore holds a special place in our heart at Eight Degrees. The Galtees are Ireland’s highest inland mountain range, straddling the Cork, Tipperary and Limerick borders. These mountains are also key to us producing world class beers, producing wonderfully soft water via its red sandstone ridges. The Black Road is the hillwalker route up Galtybeg and onto the higher Galtymore for magical views across the countryside. Inspired by the mountains, we’ve brewed a porter using Belgian and German malts that impart beech- and oak-smoked flavours along with coffee notes. Dark, smooth and complex, this is the beer that we want to drink while camping beside enchanted Lough Curra below Galtymore on a chilly evening: a just reward for an afternoon’s scramble up this glorious mountain. Style: Campfire porter Malt: Irish pale ale malt, beech smoked malt, oak smoked wheat, café malt, CaraAroma, chocolate malt. Hops: A light bittering of Nugget. ABV: 6.5% IBUs: 12 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a rich mahogany brown in the glass, topped with a sturdy tan head. Aroma: sweet liquorice, muscovado sugar, light smoke. Flavour: gentle woodsmoke coming through on the palate with sweet caramel undertones. Malty, complex and balanced. Aftertaste: bitterness coming through at the end, with a final singe of smoke. Food Pairings This smooth sipper is eminently suited to campfire foods: bonfire

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IRISH MUNRO Series #4: Fort of the Fianna Belgian IPA

Celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains, Irish Munros are peaks over 3,000 ft. Many of these peaks belong to the MacGillycuddy Reeks in Kerry, one is in Wicklow, and there’s one which towers over our Mitchelstown brewery, our beloved Galtymore. Since we started Eight Degrees, we’ve taken inspiration from the surrounding landscape, constantly innovating to brew adventurous beers using natural ingredients. The Irish Munro Series: continuing our Naturally Adventurous journey. IRISH MUNRO Series #4: Fort of the Fianna Belgian IPA Caher 3300 ft At 3300 ft, or exactly 1,000m (for our metric-loving Antipodeans), Caher is the third highest peak in Ireland. Part of Kerry’s MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Caher – in Irish Cathair na Féinne – translates as stone fort of the Fianna. This is land steeped in Irish mythology from the time when Fionn MacCumhaill and his army of brave warriors, the Fianna, hunted deer through the mountains. To honour these legendary warriors, we’ve brewed something strong and hoppy in a Belgian style. We added our current favourite hop Loral into the whirlpool for this Belgian IPA, followed by dry hopping with the elite new experimental HBC 522, which has strong citrus and floral notes. Singing above all this is our Belgian yeast strain of choice: BE256 is a quick attenuator producing a clean beer with hints of spice, clove and banana. Raise a glass to the Fianna. Style: Belgian IPA Malt: Irish pilsner malt, wheat. Hops: Loral, dry hopped with HBC 522. Yeast: BE256 ABV: 5.4% IBUs: 44 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pale in the glass with a mousy white head Aroma: floral, elderflower musk, sweet citrus. Flavour: a smooth mouthfeel and soft fruity start followed by strong grapefruit bitterness to finish. Think old school white-fleshed grapefruit and you won’t go far wrong. Aftertaste: As bitter as your average Kerryman after they’ve lost the

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IRISH MUNRO Series #3: The Pilgrim’s Path Italian Pils

Celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains, Irish Munros are peaks over 3,000 ft. Many of these peaks belong to the MacGillycuddy Reeks in Kerry, one is in Wicklow, and there’s one which towers over our Mitchelstown brewery, our beloved Galtymore. Since we started Eight Degrees, we’ve taken inspiration from the surrounding landscape, constantly innovating to brew adventurous beers using natural ingredients. The Irish Munro Series: continuing our Naturally Adventurous journey. IRISH MUNRO Series #3: The Pilgrim’s Path Italian Pils Mount Brandon 3122 ft The Pilgrim’s Path takes the faithful to the summit of Mount Brandon on the picturesque Dingle Peninsula. This mountain is named after St Brendan the Navigator, one of the early Irish monastic saints in the sixth century. Brendan was a travelling monk who sailed the seas to preach the gospel. As legend would have it, as an elderly man he embarked in his curragh on an epic quest to find the mythical Isle of the Blessed. There are no reports that he found that spot, but he may just have been the first European to discover America. While the tradition of pilgrimage to Mount Brandon predates even St Brendan, the Christian church incorporated this pagan route into a medieval pilgrimage path. Mount Brandon joined holy sites like Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Rome in Italy, destinations where pilgrims walk to encounter God. To celebrate these quests we have produced an Italian pilsner. We dry hopped it to the heavens with Loral, the Super Noble hop with distinctive floral, herbal and peppery notes, making this beer a delightful sipper to savour. Style: Italian Pils Malt: Irish lager malt.  Hops: dry hopped with ridiculous amounts of Loral (I’m quoting the dry hopping brewer here). ABV: 4.9% IBUs: 32 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: straw lemon yellow with a white head. Aroma: sweet lemon marmalade, intense floral notes

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Nomad Hoppy Pilsner

This beer is going nomad. It transgresses many stylistic boundaries with impunity, exploring and searching for unique flavours without adhering to rigid beer styles. We have taken a clean and crisp German lager base and allowed New World hops to shine. This is a sessionable lager that packs a big aroma punch. Free your mind from any preconceptions and let your taste buds wander. Short description: fresh hoppy citrus. Style: Hoppy pils. Malt: Two-row Irish malted barley, Carapils. Hops: Nugget, Lublin and Hallertauer Tradition. Dry hopped with Enigma. ABV: 4.2% IBUs: 30 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a lovely pale gold in the glass with a firm white head. Aroma: the aroma is light, with delicate fruity and citrus notes. Flavour: A crisp and dry lager with a delicate biscuity base. Super sessionable. Aftertaste: a nicely bitter bite in the finish. Food Pairings Refreshing and bright, this hoppy pils has been brewed to be a sessionable, food-friendly beer. The clean, crisp flavours work well with Mexican fish tacos, grilled or baked fish dishes and won’t fight against the flavours of a glorious roast chicken. 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. Carbonation cleans the palate with each sip, ensuring that every mouthful is a new experience. Launch Date: Summer 2020. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 440ml cans. Get social: #NomadHoppyPils

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Now in cans: Bohemian Pilsner Lager + Sunburnt Irish Red

You asked, we listened: our best selling Sunburnt Irish Red Ale and Bohemian Pilsner Lager – two of the beers that we originally released right back in 2011 and 2012 – are now, due to popular demand, available in cans. Same great beers, just a slightly bigger and much brighter format. (Yes, we did have some conversations about the yellow but we do love our colours!) Check out tasting notes for the beers below and watch out for the new #EightDegreesCans in your local off licence and in our online shop. Tasting notes: Sunburnt Irish Red Ale Bohemian Pilsner Lager    

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IRISH MUNRO Series #2: Glen of Imaal Oatmeal Pale Ale

The Irish Munro Series 2020 Celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains, Irish Munros are peaks over 3,000 ft. Many of these peaks belong to the MacGillycuddy Reeks in Kerry, one is in Wicklow, and there’s one which towers over our Mitchelstown brewery, our beloved Galtymore. Since we started Eight Degrees, we’ve taken inspiration from the surrounding landscape, constantly innovating to brew adventurous beers using natural ingredients. The Irish Munro Series: continuing our Naturally Adventurous journey. #IRISHMUNROSeries 2: Glen of Imaal Lugnaquilla 3035ft Affectionately known as Lug, Lugnaquilla is the highest mountain in Wicklow and the highest mountain in Ireland outside Kerry. The route up – Glen of Imaal – is often used as an artillery firing range, so hill walkers need to dodge the area during firing practice. Nothing like a bit of danger to get the blood pumping. In Irish mythology, Lug was the name of the Irish god of nobility, a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann who was associated with oaths and justice. Our brewers mis-heard oaths as oats, and decided to brew a classic oatmeal pale ale for Lug. The star of the show is new hop HBC-692, daughter of Sabro, with intense flavours of grapefruit pith and pine resin. The oats provide a silky mouthfeel which, when combined with these aromatic hops and a rounded bitterness, provides a balanced thirst-quenching drop after a rewarding climb up the Wicklow massif. Style: Oatmeal Pale Ale Malt: Irish pale ale malt, oats, Carapils and wheat.  Hops: Vic Secret, Mandarina Bavaria, Amarillo and HBC-692. ABV: 5.6% IBUs: 32 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: golden in the glass with an effervescent white fluffy head. Aroma: lots of sweet tropical fruit on the nose, predominately stone fruit and lychee. Flavour: gorgeously full bodied and fruity, with silky rounded peach and tropical lychee flavours. Notes of creamy coconut and

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IRISH MUNRO Series #1: Hill of The Serpent Cascadian Dark Ale

The Irish Munro Series 2020 Celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains, Irish Munros are peaks over 3,000 ft. Many of these peaks belong to the MacGillycuddy Reeks in Kerry, one is in Wicklow, and there’s one which towers over our Mitchelstown brewery, our beloved Galtymore. Since we started Eight Degrees, we’ve taken inspiration from the surrounding landscape, constantly innovating to brew adventurous beers using natural ingredients. The Irish Munro Series: continuing our Naturally Adventurous journey. Hill of The Serpent Cnoc ná Péiste 3241 ft Kerry’s Cnoc na Péiste – or Hill of the Serpent – is the fourth highest mountain in Ireland. Serpents have a dual association: on one side, re-birth or a creative life force; on the other. it’s all about evil and chaos from the underworld. To kick off a new decade and a new series, we have created a dark and sinister beer with bite. A Cascadian Dark is a black hoppy beer: we went with a classic triple C hop approach – Cascade, Centennial and Chinook. This is a smooth and dark beer, with lots of pine, bittersweet resins and a strong citrusy grapefruit and spice finish. Beware of the serpent. Style: Cascadian dark ale Malt: Irish pale ale malt, Caramunich, Carafa, Caraaroma, wheat.  Hops: Cascade, Centennial and Chinook. Dry hopped with Amarillo. ABV: 6.66 IBUs: 75 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a dark, dark body with an off white head. Aroma: there’s a cornucopia of tropical fruit up front, with notes of lemon peel and grapefruit, followed by pine. Flavour: this is a beer that doesn’t taste like it looks. As you sip, there’s a cascading series of flavours. First you notice what a rounded smooth sipper it is, then comes a burst of sweet stone fruit – peaches and nectarines – followed by hop bitterness. There’s also a hint of spice and dark

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Now in core range! Black Ball Metric Stout aged in Jameson whiskey barrels

NEW ADDITION! You asked, we listened: Black Ball Metric Stout was first released in November and has proved so popular that we decided to add it to our always-available core range. Aged in Jameson Whiskey Barrels, this beer was originally #8 in our 2019 RACK ‘EM UP Series. We’ve given the can label a few tweaks but what’s inside is the same: it’s a 11.2% belter of a beer, a gorgeously dark and rich imperial stout that’s irresistible. It joins our flagship Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale, Sunburnt Irish Red, Knockmealdown Irish Stout, ever-popular Bohemian Pilsner Lager, Citra Single Hop IPA, Full Irish Single Malt IPA and Seisiún IPA in the line up of our award-winning beers that are always available. Watch out for a new limited edition series coming soon! Black Ball is now available in 440ml cans and draught. Full tasting notes below. Black Ball Metric Stout aged in Jameson whiskey barrels We decided, with what’s happening on either side of the pond, to steer clear of imperialistic notions, old school vernacular and just go metric. We rammed the mash tun as full as we could with an excess of dark complex malts, added extra char for a slightly sinister twist and then aged everything in Jameson whiskey barrels from our friends in Midleton. The culmination of our RACK ‘EM UP Series, this is a big bold stout. There’s a touch of sweet vanilla in there from the oak and lots of cocoa and dark chocolate to combine with smooth, spicy whiskey notes. Deep, dark, rich and rewarding, celebrate sinking a Black Ball. Style: Metric stout aged in Jameson whiskey barrels. Malt: Irish pale ale malt, chocolate malt, roast barley, wheat, CaraAroma. Hops: Nugget. ABV: 11.2 IBUs: 44 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: deepest darkest black in the glass with a light coffee head.

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RACK ‘EM UP Series: #8 Black Ball Metric Stout aged in Jameson whiskey barrels

#8 Black Ball Metric Stout aged in Jameson whiskey barrels 11.2% ABV We decided, with what’s happening on either side of the pond, to steer clear of imperialistic notions, old school vernacular and just go metric. We rammed the mash tun as full as we could with an excess of dark complex malts, added extra char for a slightly sinister twist and then aged everything in Jameson whiskey barrels from our friends in Midleton. The culmination of our RACK ‘EM UP Series, this is a big bold stout. There’s a touch of sweet vanilla in there from the oak and lots of cocoa and dark chocolate to combine with smooth, spicy whiskey notes. Deep, dark, rich and rewarding, celebrate sinking a Black Ball this winter. Style: Metric stout aged in Jameson whiskey barrels. Malt: Irish pale ale malt, chocolate malt, roast barley, wheat, CaraAroma. Hops: Nugget. ABV: 11.2 IBUs: 44 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: deepest darkest black in the glass with a light coffee head. Aroma: Chocolate. Fruity. Black cherry. Sweet vanilla. Irish cream. And that’s before you’ve even taken a sip… Flavour: a deliciously full bodied sipper, sweet and smooth on the palate at first, with spicy whiskey heat at the end. It gradually opens up in the glass as it warms – this is a beer to drink at slightly more than 8 degrees  – to reveal lots of creamy sweet vanilla along with fruity berries, particularly cherries and blackcurrants. You’ll want to get to the front of the cue for this one. Aftertaste: a little char bitterness. Food Pairings This is a beer to hold for the end of the meal. Break out that cheeseboard and go savoury with some funky Cnoc Dubh goat cheese from The Galway Goat Farm. Pyramid-shaped with a dusting of ash and a bright citrus flavour,

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RACK ‘EM UP Series: #7 Maroon Ball Kveik Double IPA with WHC Lab

Eight Degrees is turning eight this year. To celebrate eight years of brewing, we are producing eight exciting and innov8ing beers throughout 2019, many of them collaborations with the world’s best craft breweries or with quality local producers. These eight unique beers will form part of our exciting and colourful RACK EM’ UP Series. Eight Years. Eight Beers. Eight Collabs. For our #7 we wanted to do a big, modern double IPA, and there’s nothing bigger or more modern than a double IPA with Kveik. This is the cool, new-kid-on-the-block Norwegian yeast strain – that’s only just been around for hundreds of years, passed down from generation to generation in that country. It’s a quick fermenting, flocculent yeast, with a high alcohol and heat tolerance which produces citrus notes with a distinctive guava and lime zest character. As part of our commitment to quality at Eight Degrees, we’ve been working with Philip Woodnut from WHC Lab in Wicklow. He’s been developing a new strain of Kveik called Valkyrie from an isolate that comes from Norway’s Ebbegarden region. It’s a tropical fruit-forward ale with lots of tutti frutti flavours, which we’ve further accentuated by dry hopping with the dynamic Enigma. Kveik it out. Style: Double IPA brewed with kveik Malt: Irish pale ale malt, slight touch of Cara Pils. Hops: Cascade, Mandarina Bavaria, Enigma. ABV: 8.3 IBUs: 12 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pale orange with lightly laced head. Aroma: unripe stone fruits, pineapple lumps, green apple. Flavour: a rich full-bodied mouthfeel with sweet berries and lots of tropical fruit, particularly nectarine,  pineapple and passionfruit. It tastes like a particularly luscious tropical juice. Aftertaste: a gentle tantalising bitterness that draws you back for more. Food Pairings This beer demands to be paired with full, gutsy flavours and our current favourite is a very

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RACK ‘EM UP Series: #6 Green Ball Belgian-style IPA with Siphon Brewing

Eight Degrees is turning eight this year. To celebrate eight years of brewing, we are producing eight exciting and innov8ing beers throughout 2019, many of them collaborations with the world’s best craft breweries or with quality local producers. These eight unique beers will form part of our exciting and colourful RACK EM’ UP Series. Eight Years. Eight Beers. Eight Collabs. RACK ‘EM UP Series: #6 Green Ball Belgian-style IPA 6.5% ABV We first met Breandán Kearney of Siphon Brewing at Belfast’s ABV Fest, although our beer paths had crossed previously. A Belgium-based, Warrenpoint-bred beer writer, he also helms the experimental Siphon, which Ratebeer named Belgium’s best new brewery for 2017. At Eight Degrees we are known for our hoppy IPAs; when we wanted to brew a Belgian-style IPA, we turned to the man with yeast expertise. On Breandán’s advice, we used a strain of one of his favourite Belgian-style ale yeasts and he travelled to Mitchelstown to oversee the brew. Starting from a classic Pilsner malt base, we have Vic Secret and Equinox bringing stone fruit and tropical flavours, with a New World Super Noble hop flourish from Loral. But this beer is all about the yeast: with a lemony, orangey ester profile, flavours of citrus, lemongrass and white pepper predominate. It’s bold, complex and sophisticated – just like our brewers. Style: Belgian-style IPA Malt: Pilsner malt base with a hint of Caramunich, Athgarrett oats and wheat. Hops: Vic Secret, Equinox, Loral. ABV: 6.5 IBUs: 43 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: bright gold and briskly carbonated with a rocky head. Aroma: full on fruit at first, with everything else coming in behind: lots of floral, spicy and mint herbal notes. Flavour: this is a hugely complex beer with a full mouthfeel and lots of sweet, sophisticated ripe stone fruit, specifically apricots. Lush tropical flavours with

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Limited release: Ochtoberfest 2019 Märzen-style lager

Ocht: number eight in Irish. We first brewed this Ochtoberfest Märzen-style beer for a 2012 beer festival to celebrate the lucky and infinite nature of this humble numeral. It was a once off: only beer brewed eight degrees west of Greenwich on the eighth month of the year – and served at precisely eight degrees celsius – could be consumed. We’ve had many requests for its return and we thought it was time to fitting this favourite for our eighth year of brewing. Our Märzen is a full bodied lager with a deep amber colour, rich toasty malt character and plenty of hops. Style: Märzen lager Malt: Two-row malted Irish barley, along with a hearty blend of German malts: CaraAroma, CaraMunich and CaraPils. Hops: Nugget, Lubin, Hallertau Tradition. ABV: 4.5% IBUs: 22 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: amber with a stoic off-white head. Aroma: lots on the nose to enjoy here. It’s a bright and clean combination of grass, caramel, toffee and marmalade. “Sings like copper grass,” said one of our more poetic tasters – or perhaps he just had the bigger glass. Flavour: low bitterness and a medium body, with caramel to the fore, followed by a delicious oaty biscuitness. Aftertaste: a dry cereal finish. Food Pairings The heartier the better: roast ham hock, pork knuckle or half a roast chicken, eaten while wearing lederhosen and / or a dirndl. Launch Date: September 2019. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles, limited draught. Get social: #Ochtoberfest The first time round… 2012 / 2013: Seasonal and Limited Release Beers – from back in the day when the beers didn’t get their own page. October 9, 2012 – The Cork: 8 Degrees Ochtober Fest Marzen Style

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