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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. Launch Date: September 2017. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L

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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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Redcurrant Rhubarb Berliner Weisse

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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Denali SHIPA

Hopsteiner refer to the Denali hop as BIG, a monster of a plant with gigantic cones and an unusually high oil content. Perhaps that is why they renamed it from Experiment #06277 – which sounds a bit like a prisoner on death row. It’s now the more marketing-friendly Denali, the high one, after the Alaskan indigenous name for North American’s highest mountain, otherwise known as Mount McKinley. It still is BIG, bursting with rich tropical citrus aromas and heavy on pineapple, with a touch of spice to boot. We are excited to showcase this new hop as part of our single hop IPA, or SHIPA, range. Short description: pineapple and tropical citrus aroma Style: Single Hop IPA Hop: Denali. Malt: two-row Irish malt. Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 61 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: bright golden colour, pale head. Aroma: ripe papaya with some green pine notes. Flavour: big round tropical fruit flavours with pineapple and papaya dominating, followed by spicy black pepper and lime. Aftertaste: rich and smooth with a citrus kick on the finish. Food Pairings A robust Indian curry is the way to go with Denali SHIPA. Take your pick from a lamb rogan josh, vegetable jalfrezi or even a chickpea vindaloo and you’ll find that the tropical fruity flavours in the beer enhance the spices, while cutting through the heat. Launch Date: August 2017. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social: #DenaliSHIPA

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Spruce Juice Irish Amber Ale

A collaboration brew with Molly O’Brien, brewer and botanist at Drake’s Brewing in California. Together we came up with a beer that has been created with locally grown spruce tips from the Ballyhouras. James takes some of our spent grain for his cows; one bright day in early summer he took us foraging on his farm in Ballyriggan, just in sight of Kilfinane. We waved at the cows and gathered baskets of the finest, freshest spruce tips especially for this beer. While Silka spruce is a native of the American Pacific North West Coast, it’s a blow-in to these parts – but one that loves the soil and climate of Ireland. An outsider no longer, the Silka spruce is now part of the Irish landscape. Its fresh tips can be used a substitute for hops and impart a resinous pine, slightly melon and fresh mint flavour to this robust amber ale. Short description: robust amber ale – liquorice toffee – lingering pine bitterness Style: Irish amber ale Hop: Nugget, Simcoe + spruce tips from Ballyriggan, Kilfinane, Co Limerick. Malt: two-row Irish malt, Munich, CaraAroma, CaraPils. Strength: 5.8% ABV Bitterness: 61 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: bright amber with a cream head. Aroma: aniseed and liquorice with a sweet melon base note. Flavour: liquorice toffee flavours with pine needle overtones. Aftertaste: medium body with lingering pine bitterness. Food pairings: Best sipped outdoors in the fading sunlight of an active day, this is the perfect beer for a cook out in the woods – or for lazing in a beer garden. It will be able to take on those sausages that you’ve caramelised (read: burnt) on sticks over a wood fire, cope with ember-roasted potatoes, eggs and mushrooms and cut through the spicy flavours in a big pot of cowboy beans. Or you could

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Cumulus Lupulus Cloudy IPA

This hazy beer oozes with tropical juicy sweetness. Oats and wheat, along with truckloads of hops, add a smooth, subtle mouthfeel. Championed in Vermont, New England, this cloudy IPA style is taking hop enthusiasts to another dimension. Bursting with hop aroma from heavy hitters like Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria this ale is bound to pack a punch. It’s tropical fruit juice – with added benefits. Drink it fresh and enjoy the summer haze… Short description: cloudy IPA – juicy – luscious tropical fruit Style: Cloudy IPA / NEIPA Hop: Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria. Malt: two-row Irish malt, oats, wheat. Strength: 7.2% ABV Bitterness: 70.2 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: this is an unfiltered beer which is noticeably hazy. It has a dark golden hue with a pillowy white head. Aroma: sweet with passionfruit and honeydew melon on the nose. A little tart lime to follow. Flavour: sweet and light at the start, hop-forward and juicy but not bitter. Packed with luscious tropical fruit – honeydew melon and passionfruit. Aftertaste: A pillowy soft mouthfeel with a delicate tartness in the finish. Food pairings Smooth and subtle, this beer has the all tropical fruit flavours that will work wonderfully with pokē, the Hawaiian raw fish salad or go retro and pair it with a classic prawn cocktail. It’s also good to complement the flavours in a pina colada cheesecake and a pineapple upsidedown cake. One of our brewers also suggested heading to the pick and mix bar for some fruit salad penny sweets and a bag of marshmallows – we’ll leave that up to you! Launch Date: May 2017. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social: #CumulusLupulusIPA

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Lemon Drop Single Hop IPA

For the first in our 2017 Single Hop India Pale Ale – or SHIPA – series, we’ve gone with the evocatively named Lemon Drop. The new kid on the American, Super Cascadian hop block, this incredibly aromatic hop brings a cocktail of flavours to the IPA style. It’s all about the tart lemony citrus here, mixed with mint, green tea and a hint of melon. Pucker up and drop everything for this aromatic delight. Short description: Lemon Drop – bitter lemongrass – green tea and grapefruit Style: Single Hop India Pale Ale Hops Lemon Drop. Malt: two-row Irish malt. ABV: 5.7% IBUs: 62 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a golden, mellow yellow body with a white head. Aroma: as befits the name, it’s all lemony-grapefruit citrus on the nose. Flavour: full on bitter lemongrass with some herbal spearmint notes and rounded melon and tropical fruits in the finish. Aftertaste: green tea and grapefruit pith bitterness. Food pairings Seared scallops in a beurre blanc is the ideal match with Lemon Drop IPA – the lemongrass bitterness of the beer plays nicely with those sweet scallops and cuts through the rich sauce. Pair it with some seaweed-battered chunks of haddock and chips for a runaway success. Go sweet by serving it with a lemon poppyseed cake that’s been liberally topped with a passion fruit cream cheese frosting – it will complement the lemon in the cake and stop the frosting from becoming too cloying. Launch Date: April 2017 Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social: #LemonDropIPA   Putting @8degreesbrewing‘s lemon drop into my facehole. That’s nice stuff. — feylya (@feylya) April 13, 2017

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Limited Edition: April 2017 – The Good Barleywine – Three Dukes of Burgundy

The Golden Age of Burgundy was from 1364 to 1477, when the Dulchy was recognised as one of the major powers of medieval Europe. John the Fearless was known for defending the emerging Burgundian state but all his scheming couldn’t save him from an axe in his back. Under Philip the Good, there was pomp and ceremony aplenty – along with mistresses and illegitimate children – as he manipulated his strategic alliances into independence for the Dulchy. A lover of luxury, Charles the Bold had drained the coffers by the time he was killed at the siege of Nancy in 1477 thus ending what had been the wealthiest state in Europe. We have brewed three beers to celebrate these colourful medieval dukes, aged in oak barrels from their French homeland. The Fearless – Farmhouse Ale, aged in Burgundy chardonnay oak barrels. (released November 2016) The Bold – Imperial Stout, aged in Burgundy pinot noir oak barrels. (released November 2016) And now – finally! The Good – Barleywine, aged in Burgundy pinot noir oak barrels. Like Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy, there was much pomp and ceremony when we chose to age our barleywine in red wine barrels from his native land. We dried out the barleywine a touch more this time round, adding a three-hour boil to the brew to intensify the flavours and add a touch of caramelisation to the wort. This beer can be best described as a Caribbean Christmas cake with lots of ginger, spice and orange. Short description: Barleywine – spicy vanilla oak – share and savour Style: Barleywine Hops: Nugget, Simco, Centenial. Malt: two-row Irish malt, Crystal, CaraAroma. ABV: 10.9% IBUs: 88 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: dark amber in the glass with a pale caramel head. Aroma: swirl and inhale the big boozy. rum and raisin

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Limited edition: Retribution Black Rye IPA

Retribution Black Rye IPA is a special collaboration brew with Spike Buckowski from Terrapin Beer Company. Spike came to Cork in February to brew beer. En route to Mitchelstown, we took a detour to a little spot that he shares a name with, Spike Island. The reason was obvious, but the reaction less so. At one stage, Spike Island was a holding place for convicts awaiting transportation to Australia. It was also used as a staging post for the British on their way to put an end to what they called the American Revolution – what Spike calls the American War of Independence. Inspired by Spike Island, we brewed something black, bitter and angry. It has rye, because Spike insists that every beer should have rye. It has patriotic hops like Cascade, Citra and Amarillo. We then dry hopped it until the hops wouldn’t fit in the fermenter anymore. Here’s to Retribution. Style: Black Rye IPA Malt: Irish pale malt, Rye malt, Carafa III, Cararye Hops: Cascade, Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe, dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Mosiac Strength: 6.2% ABV Bitterness: 71 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: black in the glass with a foamy light tan head. Aroma: herbal notes with a sweet, fruity toffee melon aroma. Flavour: up front fruit flavours – melon, strawberry, passion fruit – with a round, sweet medium body. A hit of black pepper and spice. Aftertaste: roasted, toasted malt with pepper and a long, dry finish. Food pairings: this is a full flavoured beer which needs some solid flavours to play against. Because of the solid malt base, it’s a good beer to use with – or in – a slow-braising situation. A long cooked shin of beef with prunes would be a good pairing or you could use it to quench the spicy fires of

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Feb 2017: Limited Edition: Trans-Pacific New World IPA

  This anti-protectionist IPA is all about thinking outside of country borders. Aussie hops, like the people, are a bit brash and rough around the edges. We’ve taken two of their stars – Ella and Vic Secret – and overlaid them with the wonderfully smooth, floral American Citra hop to create a beer that is so much more than the sum of its parts. The result is a juicy sessionable IPA that will blow away the narrow minded rhetoric. Short description: New World hops – tropical fruit – bitter citrus Style: New World IPA Hops: Ella, Vic Secret, Citra. Dry hopped with Ella. Malt: two row Irish malt, Carapils, Munich. Strength: 5% ABV Bitterness: 62 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: dark yellow in the glass, white head. Aroma: full on juicy tropical fruit aromas with masses of sweet pineapple. Flavour: It may be bitter and there’s nothing subtle about this beer but it’s not overbearing. Up front passionfruit and pineapple flavours with a smack of bitter citrus at the end. Aftertaste: light body, bitter in finish. Leaves you wanting more. Food pairings: bitter and quaffable, this is the kind of beer that will cut through rich food, like a slow cooked brisket or a sweet-salty-sticky pineapple and mustard glazed ham. Think Indian as well, specifically a creamy korma or buttery chicken makhini. The tropical fruit will compliment the flavours in a spiced carrot cake (don’t forget the cream cheese frosting!) and cut through all the funk in a intense cheese like Bellingham Blue.   First released: February 2017. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social:  #TransPacificIPA

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Limited edition – Bandit Smoked Brown Ale

A brown ale is one of our favourite styles – but we couldn’t resist adding smoked beechwood malt for some extra intrigue! This is a malt-driven beer, packed with two row Irish malt, rye, wheat, dark crystal and chocolate malt for real depth and complexity of flavour. Get this outlaw before it’s driven out of town. Short description: brown ale – caramel and hazelnut – smooth, smoky and sippable Style: brown ale Hops: Simcoe Malt: two row Irish malt, rye, wheat, dark crystal and chocolate malt. Strength: 6% ABV Bitterness: 89 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: deep, dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Aroma: smoky malt to the forefront, followed by a sweet, nutty aroma. Flavour: a malt forward beer, medium-bodied and with a mellow smoked flavour. Sweet dark caramel and hazelnut notes are balanced with a gentle bitterness. Nicely balanced, without the smoke being allowed to overtly dominate. Aftertaste: smooth, smoky and sippable. Food pairings: the main flavour hook in this beer is smoked malt which makes it ideal to complement roasted meats like the Sunday roast beef, leg of lamb or something grilled – get your hands on a fat, juicy burger with blue cheese for the ideal match. Cottage pie in the oven? Break out the Bandit for a very happy marriage of flavours. Avoid smoked foods – you don’t want to overwhelm your palate with conflicting smokes – but try with some mature cheddar or gouda cheese. Hegarty’s cheddar, mature Coolea and Mossfield are all good bets. First released: October 2016 on draught, November 2016 in bottles. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social:  #BanditSmokedAle

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