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Winter 2015: Limited edition – Signal Belgian Stout

Signal de Botrange is the highest mountain in Belgium, souring a massive 694m into the sky. It is almost as high as our neighbouring giant the Knockmealdown, but not quite. Belgium and Ireland are known for punching above their weight when it comes to beer, so it is fitting that they should come together for this Irish Export Stout brewed with a Belgian ale yeast. Inky black with a beautiful tan head, Signal has deep toffee and dark chocolate flavours. What lifts it from the marvelous to the sublime are the peppery notes from the yeast. Think spicy chocolate stout – and raise your glass to the mountains. Short description: Belgian stout – cacao and coffee flavours – try with Yule logs. Or selection boxes. Style: Belgian Stout Hops: Admiral. Malt: Two-row Irish Malted Barley, Malted Oats, Special B, Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Carafa. ABV: 6.0% IBUs: 34 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: inky black with a fine tan head. Aroma: spicy yeast, cocoa powder and bitter dark malts. Flavour: smooth and complex, with dark, delicious chocolate and coffee notes and a hint of caramel and peppery spice as it warms up in the glass. Aftertaste: a nice dry aftertaste, with a flourish of cacao to finish. Food pairings: This is what you want as an after dinner drink. Put it with a Yule Log and you’ll be in Christmas heaven. If you’re a Christmas pudding fan, complement it with the spicy flavours in this beer. Other favourite pairings are dark chocolate truffles – but this will also cut the sweetness from that selection box that you snaffled from the kids. Good to keep in mind. Launch Date: December 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Limited edition – SnowEater Red IPA

The Chinook of the Pacific Northwest – also known as a ‘snow eater’ – is a warm, dry wind that blows down the side of the Rockies and can melt foot-high snow in a day. It is also the name of a Native American Indian tribe. A Chinook wind can substantially raise winter temperatures; we hope this beer will be your winter warmer. Not by chance, Chinook is the hop of choice in this Red Indian Pale Ale. Deep, intense caramel malt flavours are cut beautifully with lots of hops, which bring a spiced orange feel to proceedings. It’s the perfect time for a warm, fuzzy glow. Short description: Red IPA – tangerine and pine – lingering citrus tang Style: Red IPA Malt: Two-Row Irish Malted Barley, Crystal, Special B Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Amarillo ABV: 6.2% Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a glorious russet colour in the glass, with a dense white head. Aroma: tangerine pith, pine. Flavour: deliciously rounded and smooth with spicy pine needles and deep bitter tangerine flavours. Aftertaste: lingering citrus tang, inviting you to take another sip. Food pairings: pine and tangerine? This is the beer for your turkey dinner. Strong enough to stand up to the onslaught of all the trimmings – bitter cranberry sauce, sweet ham, herby stuffing, milky bread sauce, vinegary red cabbage, sulphuric brussels sprouts – it will clear your palate in a trice, ready to complement the next slice of roasted turkey. Hoppy enough to stand up to goose or duck as well. Take the opportunity to try it with some gorgeous Skeaghanore smoked duck breast from West Cork. Launch Date: first released December 2015. Back due to popular demand!  Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Limited edition – Big River Tasmanian IPA

Big River is an Aboriginal tribe located just north of the Derwent in southern Tasmania. The Big River tribe lived so remotely, it was claimed that they were the simplest people on Earth. They existed in harmony with nature for millennia and now the spectacularly fertile land where they lived is prime hop growing country. Our IPA showcases two wonderful hops from the region, Ella and Enigma. Short description: Tassie IPA – tangerine and passion fruit – tart bitterness Style: IPA Hops: Ella, Enigma Malt: 2-row base Irish malt Strength: 5.3% ABV Bitterness: 46 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: bright orange colour, fluffy white head. Aroma: strong floral notes, combined with a bright passion fruit and fresh pine aroma. Flavour: hops are to the fore here, with up front bitter tangerine flavours, followed by complex pine resin and tart redcurrant. Touch of anise in the finish. Aftertaste: pleasant lingering tart bitterness. Food pairings: this Tasmanian IPA has lots of lovely bitter pine flavours, which makes it the perfect match for an oily smoked fish like salmon, mackerel or trout. The hops cut through the rich fish – think of how you would serve Burren Smokehouse salmon with a lemon segment on the side – while the anise works as a delicious counterpoint. Make a smoked fish pate with Cork smoked mackerel from Woodcock Smokery or Belvelly Smokehouse and see how the flavours sing together or try it with a baked potato topped with Goatsbridge Smoked Trout. First launched: October 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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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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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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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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May 2015: Limited edition – Grand Stretch IPA

We Irish get very excited by a grand stretch in the evening. With that in mind, Eight Degrees have developed one for your enjoyment. This summer seasonal beer has all the flavour and delicious hop aroma of an IPA but is sessionable enough to be enjoyed while the evening stretches grandly. How can you go wrong with a premier hop line up like Cascade, Amarillo and the very sexy Vic Secret imparting orange, pineapple and pine aromas? With Ireland’s location well north of the 50th parallel, our summers might not be terribly hot – but we can still enjoy a Grand Stretch. Here’s to a hoppy beer for a long, long summer. Short description: session IPA – fruit and pine flavours – refreshing bitterness Style: IPA Hops: Cascade, Amarillo, Vic Secret Strength: 4.2% ABV Bitterness: 43 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pours a light golden colour. Aroma: pine resin, pineapple and pomelo. Flavour: a refreshing bite of bitterness, more mouthfeel and body than you’d expect for something with this low ABV. Aftertaste: pine and caramelized pineapple at the finish. Food pairings: this is a summertime lawnmower beer, perfect with something spicy like piri piri chicken. The bitterness will enhance the flavour of any fish dish, working especially well with seared tuna steaks. Launch Date: May 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) For more information:

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May 2015: Limited edition – Nelson Sauvin Saison

Possibly one of the hardest hops to track down is the hugely popular Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand, and with good reason. Hailing from Nelson himself, Scott had to call in some local favours to secure us a supply of their gorgeous hop flowers. Nelson Sauvin hops have all of the white grape and gooseberry flavours associated with its namesake grape. We have decided to showcase these characteristics by replicating the traditional fruit additions to a subtle Saison malt base with Nelson Sauvin hops for a modern hoppy take on the traditional Saison style. How does it taste? Sweet as, bro! This was first released as the third in our 2015 single hop series, following on from Vic Secret and Simcoe Rye Ale. This special batch was brewed due to popular demand, particularly from our Italian distributors. Short description: New World saison – white grape and gooseberry– Belgian yeast spicing Style: New World saison Malt: Irish pale ale malt, lager malt Hops: Nelson Sauvin Strength: 7.4% ABV Bitterness: 44 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pale cloudy yellow. Aroma: characteristic Belgian yeast spice aroma on the nose. Flavour: dry lemon, crushed white grape and green gooseberry – if you know the distinct taste of NZ sauvignon blanc, you’ll find familiar flavours here. Aftertaste: mild spice and lemon with a lovely dryness to the finish. Food pairings: familiar with sauvignon blanc from New Zealand? Anything that you like pairing with that wine will happily go with this beer. Grilled salmon fillets or fried mackerel are an idea match, the lemon and gooseberry flavours in the beer cutting straight through the oils in the fish. If you can get your hands on some fried whitebait, this is the beer that you’ll want to have alongside. Great with goat’s cheese or have with a traditional

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April 2015: Limited Edition – Oxymoron Kiwi Wit

Belgium and New Zealand? Two countries that have nothing in common and are, literally, poles apart. It’s Old World vs New World, flat land or high volcanic mountains, chocolate and waffles vs cows and sheep,; the capital of the EU or Antipodean wilderness, Mannekin Pis vs hobbits… But sometimes opposites do attract, especially when you brew a complex Belgian-style wit beer using aromatic New Zealand hops. Instead of using adjuncts, we carefully selected hops to take their place, brewing with Southern Cross for lemon and Pacific Jade to impart a black pepper flavour. Are all wit beers almost exactly the same – or is that an oxymoron? (With apologies – but not many of them – to Scott.) Short description: Kiwi wit – lemon citrus – tart and spicy Style: Kiwi Wit Malt: wheat and malted wheat Hops: Pacific Jade, Southern Cross Strength: 6.2% ABV Bitterness: 55 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: hazy straw in the glass with a fluffy white head. Aroma: light lemon zest with a spicy aroma on the nose. Flavour: bright lemony citrus up front, with delicious tart and spicy black pepper flavours. Aftertaste: crisp and dry, with a lemon-lime aftertaste. Food pairings This is one seriously food-friendly beer, especially good with lighter dishes for sunshine days. Try it with – and in – a steamed mussel dish, Belgian style. The lemon flavour really acentuates the sweetness of other shellfish and seafood as well. Pair it with some oysters, crab and prawns on a seafood platter or drink it alongside any simply grilled pieces of hake or lemon sole. We wouldn’t turn it down with a fish and chip supper either. Try it with a sushi selection and soft goat’s cheese is an obvious match. Launch Date: April 2015 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and

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Premium range: Hurricane IPA

Hurricane IPA was first released to rave reviews in September 2013, as part of the “Hop Off” IPA duo. The drinking public was asked to vote on their favourite and Hurricane – despite strong opposition from the Antipodean-hopped Cyclone! – was the one chosen. It is now a firm favourite with brewers and punters alike and is now available as one of the beers in our Premium range. A hurricane is a tropical storm originating in the North Atlantic Ocean, rotating in the opposite direction to a cyclone. This IPA showcases punchy American hops – Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic – making it a fruit, lemon and pine taste bomb. Get it now while it’s Hurricane season: this Category Five brew will do more than tickle the taste buds. Short description: IPA – fruity hop bomb – aromatic ale Style: IPA Hops: Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic Malt: Two-Row Malted Irish Barley, crystal malt ABV: 5.8% IBUs: 62 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pours a deep orange colour. Aroma: intense aroma of mango and passionfruit. Flavour: the juicy tropical fruit aroma carries through to the tastebuds, with strong hop flavours of mango, stone fruit and passionfruit along with some resinous pine notes. There is a good biscuit malt backbone to balance out the aromatic hops. Food pairings: this aromatic ale works wonders with spicy Mexican flavours. Try it with the legendary Cochinita Pibil from A Mexican Cook and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Launch Date: first released September 2013, re-released May 2014 Availability: 330ml bottles and on draught (30L and 50L kegs). You can read/watch more on the original Hop Off competition here: It’s a hop off! Hurricane IPA vs Cyclone IPA Awards: 2016 Dublin Beer Cup Bronze Medal 2015 Dublin Beer Cup Bronze Medal Reviews: “We’ve gone for a Howling Gale and a Hurricane IPA which slide down extremely nicely alongside the spice of a

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March 2015: Limited Edition – Enigma Pale Ale

New girl on the block, the Enigma hop is the latest in the Aussie hop family and a descendent of Swiss Tettnang. As the name suggests, her flavour profile is difficult to crack. Some say rock melon and red currant – but don’t be fooled, she is not like her Aussie hop sisters. Not even on general release yet, we have managed to sneak Enigma into Ireland on the sly. To showcase her first appearance here, we have brewed a single hop pale ale to allow her true colours to shine. This beer is light in colour, with a dry crisp mouthfeel. Puzzling, ambiguous and inexplicable; we challenge you to discover for yourself Enigma’s unique, yet irresistible, flavours and aromas. Short description: brand new Enigma hop – fruity rock melon – soft bitterness Style: Pale Ale Malt: Irish pale malt Hops: Enigma all the way Strength: 6% ABV Bitterness: 54 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pours a pale gold with a fluffy pale head Aroma: fresh rock melon. Flavour: that fruity melon flavour carries through, spiced with some orange zest. Soft hop bitterness. Aftertaste: tastes like more. Time for another one. Food pairings: have you ever had blue cheese matched with a pale ale? Well, this is your chance to try it. Drink Enigma with a mild creamy blue – think Wicklow Blue – or alongside a Cashel Blue and Bacon Tart. Launch Date: March 2015 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Limited edition – Polar Vortex IPA

The States are often to blame for blasting their arctic storms across the Atlantic to Ireland. However, early in the year, the freshly harvested US hops also hit Ireland’s shores. For Polar Vortex we are showcasing Cascade, a truly classic aromatic hop, which kicked off the hop-forward IPA movement on the West Coast of America. Distinctive Cascade floral and citrus flavours are complemented by Simcoe’s pine and tangerine notes, brightened with Citra’s tropical fruits. It’ll take the chill off. Short description: medium bodied IPA – classic Cascade pine – humming bitterness Style: IPA Malt: Irish pale malt, Cara Aroma malt, Carapils Hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Citra Strength: 5.8% ABV Bitterness: 59 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: deep gold, a little darker and with more body than most IPAs. Aroma: upfront pine and resin aroma. Flavour: classic Cascade pine flavour, tangerine and passion fruit from the Simcoe with Citra contributing some bright mango notes. Aftertaste: a medium bodied IPA with lingering, humming bitterness. Food pairings: anything smoked would pair beautifully with these pine flavours – try it with a salad of Goatstbridge smoked trout or a pasta dish made with Frank Hederman’s smoked mackerel. Knockanore Oakwood Smoked semi-soft cheese or Gubbeen’s smoked cheese are also worth checking out with Polar Vortex. Our favourite pairing? Fry some beef tongue in duck confit fat and see those flavours sing. Launch Date: First launched in March 2015, with periodic releases Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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