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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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February 2015: Limited edition – Gasman Rye IPA

February 2015: Limited edition release Gasman is a hop-forward rye ale with plenty of Aussie aroma hops, including a rare gem named Topaz. Topaz is a child of the 80s but when treated right she exudes a superb aroma of light tropical fruit with a hint of lychee. The name? Ode to Willie: Willie is a gasman, and our gas man, always with a smile on his face and a joke to share. He rolls up to the brewery to deliver the fuel to drive the boiler to make the beer that you like best. Willie is the quintessential Irish gasman, able to brighten every day with his infectious chuckle. This beer is dedicated to Willie. Short description: rye IPA – tropical fruit – lingering spice Style: Rye IPA Malt: Irish pale malt, crystal malt, rye malt Hops: Topaz, Vic Secret Strength: 7.8% ABV Bitterness: 68 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a dark golden colour in the glass, good retention with a fluffy head. Aroma: deliciously concentrated aroma of passion fruit with lychee and lime. Flavour: bold, full bodied tropical pineapple and melon flavour balanced with a deep pine resin. Aftertaste: lingering peppery spice. Food pairings: with enough body to stand up to chilli heat and a peppery aftertaste, this is the beer to have with spicy Thai and Vietnamese food. Try a Thai beef red curry with eggplant, Bánh mì (with lots of chillis) or bo kho (a Vietnamese beef stew). Launch Date: February 2015 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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A Very Imperial Winter 2014/15

Eight Degrees Brewing brings you a Very Imperial Winter. Just landing in independent off licences and on draught this week! We have three beers to tempt and warm you over the cooler season. For the depths of winter, our Russian Imperial Stout returns. This year it’s darker and slightly sinister, containing even more dark crystal, black malt and roasted barley. Next up is a Christmas treat for those who have been good all year; the warming red glow of a Belgian Dubbel. Think Christmas pudding in a glass, this revered style balances toasted malt with hints of plum, fig and raisin. The new light dawns with a double IPA using 100% Irish premium malt. The Double Irish lets us experiment with New World hops to brighten the depths of the Irish winter.     Russian Imperial Stout 9% ABV Back by popular demand, this beer is all about the malt. Dark complex malts were added in such quantities that our mash tun was fit to burst. A long conditioning time produces a rounded and complex imperial stout, extremely dense, with a smooth mouthfeel. Up-front cocoa and dark chocolate aromas with rum and raisin notes – beautifully warming on chilly evenings. Belgian Dubbel 7.2% ABV Quite simply Christmas pudding in a glass, this is our take on the revered Belgian style. Exotic malts like Chateau Abbey, CaraBelge and Special W combine to produce hints of fig, plum and raisin, creating a warming, brandy-like sensation. The authentic Belgian Abbey yeast imparts a nutmeg and clove spiciness to complete this festive treat. The Double Irish 9.0% ABV It’s Christmas for hopheads too and this is our gift to them. Like its brother, The Full Irish, we only use 100% Irish premium ale malt. This elegant unadorned malt profile allows us to showcase all

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Summer 2014: Single hop series – Simcoe Rye Ale

Head brewer Mike’s favourite hop in the world is, without a doubt, Simcoe from Yakima Valley in Washington, US. To showcase this wonderful hop we have combined it with a subtle red rye ale. The classic Simcoe tangerine and passion fruit aroma are on full display here and interplay nicely with the spicy/peppery rye malt base. Is your mouth watering yet? Style: Rye Ale Malt: Irish pale malt, crystal malt, rye malt Hops: Simcoe Strength: 6% ABV Bitterness: 59 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: golden colour, fluffy off-white head with good retention. Aroma: intense aromas of pine, tangerine and passion fruit. Flavour: big bold tangerine peel flavour, peppery rye spice at the tip of your tongue. Good balance between full-flavoured hop and the crystal/rye malts. Aftertaste: smooth and lingering spice Food pairings: this is one to savour all by itself. Launch Date: July 2014 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Now available – draught The Salt House, Galway The Friary, Cork THe Bierhaus, Cork Darkey Kellys Pub, Dublin 8 The Magpie Inn, Dalkey, Co Dublin Against the Grain, Dublin 2 Porterhouse Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Bull & Castle, Dublin 2 JW Kavanaghs, Dublin 1 The Norseman (formerly Farringtons), Dublin 2 An Bodhran, Mitchelstown, Co Cork Now available – bottles Brick Alley Cafe, Dublin 2 Bradleys Off Licence, Cork City Mortons, Dublin 6

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Single Hop Series – Vic Secret

It’s no secret that Eight Degrees are pure hop heads and we always seek to understand these beautiful flowers and their individual flavours and aromas better. Our brewers have selected three of the sexiest hops from around the globe (well, Australia, New Zealand and Yakima Valley in the US) and paired them with a beer style that best reflects their characteristics. For best results, pour beer into a tall glass, get your nose in there, close your eyes and inhale. The aroma will transport you to those sunny hop origins. The Vic Secret hop, named after a beautiful state in Australia, has long been on Cam’s brewing wish list. Only released in 2013, this new hop variety has quickly become renowned in the craft brewing world for its clean, resinous, tropical fruit notes, rivaling one of our other favourite Aussie hops, Galaxy. Style: Black IPA Malt: Irish pale malt, Carafa III Hops: Vic Secret Strength: 6% ABV Bitterness: 52 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: black in the glass with off-white creamy head. Light carbonation. Aroma: a hop-forward ale, with bold, seductive passion fruit, lychee and pineapple fruit aromas. Flavour: bitter fruit with a subtle dark malt body. Aftertaste: a complex bitterness on the finish that leaves you wanting more. Food pairings: put some spice with this black IPA, something like a deep, dark black bean chilli or one of Green Saffron’s full-flavoured Rogan Josh or Tandoori curries. Launch Date: First launched July in 2014, re-released October 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Reviews ‘It’s an incredible experience and it’s hard to believe that all that colour comes from just one hop variety. The finish is long and bitter, and I honestly couldn’t say if that’s a result of the big hops or the roasted

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Summer Series 2014: ¡Olé Olé! and Amber-Ella

Looks like summer has arrived (for the moment, at least!) and Eight Degrees Brewing is ready and raring to take on that sunshine. We’ve got a great sequence of limited edition special brews coming out over the next few weeks, kicking off this week with our World Cup brew ¡Olé Olé! This is a Belgian-style witbier, which will be hitting taps in draught outlets this weekend. It’s a refreshing summer wheat beer, spiced with coriander, orange peel and a touch of black pepper, making a sessionable pint that can be enjoyed with World Cup action. Or just while sitting outside in the sun. Also making the big comeback this week is our World Beer Cup medal-winning Amber-Ella. It’s big, fruity and hoppy, an American amber ale, balancing a deep burnt toffee malt base with bitter tangerine and pine needle hop aromas. Back now on draught and in bottles from your friendly independent off licence. Form an orderly queue now, please.

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