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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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Summer Series 2014: The return of Hurricane IPA

It’s back! We’re delighted to announce the re-release of our popular Hurricane IPA. This 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. Hurricane IPA (5.8%) 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. 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. ABV: 5.8% Launch Date: early 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

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Back to Black: Zeus Black IPA, Aztec Stout, Russian Imperial Stout

Eight Degrees Brewing - Back to Black labels: Aztec Stout, Russian Imperial Stout, Zeus Black IPA

We are celebrating the dark malts with this trilogy of experimental beers designed to warm the winter evenings. Our Back to Black Limited edition series is a journey of discovery, taking us on a trip through ancient civilizations, Greek mythology and Imperial Russian courts. For your enjoyment we have brewed a smooth, silky chocolate stout spiced with chilies, vanilla and a touch of cinnamon; a heavy hitting Russian Imperial stout to warm those winter evenings; and a punchy black IPA carefully balancing the interplay of dark malts with tropical fruit hop flavours and a spicy bite. Don’t be afraid of the dark… Zeus Black IPA ABV 7.0% This beer is designed to challenge your preconceptions: it looks like a rich dark porter but tastes like a punchy IPA. This Black IPA uses Zeus hops from the Yakima valley and Ella hops from Australia. Think pine resins, citrus and tropical fruit aroma with a spicy bite. Close your eyes, take a sip and let your taste buds take over. With food: This is hop central – pine resins, citrus and tropical fruit aroma with a hint of spice: try it to cut the flavour of an oily fish like salmon or to contrast the sweetness in shellfish. Try it with oysters – the bitterness will work brilliantly with them. Aztec Stout ABV 5.5% The Aztecs were famous for chocolate, chillies, vanilla and human sacrifice*. Ireland: famous for stout. We decided to combine the two. We introduced smoky chipotle chillies, from Lily at, cocoa nibs, vanilla pods and a touch of cinnamon to a traditional Irish stout. A healthy amount of oatmeal provides for a smooth silky finish and a touch of cinnamon perfects the brew. The result is a rich warming dark ale to savour. Salud! *NB no humans were

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