Beoir members vote number one for Cork’s Eight Degrees Brewing

The Full Irish named 2015 Beer of the Year by independent Irish consumer group

Brewery expands in Mitchelstown to meet demand

Eight Degrees Brewing were delighted to learn on Friday night that their single malt IPA, The Full Irish, had been voted Beer of the Year 2015 by independent consumer group Beoir. Beoir was set up in 2010 with the primary aim of “supporting and raising of Ireland’s native independent microbreweries.” This is the fourth year that Beoir has run a competition to find Ireland’s favourite beer. All beers brewed and sold in Ireland over the last 12 months are eligible for entry; previous winners have included Metalman Pale Ale and Of Foam & Fury from Galway Bay Brewery. With the marked increase in new Irish microbreweries during 2014, there was a total of 128 beers eligible for entry.

The Full Irish, a beer first brewed for the Franciscan Well EasterFest 2014, is brewed using 100% Irish malt and showcases the best home-grown barley, malted in Cork. Owner-brewer Cameron Wallace said “We’re delighted with the award and would like to thank all the Beoir members for voting. Credit goes to our head brewer Mike Magee and the Malting Company of Ireland whose base malt can stand up to all those hops – no easy task!”

Owner brewer Scott Baigent added: “we’re proud to be standing on that podium with The White Hag Brewery and Galway Bay Brewery, both amazing brewers banging out the sexy beers.” The The White Hag Brewery’s Black Boar was named first runner up; previous winner Galway Bay Brewery’s Of Foam and Fury was second runner up.

This success for Eight Degrees Brewing follows on their 2014 award for Amber Ella American Amber Ale, a beer which subsequently went on to win a bronze medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup, the Olympics of Brewing, in Denver, Colorado.

Eight Degrees had a total of five entries in the Beoir top 20 Irish beers for 2014, with Amber Ella coming in at number four and The Double Irish IIPA, Hurricane IPA and Imperial Russian Stout making appearances at numbers 11, 14 and 20 respectively.

Eight Degrees is an independent Irish craft brewery based in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, focused on creating exciting and naturally adventurous beers for craft beer consumers. Eight Degrees is currently importing a brewery from Mauritius to enable an expansion of their Mitchelstown base so that they can brew more of their award winning, in-demand Irish craft beers.

Tasting notes: The Full Irish is a hop bomb with citrus and floral characters, grapefruit at the fore with hints of lime, melon and lychees. This single malt ale goes with grilled fish, barbequed chicken and smoked duck.

Visit #MauritiustoMitchelstown on Twitter to follow the expansion build in North Cork.

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