Celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains, Irish Munros are peaks over 3,000 ft. Many of these peaks belong to the MacGillycuddy Reeks in Kerry, one is in Wicklow, and there’s one which towers over our Mitchelstown brewery, our beloved Galtymore. Since we started Eight Degrees, we’ve taken inspiration from the surrounding landscape, constantly innovating to brew adventurous beers using natural ingredients. The Irish Munro Series: continuing our Naturally Adventurous journey.
IRISH MUNRO Series #3: The Pilgrim’s Path Italian Pils
Style: Italian Pils
Malt: Irish lager malt.
Hops: dry hopped with ridiculous amounts of Loral (I’m quoting the dry hopping brewer here).
Colour/appearance: straw lemon yellow with a white head.
Aroma: sweet lemon marmalade, intense floral notes that are reminiscent of philadelphus or mock orange flowers.
Flavour: This Italian-style pilsner has been extravagantly dry hopped with the newest Super Noble hop Lorel. The beer is a showcase for the glories of this hop, and is saturated with masses of lemon-citrus and floral flavours, with a hint of spicy pepper. It’s soft and smooth, pithy and delicious with lingering bitterness.
Aftertaste: delightfully bitter citrus tastebud wake-up call.
This is a slow sipper that you want to savour with good food. The lemony notes will happily complement any spices that you have going on – pair it with buffalo cauliflower wings and watch your tastebuds fly. It’s happy to hang out with regular spicy chicken wings too, especially if there’s a blue cheese dressing in the mix. For a cheese pairing, go with a soft Irish farmhouse goat cheese like St Tola, Ardsallagh and Bluebell Falls. Fresh and creamy with a strong zesty aroma, they all offer a wonderful contrast to the beer flavour.
Availability: 440ml cans.
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