Eight Degrees is turning eight this year. To celebrate eight years of brewing, we are producing eight exciting and innov8ing beers throughout 2019, many of them collaborations with the world’s best craft breweries or with quality local producers. These eight unique beers will form part of our exciting and colourful RACK EM’ UP Series.
For our #7 we wanted to do a big, modern double IPA, and there’s nothing bigger or more modern than a double IPA with Kveik. This is the cool, new-kid-on-the-block Norwegian yeast strain – that’s only just been around for hundreds of years, passed down from generation to generation in that country. It’s a quick fermenting, flocculent yeast, with a high alcohol and heat tolerance which produces citrus notes with a distinctive guava and lime zest character.
As part of our commitment to quality at Eight Degrees, we’ve been working with Philip Woodnut from WHC Lab in Wicklow. He’s been developing a new strain of Kveik called Valkyrie from an isolate that comes from Norway’s Ebbegarden region. It’s a tropical fruit-forward ale with lots of tutti frutti flavours, which we’ve further accentuated by dry hopping with the dynamic Enigma. Kveik it out.
Style: Double IPA brewed with kveik
Malt: Irish pale ale malt, slight touch of Cara Pils.
Hops: Cascade, Mandarina Bavaria, Enigma.
Colour/appearance: pale orange with lightly laced head.
Aroma: unripe stone fruits, pineapple lumps, green apple.
Flavour: a rich full-bodied mouthfeel with sweet berries and lots of tropical fruit, particularly nectarine, pineapple and passionfruit. It tastes like a particularly luscious tropical juice.
Aftertaste: a gentle tantalising bitterness that draws you back for more.
This beer demands to be paired with full, gutsy flavours and our current favourite is a very special sandwich that Dublin café Oxmantown used to make: Jack McCarthy black pudding with Cashel Blue and carmelised apples. There’s everything here – savoury contrast, fruity complement and the beer will cut through all those rich flavours with aplomb. Otherwise, take out your most mature cheddar, some deliciously crisp Irish apples and pour yourself a glass of Maroon Ball.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: 440ml cans, limited draught.
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