August 2016: Limited Edition – Going Out Out, Kölsch-Style

You know when that happens? You’re not going out out, you’re just going out for a pint of milk and then you meet yer man, and he’s off to catch up with the lads in the local and, sure, herself is coming by in a while and…suddenly it’s 2am, you’re standing by the bar in Whelans, you realise that you’re still wearing your slippers – and you’ve lost that pint of milk. You were undoubtedly out out. A particularly good out out beer, Kölsch is an ale which is is cold fermented with its own special yeast and then cold conditioned for an extended period – just like a lager. At Eight Degrees we love this elegant, nuanced and extremely clean tasting beer style, which is perfectly suited to being brewed with our Galtee mountain water. The malt bill is made up of the finest German Pilsner malt, hopped to perfection with the Noble hop Saaz. Short description: Kölsch-style – crisp bitterness – sessionable Style: Kölsch-style Hops: Saaz. Malt: Pilsner malt. Strength: 4.5% ABV Bitterness: 36 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: straw yellow with a white fluffy head. Aroma: gentle floral to light fruit aroma. Flavour: mild crisp bitterness with a touch of sweet honey. Delicate and well balanced. Aftertaste: light and refreshing, making you want to take another sip. An ideal afternoon session delight. Food pairings: This is your ideal hot-weather beer so, while temperatures soar, keep your cool with a nice cool glass of this Kölsch-style beer. It plays happily with fishy food like fried calamari or scampi, the light fruity esters contrasting nicely with the seafood, and it’s a light option for pairing with something like lemon sole or monkfish in a brown butter sauce. Or, if you want to look really classy, chill it well and serve

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July 2016: Limited Edition – Galaxy Single Hop IPA

Three summer single hop specials. Three of our favourite hops; one grist bill to unite them all! The malt body for these brews is simple, yet elegant, designed to showcase the hop flavours and aromas. The third beer in our single hop summer trilogy is Galaxy. This versatile hop from far, far away – well, Australia actually – has a wonderful blend of fruity characteristics: a clean citrus aroma gives way to ripe passionfruit and peach flavours. Pair with smoky, savoury barbecued spare ribs or a big, fat, juicy burger. Perfect for those clear starry, starry night skies! Short description: single hop IPA – short, sharp and snappy – tropical fruit Style: single hop IPA Hops: Galaxy. Malt: two row base Irish malt. Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 62 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma: up front passion fruit aroma, followed by a sharp citrus twang. Flavour: short, sharp and snappy, like a good punk band! Intense tropical fruit flavours, with masses of passion fruit, hints of peach and a grapefruit rind bitterness at the end. Aftertaste: lipsmacking dry finish. Food pairings: these fruity flavours are just the thing to contrast with barbecue food like some rich smoky spare ribs or a decent homemade burger. Go for a lighter style of summer eating with some shrimp ceviche with coconut and see how the tropical fruit aroma complements the shellfish. Gorgeous with mango sorbet. Launch Date: July 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Limited edition – Summer Days Seisiún IPA

Raise a glass to these long, long summer days when our side of the world tilts towards the sun for a while. What better way to escape the work day drudgery than with our 2016 summer session IPA. Pop the top, tilt your head back, close your eyes and drink in the gentle fresh breeze; these hops will be your guide to summer days drifting away and, uh oh, those summer nights… Summer Days Seisiún IPA brewed with Amarillo, Mandarina Bavaria, Equinox and Citra hops – have yourself a blast! Short description: session IPA – soft bitterness – summer sipper Style: session IPA Hops: Amarillo, Mandarina Bavaria, Equinox and Citra, dry hopped with Simcoe. Malt: two row base Irish malt, Cara pils. Strength: 4.5% ABV Bitterness: 43 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pale yellow, white mousssey head. Aroma: initial floral aroma with a gentle lime bitterness, light malt. Flavour: smooth, soft hop bitterness on the palate with the flavour of fresh lime zest. The finish is dry, with a delicate sprightly prickle. A refreshing summer Sparkler. Aftertaste: lingering bitterness, inviting you back for more. The perfect summer sipper. Food pairings: it’s all about the surf, rather than the turf, with this beer. The rounded hop flavours showcased here will work beautifully with anything smoked – think a light, summertime Goatsbridge smoked trout and barley salad with a lime dressing. Get smokey with some fish yourself and land a side of lemon and herb marinaded salmon on the barbecue, or grill some whole mackerel with ginger, chilli and lime. The gentle bitterness of this beer will complement the citrus, cutting through the oily fish and refreshing you with each sip. Review Irish Examiner: Beer of the week: Eight Degrees Summer Days Fine citrus and crisp hop character on the front palate leading to

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May 2016: Limited edition – Mandarina Bavaria Single Hop IPA

The second release of our three summer single hop specials. Three of our favourite hops; one grist bill to unite them all! The malt body for these brews is simple, yet elegant, designed to showcase the hop flavours and aromas. This IPA features Mandarina Bavaria, the new hop on the block from Germany. It’s a tangerine dream with intense pineapple and lemon zest flavours and a herbal finish, imparting a wonderful summery aroma. We have adopted an innovative hop utilisation technique to maximise aroma pickup and ensure that this beer is bursting with hop flavour. Fantastisch! Short description: single hop IPA – heady aroma – sweet citrus Style: IPA Hop: Mandarina Bavaria Malt: two row base Irish malt Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 47 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: orange with a foamy white head. Aroma: a heady mandarin nose with lots of passion fruit. Smells like summer… Flavour: sweet citrus and tropical fruit with a hint of mandarin peel bitterness. Herbal coriander notes and a touch of salt in the finish. Aftertaste: a rounded flavour, with the malt and hops playing nicely together. Food pairings: a summertime beer like this is perfect with lighter dishes that suit the sunshine. Pan fry some John Dory in olive oil with slices of lemon and enhance the flavours by pairing it with Mandarina Bavaria IPA. This is a beer that goes wonderfully with cheese, the sweet citrus flavours enhancing the cheese in a similar way to membrillo, the Spanish quince paste that works so well with manchego, goats’ cheese and blue cheeses, the more pungent the better! Launch Date: May 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Premium range – Citra Single Hop IPA

Citra, with its fruity, juicy aroma and flavour, is one of our favourite hops. To showcase it, we’ve used a simple, yet elegant, malt body which puts Citra’s fabulous tropical flavours on display: think ripe lychee, passionfruit and guava. Sweet and tart, with a gloriously juicy mouthfeel. Short description: single hop IPA – juicy – citrus bite Style: single hop IPA Hop: Citra – what else! Malt: two row base Irish malt Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 62 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pale orange colour, fluffy white head. Aroma: full-on tropical fruit juice. The sweet top note is undercut with bitter aroma. Flavour: those tropical fruits come through all the way in this luscious and full bodied beer. Enough malt backbone to let the passion fruit and guava flavours shine, balanced with strong, persistant orange pith bitterness. Both sweet and tart, with a gloriously juicy mouthfeel. Aftertaste: full on bitterness with a decent citrus bite. Food pairings: the bitterness will cut beautifully through sweet low-and-slow pulled pork served with spiced peach relish. This beer also will counterbalance the bold flavours of barbecued chicken wings and play nicely with some grilled spicy fresh Gubbeen chorizo sausages. Try it with a not-too-sweet Key Lime pie for a full-on citrus ending to your meal. First launched: May 2016. Now part of our premium range. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Cans, bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Review “Lemon zest and honeysuckle, grapefruit pith, mango and a hint of nettle tea all make for a finish that’s big and zingy and full of life. Very good indeed.” Simon Williams, CAMRGB

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March 2016 – Limited Edition: Nailed It IPA

Celebrating five years of naturally adventurous brewing! We launched at Cork’s Easter Beerfest back in 2011. Now, five years on and having brewed more than 40 unique beers, we want to show you what we have learned. It’s no secret our favourite beer style are IPAs; think black, white, red, session and imperial. With this brew we have combined all our knowledge and experimentation to come up with an IPA that we think hits the nail on the head. Old and New World hops combine to create waves of hop flavour and aroma. Expect pine, tangerine, passion fruit, lime and pear flavours, all combined with our classic single Irish malt backbone. Short description: IPA – up front passion fruit– dry finish Style: IPA Malt: Premium Irish Pale Malt, Vienna, Munich, Cara Amber. Hops: Simcoe, Vic Secret, Centennial, Apollo and El Dorado. IBUs: 71 ABV 5.8% Tasting notes Colour/appearance: light pale yellow. Aroma: full on pine aroma with some passion fruit on the nose. Flavour: rich passion fruit flavours tempered by pine bitterness and a super spicy tingle. This beer is brewed to be dry as a bone, leaving you hanging for the next sip. Aftertaste: refined pine bitterness in the aftertaste. Doesn’t linger. Food pairings: This is the beer for your Easter lamb curry. There are plenty of hops and pine bitterness there to cut through that lamb madras. Thinking about chicken? The crispy freshness and spice of Mexican chicken toastadas will be a superb match. Or, give it a twist and pair this beer with a carrot cake to lift the spice flavours into another stratosphere. Launch Date: Easter 2016 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Documentary on Newstalk: Rise of The Brew

If you’re figuring out your listening for the next few days – podcasts make every repetitive job better!* – Newstalk documentary Rise of The Brew is well worth downloading. Presented by Mary Brophy and produced/edited by Neal Boyle, the documentary first got an airing in February 2015. We were in the car, appropriately enough en route home from a beer festival, that morning so were able to listen (and live tweet) the whole unfolding story. It was rebroadcast for St Patrick’s Day last week, which gave us a chance to revisit all those familiar voices. And remember the difficulties back at the start. Eight Degrees features, from Cam and Scott realising that they had beer in common to dumping our first brew back in 2011 – now that was heartbreaking – to setting up what Mary calls a warren of stainless steel. Oh, the memories! And the long days, and the not knowing how to get beer into kegs. That was 2011 – just five years ago. Feels like a hell of a lot longer. You’ll also hear from the likes of Metalman, Kinnegar, 12 Acres, O’Hara’s, Porterhouse, Cotton Ball, O’Brother Brewing – lots of great beers. Well worth a listen.   * think working the bottling line, stacking pallets of beer, boxing up bottles, sluicing floors, scrubbing kegs…

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Quest Killarney Adventure Race – the last word. By Cam

This is the email that went around on Monday morning from the Aussie after himself, the Kiwi, John (head of bottling/packaging), Daniel O’Shea (assistant brewer) and Brian O’Shea (bottling/packaging assistant) – aka the Eight Degrees Running Club – plus Mairead, Daniel’s fiancée, completed Saturday’s 55km Quest Killarney Adventure Race.  Naturally adventurous? More like naturally competitive.  Hey Guys, First of all, a huge achievement by all, 6 started 6 finished, some a little bruised and battered, hope you’re ok Mairead. It is rare that you witness an Aussie having to eat humble pie, but here it is… kind of. Massive congrats to John who powered home in an incredible time of 2 hrs 52mins and came in the top 25 overall. WOW. Goes to show, hard work, and no commitments really do pay off. Scott was the dark horse and really came through, particularly on the bike legs. I for one had written him off as a dud on the bike but mmmm a big helping of humble pie being swallowed. The O’Shea boys put in a solid performance but one can’t help wondering if they left a little bit in the tank for the Saturday night festivities. Certainly Brian was looking a bit too fresh afterwards and already glammed up for the night ahead. We did think Dan did the gentlemanly thing and waited for Mairead at the transition area but on closer inspection, check out Mairead’s second half run, down the mountain, 42 mins, beating everyone including Scott. [not including John] The most important result to reflect on though is where you placed in your category. * John, got his top 20 finish placing 19th in the Senior category. * Mairead was the 17th female finisher, awesome work, and * Cam came in 52nd in the Over 40 category. By comparison, Scott came 65th

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Irish Beer Chat + SFA Awards

Ladies and gentlemen, get all your Aussie jokes ready: Cam, our resident Australian, and half of the Antipodean team that set up Eight Degrees here in Mitchelstown, will be working the Twitter machine hard tonight from 8pm for #IrishBeerChat. Let’s try this again. Take 2 Join us and Cam from @8degreesbrewing for #IrishBeerChat 🍺 pic.twitter.com/RvVOf7nmV3 — Wayne:Beer Snob (@irishbeersnob) February 29, 2016 There’ll be lots of other lovely beer folk to chat to as well – keep an eye on the hash tag to see who’s about. While you’re there, make sure you ask Cam about fitting into his suit for this Thursday’s SFA National Small Business Awards 2016 event. The Gala Prize Giving Ceremony is a black tie affair and last year there was some consternation about whether himself and Kiwi Scott would fit into their wedding suits. Given than the weddings happened several years ago – think 2011 and 2007 – it was a real danger. But they’ve been in training. No, not just for the suits; they, plus another three of the brewery boys, are heading to the Quest Killarney Adventure Race, a day-long run / cycle / kayak over 33km or 55km (not sure how long they’ll hold out for) in, according to that site’s countdown calendar, 11 days and 19 hours…tick, tick, tick… Back to Thursday, we’ve some great finalists in our category – see below – and check out the full list on the SFA website. FOOD & DRINK CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Bord Bia: Cornucopia – Dublin Eight Degrees Brewing – Cork Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats – Roscommon Java Republic – Dublin Oriel Sea Salt & Minerals – Louth Paris Texas – Kilkenny  

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Dublin Beer Cup Bronze Medals for The Full Irish IPA, Hurricane IPA

Delighted to come back from last weekend’s Alltech Craft Beer and Food Festival with a pair of medals for our premium range beers, The Full Irish Single Malt IPA and Hurricane IPA. Tasting notes: Hurricane IPA The Full Irish Single Malt IPA Find a list of the medal winners of the 2016 Dublin Beer Cup and its mate, the Dublin Cider Cup, online here. Congratulations to Rye River, who took the Dublin Beer Cup for Francis’ Big Bangin IPA. It was a great weekend, by all reports – although *some* of us had to stay home and mind the brewery. We’re not bitter, though – at least we have people out there on Twitter that will capture the Aussie and Kiwi in the very act of working/not working. The end of the night is near and it's time for some @8degreesbrewing #snoweater #AlltechBrews @AlltechBrews pic.twitter.com/5EMmTVDSRS — James O'Toole (@JamesOToole18) February 5, 2016 Happy Waitangi Day from our 2 Kiwi craft brewers in Ireland @8degreesbrewing @MontBeerIE @AlltechBrews #WaitangiDay pic.twitter.com/F1ikGvg47l — Manor Brewing Co. (@ManorBrewingCo) February 6, 2016 In other news, The Double Irish Imperial IPA is now out in the wilds – go searching in your local independent off licence! There was a lot of happiness when it arrived at O’Brien’s in Naas. The @8degreesbrewing Double Irish has landed! Never have we been so excited about a new beer in Naas pic.twitter.com/UBJvna0uhM (^Naas) — O'Briens Wine (@OBriensWine) February 9, 2016 In other, other news, the EDB blog was chuffed to get a mention in Media HQ’s feature on 5 of the Best Irish Business Blogs: “This blog shows that frills are not always needed, words alone can wow.” Thanks for reading my words!

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Eight Degrees on tour: Hospitality Expo, Alltech Beerfest

The year is kicking off in style (we won’t count January!) as we pack the beers for the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair, which kicks off in Dublin’s Convention Centre tomorrow and runs until Sunday. And what beers are we packing? Well, it can’t have escaped your notice that we’ve been busy preparing for the return of – ta da! – The Double Irish Imperial IPA. I had to write tasting notes last week; it was a tough job, I kept having to go back to the fermenter for another *sample*. But I got there in the end. You will let me know if there are any typos, won’t you? Beers for Alltech  The Double Irish Imperial IPA SnowEater Red IPA Vic Secret Black IPA Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner Lager So, your choice of imperial, red, black – or Bohemian! Get your tickets online in advance from their website. Opening hours Friday, February 5th: 5pm – 10pm Saturday, February 6th: 12.30pm – 10pm Sunday, February 7th: 12.30pm – 7pm That’s not all we’re up to this week. If you happen to be at the Hospitality Expo in the RDS, you might spot the lads hard at work there too. It’s open today – Thursday – until 5pm. Getting ready for #HospitalityExpo at the RDS Dublin. Wed and Thurs. pic.twitter.com/awadCXzElC — EightDegreesBrewing (@8degreesbrewing) February 2, 2016 Just in case our hard-working Aussie would get bored, this week we also had him – autocorrect notwithstanding – at the SFA National Small Business Awards showcase event at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin. I quite like the idea of the radiator blue royal hotel. <blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”> Ready to go at the #sfaawards at the radiator blue royal. pic.twitter.com/IYXagxkQjK — EightDegreesBrewing(@8degreesbrewing) February 1, 2016

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Limited Edition: The Double Irish Imperial IPA

We have taken our award-winning The Full Irish IPA and amped up the hops to create her bigger and bolder brother, the Double Irish. Using 100% premium Irish malted barley, this elegant unadorned malt profile allows us to showcase all that’s great about New World hops. Expect a tropical fruit explosion with plenty of residual pine hop flavours. Big, bold – and naturally adventurous. Short description: Imperial IPA – big and bold – New World hops Style: Imperial IPA Hops: Pacific Jade, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy, Ella Malt: Two-Row Malted Irish Barley ABV: 9.0% IBUs: 93 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: warm rich orange colour. Aroma: leading from the start with mango, followed by orange and pine undertones. Flavour: Think The Full Irish, dialed up to 11. Lots of luscious tropical fruit, especially that deep mango flavour, nicely balanced with pine and orange pith. Lots of spicy tingle to temper the full-bodied richness. Aftertaste: a delicious bitter pine finish. Food pairings: There’s nothing meek or retiring about this beer; something to keep in mind when figuring out what to pair it with! Full-bodied and luscious, this is what we want to drink with a spatchcocked tandori chicken, served with a mango/pineapple/chilli/mint salsa, or a spicy Asian pork salad (don’t hold back on the chilli). The sweet mango flavours also work with carrot and pineapple cake and it’s well worth trying with a slab of sticky, fresh ginger gingerbread. Reviews: Lots of grapefruit and orange marmalade make up the guts of it, with darker mandarin and tangerine stuff hiding in the folds of the sweet fruit, along with mango, a hint of pine and just a smidgen of Starbursts. The Drunken Destrier Re-launch Date: February 2016 Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: bottles and limited draught

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