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Long Day Long Table Dinner at Eight Degrees on Friday 22 June

Eight Degrees Brewing, in association with Galty Valley Catering, is bringing the best of local food to the brewery to pair with our naturally adventurous beers. On Friday 22 June, at 7pm, we’ll be opening our doors and welcoming guests to our first Long Day Long Table Dinner. To celebrate the summer solstice, which falls between 20 and 22 June, we’ve put together an elegant set menu that will be presented in the atmospheric surroundings of our newly operational #MauritiustoMitchelstown  brewery. Five courses have been carefully designed by Galty Valley’s Mary, based around producers like Ballinwillan House, The Apple Farm, Hanley’s Butchers, Kildinan Farm, Gubbeen Smokehouse, Crowe’s Farm and Macroom Buffalo Farm. We will talk you through each course, paired with one of our beers, each carefully chosen to enhance the other. It promises to be a wonderful night of beer, food and company. Come join us! Tickets, which are €60 for a five course set menu paired with our beers, are available through Eventbrite.

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Eight Degrees beers in Melbourne

Our beer had a long way to travel – making it through snowstorms, snow storms, delayed shipping schedules and a dockers’ strike! – but it made it to Australia in the nick of time for this week’s Pint of Origin Ireland event at The Fifth Province in our Aussie’s hometown of Melbourne. Good Beer Week is the biggest craft beer event in the Southern Hemisphere and the Full Irish IPA, Sunburnt Irish Red, Knockmealdown Irish Stout and Howling Gale Ale are pouring for the festival, which runs until 20 May. Eight Degrees beers will also be front and centre at the Artisan Ireland at this weekend’s GABS – Melbourne Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular, where Rhizome Beverages will be manning the taps.

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We’ve joined the Irish Distillers family

Well, a lot’s been happening. We’ve sold Eight Degrees Brewing to Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. We’re excited about this deal, which will see us providing a long-term beer supply to support the continued growth of Jameson Caskmates while Irish Distillers will support our continued innovation and experimentation in the craft beer sector. When we set up the brewery in 2010, it was with the idea of brewing naturally adventurous, great tasting beers that were more exciting and innovative than anything else in the market. Becoming part of the Irish Distillers family means that we have the long-term capabilities to continue on this mission as well as being part of the very exciting Jameson Caskmates story. We’re looking forward to working with Tommy and the team in Midleton while continuing to create new and exciting beers for our customers. Together with all our employees, we will continue to work at Eight Degrees. Scott and Cam

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Now in cans: Seisiún IPA

Coming in cans this week, it’s our Seisíun IPA! It’s a crisp and refreshing beer with lots of aromatic hops, all packed into a sessionable 4.5% ABV. From the label: Woven deep into the fabric of Irish society and tradition is the seisiún, an informal coming together of people in a pub – over a beer – to play music, tell stories and enjoy each other’s company. For the best kind of seisiún, you need a low-alcohol beer, something that has lots of flavour but is not too high in ABV. Our Seisiún IPA, a sessionable India Pale Ale, takes lots of aromatic hops and packs them into a crisp and refreshing beer that’s just 4.5% ABV. Grab a can and enjoy the craic. Tasting notes: Seisiún IPA

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Eight Degrees in Beirut

When we got the call from Irish Craft Beers about sending beer to Beirut last year we immediately said YES – and started arguing about who should go there on a hypothetical trade trip. When that opportunity became a reality, for St Patrick’s Day, there was even more squabbling. The Kiwi – just about – won that battle and we headed to Lebanon with the lads from Irish Craft Beers, and several other Irish drinks producers for a weekend of showcasing the incredible beverages that Ireland produces, celebrating links between Ireland and Lebanon, developing friendships and learning that there were some members of the party that knew all 57(ish) verses of The Rattlin’ Bog. We brought beer to the table, as did Antrim brewery Hillstown Brewery and fellow Corkonians Blacks of Kinsale. There was gin from Blacks, Waterford’s Blackwater Distillery and Ballyvolane House’s Bertha’s Revenge. Irish whiskey came from Northern Irish Echlinville Distillery and Co Clare-based whiskey bonders Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey. In short, everything you might need for the St Patrick’s Day to end all St Patrick’s Days. We did work, at events in Backroom Beirut, Fattal Group, Golden Star, EddéYard and Kalani Beach Resort, as St Patrick’s stretched over three riotous days and nights. There was singing. There was dancing- a Siege of Ennis, the likes of which Lebanon has (fortunately) never seen before – and there was almightly craic. Thanks to Liam and Shane at Ireland Craft Beers for inviting us along and a huge thank you to Paul Choueiry, GM of Botella at Fattal Group for organising everything in Lebanon. We’ve already signed up for St Patrick’s Day 2019…        

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Seisiún IPA

Our Seisiún IPA shows that a beer doesn’t need a high ABV to have lots of flavour. Initially brewed so that the brew crew could have a low-alcohol sipper at beer festivals, this sessionable IPA has transcended its origins to become one of our most popular beers. We’ve taken lots of aromatic hops and packed them into a crisp and refreshing beer that comes in at just 4.5% ABV. You may have formerly known this beer as Summer Days Seisiún IPA; we decided to rename it so that it’s not just tied to those two weeks of sunshine in August. Short description: soft bitterness and fresh lime zest Style: session India Pale Ale Hops: Simcoe, Amarillo, Mandarina Bavaria and Citra. Malt: two row base Irish malt, Carapils. Strength: 4.5% ABV Bitterness: 44 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: bright yellow in the glass with a frothy white head. Aroma: fresh hoppy citrus with light malt notes. Flavour: fresh lime zest on the palate with a crisp hop bitterness. Medium light malt body with a clean and dry finish. Aftertaste: refreshing bitterness, inviting you to take another sip. Food pairings: lots of flavour and low alcohol make this a perfect beer to serve over a period of time at a party, relaxed gathering or – as we’ve tested! – beer festival. An ideal pairing is pizza, particularly anything that includes the fabulous chorizo or salami from Gubbeen Smokehouse, as the beer crisply cuts through all that meaty, cheesy gorgeousness with each sip. On the lighter side, try this Seisiún IPA with a St Tola goat cheese and fresh beetroot salad, tossed in a ginger and lime dressing, and see how the hop bitterness complements the citrus. It’s also a great match with pub grub like burgers or fish and chips. Serving temperature: 8 degrees

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Eight Degrees go CANTASTIC!

There’s a wind from the East and it’s bringing some changes – as of next week, some of our gorgeous beer is going to be available in cans. We know that a lot of our customers are into outdoor activities like camping, mountaineering, music festivals and kayaking, and that cans work well in these environments. We’ve definitely seen an increased demand for cans in recent times and, despite our ongoing love for the 330ml bottle (and those gorgeous 750ml bottles), are – ta da! – putting three of our beers into 440ml cans. First off is our latest limited edition beer, Neon Velvet FPA, a kiwifruit and lime-infused pale ale, which will only be available on draught or in cans. We will also be packaging two long-standing favourites into cans: watch out for our multi-award winning Full Irish Single Malt IPA and Citra Single Hop IPA in shiny new cans. We also decided to go with a new design for the new format so watch out for these bright, fun and vibrant labels. The plan is to release them into the wild next week (from Wednesday 7 March) so they should be available at a your friendly local off licence very soon. We’re very excited and we’re really looking forward to hearing what YOU think. Please do let us know! Get social: #EightDegreesCans

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#EightDegreesUSA: Florida launch!

It was a cold day before Christmas when we packed the shipping containers. Tight. Right up to the top. (We nearly left a man in there – but he escaped at the last minute.) We sent those beers from cold, cold North Cork, all the way to sunshine and blue skies in Florida over there in the US of A. And now our Aussie is poised to follow them. He’s heading over there for the official American launch of our beer on Wednesday, 21 February at The Vault, in Tampa, Florida. It’s a meet the brewers and taste the beers kind of evening – Cam will be on hand with our Sunburnt Irish Red Ale and the Full Irish Single Malt IPA. He promises that he won’t skive off and visit Disneyland while he’s there. We believe him. Honest. Follow the story: EightDegreesUSA

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Neon Velvet Kiwifruit & Lime-Infused FPA

This Fruity Pale Ale, infused with kiwifruit and lime, has bright, vibrant hop aromas, coupled with a juicy, silky mouthfeel that pays homage to the New England IPA style. We’ve crammed it with aroma hops Citra and Amarillo, dry hopped with New Zealand’s finest – Pacific Jade and Motueka – and infused it with kiwifruit plus a dash of lime. Everything’s gone (just a little) green. Short description: hazy, silky, fruity Style: Fruit Pale Ale Hop: Citra, Amarillo, Pacific Jade and Motueka Malt: two-row Irish malt, oats, wheat. Strength: 5% ABV Bitterness: 39 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: brewed with oats and wheat, this unfiltered beer is hazy in the glass with a white foamy head. Aroma: fruity, with some lime notes. The fruit aromas open up more as the beer warms. Flavour: juicy sweetness from aroma hops, balanced by soft acidity from the fruit. It’s a smooth and juicy drop. Aftertaste: soft fruity acidity on the palate. Food pairings: The acidity of the fruit in this beer makes it an idea pairing with a potato dish. A pile of boxty pancakes, served with smoked salmon would work well, the juicy flavours of the beer cutting through the smoky fish and brightening the potato pancakes. In a similar vein, a bowl of steaming colcannon, flecked with curly kale and scallions, would work well with a glass of Neon Velvet. Fish chowder is a perfect match, as the beer will cut through the creamy soup and complement the sweetness of the fish. A chunk of good Irish farmhouse cheddar will play off the fruit flavours in both elements of the pairing. Launch Date: February 2018. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: CANS, bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social: #NeonVelvetFPA For more information: https://www.eightdegrees.ie/neon-velvet-FPA

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Wild Ballyhoura: Find the Oak King and Holly King

Looking for our Winter 2017 Wild Ballyhoura beers? Just where did all those lovely 750ml bottles of Oak King Belgian Pale Ale and Holly King Imperial Stout go to? Here’s the list! 1601 Off Licence Ashtons Gastropub Baggot Street Wines Bierhaus Cork Blackrock Cellar Bradley’s Off Licence, Cork Carpenters Bar & Lounge CarryOut Clongriffin Carryout Kenmare Celtic Whisky Shop D Six Off-licence Drinkstore.ie Dublin Bar Academy Dwan’s Off Licence Fresh Camden St Fresh Grand Canal Fresh IFSC Fresh Smithfield Fresh Stepaside Galvins Wines Goose Off licence, Drumcondra Hartes of Kildare Hole in the Wall Pub Martins Off licence Matson’s Douglas McHugh’s Off licence Molloys Clonsilla Molloys Liberties Molloys Tallaght Mother Macs Next Door Off Licence James’ St Next Door Off Licence at J Boyle’s Next Door Off Licence at Myles Creek Number 21 Blarney Number 21 Coburg St Number 21 Limerick O’Donovans Off Licence Pettitts SuperValu Redmonds of Ranelagh SuperValu Balbriggan SuperValu Mitchelstown Sweeney’s Wines The Black Sheep The Dew Drop Inn The Ice Box Balbriggan The Malt House We also sell these beers from our online shop: Wild Ballyhoura Gift Pack: The Oak King Belgian Pale Ale & The Holly King Imperial Stout (2x750ml) The Holly King Imperial Stout (6x750ml) The Oak King Belgian Pale Ale (6x750ml)  

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Wild Ballyhoura: The Oak King Belgian Pale Ale

Wild Ballyhoura series: We’ve got a new pet at the brewery and his name is Brett. This wild yeast is a curious and mischievous little creature and we recently introduced him to our oak barrel-aged beers. There’s a whole shipping container of French oak barrels, formerly used for pinot noir and chardonnay, tucked away in a corner where we can age our very specially brewed ales. While they’re sitting there, we bring Brett to the party. His full name is Brettanomyces Clausenii, or Brett C, the earliest strain of brett to be classified by a chap investigating funky flavours in British breweries (Brettanomyces = British fungus). We can assume that all pre-modern beer would have picked up brett in storage over time; by playing with Brett C, we’re getting a good indication of how beer brewed and aged in the Ballyhouras, over one hundred years, ago would have tasted. Wild yeast = wild flavours. Naturally adventurous. It’s the Eight Degrees way. The Legend of the Oak King & the Holly King The Oak King Belgian Pale Ale Aged in French oak with Brettanomyces C In Celtic mythology, the Oak King and the Holly King were warrior twins, engaged in a never-ending fight for supremacy. At Midsummer the Oak King – representing light – is at the height of his strength, while the Holly King, which represents darkness, is at his weakest. At the Winter Solstice we celebrate the birth of the new sun, the renewal of light, and the return of the Oak King’s strength. To celebrate this re-birth, we have brewed a golden Belgian-style pale ale, using local pale and lager malts, and aged it in our oak barrels along with our new friend, wild yeast Brett C. This Golden Vale Pale Ale is light, complex and tart, followed up

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Wild Ballyhoura: The Holly King Imperial Stout

Wild Ballyhoura: We’ve got a new pet at the brewery and his name is Brett. This wild yeast is a curious and mischievous little creature and we recently introduced him to our oak barrel-aged beers. There’s a whole shipping container of French oak barrels, formerly used for pinot noir and chardonnay, tucked away in a corner where we can age our very specially brewed ales. While they’re sitting there, we bring Brett to the party. His full name is Brettanomyces Clausenii, or Brett C, the earliest strain of brett to be classified by a chap investigating funky flavours in British breweries (Brettanomyces = British fungus). We can assume that all pre-modern beer would have picked up brett in storage over time; by playing with Brett C, we’re getting a good indication of how beer brewed and aged in the Ballyhouras, over one hundred years, ago would have tasted. Wild yeast = wild flavours. Naturally adventurous. It’s the Eight Degrees way. The Legend of the Oak King & the Holly King The Holly King Imperial Stout Aged in French oak with Brettanomyces C In Celtic mythology, the Oak King and the Holly King were warrior twins, engaged in a never-ending fight for supremacy. At Midwinter the Holly King – representing darkness – is at the height of his strength, while the Oak King, which represents light, is at his weakest. To celebrate the Holly King’s midwinter dominance, we have brewed one of our favourite winter styles, an imperial stout, aged it in pinot noir barrels and added a dash of wild yeast Brett C for good measure. There a rich cherry and vanilla presence with undertones of dark roast coffee and brett. It’s the dark side of the year and the Holly King is finishing strong. Short description: rich, full bodied, complex. Style:

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