RACK ‘EM UP Series: #8 Black Ball Metric Stout aged in Jameson whiskey barrels

#8 Black Ball Metric Stout aged in Jameson whiskey barrels 11.2% ABV We decided, with what’s happening on either side of the pond, to steer clear of imperialistic notions, old school vernacular and just go metric. We rammed the mash tun as full as we could with an excess of dark complex malts, added extra char for a slightly sinister twist and then aged everything in Jameson whiskey barrels from our friends in Midleton. The culmination of our RACK ‘EM UP Series, this is a big bold stout. There’s a touch of sweet vanilla in there from the oak and lots of cocoa and dark chocolate to combine with smooth, spicy whiskey notes. Deep, dark, rich and rewarding, celebrate sinking a Black Ball this winter. Style: Metric stout aged in Jameson whiskey barrels. Malt: Irish pale ale malt, chocolate malt, roast barley, wheat, CaraAroma. Hops: Nugget. ABV: 11.2 IBUs: 44 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: deepest darkest black in the glass with a light coffee head. Aroma: Chocolate. Fruity. Black cherry. Sweet vanilla. Irish cream. And that’s before you’ve even taken a sip… Flavour: a deliciously full bodied sipper, sweet and smooth on the palate at first, with spicy whiskey heat at the end. It gradually opens up in the glass as it warms – this is a beer to drink at slightly more than 8 degrees  – to reveal lots of creamy sweet vanilla along with fruity berries, particularly cherries and blackcurrants. You’ll want to get to the front of the cue for this one. Aftertaste: a little char bitterness. Food Pairings This is a beer to hold for the end of the meal. Break out that cheeseboard and go savoury with some funky Cnoc Dubh goat cheese from The Galway Goat Farm. Pyramid-shaped with a dusting of ash and a bright citrus flavour,

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RACK ‘EM UP Series: #7 Maroon Ball Kveik Double IPA with WHC Lab

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. Eight Years. Eight Beers. Eight Collabs. 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. ABV: 8.3 IBUs: 12 Tasting notes 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. Food Pairings This beer demands to be paired with full, gutsy flavours and our current favourite is a very

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RACK ‘EM UP Series: #6 Green Ball Belgian-style IPA with Siphon Brewing

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. Eight Years. Eight Beers. Eight Collabs. RACK ‘EM UP Series: #6 Green Ball Belgian-style IPA 6.5% ABV We first met Breandán Kearney of Siphon Brewing at Belfast’s ABV Fest, although our beer paths had crossed previously. A Belgium-based, Warrenpoint-bred beer writer, he also helms the experimental Siphon, which Ratebeer named Belgium’s best new brewery for 2017. At Eight Degrees we are known for our hoppy IPAs; when we wanted to brew a Belgian-style IPA, we turned to the man with yeast expertise. On Breandán’s advice, we used a strain of one of his favourite Belgian-style ale yeasts and he travelled to Mitchelstown to oversee the brew. Starting from a classic Pilsner malt base, we have Vic Secret and Equinox bringing stone fruit and tropical flavours, with a New World Super Noble hop flourish from Loral. But this beer is all about the yeast: with a lemony, orangey ester profile, flavours of citrus, lemongrass and white pepper predominate. It’s bold, complex and sophisticated – just like our brewers. Style: Belgian-style IPA Malt: Pilsner malt base with a hint of Caramunich, Athgarrett oats and wheat. Hops: Vic Secret, Equinox, Loral. ABV: 6.5 IBUs: 43 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: bright gold and briskly carbonated with a rocky head. Aroma: full on fruit at first, with everything else coming in behind: lots of floral, spicy and mint herbal notes. Flavour: this is a hugely complex beer with a full mouthfeel and lots of sweet, sophisticated ripe stone fruit, specifically apricots. Lush tropical flavours with

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Limited release: Ochtoberfest 2019 Märzen-style lager

Ocht: number eight in Irish. We first brewed this Ochtoberfest Märzen-style beer for a 2012 beer festival to celebrate the lucky and infinite nature of this humble numeral. It was a once off: only beer brewed eight degrees west of Greenwich on the eighth month of the year – and served at precisely eight degrees celsius – could be consumed. We’ve had many requests for its return and we thought it was time to fitting this favourite for our eighth year of brewing. Our Märzen is a full bodied lager with a deep amber colour, rich toasty malt character and plenty of hops. Style: Märzen lager Malt: Two-row malted Irish barley, along with a hearty blend of German malts: CaraAroma, CaraMunich and CaraPils. Hops: Nugget, Lubin, Hallertau Tradition. ABV: 4.5% IBUs: 22 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: amber with a stoic off-white head. Aroma: lots on the nose to enjoy here. It’s a bright and clean combination of grass, caramel, toffee and marmalade. “Sings like copper grass,” said one of our more poetic tasters – or perhaps he just had the bigger glass. Flavour: low bitterness and a medium body, with caramel to the fore, followed by a delicious oaty biscuitness. Aftertaste: a dry cereal finish. Food Pairings The heartier the better: roast ham hock, pork knuckle or half a roast chicken, eaten while wearing lederhosen and / or a dirndl. Launch Date: September 2019. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles, limited draught. Get social: #Ochtoberfest The first time round… 2012 / 2013: Seasonal and Limited Release Beers – from back in the day when the beers didn’t get their own page. October 9, 2012 – The Cork: 8 Degrees Ochtober Fest Marzen Style

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RACK ‘EM UP Series: #5 Orange Ball Fruity Pale Ale with Athgarrett Malt

The RACK ‘EM UP Series from Eight Degrees Brewing #5 Orange Ball Fruity Pale Ale with Athgarrett Malt Eight Degrees is turning eight this year. To celebrate eight years of brewing, we are producing eight exciting and innov8ing beers throughout 2019. These eight unique beers will form part of our exciting and colourful RACK EM’ UP series. Eight Years. Eight Beers. Eight Collabs. Summertime at Eight Degrees means one thing…Hawaiian shirts! To stay refreshed in the tropical heat, we needed to brew something juicy. We turned to the experts at Athgarrett Malt, Ireland’s newest maltsters. They provided the wheat and oats which we brewed into a silky, sessionable pale ale, topped off with passion fruit, blood orange and a squeeze of guava for good measure. The Hawaiians call this POG…to us it’s PÓG, a juicy, wet sunshiny smooch! Goes especially well with loud, colourful, print shirts. Style: Fruity Pale Ale Malt: Two-row malted Irish barley, Athgarrett oats, Athgarrett wheat.  Hops: Mandarina Bavaria, Amarillo. ABV: 3.9 IBUs: 42 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: distinctly orange with a bouncy white head. Aroma: full on fruit aroma with passion fruit dominating, underpinned by blood orange. Flavour: the fruitiness on the nose continues through to the palate, with zesty blood orange marmalade to the fore, followed by sweet passion fruit and a further level of tropical complexity from the guava and citrusy Mandarina Bavaria hops. There’s a solid pithy bitterness coming through, followed by a smoothness from the Athgarrett oat addition. It’s a sessionable breakfast juice of a beer. Aftertaste: orange bitterness with a biscuity finish. Food Pairings With Irish oats, wheat and barley plus passion fruit, blood orange and guava, this is a beer that sounds like the best summertime muesli-in-a-glass that you’ve ever had. Not that we’d be having it for breakfast now. No, we’ll wait until

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RACK ‘EM UP Series: #4 Purple Ball Brut IPA with Aliprandi

The RACK ‘EM UP SERIES from Eight Degrees Brewing #4 Purple Ball Brut IPA with Aliprandi 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 acclaimed craft breweries or with quality local producers. These eight unique beers will form part of our exciting and colourful RACK EM’ UP series. Eight Years. Eight Beers. Eight Collabs. We are excited to present a beer which reflects the fruitful relationship we have had with our Italian distributor Aliprandi over the last eight years. It’s no secret that we love IPAs and this Brut IPA is a modern version of that style: it’s brewed to be bone dry and low in bitterness, but with a huge hop aroma. This beer resembles the famous Franciacorta wines of Lombardy, which are pale, dry and sparkling. We finish it with a massive dry hop addition of Hallertau Blanc, for a lovely white grape aroma. The result is a bright spritzy, refreshing beer, just what you need for la dolce vita. Salute! Style: Brut IPA Malt: Two-row malted Irish barley. Hops: Citra, Amarillo, Hallertau Blanc. ABV: 6.3 IBUs: 22 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pale golden yellow, with a big moussy head. Aroma: full bodied and fruity; apricot and white grape on the nose. Flavour: the Hallertau Blanc hop is the main feature here and its elegant white wine-like characteristics are allowed to shine. The beer is vivid and vinous, with high and brisk carbonation. It has the fleshy stone fruit flavours of nectarine and apricot, alongside tropical pineapple and ripe grapes, with a touch of grapefruit and enough well balanced bitterness to keep it sippable. Aftertaste: deliciously dry on the palate. Food Pairings With the flavours of this beer aligned

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RACK ‘EM UP SERIES #3: Red Ball Aussie IPA with Hop Products Australia

The RACK ‘EM UP SERIES from Eight Degrees Brewing #3 Red Ball Aussie IPA with HPA 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 acclaimed craft breweries or with quality local producers. These eight unique beers will form part of our exciting and colourful RACK EM’ UP series. Eight Years. Eight Beers. Eight Collabs. A few years ago, a heated brewery debate about the world’s best hops led to our first Eight Degrees Brewing Hop Off. We brewed two versions of a hoppy IPA: Cyclone focused solely on Southern Hemisphere hops, while Hurricane used hops from the Northern Hemisphere. Much to the Aussie and Kiwi’s disappointment, the people’s vote declared Hurricane IPA the winner. Despite this, we had unwittingly stumbled upon something great. One of the hops selected for Cyclone IPA was a new Hop Products Australia (HPA) cultivar called Ella with delicious floral and spicy characteristics. This hop was to help us produce many world-beating beers including our famous Amber Ella Amber Ale. For this Aussie IPA we are showcasing two HPA stunners – and two EDB favourites – Vic Secret & Enigma. Vic Secret is irresistible, with aromas of pineapple, a hint of herb and pine resin. Enigma has a softer bitterness, alongside the characteristic fruity melon flavour and aroma. All the way from Australia for your drinking pleasure. Style: IPA Malt: Two-row malted Irish barley, crystal malt. Hops: Vic Secret, Enigma. ABV: 5.7% IBUs: 61 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a rich caramel orange in the glass with a fluffy white head. Aroma: masses of tutti frutti tropical fruit to the fore, with a note of lime, followed by sweet dank hops. Flavour: this is a full bodied and complex

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RACK ‘EM UP SERIES #2: Blue Ball Coffee-Infused Vienna Lager with Badger & Dodo

The RACK ‘EM UP SERIES from Eight Degrees Brewing #2 Blue Ball Coffee-Infused Vienna Lager with Badger & Dodo 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 acclaimed craft breweries or with quality local producers. These eight unique beers will form part of our exciting and colourful RACK EM’ UP series. Eight Years. Eight Beers. Eight Collabs. People who love great beer love great coffee. For our #2 collab, we’ve joined up with good friends and local coffee roastery Badger & Dodo, which was set up by Aussie Brock down the road from us in Fermoy, Co Cork, in 2008. The initial brief was simple – ABS: Anything But Stout – so we decided to go for a lighter beer style. This Vienna Lager uses three classic continental malts – Vienna, Munich and Pilsner – to highlight the nuances in the coffee. After some cupping at Badger & Dodo HQ, we decided on a natural process Ethiopian coffee. Using cold brew to draw out the red berry flavours with little bitterness, we finished with some espresso additions in the conditioning phase for a final flourish. Style: Coffee-infused Vienna Lager Malt: Vienna, Munich. Pilsner Hops: a trace of Nugget. ABV: 4.5% IBUs: 16 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: sunshine gold in the glass, on the lighter side of a classic Vienna lager. Aroma: there is a distinct toasty malt biscuit note to the fore, followed by a distinct coffee aroma as the beer warms up. Think along the lines of digestive biscuits that disintegrate as you’re dunking them into your coffee (but that you scoop out and eat anyway.) Flavour: this is a refreshing and invigorating sipper, with plenty of malty sweetness balanced

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RACK ‘EM UP SERIES #1: Yellow Ball Double Dry Hop IPA with Bale Breaker Brewing & Revolution Brewing

The RACK ‘EM UP SERIES from Eight Degrees Brewing #1: Yellow Ball Double Dry Hop IPA with Bale Breaker Brewing and Revolution Brewing 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 acclaimed craft breweries or with quality local producers. These eight unique beers will form part of our exciting and colourful RACK EM’ UP series. Eight Years. Eight Beers. Eight Collabs. First in the line up is a double dry-hopped IPA. This is a three-way collaboration between Eight Degrees, Bale Breaker Brewing – from the hop heaven that is Washington’s Yakima Valley – and Revolution Brewing, Chicago’s largest independent craft beer brewery. It’s a showcase of Yakima Valley’s finest hops chosen by Bale Breaker, a malt bill picked by Eight Degrees to feature the best of local Irish malt and a yeast strain chosen by Revolution. The result is a beer supercharged with hop freshness and aroma. Style: Double Dry Hop IPA Malt: Two-Row Irish malted barley, CaraPils. Hops: Simcoe + late addition of Citra and Jester. ABV: 5.9% IBUs: 65 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: deep, dark gold in the glass with a white, pillowy head. Aroma: an up-front biscuit malt sweetness initially, followed by pepper spice and dank pine. Flavour: medium carbonation, juicy and full bodied. A classic West Coast IPA, with sweet stone fruit to the forefront, quickly dominated by pine sap bitterness, alongside white pepper and ginger spice notes. Aftertaste: a lemon marmalade bitterness that lingers. Food pairings We love beer and cheese and this IPA goes particularly well with blue cheese, especially our local favourite Cashel Blue, the creamy funk of the cheese contrasting beautifully with the bitterness of the beer. Make that Cashel Blue into a

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Meet the brew crew

  Just in case you don’t know what we look like, we got a shot of (almost!) all the crew together in our #MauritiustoMitchelstown brewery during December’s strategy day. From left: Scott (founder), Dan (brewer), Cam (founder), Paudy (office maestro), Killian (packaging), Patryk (packaging), David (sales), Derek (brewer). Not in shot, Caitriona (office assistant) and – because she’s behind the camera as usual – Caroline (marketing).

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Review: Food & Wine Magazine – Hopsfume Brett IPA

Jan 4 2019: Food & Wine Magazine: So it goes… Ernie Whalley’s monthly balance sheet of liquid assets “After promising Eight Degrees’ Caroline Hennessy that I would “bloody hate this beer,” I found I didn’t. Brett presence is more a forest walk on dead leaves than a sniff of Ruby Walsh’s breeches; on the palate, there’s nectarine, kumquat and a slight figgy essence with distinct hop bitterness-over-fudge on the back palate. Tasty. What doesn’t work for wine certainly made a contribution to a beer of class and character, one I’d buy again.”

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Howling Gale Ale in World Beer Awards magazine

We’re very proud to see our World’s Best Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale in the latest World Beer Awards magazine celebrating the 2018 award winners. We were delighted when Howling Gale – our flagship pale ale since we launched the brewery back in 2011 and the first beer that we ever brewed – was named winner of the World’s Best American Style Pale Ale category last year. In the review, it is described as: “Light golden in colour with a good hop aroma. Citrus and flowers coming through too. Good amount of bitterness on the palate.” You’ll find Howling Gale widely available in bottles and on draught in pubs, restaurants and off licences throughout Ireland.   More Tasting notes: Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale 2018 World Beer Awards – World Best American-style Pale Ale winner 2017 Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale voted best IPA at Molloy’s Liquor Stores

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