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Monsoon Mango Lime IPA

In India, it has been said that the monsoon season replenishes the soil while the mango season replenishes the soul. We have taken contrasting fruit – sour lime and juicy sweet mango – and overlaid them on a full bodied India Pale Ale, dry hopped with Mosaic and Enigma. Pineapple and citrus hop flavours fuse with the heady mango aroma and are counterbalanced by the sourness and zing from the lime. The resulting brew brings together the flavours of the subcontinent, akin to sipping on a fruit lassi while taking the edge off the pre-monsoon heat. Short description: Heady mango, zingy lime, citrus hops Style: IPA Hops: Ekuanot, Enigma, Mosiac. Malt: two-row Irish malt, Carapils, Cara Munich. Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 66.6 IBUs (we couldn’t believe it either!) Tasting notes Colour/appearance: gorgeous orange in the glass with fluffy white head. Looks just like a Super Split ice cream. Aroma: tropical mango on the nose, with an underpinning of lime. Flavour: straight up sweet lime, followed by juicy mango and hop bitterness. The mango compliments the citrus and pineapple hop notes, enhanced with bright lime flavours. Aftertaste: punchy bitterness at the end with a zesty lime finish. Food pairings This is the beer to drink with ceviche, the Latin American dish of raw fish marinated in citrus juice. The hops and lime complement the acidity, while the mango sweetness offers a welcome contrast. If you’re going retro with some gently curried Coronation Chicken, the beer will accentuate the mango flavours, cutting through the rich sauce. Try it with a coconut panacotta for another complementary pairing or go for a day-and-night contrast by wheeling out a dense chocolate and coconut cake and watch everyone’s eyes light up. Launch Date: September 2017. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L

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Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Stout infused with cacao husks

If there’s one thing we love more than rolling out our barrels, it’s collaborating with local producers. For this beer, a stout that we aged in pinot noir barrels, we got in contact with our local bean-to-bar chocolatiers Wilkie’s Chocolate. Based just down the road in Midleton, East Cork, Shauna Wilkie set up production in 2012 and has been focusing on making small batch bars from carefully sourced, single origin organic Peruvian Criollo cocoa beans. Much though we love Wilkie’s chocolate, this time we focused on the leftovers, taking cacao husks (that went on quite a journey from Midleton to Mitchelstown – thanks to Becca, Triona and Jimmy for their help in delivering!)  and adding them to the stout for secondary conditioning in the barrels. The result is limited to draught only and got its first outing at last weekend’s ABV Fest – that’s my glass of it there – in Belfast. The rest will be pouring from this Thursday at the Irish Craft Beer Festival in Dublin’s RDS. Don’t miss it! Short description: Dried fruit, cacao, vanilla. Style: barrel aged stout Hops: Nugget, along with lashings of cacao husks from Wilkie’s Chocolate. Malt: pale ale malt, CaraMunich, chocolate malt, roasted barley, wheat malt and dark crystal. Strength: 5% ABV Bitterness: 45 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: dark and handsome in the glass, with a tan head. Aroma: dark roasted malt, espresso. Flavour: Dried fruit with a restrained cacao undercurrent and delicate oaky vanillins coming through. Light enough in body to be pint-able Aftertaste: satisfying roasty dryness in the aftertaste. Food pairings At Eight Degrees, we do love stout with – and in! – brownies. If you’re not going to make your own, we’d recommend Camerino Bakery‘s peanut butter brownies for an ideal pairing. The slabs of sweet-salty, nutty, chocolate goodness are complemented by the cacao and vanilla flavours

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WIN! A pair of passes to the Irish Craft Beer Festival

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Joao and Mariana, winners of the tickets! One of the highlights of our year is the annual Irish Craft Beer Festival in the RDS, which is taking place this year from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 September. Yep, that’s this week and we have a PAIR OF THREE DAY PASSES to give away. What do you have to do to win? After six years brewing, we’ve created more than fifty different beers. From IPAs to IPLs, barrel aged stout and barleywines, ryes, reds and session ales, we’ve had fun producing a whole range of flavours and experiences for you. Our question is this: what beer style would you like to see us brewing?  Put your answer below and we’ll email the winner on Wednesday evening, 6 September, to let them know. Ts & Cs apply. On the bar at the festival, this year we’ll have our newest brew, Monsoon Mango Lime IPA, along with the super-limited Grainfather Series Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Stout. Current tap line up: 1)  Wayfarer Sour IPA – 4% ABV – awarded Best In Ireland at the 2017 World Beer Awards. 2) Citra Single Hop IPA – 5.7% ABV – Silver Medal winner at the 2017 World Beer Awards. 3) Barefoot Pilsner Lager – 4% ABV – a crisp session sipper. 4) Cumulus Lupulus NEIPA – 7.2% – our cloudy take on this New England IPA style. 5) Monsoon Mango Lime IPA – 5.7% ABV – FIRST POUR. Heady mango, zingy lime, citrus hops. 6) Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Stout infused with cacao husks from our local bean-to-bar chocolatiers, Wilkies Chocolate in Midleton – 5% ABV – LIMITED. Grainfather series. Dried fruit, cacao, vanilla. More information on the festival is online here: www.irishcraftbeerfestival.ie. Tickets are now on sale priced at €5 for Thursday, €10 for

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Eight Degrees Brewing and Costigan’s of Washington Street team up for FESTIV-ALE

FESTIV-ALE in Cork! A celebration of local ales brought to you by Costigan’s of Washington Street and Eight Degrees Brewing When: Friday 15 September at 7pm to Sunday 17 September at 11.30pm Where: Costigan’s of Washington Street in Cork Cork brewery Eight Degrees Brewing will be taking over the Back Bar and Parlour of Costigan’s of Washington Street in Cork City for a series of of drinks, music, talks, demos and panel discussions throughout the weekend of 15-17 of September. Join us in Costigan’s for a weekend-long tap takeover, a celebration of all that is great about Mitchelstown’s Eight Degrees Brewing and our customers. It’s an opportunity to sample different beers from one of Ireland’s leading microbreweries, as well as have the opportunity for a casual drink and a chat with the Eight Degrees team themselves in Meet the Brewer sessions. The weekend will include talks on the future of the microbrewing industry with leading brewers and commentators. Homebrewers and anyone interested in the brewing profession is invited along to learn more about what it takes to make a good brewer. There will be tasting, food pairings and an event for the bartending community. Our brewers will also be on hand to talk customers through samples, share tips and brewing advice. All events will be free but are open to over 18s only. Looking forward to seeing you there! The Eight Degrees Brewing team and Costigan’s of Washington Street. Get social: Twitter: 8degreesbrewing  ¦ Facebook: eightdegreesbrewing  ¦ Instagram: eightdegreesbrewing Hashtag: #festivale About Eight Degrees Brewing Eight Degrees Brewing is an award-winning independent Irish craft brewery based in Mitchelstown, Co Cork. Renowned for its innovation and experimentation, it was established at the foot of the majestic Galtee mountains by Scott Baigent and Cameron Wallace in 2011. Eight Degrees Brewing is passionate

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The Double Irish DIPA

The Double Irish is back. The bigger, bolder brother of our much loved, multi-award winning The Full Irish Single Malt IPA has returned – with an extra hint of mischievousness thrown in. Using 100% premium Irish malted barley, this elegant unadorned malt profile allows us to showcase all that’s great about New World hops. With Enigma and Mosaic joining Citra and Amarillo, this really is a showcase for these heavy hitting hops. Expect a tropical fruit explosion with plenty of residual pine hop flavours. Big, bold – and naturally adventurous. (Still goes really well with a Dutch sandwich.) Short description: Heavy hitting hops of the New World. Style: Double IPA Hops: Citra, Amarillo, Mosaic, Enigma Malt: Irish pale ale malt, Irish lager malt ABV: 8.8%. All the eights! IBUs: 98 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: warm golden colour with a white head. Aroma: a full-on juicy hop aroma with fruity cantaloupe melon to the fore and a substantial resinous backbone. Flavour: luscious balanced bitterness. Flavours of dried mango and bitter orange marmalade with a solid pine resin bitterness. Aftertaste: full bodied with a delicious zesty finish. Food pairings Like the last brew, 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, we’re going to stick with spatchcocked tandoori 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. Launch Date: First launched February 2016, re-launched August 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles and draught. Get social: #DoubleIrishDIPA

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Best in Ireland for Wayfarer at World Beer Awards 2017

We were delighted to learn this morning that we had some significant wins at the World Beer Awards 2017 held in London as part of the GBBF. ​We took Best in Ireland in the sour beer category for our Wayfarer Sour IPA. We also received the following accolades: Bronze – Barefoot Czech Style Pilsner Silver – Citra Single Hop IPA Silver – Amber Ella Amber Ale ​In 2016, we won two Best in Ireland awards with The Full Irish Single Malt IPA and Knockmealdown Irish Stout chosen as the Irish winners of the IPA and stout categories, respectively. We’re thrilled to be producing some of the best beers to come out of Ireland! Read more: Best in Ireland for Eight Degrees Brewing at World Beer Awards World Beer Awards The World Beer Awards, established in 2007, celebrates the world’s best beers, ales, lagers, stouts and porters. Entrants are tasted blind and marked to an agreed and strictly enforced marking system. As well as aroma, flavour, appearance/condition, mouthfeel and finish the judges look for beer with balance, character, complexity and quality. All 2017 winners are online here: www.worldbeerawards.com

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Redcurrant Rhubarb Berliner Weisse

This summer we have created something special: a mixed grain, mixed fermentation Berliner Weisse. A grain base of 50% malted barley and 50% wheat plus a mixed culture fermentation creates a sweet and sour treat steeped in Germanic tradition. The ale yeast combines with lacto bacteria to work side by side in symbiotic harmony to bitter the beer. Add some ripe redcurrant sweetness and rhubarb – just like the brewery lads’ favourite mammy treat, the humble rhubarb tart – and you have yourself free love in a glass. THE thirst quenching, summertime beer from Eight Degrees. Short description: Infused with redcurrant and rhubarb. Style: Berliner Weisse Hops: Saaz, plus redcurrants and rhubarb Malt: Irish lager malt, malted wheat. Strength: 3.1% ABV – yes, you read that correctly. NOT 31% as someone wondered recently. Bitterness: 7 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: A glorious, sparkling pink! (To make the boys wink.) Aroma: Sour and sharp with redcurrant fruit. Flavour: Bright and zippy sweet-sharp flavours, with redcurrant predominating. It’s a fruity Dib Dab sherbet. Aftertaste: super refreshing with a dry lactic tang in the finish. Food pairings Summertime beer! With such a low ABV and palate-cleansing tart flavours, this is a beer to quaff while the sun shines and you eat your way through a barbeque’s worth of bold, sweet / savoury / smoky flavours. Skip the white wine and try it to brighten the flavours in chicken shawarma, to cosy up to grilled sweetcorn and aubergines or to cut through pulled pork and spiced lamb. Bring on the summer. Launch Date: August 2017. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Draught only (30L and 50L kegs) Get social: #EDBBerlinerWeisse

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Denali SHIPA

Hopsteiner refer to the Denali hop as BIG, a monster of a plant with gigantic cones and an unusually high oil content. Perhaps that is why they renamed it from Experiment #06277 – which sounds a bit like a prisoner on death row. It’s now the more marketing-friendly Denali, the high one, after the Alaskan indigenous name for North American’s highest mountain, otherwise known as Mount McKinley. It still is BIG, bursting with rich tropical citrus aromas and heavy on pineapple, with a touch of spice to boot. We are excited to showcase this new hop as part of our single hop IPA, or SHIPA, range. Short description: pineapple and tropical citrus aroma Style: Single Hop IPA Hop: Denali. Malt: two-row Irish malt. Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 61 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: bright golden colour, pale head. Aroma: ripe papaya with some green pine notes. Flavour: big round tropical fruit flavours with pineapple and papaya dominating, followed by spicy black pepper and lime. Aftertaste: rich and smooth with a citrus kick on the finish. Food Pairings A robust Indian curry is the way to go with Denali SHIPA. Take your pick from a lamb rogan josh, vegetable jalfrezi or even a chickpea vindaloo and you’ll find that the tropical fruity flavours in the beer enhance the spices, while cutting through the heat. Launch Date: August 2017. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social: #DenaliSHIPA

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Eight Degrees Open Day

A big thank you to everyone for making the inaugural Eight Degrees Open Day (aka #EDBOpenDay) a fantastic success. We ended up hosting over 1,000 people and the day couldn’t have been better as the sun was spitting the stones, the beers were flowing, there was delicious food on offer from local producers and great craic from the band. We really appreciated the chance to showcase our commitment to Mitchelstown and to thank the local community – that’s you! – for their ongoing support. A truly spectacular day. We are also very pleased that on the day we raised €951.97 for St Joseph’s Foundation, with the help of Better Life Cycle, to enable them to continue the great work they do supporting people with disabilities in the North Cork and south Limerick region. Eight Degrees will now match that and contribute an additional €1000 to this great cause so we are delighted to make this contribution. Thank you all for coming! If you’re looking to get your hand on our beer in Mitchelstown, check out the draught taps at An Bodhran, The Beehive, J’s Bar, Jackie O’Brien’s, Walsh’s Bar, The Ramble Inn, The Mulberry Tree, Roche’s Bar and The Firgrove. Bottles are available at Marketplace Restaurant, Centra and SuperValu. It’s the Knockmealdown Irish Stout that you’ll need for those brownies. You can get the recipe here: Double Chocolate Knockmealdown Irish Stout Brownies

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#IndieBeerWeek Open Day in Mitchelstown

Indie Beer Week is taking place at independent microbreweries across the country from 23rd June to 2nd July. Breweries are throwing open their doors, inviting their local communities to join in a celebration of independent Irish beer – and we’re on board with that! Come join us in Mitchelstown on Saturday 24 June, between 2pm and 6pm for a sneak preview of MITCHELSTOWN’S NEW BREWERY. (What we’re currently calling B2 or Brewery 2. Imaginative, I know.) Beer tastings / Food pairings with other local producers / Music Guided tours every hour from 2pm. FREE EVENT – ALL WELCOME (Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times) Part of the Indie Beer Week Ireland events – keep an eye on the website, Facebook and Twitter accounts for more local microbrewery events.

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Ballymaloe Malt & Music Festival

Over the July Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July, Eight Degrees will be at the debut Ballymaloe Malt & Music Weekend. There’s a brilliant line up of bands, including Little Green Cars,  Jerry Fish and Hurricane Highway, an equally solid line up of brewers from around the country – we’re the malt! – and great food from Wildside Catering, Volcano Woodfired Pizza, My Goodness, Lolo’s Kitchen and Golden Bean coffee. The whole event is taking place in the Big Shed on Ballymaloe Farm, which means that there’ll be no rain stopping play, and the weekend promises to become a firm fixture on the festival calendar. Ticket prices per day range from €10 to €56 and you can get your hands on them via www.eventbrite.ie.

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Friday night launch of Spruce Juice!

The first taste of our Spruce Juice Irish Amber Ale, a collaboration with Drake’s Brewing Co., is taking place this Friday, 16 June in Limerick, Dublin and Wicklow. In Dublin, head to Porterhouse Temple Bar, Porterhouse Central or Porterhouse Bray to get your hands on this robust amber ale that we brewed using locally foraged spruce tips. In Limerick, you can find us at the lovely Mother Macs in Limerick. We decided to decamp there for the night so you’ll find us at the bar, Spruce Juice Irish Amber Ale in hand, wearing our Eight Degrees t-shirts. Mother Macs itself is just by the Milk Market, in the heart of the city. We thought it was an appropriate place to drink the beer ourselves considering that we went foraging locally for this brew, taking Molly O’Brien, brewer and botanist at Drakes, to Ballyriggan, just outside Kilfinane, Co Limerick to check out the spruce. A post shared by Eight Degrees Brewing (@eightdegreesbrewing) on Mar 28, 2017 at 4:00am PDT It was too early in the year for picking then, so we returned when the spruce tips were luscious and green and ready for the picking. A post shared by Eight Degrees Brewing (@eightdegreesbrewing) on May 12, 2017 at 1:52pm PDT Ballyriggan is a special place for our Caroline; her family originally came from there and she spent her childhood running through Ballyriggan Wood, which sits on top of Palentine Hill. She was leading the charge. (She also happens to have Drake grandparents. Just saying.) We took our baskets of spruce tips back to the brewery and brewed a robust amber ale, full of liquorice toffee flavours and lots of pine needle overtones. You’ll find the tasting notes here – Spruce Juice Amber Ale – and you’ll find us at the bar in Mother Macs on Friday night, raising a glass to Molly. Spruce Juice Irish Amber Ale launch – Friday 16 June Porterhouse Temple Bar, Dublin

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