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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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Review: Irish News: Saison’s greetings from Eight Degrees – Trespass and Blowhard

Irish News: 15 December 2018: Craft Beer: Saison’s greetings from Eight Degrees in form of Trespass and Blowhard Trespass Dark Farmhouse Ale “…It pours a dark brown, kind of rusty colour, with a fair bit of haze going on. You get nice sweet, jammy aromas and almost a hint of balsamic vinegar on the nose. On the palate, all those ripe blackberry flavours initially dominate before you get that tangy finish you’d expect from a farmhouse ale. But there’s a whole lot more in between. The beer has been aged in the Burgundy pinot noir and chardonnay wine barrels for over a year, and you definitely a vinous feel to it all. It has a nice woody profile too and even sweet toffee caramel flavour too, with a hint of bitter chocolate all before that lovely, dry finish. It’s a wonderfully complex beer and if you’re the sort that likes to tear off a bit of the festive ham on Christmas Eve, this would be the perfect accompaniment – a splash of it might even help to glaze the meat too and it’ll certainly partner up well with a seasonal cheeseboard…” Blowhard Imperial Stout “Blowhard Imperial Stout evokes all sorts of whale analogies although you don’t have to be Captain Ahab to land one of these – although only 1,000 have been bottled so you’ll need to move fast if you want to track down your own Moby Dick. The beer has been aged in Jameson whiskey barrels and clocks in at 12 per cent abv. There’s a rich aroma of espresso and chocolate on the nose and lovely flavours of roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate and dried fruits on the palate.”

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Limited edition: Vermilion Red IPA

A vivid bright red pigment, vermilion was highly prized by Renaissance artists but, because it was as expensive as gold leaf, only used sparingly for the most important decorative manuscripts and frescos. Also called Chinese Red, Taoists regarded the bloody red pigment as the colour of life and used it to make made potions meant to rejuvenate and heal. Whilst we would never make this claim, the precious hops that we use in this red IPA have a preservative effect but, more importantly, impart the luscious tropical fruit flavours of juicy mango and passionfruit, underpinned by bitter orange and pine. Style: Red IPA Malt: Two-Row Irish malted barley, CaraMunich, CaraAroma. Hops: Vic Secret, Enigma ABV: 5.8% IBUs: 58 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a distinct terracotta tint with a billowing creamy head. Aroma: sweet tropical fruit on the nose initially, with dank and leafy depths. Flavour: there’s a proper amount of robust bitterness up front here with bitter Seville orange peel, lime and pine coming through at the start. The tropical fruit flavours are more evident as the beer warms up in the glass. Aftertaste: lingering assertive bitterness. Food pairings: the delicious bitter aftertaste of this beer makes it ideal to cut through any rich foods. Pairs well with roast chicken, turkey or goose, the caramel notes in the beer hooking onto the flavours of the crispy roast skin and making sure that it never becomes to. Savour it alongside a sweet-savoury-sour dish of Pad Thai noodles or try with some Irish farmhouse cheese like Hegarty’s Comté-style Tempegall or their distinctive piquant Cheddar. Launch Date: December 2018. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 440ml cans, limited draught. Get social: #VermilionRIPA

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Christmas 2018 releases: Trespass Dark Farmhouse Ale with Blackberries & Blowhard Imperial Stout aged in Jameson Barrels

Trespass Dark Farmhouse Ale with Blackberries 7.5% ABV Blowhard Imperial Stout aged in Jameson Barrels 12% ABV Following from the success of our barrel-aged releases from 2017 (The Holly King and The Oak King) and 2016 (The Dukes of Burgundy trilogy), we are releasing a brace of barrel-aged beauties for Christmas 2018. Trespass Dark Farmhouse Ale with Blackberries 7.5% ABV In September 2017 we did a special collaboration brew with the renowned author and co-owner of Heretic Brewing in San Francisco, Jamil Zainasheff. Collaborations are all about exploring new possibilities, challenging one another to push boundaries. Jamil – author of Yeast and Brewing Classic Styles – has done it all. So we looked local and, in keeping with the grand saison tradition of brewing with what’s at hand, we developed a recipe to take advantage of the plentiful supply of ripe blackberries growing wild in the nearby Ballyhoura mountains. For one of our most complex beers ever, we brewed a Belgian farmhouse-style ale, with premium Irish malt, Bavarian specialty malt, English hops, and a mixed fermentation comprising a saison yeast for primary with Brettanomyces yeast as a secondary fermentation. We aged this in Burgundy pinot noir and chardonnay wine barrels for 13 months, then added even more blackberries to create a rich, dark and complex blackberry farmhouse ale. We called it Trespass: the sweetest blackberries always grow on another man’s bush. Limited draught. 750ml bottles. Also available in a 2 x 750ml bottle gift pack with Hopsfume Brett IPA, our complex, tart and funky 100% Brett IPA, which takes its name from Limerick author Kevin Barry’s dystopian debut, City of Bohane. Blowhard Imperial Stout aged in Jameson Whiskey Barrels 12% ABV In brewing circles, trying to create a rare, best of breed beer is called a White Whale. In the

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Hopsfume Brett IPA in The Irish Times

‘Dreamy with hops fume’: two beer styles for the weekend Beerista: 8 Degrees releases a Brett IPA inspired by a Kevin Barry novel; Trouble and Blacks have new Brut IPAs “In the dawn haze the brewery lads were dreamy with hops fume . . .” The misty, dystopian setting of City of Bohane, a novel by Kevin Barry, has found its way into the real-life world of beer, inspiring a new release by Cork’s 8 Degrees. Hopsfume comes in a 750ml sharing bottle and is an 8.3 per cent Brett IPA with a lovely dry, fruity and earthy flavour profile. Brett is an alternative wild yeast – a different species to the standard brewers’ yeast – and it adds a kind of leathery and funky character which, interestingly, used to be considered a flaw in a beer. So while you might not want your regular IPA or pale ale to have these characteristics – add a Brett yeast and the rules change. With Hopsfume, 8 Degrees has combined the fresh, fruity aroma of hops with the unique profile of the Brett – I really enjoyed it. You can expect to hear more about yeasts over the next while, as more and more breweries start to turn their experimental focus from hops to yeasts. Could yeast become the new hops? It’s certainly edging into the foreground as brewers seek to drive different flavour profiles from yeast instead of the usual hop-dominated ones. And while hops fade from the taste of a beer over time, the yeast character does not… Sat, Nov 24, 2018, 06:00 ‘Dreamy with hops fume’: two beer styles for the weekend

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Limited edition: Wild Ballyhoura: Trespass Dark Farmhouse Ale

In September 2017 we did a special collaboration brew with Jamil Zainasheff, famed author and co-owner of Heretic Brewing in San Francisco. Collaborations are all about exploring new possibilities, challenging one another to push boundaries. Jamil – author of Yeast and Brewing Classic Styles – has done it all. So we looked local and, in keeping with the grand saison tradition of brewing with what’s at hand, we developed a recipe to take advantage of the plentiful supply of ripe blackberries growing wild in the nearby Ballyhoura mountains. For one of our most complex beers ever, we brewed a Belgian farmhouse-style ale, with premium Irish malt, Bavarian specialty malt, English hops, and a mixed fermentation comprising a saison yeast for primary with Brettanomyces yeast as a secondary fermentation. We aged this in Burgundy pinot noir and chardonnay wine barrels for 13 months, then added even more blackberries to create a rich, dark and complex blackberry farmhouse ale. We called it Trespass: the sweetest blackberries always grow on another man’s bush. Style: Dark farmhouse ale infused with blackberries. Malt: MCI Pale ale malt, Weyermans Caraaroma, Caramunich III, Carafa Special III, wheat malt. Yeast: Belgian saison yeast, Brett Brux, Brett Lambicus and and Brett C. Hops: Fuggles. Strength: 7.5% ABV Bitterness: 35 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: dark chestnut brown in the glass with a creamy head. Aroma: a big sweet nose up front, with an aroma of sweet apple and red berries to the fore, balanced with vinous undertones and a hint of wood. Flavour: medium body. Mild tart flavour with fruity apple and jammy blackberry notes. Toffee caramel sweetness and a dry funky ending. Aftertaste: dry finish with faint Brett barnyard aftertones. Food pairings The fruity, tart flavours in this farmhouse ale make it ideal for food. Bake up a whole

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