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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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WIN! Bus Éireann tickets to Fanah-Fest!

Coming to Mitchelstown for Fanah-Fest? Why not take the bus! Bus Éireann have kindly given us two pairs of return tickets to Mitchelstown to give away to some lucky Fanah-Fest goers. To enter, just leave a comment below telling us where you’re coming from. Closing date: Wednesday afternoon at 3pm. We’ll email the winners to let them know that afternoon. If you don’t happen to win, the bus is still a good way to get to Mitchelstown. If you have a Leapcard, just show it to the driver when you’re getting on: once you have money on the card, you’ll get a 27% discount on a single ticket. If you’re a student, Bus Éireann is currently running an online promotion for November which gives €5 off to students if they enter the code STUDENT51. More info on their website here. So, the short version of what’s happening: Saturday 25 November 2pm to 5pm – at the brewery for launch, tours, tastings. 5.30pm – Christmas lights on the Square in Mitchelstown. 6pm to late – Live music and beer trail around Mitchelstown. Sunday 26 November 5pm to late – beer trail around Mitchelstown. Participating pubs: An Bodhrán The Beehive J’s Bar & Beer Garden Jackie O Briens Walsh’s Bar Mitchelstown The Ramble Inn Mulberry Tree Paul Roche’s FAQs Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? We will only be serving beer to over 18s. What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event? There will be parking at the brewery on Saturday afternoon. Cars have to be removed by 6pm as that is when the gates close and will remain closed until Monday morning. There is plenty of free parking in Mitchelstown, which is 15 minutes walk from the brewery. We’re planning on having

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Limited Edition: Warrior Irish Red Ale

Warrior Irish Red Ale was brewed specially for our 2017 Fanah-Fest. The festival is named after St Fanahan, a warrior monk who is the patron saint of Mitchelstown, which is our brewery hometown. Every warrior monk needs a traditional Irish red ale, especially on his feast day. Our Warrior Irish Red Ale is not too heavy in terms of ABV but it’s strong to bursting with hops. There’s a decent malty base to balance out the pine and grapefruit Cascade hop flavour. Short description: Toffee, Pine, Citrus Style: Irish Red Ale Malt: Irish pale malt, Cara, Munich Hops: Nugget, Cascade Strength: 4.7% ABV Bitterness: 69 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: an orange-red colour in the glass with a tan head. Aroma: sweet vanilla toffee and a strong grapefruit citrus aroma. Flavour: solid toffee malt base with bitter notes of pine and grapefruit. Barest whisper of chocolate orange Aftertaste: decent bitter citrus finish. Food pairings: We love this red ale with anything from Galty Valley Food Truck. Slow roast pork in barbecue sauce? Check. The 6oz organic burger? Yep. Falafel with lemon and garlic aioli. Definitely. The essential Galty Valley Good Truck fries? Couldn’t miss that pairing opportunity. Launched: November 2017 – our Fanah-Fest Festival beer! Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Draught only (30L and 50L kegs)

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Wild Ballyhoura: The Legend of the Oak King & the Holly King

Last year was the first time we released our barrel-aged beers in 750ml bottles with the Dukes of Burgundy series. For 2017, we’re bringing out a new duo of 750ml bottles, The Oak King and The Holly King, which will be part of our new Wild Ballyhoura Series. 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. Wild yeasts equals wild flavours; we hope they play nice. 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. Naturally adventurous. It’s the Eight Degrees way. These beers are due to be released in the next few weeks – brett can’t be hurried and we’re waiting on the brewers to give us the thumbs up so that we can put these beauties into bottles. The Legend of the Oak King & the Holly King The Holly King Imperial Stout Aged in French oak with Brettanomyces C ABV 9.5% 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 –

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Eight Degrees Brewing presents FANAH-FEST: Brewery launch + Beer & Music Festival

UPDATE! The short version: Saturday 25 November 2pm to 5pm – at the brewery for launch, tours, tastings.   5.30pm – Christmas lights on the Square in Mitchelstown. 6pm to late – Live music and beer trail around Mitchelstown. Sunday 26 November 5pm to late – beer trail around Mitchelstown.   *** We love our festivals, we do! And here’s our latest: FANAH-FEST is Eight Degrees Brewing’s Beer and Music Festival for St Fanahan’s Day, celebrating the patron saint of Mitchelstown. Warrior monk St Fahanan, who most people know best as a squat statue outside Mitchelstown garda station, came from Ulster to found a monastery near the town in the seventh century. Traditionally, St Fanahan’s Day was a pattern day, a local holiday. People gathered at his well, which is probably a ritual that goes back far further, to pre-Christian times as the well would have been a place for pagan worship. So, bearing in mind that St Fanahan’s monastery would probably have brewed its own beer, we’ve decided that it’s a good day to celebrate beer in Mitchelstown. Fanah-Fest is happening over the weekend 25-26 November. On Saturday 25 November, we’ll be officially launching our new #MauritiustoMitchelstown brewery, complete with beer tours and tastings from 2pm to 5pm. Then we’re off into Mitchelstown for a live music and beer trail, fun, games and merriment. On Sunday 26 November, there will be a music and beer trail around Mitchelstown from 5pm onwards. The event is free – if you’d like to register in advance, you can do so on EventBrite.ie or just turn up! Keep an eye on #FANAHFEST on social media (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram) for more details.  Eight Degrees draught available in: An Bodhrán, Mitchelstown The Beehive J’s Bar & Beer Garden Jackie O Briens, Walsh’s Bar Mitchelstown The Ramble Inn Mulberry Tree

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Taste Cork and Eight Degrees

The second Taste Cork week is taking place from Monday 16 to Sunday 22 October 2017. Don’t miss these events with Eight Degrees Brewing. A Six-Course Feast of Pit-Smoked BBQ Paired with Irish Craft Beer When: 7pm, Tuesday 17th October, 2017 Where: Holy Smoke, Little Hanover Street, Cork Tickets: €45, to include six courses of bbq food and beer pairings. https://www.eventbrite.com Holy Smoke always cooks up an almighty storm and this Tuesday night event is no exception. Pitmasters John Relihan and Decky Walsh serve up a six course feast of barbecue dishes, paired with a carefully chosen selection of beers from Cork microbreweries – including ourselves. The meal will be guided by beer expert and food writer Caroline Hennessy, presenting and explaining the beer pairing for each dish. Meet the Makers Tour, Chat & Lunch When: 12pm, Wednesday 18th October, 2017 Where: Ballyvolane House More info: Taste Cork Week ‘Meet the Makers’ at Ballyvolane House Tickets: €37.50 per person to include a B&T on arrival, the tour, lunch and beer and cider tipples. To buy, email info@ballyvolanehouse.ie, phone 025 36349, Paypal. This Meet the Makers Tour, Chat and – very importantly! – Lunch at Ballyvolane House is with Bertha’s Revenge Gin distillers Antony and Justin, Scott, our own Eight Degrees Brewing brewer and cidermaker Daniel of Stonewell Cider. The whole shebang starts at 12pm with a tour of the house, garden and Bertha’s Revenge Gin distillery. Lunch will be served at 1pm, with tipples from Eight Degrees Brewing and Stonewell Cider.    

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Limited Edition: Enigma Single Hop IPA

As the name suggests, the Enigma hop has a flavour profile which is difficult to crack. Some say raspberries and redcurrant – others say rock melon and tropical fruit. Enigma now forms part of our Single Hop IPA series. A solid malt backbone transports this wonderful hop to the fore. Expect lots of fruity rock melon, spiced with some orange zest and a balancing crisp hop bitterness. Puzzling, ambiguous and inexplicable; we challenge you to discover for yourself Enigma’s unique, yet irresistible, flavours and aromas. Short description: fruity rock melon Style: Single Hop IPA Malt: Irish pale ale malt, CaraPils, Munich, Cara Hops: Enigma all the way Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 65 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pours a dark gold with a fluffy pale head Aroma: sweet rock melon and citrus on the nose. Flavour: that fruity melon flavour carries through, with some orange zest. Full forward Enigma hop bitterness. A straightforward West Coast IPA. Aftertaste: dry spicy aftertaste, with a hint of pepper. Food pairings: have you ever had blue cheese matched with an IPA? Well, this is an ideal beer to start with. Drink Enigma SHIPA with a mild creamy blue – like Wicklow Blue – or alongside a Cashel Blue and Bacon Tart. Launch Date: September 2017 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social: #EnigmaSHIPA

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An Audible Tasting at Hearsay International Audio Arts Festival

Last Saturday night, our beer was in church. The Old Church in Kilfinane, Co Limerick, a central point for the Hearsay International Audio Festival, to be precise. It was there for An Audible Tasting, a pairing of local crafted beer with original crafted audio from Audible. We brought five different styles of beer to the event; Eric Nuzum of Audible brought and presented the audio with producer Jesse Baker while Caroline Hennessy of this parish / freelance broadcaster and beer book author / native of Kilfinane talked us through the beer tasting. Then we all headed to the pub. An Audible Tasting There are some things that could only happen at HearSay – An Audible Tasting offering treats for the mouth and ears is definitely one of them. HearSay Invitees are asked to a guided tasting unlike any other, as a selection of carefully crafted audio pieces from Audible is paired with stunning locally brewed craft beers. The rich, subtle nature of both will be filtered through creative insights from passionate audio producers Collin Campbell, Lina Misitzis, Jesse Baker & Olivia Natt  and the in-depth knowledge of one of Ireland’s finest food writers. With Eric Nuzum (USA), Audible’s Vice President of Original Content Development, and Caroline Hennessy (Ire) Broadcaster and author of Sláinte – The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider. Beers used Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner Lager Wayfarer Sour IPA The Full Irish Single Malt IPA Amber Ella American Amber Ale Knockmealdown Irish Stout   The first tasting pair! What a way to close out Saturday. #HearSay17 pic.twitter.com/NsFUHRQyxp — HearSayAudioFestival (@HearSayFestival) September 30, 2017 A post shared by Caroline Hennessy (@bibliocook) on Oct 1, 2017 at 12:50pm PDT

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Finalist! Blog Awards Ireland

We’re delighted to learn that we’re finalists for the 2017 Blog Awards Ireland. We made it through in two categories, along with a lot of other great blogs. Best of luck to all on Thursday 5 October! Corporate Blog > Food & Drink Baby Led Feeding – Healthy food for babies that the entire family will love Craft Digital Eight Degrees Brewing Lidl Recipes – More For You Mummy Cooks Baby and Family Recipes Recipe Guru Ristorante Rinuccini Corporate Blog > Marketing and Communications #LoveRevolve Digital Training Institute Eight Degrees Brewing Pipa Marketing Property District: Where Professionals Prosper Spiderworking – The No Nonsense Guide To Digital Marketing For Small Business The Wolfgang Blog TravelMedia.ie Yellow Machine

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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. Все любители азартных игр в большей степени выбирают бренд игровых автоматов Вулкан благодаря обстановке и условиям,

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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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