Eight Degrees in finals for SFA National Awards

We were delighted to learn last week that we’re finalists in the Food & Drink category for the 2016 SFA National Small Business Awards. There’s a total of 35 companies across 7 categories in this final round, spread across 16 different counties. In our category, there’s the making of a fine meal… FOOD & DRINK CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Bord Bia: Cornucopia – Dublin Eight Degrees Brewing – Cork Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats – Roscommon Java Republic – Dublin Oriel Sea Salt & Minerals – Louth Paris Texas – Kilkenny We now need to remind certain people that they’ll have to get back in training to fit into their suits for the award ceremony in March. It might be a belts and braces situation… Thursday, 10 December 2015 – The Avondhu: Mitchelstown company is national awards finalist

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Now pouring: 11 December 2015

Listen up, people! This week’s now pouring list: Revolution Waterford – Full Irish IPA Oskars, Waterford – Full Irish IPA The Beerhouse, Dublin – there’s a total of FOUR of our draught beers on at the moment – Snoweater RIPA, Signal Belgian Stout, Sunburnt Irish Red, Barefoot Bohemian Pils Ashling Hotel Dublin – Big River IPA Thomas Connolly Sligo – Vic Secret Black IPA Porterhouse Brewing Company, Temple Bar – Signal Belgian Stout Source, Tramore – Sunburnt Irish Red Brewery Corner, Kilkenny – Snoweater Red IPA Spirit Store, Dundalk – Signal P. Mac’s, Dublin – Signal You’ll also find a *few* of our beers at Blackbird Rathmines – a big thank you to them for hosting such a fantastic ‪#‎8of8on8th‬ night last Tuesday! Plus, some information on our just-launched seasonal specials – Snow Eater Red IPA, Signal Belgian Stout and Mór Barleywine – bottles in all good off licences now.

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Winter 2015: The Three Wise Men: Snow Eater Red IPA – Signal Belgian Stout – Mór Barleywine

At Eight Degrees, we like to warm ourselves right up for wintertime – it might be the Antipodean influence – and we also like to do things in threes. For winter 2015 we’ve brewed a trilogy of gorgeous beers that will make you forget about the weather outside, as you sip and enjoy these examples of the brewers’ art. Take your pick from Snow Eater Red IPA, a red ale with a spiced orange feel and seasonal flavours of pine and tangerine; the deep toffee and chocolate flavours of Signal Belgian Stout; or savour a snifter of Mór Barleywine – a big, bold giant of a beer. All beers now available from your local independent off licence. Limited availability of Snow Eater and Signal on draught. 2015 was a very successful year for Eight Degrees Brewing, with The Full Irish IPA being named Beer of the Year by independent Irish consumer group Beoir and Hurricane IPA taking a bronze medal at the Dublin Beer Cup. Eight Degrees Brewing was also highly commended in the Food & Drink category at the Small Firms Association Awards and won four gold stars at the 2015 Great Taste Awards (two for each of core range Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale and Sunburnt Irish Red Ale). Snow Eater Red IPA 6.2% Chinook is the hop of choice in this Red Indian Pale Ale. Deep, intense caramel malt flavours are cut beautifully with lots of hops, which bring a spiced orange feel to proceedings. It’s the perfect time for a warm, fuzzy glow. With food: Pine and tangerine? This is the beer for your turkey dinner. Strong enough to stand up to the onslaught of all the trimmings – bitter cranberry sauce, sweet ham, herby stuffing, milky bread sauce, vinegary red cabbage, sulphuric brussels sprouts – it will

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8 tap takeover at 8pm on December 8th – Blackbird, Rathmines

Fancy tasting our trilogy of Christmas beers on draught? Bring yourself along to Blackbird in Rathmines, 82-84 Rathmines Road Lower, for 8pm on December 8th for a very special tap takeover. It’s the first draught appearance of our full Christmas range – Snow Eater Red IPA, Signal Belgian Stout and Mór Barleywine – along with limited editions Big River Tasmanian IPA and Polar Vortex IPA. We’ll also have a couple of our premium brews there (Hurricane IPA and The Full Irish Single Malt IPA), bringing the total up to 8 with a true classic: Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner Lager. Something for everything, I think you’ll agree! Pints are €4 (apart from the 10.2% Mór). See you there. Eight Degrees: Naturally Advent!  

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Eight Degrees in Merrion Square, Dublin

Ok, we’re nearly at the end of November. I think we can *mention* – just mention, mind you – Christmas now. There’ll be no talk of trees and decorations just yet. But we’ve got something that’s making us feel all Christmasy. It’s Christmas on the Square, organised by The Merrion Square Innovation Network, which is taking place in and around the gorgeous Georgian houses on Merrion Square in Dublin. We’ll be doing tastings at The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, No 8, Merrion Square tomorrow – Saturday 28 November, between 12pm and 5pm for Meet the Craft Drink Makers. There are lots of other lovely free events taking place as part of this event. You can find out all about it in many different ways: Twitter @merrionsqdub Hashtag is #merrionsqchristmas Facebook www.facebook.com/MerrionSquareDublin Website www.merrionsquare.ie  Full details of the programme here. The online programme in PDF form is here.

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EDB in Belfast

It’s all go! The lads are up in Northern Ireland for a whole series of events organised by Prohibition NI. In summary: 7pm Thursday 26 November – Belfast – The Woodworkers tap takeover, first appearances of two of our limited edition winter specials, Mór Barleywine and Signal Belgian Stout. 7pm Friday 27 November – Portrush – Kiwi’s Brew Bar, Meet the Brewer tasting evening 2-5pm Saturday 26 November – Dungannon – Ranfurly House, Winter Beer Tasting featuring Mike’s Fancy Cheese 7pm Saturday 26 November – Hollywood – The Bay Tree, Meet the Brewer dinner with some incredible pairings. The Bay Tree menu  Pheasant & Pork Terrine with Melba Toast and Orange & Onion Chutney. + Sunburnt Irish Red Ale Roast Cod with Celeriac Puree, Salsa Verde & Roast Tomato. + Polar Vortex IPA Chicken stuffed with Black Pudding & Apple, with Mustard Sauce. + Hurricane IPA Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Apricots & Preserved Lemon. + Full Irish Single Malt IPA Chocolate Pecan Brownie with Malted Muscovado Cream. + Millennium IIPA Keep an eye on Twitter/FB – there’ll be a lot happening!   So in summary @8degreesbrewing NI visit consists these super events: Get involved! pic.twitter.com/5o1YOKw9WN — Prohibition (@ProhibitionNI) November 26, 2015

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Winter 2015: Limited edition – Mór Barleywine

Mór. And Mór and Mór. This is a giant of a beer. With more caramel malt, more hops and more alcohol. Barleywine may be an old English style but this is a very EDB take on the classic, using copious amounts of American hops. Golden brown in the glass, with a thick white head, the gloriously big, bold flavours of Mór are based on a huge malt body. With masses of dried fruit flavours – particularly apricot – to the fore, there’s a spicy flourish of warming alcohol to finish. It’s a glass of Mór. Short description: barleywine – sweet, boozy, fruity – drink with care! Style: Barleywine Hops: Centennial, Cascade. Malt: Two-Row Malted Barley, Caramel and Crystal Malt ABV: 10.2% IBUs: 91 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: golden brown with a nice white head. Aroma: sweet boozy fruit and caramel on the nose. Flavour: aged in our conditioning tanks since the end of the summer, this is a well-balanced, big, bold beer. Lively and fruity, with sweet caramel notes, there are masses of dried fruits here, with a particular concentration of intensely flavoured dried apricot. Aftertaste: this will give you a seriously warm glow, with a lingering spicy alcohol finish. Food pairings: It’s worth pouring this into a snifter glass and savouring slowly by itself but, if you insist on matching it with food, grab a box of those soft Medjool dates and complement the caramel flavours. Traditionally, blue cheese makes a great contrast, but you need something particularly strong and pungent, like the raw milk Bellingham Blue. If you can get your hands on some goats’ cheese chocolate truffles – check out Dovina Chocolates in Dingle and Kilkenny’s The Truffle Fairy for these – you have an incredible pairing. Staying with the sweet side, try this with the darkest,

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Winter 2015: Limited edition – Signal Belgian Stout

Signal de Botrange is the highest mountain in Belgium, souring a massive 694m into the sky. It is almost as high as our neighbouring giant the Knockmealdown, but not quite. Belgium and Ireland are known for punching above their weight when it comes to beer, so it is fitting that they should come together for this Irish Export Stout brewed with a Belgian ale yeast. Inky black with a beautiful tan head, Signal has deep toffee and dark chocolate flavours. What lifts it from the marvelous to the sublime are the peppery notes from the yeast. Think spicy chocolate stout – and raise your glass to the mountains. Short description: Belgian stout – cacao and coffee flavours – try with Yule logs. Or selection boxes. Style: Belgian Stout Hops: Admiral. Malt: Two-row Irish Malted Barley, Malted Oats, Special B, Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Carafa. ABV: 6.0% IBUs: 34 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: inky black with a fine tan head. Aroma: spicy yeast, cocoa powder and bitter dark malts. Flavour: smooth and complex, with dark, delicious chocolate and coffee notes and a hint of caramel and peppery spice as it warms up in the glass. Aftertaste: a nice dry aftertaste, with a flourish of cacao to finish. Food pairings: This is what you want as an after dinner drink. Put it with a Yule Log and you’ll be in Christmas heaven. If you’re a Christmas pudding fan, complement it with the spicy flavours in this beer. Other favourite pairings are dark chocolate truffles – but this will also cut the sweetness from that selection box that you snaffled from the kids. Good to keep in mind. Launch Date: December 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Limited edition – SnowEater Red IPA

The Chinook of the Pacific Northwest – also known as a ‘snow eater’ – is a warm, dry wind that blows down the side of the Rockies and can melt foot-high snow in a day. It is also the name of a Native American Indian tribe. A Chinook wind can substantially raise winter temperatures; we hope this beer will be your winter warmer. Not by chance, Chinook is the hop of choice in this Red Indian Pale Ale. Deep, intense caramel malt flavours are cut beautifully with lots of hops, which bring a spiced orange feel to proceedings. It’s the perfect time for a warm, fuzzy glow. Short description: Red IPA – tangerine and pine – lingering citrus tang Style: Red IPA Malt: Two-Row Irish Malted Barley, Crystal, Special B Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Amarillo ABV: 6.2% Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a glorious russet colour in the glass, with a dense white head. Aroma: tangerine pith, pine. Flavour: deliciously rounded and smooth with spicy pine needles and deep bitter tangerine flavours. Aftertaste: lingering citrus tang, inviting you to take another sip. Food pairings: pine and tangerine? This is the beer for your turkey dinner. Strong enough to stand up to the onslaught of all the trimmings – bitter cranberry sauce, sweet ham, herby stuffing, milky bread sauce, vinegary red cabbage, sulphuric brussels sprouts – it will clear your palate in a trice, ready to complement the next slice of roasted turkey. Hoppy enough to stand up to goose or duck as well. Take the opportunity to try it with some gorgeous Skeaghanore smoked duck breast from West Cork. Launch Date: first released December 2015. Back due to popular demand!  Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Limited edition – Big River Tasmanian IPA

Big River is an Aboriginal tribe located just north of the Derwent in southern Tasmania. The Big River tribe lived so remotely, it was claimed that they were the simplest people on Earth. They existed in harmony with nature for millennia and now the spectacularly fertile land where they lived is prime hop growing country. Our IPA showcases two wonderful hops from the region, Ella and Enigma. Short description: Tassie IPA – tangerine and passion fruit – tart bitterness Style: IPA Hops: Ella, Enigma Malt: 2-row base Irish malt Strength: 5.3% ABV Bitterness: 46 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: bright orange colour, fluffy white head. Aroma: strong floral notes, combined with a bright passion fruit and fresh pine aroma. Flavour: hops are to the fore here, with up front bitter tangerine flavours, followed by complex pine resin and tart redcurrant. Touch of anise in the finish. Aftertaste: pleasant lingering tart bitterness. Food pairings: this Tasmanian IPA has lots of lovely bitter pine flavours, which makes it the perfect match for an oily smoked fish like salmon, mackerel or trout. The hops cut through the rich fish – think of how you would serve Burren Smokehouse salmon with a lemon segment on the side – while the anise works as a delicious counterpoint. Make a smoked fish pate with Cork smoked mackerel from Woodcock Smokery or Belvelly Smokehouse and see how the flavours sing together or try it with a baked potato topped with Goatsbridge Smoked Trout. First launched: October 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Watch out! Vic Secret is back in town

It’s back – briefly! – and kegs of our fab Vic Secret Black IPA left the brewery last week so watch out for them in the following spots: Harry Byrnes, Dublin Thomas Connolly Sligo Porterhouse Cork Against The Grain Dublin The Salthouse Bar Sunday Music Session, Galway Alfie Byrne’s by Galway Bay Brewery, Dublin 57 The Headline, Dublin The Brew Dock, Dublin Foley’s Hop House, Galway Bottles were also released into the wild this week so watch out for them in your local independent off licence. Tasting notes? But, of course… Single Hop Series: Vic Secret  

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The Irish Times: Millennium Imperial IPA

From Take it Home by John Wilson in The Irish Times Fri, Oct 9, 2015 Millennium Imperial IPA, Eight Degrees Brewing 10% I met Scott from Eight Degrees in the basement corridor of a Dublin hotel this week. He was gently bemoaning the massive delays they have encountered in expanding their brewery down in Mitchelstown. Lack of space puts a huge pressure on everything and everyone in a brewery, but he seems to be handling it well. However, lack of space hasn’t stopped them releasing a series of interesting seasonal beers. I tried the spicy malty Ochtoberfest Bock, sadly now all gone, and the Millennium amongst others at the Craft Beer Fest. For their thousandth brew, the team decided to make the most alcoholic, most highly hopped beer yet, coming in at a warming 10% alcohol. It is complex on nose and palate, full-bodied with masses of resin and masses of peach and pineapple fruits, finishing very long and dry. Remarkably well-balanced and very enjoyable. Definitely not a session beer; this is one to sit down and slowly savour while watching Mike Ross sprint in for his fourth try against the French… in the Millennium stadium.

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