Dublin Beer Cup Bronze Medals for The Full Irish IPA, Hurricane IPA

Delighted to come back from last weekend’s Alltech Craft Beer and Food Festival with a pair of medals for our premium range beers, The Full Irish Single Malt IPA and Hurricane IPA. Tasting notes: Hurricane IPA The Full Irish Single Malt IPA Find a list of the medal winners of the 2016 Dublin Beer Cup and its mate, the Dublin Cider Cup, online here. Congratulations to Rye River, who took the Dublin Beer Cup for Francis’ Big Bangin IPA. It was a great weekend, by all reports – although *some* of us had to stay home and mind the brewery. We’re not bitter, though – at least we have people out there on Twitter that will capture the Aussie and Kiwi in the very act of working/not working. The end of the night is near and it's time for some @8degreesbrewing #snoweater #AlltechBrews @AlltechBrews pic.twitter.com/5EMmTVDSRS — James O'Toole (@JamesOToole18) February 5, 2016 Happy Waitangi Day from our 2 Kiwi craft brewers in Ireland @8degreesbrewing @MontBeerIE @AlltechBrews #WaitangiDay pic.twitter.com/F1ikGvg47l — Manor Brewing Co. (@ManorBrewingCo) February 6, 2016 In other news, The Double Irish Imperial IPA is now out in the wilds – go searching in your local independent off licence! There was a lot of happiness when it arrived at O’Brien’s in Naas. The @8degreesbrewing Double Irish has landed! Never have we been so excited about a new beer in Naas pic.twitter.com/UBJvna0uhM (^Naas) — O'Briens Wine (@OBriensWine) February 9, 2016 In other, other news, the EDB blog was chuffed to get a mention in Media HQ’s feature on 5 of the Best Irish Business Blogs: “This blog shows that frills are not always needed, words alone can wow.” Thanks for reading my words!

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Eight Degrees on tour: Hospitality Expo, Alltech Beerfest

The year is kicking off in style (we won’t count January!) as we pack the beers for the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair, which kicks off in Dublin’s Convention Centre tomorrow and runs until Sunday. And what beers are we packing? Well, it can’t have escaped your notice that we’ve been busy preparing for the return of – ta da! – The Double Irish Imperial IPA. I had to write tasting notes last week; it was a tough job, I kept having to go back to the fermenter for another *sample*. But I got there in the end. You will let me know if there are any typos, won’t you? Beers for Alltech  The Double Irish Imperial IPA SnowEater Red IPA Vic Secret Black IPA Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner Lager So, your choice of imperial, red, black – or Bohemian! Get your tickets online in advance from their website. Opening hours Friday, February 5th: 5pm – 10pm Saturday, February 6th: 12.30pm – 10pm Sunday, February 7th: 12.30pm – 7pm That’s not all we’re up to this week. If you happen to be at the Hospitality Expo in the RDS, you might spot the lads hard at work there too. It’s open today – Thursday – until 5pm. Getting ready for #HospitalityExpo at the RDS Dublin. Wed and Thurs. pic.twitter.com/awadCXzElC — EightDegreesBrewing (@8degreesbrewing) February 2, 2016 Just in case our hard-working Aussie would get bored, this week we also had him – autocorrect notwithstanding – at the SFA National Small Business Awards showcase event at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin. I quite like the idea of the radiator blue royal hotel. <blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”> Ready to go at the #sfaawards at the radiator blue royal. pic.twitter.com/IYXagxkQjK — EightDegreesBrewing(@8degreesbrewing) February 1, 2016

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Limited Edition: The Double Irish Imperial IPA

We have taken our award-winning The Full Irish IPA and amped up the hops to create her bigger and bolder brother, the Double Irish. Using 100% premium Irish malted barley, this elegant unadorned malt profile allows us to showcase all that’s great about New World hops. Expect a tropical fruit explosion with plenty of residual pine hop flavours. Big, bold – and naturally adventurous. Short description: Imperial IPA – big and bold – New World hops Style: Imperial IPA Hops: Pacific Jade, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy, Ella Malt: Two-Row Malted Irish Barley ABV: 9.0% IBUs: 93 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: warm rich orange colour. Aroma: leading from the start with mango, followed by orange and pine undertones. Flavour: Think The Full Irish, dialed up to 11. Lots of luscious tropical fruit, especially that deep mango flavour, nicely balanced with pine and orange pith. Lots of spicy tingle to temper the full-bodied richness. Aftertaste: a delicious bitter pine finish. Food pairings: 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, this is what we want to drink with a spatchcocked tandori 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. Reviews: Lots of grapefruit and orange marmalade make up the guts of it, with darker mandarin and tangerine stuff hiding in the folds of the sweet fruit, along with mango, a hint of pine and just a smidgen of Starbursts. The Drunken Destrier Re-launch Date: February 2016 Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: bottles and limited draught

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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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