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February 2015: Limited edition – Gasman Rye IPA

February 2015: Limited edition release Gasman is a hop-forward rye ale with plenty of Aussie aroma hops, including a rare gem named Topaz. Topaz is a child of the 80s but when treated right she exudes a superb aroma of light tropical fruit with a hint of lychee. The name? Ode to Willie: Willie is a gasman, and our gas man, always with a smile on his face and a joke to share. He rolls up to the brewery to deliver the fuel to drive the boiler to make the beer that you like best. Willie is the quintessential Irish gasman, able to brighten every day with his infectious chuckle. This beer is dedicated to Willie. Short description: rye IPA – tropical fruit – lingering spice Style: Rye IPA Malt: Irish pale malt, crystal malt, rye malt Hops: Topaz, Vic Secret Strength: 7.8% ABV Bitterness: 68 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a dark golden colour in the glass, good retention with a fluffy head. Aroma: deliciously concentrated aroma of passion fruit with lychee and lime. Flavour: bold, full bodied tropical pineapple and melon flavour balanced with a deep pine resin. Aftertaste: lingering peppery spice. Food pairings: with enough body to stand up to chilli heat and a peppery aftertaste, this is the beer to have with spicy Thai and Vietnamese food. Try a Thai beef red curry with eggplant, Bánh mì (with lots of chillis) or bo kho (a Vietnamese beef stew). Launch Date: February 2015 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Cork’s Eight Degrees Brewing makes Ireland’s favourite beer; brewery expansion in Mitchelstown

Beoir members vote number one for Cork’s Eight Degrees Brewing The Full Irish named 2015 Beer of the Year by independent Irish consumer group Brewery expands in Mitchelstown to meet demand Eight Degrees Brewing were delighted to learn on Friday night that their single malt IPA, The Full Irish, had been voted Beer of the Year 2015 by independent consumer group Beoir. Beoir was set up in 2010 with the primary aim of “supporting and raising of Ireland’s native independent microbreweries.” This is the fourth year that Beoir has run a competition to find Ireland’s favourite beer. All beers brewed and sold in Ireland over the last 12 months are eligible for entry; previous winners have included Metalman Pale Ale and Of Foam & Fury from Galway Bay Brewery. With the marked increase in new Irish microbreweries during 2014, there was a total of 128 beers eligible for entry. The Full Irish, a beer first brewed for the Franciscan Well EasterFest 2014, is brewed using 100% Irish malt and showcases the best home-grown barley, malted in Cork. Owner-brewer Cameron Wallace said “We’re delighted with the award and would like to thank all the Beoir members for voting. Credit goes to our head brewer Mike Magee and the Malting Company of Ireland whose base malt can stand up to all those hops – no easy task!” Owner brewer Scott Baigent added: “we’re proud to be standing on that podium with The White Hag Brewery and Galway Bay Brewery, both amazing brewers banging out the sexy beers.” The The White Hag Brewery’s Black Boar was named first runner up; previous winner Galway Bay Brewery’s Of Foam and Fury was second runner up. This success for Eight Degrees Brewing follows on their 2014 award for Amber Ella American Amber Ale, a beer which

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Mauritius to Mitchelstown: the story so far

You might remember the start of the story. We sent Cam and Scott all the way to Mauritius to find the ideal German-manufactured Kaspar-Schulz brewing equipment, raised money through Linked Finance to bring it back to Mitchelstown and it’s now starting to arrive. So, just to recap, this is the brewery in Mauritius when the lads went out there in September (hardship posting) to see what it looked like.  Then we needed enough money to bring all that gorgeous stainless steel back to Mitchelstown so we partnered with Irish crowd-funding platform Linked Finance in October to raise those funds: Join the adventure! From Mauritius to Mitchelstown The lads were even so good as to shoot a video while they were out in the Mauritius sunshine. I think they were trying to prove that they didn’t spend all their time on the beach. Nice try. Money in hand, thanks to the Linked Finance investors, the brewery was packed up in Mauritius at the start of November, ready for its long journey to Mitchelstown. And then we waited. Until this arrived in January. Excuse the lack of focus – we were too excited (and scared- there were a lot of pipes). Three containers arrived and were unloaded amidst the snow and ice in Mitchelstown. There were LOTS of pipes. And none of the big stuff. I’ll just let you have a look at the panoramic view of what lies before us. It’s an awfully big adventure and you can follow our progress by using #MauritiustoMitchelstown on Twitter – we’ve got seven flat rack trucks arriving with all the big stuff in the next couple of weeks. Then to put the whole bloody thing back together, in Mitchelstown, to produce some more of our great Irish beer.

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Limited editions – 30 January

The limited edition kegs that departed the brewery for better places this week include: Amber Ella Galway – a new install at Dock No.1; Salthouse Dublin – Against the Grain; McSorleys Tasting notes (and song): Amber Ella American Amber Ale Full Irish  (just so I have an excuse to put *that* picture on this post. Until the lads notice, that is.) Dublin – The Blackbird, Rathmines Tasting notes: Full Irish Single Malt IPA  Honourable mention also to The Merchant Arch in Temple Bar, who are hosting Céilí House on RTÉ Radio One this Saturday night. They have Howling Gale Ale and Sunburnt Irish Red on draught if you want to whet your (tin) whistle during the show!

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A Very Imperial Winter: draught and bottles

Whew! This week we had so much beer flying out of the brewery that we had to use an extra truck. Just so you can get your hands on all these lovelies. It’s mostly our Very Imperial Winter trilogy, with some Amber Ella and Hurricane thrown in there for good measure. Enjoy. Sensibly. Of course. Tasting notes: A Very Imperial Winter Draught Belgian Dubbel (Limited Edition) Bull and Castle, Porterhouse Temple Bar, The Norseman, Porterhouse Central, The Beer House, 57 The Headline, Ashton’s Gastropub, Dark Horse, BierHaus Cork, Porterhouse Cork Double Irish IPA (Limited Edition) Bull and Castle, Salthouse Galway, Porterhouse Temple Bar, The Norseman, Porterhouse Central, Alfie Byrnes, 57 The Headline, Against the Grain, The Brew Dock, The Beer House, Porterhouse Cork Russian Imperial Stout (Limited Edition) Bull and Castle, Salthouse Galway, Porterhouse Temple Bar, The Norseman, Porterhouse Central, Alfie Byrnes, 57 The Headline, Against the Grain Amber Ella (Premium) The Norseman, Porterhouse Temple Bar Hurricane IPA (Premium) The Norseman, The Magpie Inn, 57 The Headline, McSorleys Pub Also, especially for anyone wandering Temple Bar and in need of a good pint – or six – the Norseman have an Eight Degrees Tap Takeover happening at the moment. Line up there is Russian Imperial Stout, Belgian Dubbel, Double Irish, Amber Ella, Hurricane and, for traditionalists, Howling Gale. Bottles Belgian Dubbel (Limited Edition) Porterhouse Temple Bar, Baggot Street Wines, Jus de Vine, Drinkstore.ie, Bradleys Off Licence, Blackrock Cellar, Galvins Wine and Spirits, Martins Off Licence, McHugh Off Licence Double Irish IPA (Limited Edition) Porterhouse Temple Bar, Baggot Street Wines, Jus de Vine, Donnybrook Fair, Drinkstore.ie, Bradleys Off Licence, Blackrock Cellar, Galvins Wine and Spirits, Martins Off Licence, The Malt House, McHugh Off Licence Russian Imperial Stout (Limited Edition) Bradleys Off Licence, Porterhouse Temple Bar, Baggot Street Wines, Jus de Vine, Donnybrook Fair, Drinkstore.ie, Blackrock Cellar, Galvins Wine and

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A Very Imperial Winter 2014/15

Eight Degrees Brewing brings you a Very Imperial Winter. Just landing in independent off licences and on draught this week! We have three beers to tempt and warm you over the cooler season. For the depths of winter, our Russian Imperial Stout returns. This year it’s darker and slightly sinister, containing even more dark crystal, black malt and roasted barley. Next up is a Christmas treat for those who have been good all year; the warming red glow of a Belgian Dubbel. Think Christmas pudding in a glass, this revered style balances toasted malt with hints of plum, fig and raisin. The new light dawns with a double IPA using 100% Irish premium malt. The Double Irish lets us experiment with New World hops to brighten the depths of the Irish winter.     Russian Imperial Stout 9% ABV Back by popular demand, this beer is all about the malt. Dark complex malts were added in such quantities that our mash tun was fit to burst. A long conditioning time produces a rounded and complex imperial stout, extremely dense, with a smooth mouthfeel. Up-front cocoa and dark chocolate aromas with rum and raisin notes – beautifully warming on chilly evenings. Belgian Dubbel 7.2% ABV Quite simply Christmas pudding in a glass, this is our take on the revered Belgian style. Exotic malts like Chateau Abbey, CaraBelge and Special W combine to produce hints of fig, plum and raisin, creating a warming, brandy-like sensation. The authentic Belgian Abbey yeast imparts a nutmeg and clove spiciness to complete this festive treat. The Double Irish 9.0% ABV It’s Christmas for hopheads too and this is our gift to them. Like its brother, The Full Irish, we only use 100% Irish premium ale malt. This elegant unadorned malt profile allows us to showcase all

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If you haven’t been living under a social media stone for the last while, you probably know that this is THE weekend for Irish craft beer and cider aficionados. We’re all off to the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival in Dublin’s RDS and the good news is that the weekend kicks off at 5pm on Thursday 4 September! And so, to this year’s line up: Nelson Sauvin Saison 7.4% abv Possibly one of the hardest hops to track down is the hugely popular Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand, and with good reason. Hailing from Nelson himself, Scott had to call in some local favours to secure us a supply of their gorgeous hop flowers. Nelson Sauvin hops have all of the white grape and gooseberry flavours associated with its namesake grape. We have decided to showcase these characteristics by replicating the traditional fruit additions to a subtle Saison malt base with Nelson Sauvin hops for a modern hoppy take on the traditional Saison style. How does it taste? Sweet as, bro! This is the third in our single hop series, following on from Vic Secret and Simcoe Rye Ale

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Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival – this weekend!

If you haven’t been living under a social media stone for the last while, you probably know that this is THE weekend for Irish craft beer aficionados. We’re all off to the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival in Dublin’s RDS and the good news is that the weekend kicks off at 5pm on Thursday 4 September! And so, to this year’s line up: Nelson Sauvin Saison 7.4% abv Possibly one of the hardest hops to track down is the hugely popular Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand, and with good reason. Hailing from Nelson himself, Scott had to call in some local favours to secure us a supply of their gorgeous hop flowers. Nelson Sauvin hops have all of the white grape and gooseberry flavours associated with its namesake grape. We have decided to showcase these characteristics by replicating the traditional fruit additions to a subtle Saison malt base with Nelson Sauvin hops for a modern hoppy take on the traditional Saison style. How does it taste? Sweet as, bro! This is the third in our single hop series, following on from Vic Secret and Simcoe Rye Ale Alba Abu – Scottish Independence Ale – 5% abv The beer Alba Abu was developed as a collaboration brew with Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms and uses wild heather and Scots Pine needles foraged from the Galtee Mountains. It is loosely based on a Scotch Ale, with a solid roasted toffee malt base and subtly balanced with a floral heather and aromatic pine aroma. We also hope it will stimulate a Scottish independence debate amongst the Irish. Simcoe Rye Ale – 6% abv Head brewer Mike’s favourite hop in the world is Simcoe from Yakima Valley, US. The classic Simcoe hop characteristics of tangerine and passion fruit aroma combines nicely with a spicy/ peppery

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Three Great Taste Awards for Eight Degrees

Two stars for Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale and one star for Knockmealdown Porter. Last night the results of the Great Taste 2014 food awards were released and we were delighted to learn that our Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale won two stars while the Knockmealdown Porter was also awarded a star. Great Taste is the world’s largest blind-tasted food awards, judged by more than 400 food critics, chefs, cooks, farmers, food writers and journalists. The judges were particularly taken with Howling Gale: ‘Effervescent with a wonderfully aromatic nose. A clean palate with a relatively light body but well managed – floral and caramel elements working well together. A pleasing finish with good length. Well made and attractive.’ This marks the third and fourth award for Eight Degrees Brewing in a year which has already seen Amber Ella take a World Beer Cup bronze medal in April and Sunburnt Irish Red Ale win silver at the 2014 Global Craft Beer Awards in July. Read more: Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale Knockmealdown Porter Amber-Ella takes bronze at the World Beer Cup Sunburnt Irish Red Ale

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Summer 2014: Single hop series – Simcoe Rye Ale

Head brewer Mike’s favourite hop in the world is, without a doubt, Simcoe from Yakima Valley in Washington, US. To showcase this wonderful hop we have combined it with a subtle red rye ale. The classic Simcoe tangerine and passion fruit aroma are on full display here and interplay nicely with the spicy/peppery rye malt base. Is your mouth watering yet? Style: Rye Ale Malt: Irish pale malt, crystal malt, rye malt Hops: Simcoe Strength: 6% ABV Bitterness: 59 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: golden colour, fluffy off-white head with good retention. Aroma: intense aromas of pine, tangerine and passion fruit. Flavour: big bold tangerine peel flavour, peppery rye spice at the tip of your tongue. Good balance between full-flavoured hop and the crystal/rye malts. Aftertaste: smooth and lingering spice Food pairings: this is one to savour all by itself. Launch Date: July 2014 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Now available – draught The Salt House, Galway The Friary, Cork THe Bierhaus, Cork Darkey Kellys Pub, Dublin 8 The Magpie Inn, Dalkey, Co Dublin Against the Grain, Dublin 2 Porterhouse Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Bull & Castle, Dublin 2 JW Kavanaghs, Dublin 1 The Norseman (formerly Farringtons), Dublin 2 An Bodhran, Mitchelstown, Co Cork Now available – bottles Brick Alley Cafe, Dublin 2 Bradleys Off Licence, Cork City Mortons, Dublin 6

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Single Hop Series – Vic Secret

It’s no secret that Eight Degrees are pure hop heads and we always seek to understand these beautiful flowers and their individual flavours and aromas better. Our brewers have selected three of the sexiest hops from around the globe (well, Australia, New Zealand and Yakima Valley in the US) and paired them with a beer style that best reflects their characteristics. For best results, pour beer into a tall glass, get your nose in there, close your eyes and inhale. The aroma will transport you to those sunny hop origins. The Vic Secret hop, named after a beautiful state in Australia, has long been on Cam’s brewing wish list. Only released in 2013, this new hop variety has quickly become renowned in the craft brewing world for its clean, resinous, tropical fruit notes, rivaling one of our other favourite Aussie hops, Galaxy. Style: Black IPA Malt: Irish pale malt, Carafa III Hops: Vic Secret Strength: 6% ABV Bitterness: 52 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: black in the glass with off-white creamy head. Light carbonation. Aroma: a hop-forward ale, with bold, seductive passion fruit, lychee and pineapple fruit aromas. Flavour: bitter fruit with a subtle dark malt body. Aftertaste: a complex bitterness on the finish that leaves you wanting more. Food pairings: put some spice with this black IPA, something like a deep, dark black bean chilli or one of Green Saffron’s full-flavoured Rogan Josh or Tandoori curries. Launch Date: First launched July in 2014, re-released October 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Reviews ‘It’s an incredible experience and it’s hard to believe that all that colour comes from just one hop variety. The finish is long and bitter, and I honestly couldn’t say if that’s a result of the big hops or the roasted

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Summer Series 2014: ¡Olé Olé! and Amber-Ella

Looks like summer has arrived (for the moment, at least!) and Eight Degrees Brewing is ready and raring to take on that sunshine. We’ve got a great sequence of limited edition special brews coming out over the next few weeks, kicking off this week with our World Cup brew ¡Olé Olé! This is a Belgian-style witbier, which will be hitting taps in draught outlets this weekend. It’s a refreshing summer wheat beer, spiced with coriander, orange peel and a touch of black pepper, making a sessionable pint that can be enjoyed with World Cup action. Or just while sitting outside in the sun. Also making the big comeback this week is our World Beer Cup medal-winning Amber-Ella. It’s big, fruity and hoppy, an American amber ale, balancing a deep burnt toffee malt base with bitter tangerine and pine needle hop aromas. Back now on draught and in bottles from your friendly independent off licence. Form an orderly queue now, please.

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