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Summer Series 2014: The return of Hurricane IPA

It’s back! We’re delighted to announce the re-release of our popular Hurricane IPA. This was first released to rave reviews in September 2013, as part of the “Hop Off” IPA duo. The drinking public was asked to vote on their favourite and Hurricane – despite strong opposition from the Antipodean-hopped Cyclone – was the one chosen. Hurricane IPA (5.8%) A hurricane is a tropical storm originating in the North Atlantic Ocean, rotating in the opposite direction to a cyclone. This IPA showcases punchy American hops – Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic – making it a fruit, lemon and pine taste bomb. Get it now while it’s Hurricane season: this Category Five brew will do more than tickle the taste buds. Tasting notes: Colour/appearance: pours a deep orange colour. Aroma: intense aroma of mango and passionfruit. Flavour: the juicy tropical fruit aroma carries through to the tastebuds, with strong hop flavours of mango, stone fruit and passionfruit along with some resinous pine notes. There is a good biscuit malt backbone to balance out the aromatic hops. Food pairings: this aromatic ale works wonders with spicy Mexican flavours. Try it with the legendary Cochinita Pibil from A Mexican Cook and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. ABV: 5.8% Launch Date: early May 2014 Availability: 330ml bottles and on draught (30L and 50L kegs). You can read/watch more on the original Hop Off competition here: It’s a hop off! Hurricane IPA vs Cyclone IPA

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Presenting…The Full Irish!

Eight Degrees Brewing - The Full Irish - April 2014

100% single Irish malt. 100% made using our new grain silo and mill. 100% bare naked Irish malted barley, no specialty malt. 100% American aroma hops. 100% only on draught in Dublin, Cork and Galway. 100% Full Monty promotional pix. 100% Caroline’s idea for the photo shoot. 100% The Full Irish IPA (6% ABV) Arriving on taps this weekend in… Cork Bierhaus Franciscan Well Easterfest Galway Satlhouse Dublin 57 The Headline Against the Grain Bull and Castle Farringtons Temple Bar JW Sweetman Porterhouse Temple Bar

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Amber Ella takes bronze at the World Beer Cup

World Beer Cup win for Eight Degrees Brewing

We’re still a bit stunned. On Friday night in Denver, one of our beers, the rather lovely Amber Ella, won a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup, the brewing world’s Olympics. For a small little upstart brewery from rural Ireland to enter into one of the most prestigious beer awards in America, into one of the two of their most sought after categories and win bronze is a massive shock – on a par with the 1976 Judgement of Paris! – and we hope it will cause Irish craft beer to become a lot more recognised internationally. We are one of the very few European breweries to get onto that medal board. We’re standing alongside our heroes in the international craft beer world. With a very large grin. Read more: It’s all about the Amber Ella, Baby Cam spoke to Conall O Morain on Today FM’s Sunday Business Show about the win, brewing in Mitchelstown and our new beer, The Full Irish. You can listen to the podcast here and you’ll find Cam about 46 minutes into the show.

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McKennas’ Guides review

Eight Degrees Brewing - McKennas Guides

“They are the Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert of craft brewing…” writes John McKenna in his review of Eight Degrees Brewing. Cam and Scott are now arguing over who gets to be Jon and who has to be Stephen. Read the review here: Profile of Scott from 2012 here:

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It’s all about the Amber-Ella, baby

Amber-Ella was supposed to be a one-night stand, a here-today, gone-when-it’s-gone festival special brewed for last September’s Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival. We were pretty proud of the way that Amber-Ella came out and decided a few months ago to do another batch. On Friday we got the labels for the brew that’s happening in on Wednesday. On Saturday morning we woke up to this very happy tweet from Beoir: 1st runner-up prize goes to Amber Ella by @8degreesbrewing and 2nd runner-up is @metalmanbrewing Pale Ale. Congratulations to the winners! – Beoir (@BeoirOrg) February 1, 2014   This was what John had to say on the Beoir forum: “The 2014 Beer of the Year walked away with it by a huge margin, and that is: Of Foam And Fury by Galway Bay Brewery The two runners up were very close to each other, but both streets ahead of the rest of the pack. And they are: First runner-up: Amber Ella by Eight Degrees Brewing Second runner-up: Metalman Pale Ale by Metalman Brewing” A special congrats to Galway Bay for winning the Beoir Beer of the Year 2014 with their powerhouse Foam and Fury. And a big thank you to all at Beoir for voting – and for drinking Irish craft beer. So…another batch of Amber-Ella will be hitting shelves and draught outlets end of February. More on Amber-Ella 1 October 2013: Limited edition: Amber-Ella Specially brewed for the recent Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival, our Amber-Ella was a bit of a hit that weekend and it’s now available in bottles and on draught at various independent off licences and hostelries.

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Food and beer pairing for Christmas dinner

Who says that wine has to always feature on the Christmas dinner table? You could decide to buy Irish – never mind those foreign wine imports! – and match beer with your seasonal meal. Start simply – no need to peak too soon – with our Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner. Light, crisp and just 4%, chill it well and confound expectations by serving it in champagne flutes. Hand it out to your assorted family/friends/aged aunts as they arrive for dinner (or slave in the kitchen!) as a light aperitif, an alternative opener to a meal where you’ll confound their food and beer expectations. If you’re going to have a few mouthfuls of something to eat at this stage, we would recommend a dozen glorious Irish oysters, shucked and slurped with due care. When it’s time to sit and eat, the starter in our house is always smoked salmon. It’s worth splashing out for something really special from Ummera or the Burren Smokehouse. You won’t need much – just a few folds draped on the plate alongside some winter salad and some thin-cut, buttered brown soda or rye bread. This is where you bring on Howling Gale Ale. Lots of hoppy aroma – yes, make your guests smell the beer, just like wine – some malty sweetness and a decent amount of citrus which will cut through the rich oily fish. It will even take the marie-rose sauce in its stride, should you have anyone in the family (yes, Dad!) who’s enthralled with the stuff. Onwards to the main event: it’s got to be a whole roast turkey with all, all the trimmings. There are slices of honey and mustard roast ham falling from the knife, a large bowl of red cabbage braised with apples and cranberries, logs of random roasted veg

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Back to Black: Zeus Black IPA, Aztec Stout, Russian Imperial Stout

Eight Degrees Brewing - Back to Black labels: Aztec Stout, Russian Imperial Stout, Zeus Black IPA

We are celebrating the dark malts with this trilogy of experimental beers designed to warm the winter evenings. Our Back to Black Limited edition series is a journey of discovery, taking us on a trip through ancient civilizations, Greek mythology and Imperial Russian courts. For your enjoyment we have brewed a smooth, silky chocolate stout spiced with chilies, vanilla and a touch of cinnamon; a heavy hitting Russian Imperial stout to warm those winter evenings; and a punchy black IPA carefully balancing the interplay of dark malts with tropical fruit hop flavours and a spicy bite. Don’t be afraid of the dark… Zeus Black IPA ABV 7.0% This beer is designed to challenge your preconceptions: it looks like a rich dark porter but tastes like a punchy IPA. This Black IPA uses Zeus hops from the Yakima valley and Ella hops from Australia. Think pine resins, citrus and tropical fruit aroma with a spicy bite. Close your eyes, take a sip and let your taste buds take over. With food: This is hop central – pine resins, citrus and tropical fruit aroma with a hint of spice: try it to cut the flavour of an oily fish like salmon or to contrast the sweetness in shellfish. Try it with oysters – the bitterness will work brilliantly with them. Aztec Stout ABV 5.5% The Aztecs were famous for chocolate, chillies, vanilla and human sacrifice*. Ireland: famous for stout. We decided to combine the two. We introduced smoky chipotle chillies, from Lily at, cocoa nibs, vanilla pods and a touch of cinnamon to a traditional Irish stout. A healthy amount of oatmeal provides for a smooth silky finish and a touch of cinnamon perfects the brew. The result is a rich warming dark ale to savour. Salud! *NB no humans were

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Eight Degrees at the Guerrilla Gourmet Club

Eight Degrees is off to the Guerilla Gourmet Club on Friday night. The Harvest Dinner is taking place at the Royal College of Surgeons on Stephen’s Green and the menu has been created by Ross Golden Bannon and chef Temple Garner (chef proprietor of San Lorenzo’s Dublin) and there will be some beer and food matching going on. We’ve picked our Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner to go with Kelly’s oysters. This is sharp and dry enough to drink as an chilled aperitif in champagne flutes, with a lovely snappy bitterness that plays off the oysters’ sweetness. Caroline tested this combination, several times, at the Galway Oyster Festival. Sticking with the canapes, we’re putting the Sunburnt Irish Red with Jane Russell’s seasonal Wicklow Venison sausages (with orange zest, harissa, cardamom and port). There will be enough hops to stand up to the spicing and cut through the richness of venison in the sausages. The sweetness of the meat will also be complemented by the roasted caramel flavours. Check out the menu below – we’re looking forward to the matching and the eating! There are a few tickets still available for the dinner at   The Guerrilla Gourmet Club Autumn Harvest Dinner Royal College of Surgeons Friday 15 November Wines kindly supplied by Findlaters Marques de Riscal Rueda & Marques de Riscal ‘1860 Riscal’ Tempranillo Canapes Oysters on the shell from Kelly’s of Galway, served with Eight Degrees Brewing’s Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner Jane Russell’s Wicklow Venison Cocktail Sausages served with Eight Degrees Brewing Sunburnt Irish Red Starter Pheasant consomme with Madeira, truffle and foie gras tortellini * Main course TJ Crow pork porchetta stuffed with apricot and gremolata served with creamed cavolo nero with pancetta and nutmeg, traditional Cavan boxty and cider gravy * Dessert Tarte fin de pomme with frangipane, cinnamon

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Limited edition: Amber-Ella

Specially brewed for the recent Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival, our Amber-Ella was a bit of a hit that weekend and it’s now available in bottles and on draught at various independent off licences and hostelries. For this American Amber Ale, we had our pick of the Aussie hop harvest so it’s all about Galaxy and Ella in this rather special limited edition brew. Cam even wrote a little song: Who is Amber-Ella? Amber-Ella is an enigma. She is that casual glance in the street that makes your heart beat.A free spirit, a whirlwind of excitement and allure, She exudes confidence but is a mystery of intrigue. She’s a roamer, nomad, wanderer, vagabond, call her what you will. She’s like the wind, and will take your breath away. She is the opposite of our faithful wet weather companion, the umber-ella Don’t try and hold on to her, set her free and enjoy the moment. The weird science of her genetic makeup: Malt: Maris Otter, Dark Crystal and Torrified Wheat Hops: Simcoe, Galaxy and Ella ABV: 5.8%

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Craft beer and Irish oysters

Eight Degrees Brewing - core range of Irish craft beers

You’ve surely heard of the Galway Oyster Festival? Yep, that’s the one that’s been named as one of the 10 Must-Dos in September on National Geographic, not to mention being described as “one of the 12 greatest shows on earth” in the Sunday Times. This year, as a prelude to the festival, Bord Iascaigh Mhara will host a one-day business conference for Ireland’s oyster growers on Friday 27 September. And what better match for Irish oysters than some good Irish craft beer? Think fresh, crisp Barefoot Bohemian and deliciously briny oysters. Think the hoppy citrus of Howling Gale acting like a refreshing squeeze of lemon on the bivalves. See how the caramel malt of Sunburnt Irish Red brings out the oyster’s sweetness, and don’t forget to go classic with Knockmealdown Porter – contrast the espresso bitterness in the porter with the texture and taste of these pearls of the sea. Caroline will be bringing our beers along to the oyster growers conference, talking about the challenges and opportunities of brand development in a competitive niche market and taking part in the oyster and Irish craft beer tasting and matching event which concludes the day. She’ll also be thinking of Seamus Heaney’s Oysters: “I ate the day/deliberately, that its tang/might quicken me all into verb, pure/verb. Galway Oyster Gathering with BIM 10:30 – 11:30 John O’Sullivan Action Coach John will do an interactive session with the participants on the six key strategies for running a small business. 11:30 12:00 Chris O’Reilly Dollard Packaging Chris will explain how innovative packaging can add value to products. He will give some examples from the seafood industry and make some suggestions for new ways to pack and ship oysters. 12:00 – 12:30 Eight Degrees Caroline Hennessy developed an interest in and appreciation

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Knockmealdown Porter Brownies at Electric Picnic

Eight Degrees Brewing - Knockmealdown Porter Brownies from

These are the brownies that Caroline has been baking for beer and food demos all over the country, most recently at last weekend’s Electric Picnic. Well worth trying out. Knockmealdown Porter Brownies A dark, full-bodied porter or stout is a good balance to the chocolate in these brownies. You only need 250mls for this recipe, so there will be a little left over to accompany the baked brownies 100g plain flour 50g cocoa 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 150g dark chocolate, 60% cocoa solids. Easiest use a mixture of 50% and 70% cocoa solids. 175g butter 200g caster sugar 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 250mls Knockmealdown porter Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fanbake). Line a rectangular 2 x 25 x 30cm Swiss roll tin with greaseproof paper. Sift the flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder together and set to one side. Gently melt the chocolate and butter together in a large heavy saucepan over a low heat. Take it off the cooker and add the sugar, whisking until smooth. Allow to cool slightly, then whisk in the eggs, vanilla, porter and, finally, the sifted dry ingredients until just blended. Pour into the prepared tin – this is a very runny mixture, but don’t worry! – and bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes until set and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Because of the amount of liquid used, you don’t need to underbake these brownies. Cool in the tin then cut into 30 pieces and store, if you have any left, in an airtight tin. These get more delectably moist the longer you keep them. Serve with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream and some warm Caramel Ale Sauce for a superb desert. Makes 30 brownies.

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Limited edition Amber-Ella for Irish Craft Beer & Cider Festival 2013

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock…time is counting down to this year’s Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival (with a small one of Whiskey). It all kicks off next Thursday, 5 September, at 5pm in Dublin’s RDS. Same venue as last year – Industries Hall, easiest to find via the Angelesea Road entrance. We have a substantial line up – see the whole list below – but our festival special is an American Amber Ale that we’ve called Amber-Ella. We’ve had our pick of the Aussie hop harvest so it’s all about Galaxy and Ella in this rather special limited edition brew. We’ll also have the very last kegs of our #hopoff ales. It’s Team Ireland with Hurricane or Cyclone from Team Aus/NZ. No pressure now. More on the #hopoff here: It’s a Hop-Off: Hurricane IPA vs Cyclone IPA Our offerings for the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival Howling Gale Ale 5% ABV Our flagship pale ale – pours a pale golden colour and the malty sweetness is well balanced by the American Summit and Centennial hops. Howling Gale has a pleasant grapefruit and citrus aroma Sunburnt Irish Red 5% ABV A traditional Irish style with a twist, it has subtle caramel notes balanced with a pleasant fragrant aroma from New Zealand and Australian hops. Knockmealdown Porter 5% ABV Like tackling the Knockmealdowns in a blizzard, this beer is not for wimps. The robust malt-driven ale balances dark malts with some old world bitter hops. It won’t weigh you down like a stout and offers a rich chocolaty aroma with a burst of espresso. Rotation Tap. Bohemian Pilsner 4% ABV Bohemians are creative dreamers who defy convention. Our Bohemian Pilsner is just that, an unorthodox lager with complex biscuity malt, soft rounded bitterness and a twist of spice from the noble

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