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It’s a hop off! Hurricane IPA vs Cyclone IPA

Who has the best hops in the world? With an Aussie, a Kiwi and three Irishmen working at Eight Degrees Brewing, there’s always a lot of…erm…debate. It could be about sports, it could be about weather – it could even be about hops. The best hops in the world? Cam and Scott think it’s the Southern Hemisphere. The Irish Eight Degrees team of Mike, John and Paudy think it’s the Northern Hemisphere; the girls are wisely staying out of this bitter dispute. The solution: a good old fashioned HOP OFF. That’s right. We’ve brewed two versions of a hoppy IPA – a Howling Gale on steroids, if you will. Team Ireland went for a selection of American hops, including Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic; the Antipodeans decided on NZ Motueka hops – grown close to Scott’s hometown – and Pacifica, along with what Cam describes as “sexy Ella” from Australia. You get to decide who wins: vote for your favourite brew here.     Team Aus/NZ CYCLONE IPA 7% ABV, available in 330ml bottles and on draught Originating in the South Pacific, this storm rotates clockwise, opposite to a Hurricane. This IPA contains generous helpings of Down Under hops: NZ Pacifica, NZ Motueka and Aussie Ella. That means complex orange, grapefruit and spice notes and South Pacific brewing heaven. Batten down the hatches; this brew will knock your socks off. Team Ireland HURRICANE IPA 7% ABV, available in 330ml bottles and on draught A tropical storm originating in the North Atlantic Ocean, it rotates in the opposite direction to a Cyclone. This IPA only uses punchy American hops: Simco, Citra and Mosaic giving 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.

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Eight Degrees beers in Italy

Eight Degrees Brewing - Cam in Italy at the Aliprandi Beermania event

Who would have thought it? Beer and food matching in Italy! And Cam there to oversee proceedings! Last Thursday morning, Cam – the mastro birraio della Eight Degrees – flew over to Verona to talk about the beer at an Beermania event organised by our importers, the Aliprandi Beverage Company. The beer was flagged (gotta love Google translator) as being “created by passion of a boy Australian and New Zealand.” Nice to see beer and food being taken so seriously – and everyone working so hard… MENU 1. BRUSCHETTA DELICATA E FOCACCIA BIANCA Barefoot Bohemian Pils 2. TARTINE AL SALMONE AFFUMICATO Howling Gale ALe 3. TARTINE AL FORMAGGIO CREMOSO E TARTINA AL ROASTBEEF Sunburnt Irish Red 4. DESSERT AL CIOCCOLATO Knockmealdown Porter

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Who has the best hops in the world? Part II – Team Aus/NZ & Cyclone IPA

Eight Degrees Brewing - Scott and Cam

With an Aussie, a Kiwi and three Irishmen in the brewery, there’s always a lot of – let’s call it – debate. It could be about sports, it could be about weather – or it could even be about hops. A “discussion” about the various merits of hops from the Northern Hemisphere as opposed to those from the Southern half of the world, led to the first ever Eight Degrees Brewing Hop Off. Team Ireland went for a selection of punchy American hops, including Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic; the Antipodeans decided on NZ Motueka hops – grown close to Scott’s hometown – and Pacifica, along with what Cam describes as “sexy Ella” from Australia. David Miller was, once again, pressed into service to shoot the video. This is brewing up a storm, Aus/Kiwi-style… You’ll find more about the details of the Irish team’s brew here: Who has the best hops in the world? Part I

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Who has the best hops in the world? Part I – Team Ireland & Hurricane IPA

Eight Degrees Brewing - Mike and John

Is it the Northern Hemisphere? Or does Down Under (including New Zealand, of course) have the hop edge? We’ve decided to figure it out for ourselves. Aussie Cam has banded together with Kiwi Scott – a rare turn of events, as I’m sure you’re aware – to go up against Mike, John and Paudy’s Team Ireland in the first Eight Degrees Brewing Hop Off. This week we brewed two versions of a hoppy IPA. You could call it a Howling Gale on steroids. Team Ireland brewed Hurricane IPA using only Northern Hemisphere hops, while Scott and Cam shifted the focus to hops from Australia and NZ in their Cyclone IPA. David Miller – because there’s no such thing as a visitor to the brewery that doesn’t get a job – shot this video of Team Ireland explaining the reasoning behind their Hurricane IPA.

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Irish Craft Beer on Marian Finucane

Eight Degrees Brewing - Mexican Night at the Bierhalle, Cork: Howling Gale Ale -

We’ve come a long way baby. Once upon a time – not a very long time ago – there wasn’t much awareness of craft beer in Ireland. Now? Now it’s being featured on RTE Radio 1’s Marian Finucane programme, getting more than 20 high-profile minutes in the run up to Sunday lunchtime. That’s one way to whet the appetite, especially when Marian sends reporter Eoin Sweeney down to Probus Wines and they get to taste some Eight Degrees. Growth of Irish Craft Beer Date: 14.07.2013 12:30 Presenter: Marian Finucane Program: RTE Radio 1 – Marian Finucane Craft beers have been up until fairly recently the preserve of Beer Geeks and Real Ale Bores but they are arriving in a big way in Irish pubs and, increasingly, high end, on-trend restaurants If Ireland follows what has happened in the States it could become a multi million euro industry Craft beer in the US commands 6% of the market. The market share here is perhaps as small as 1%) but it is rapidly growing. Bord Bia says it rose by 42.5% last year and predicts 35% growth this year. In 2005, Brian Cowen halved the excise paid by microbreweries, allowing them to retain more of their capital and re-invest in their business. Joe O’Shea journalist, Seamus O’Hara from the Carlow Brewing Company and Ronan Brennan, Galway Hooker co-founder, join Marian to chat about Craft Beer. LINK: Joe O’Shea’s Irish Independent article: 02 JULY 2013

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Cam on Newstalk’s Kickstart Your Business

Cam working hard at the 2012 Irish Craft Beer Fest

Just in case you missed the lovely Cam – that’s him above, hard at work! – on Newstalk’s Kickstart Your Business, here’s the link: Hook’s Saturday Sit In 10:00 – 12:00 Saturdays Listen Back: 22nd June 2013 Part 2 Sit back and relax with George every Saturday as he lets his hair down & unwinds after the week. Music, films and banter. Listen here. Cam spoke to Tara Duggan and Ger Tannam about local business and good beer names. The interview kicks off (after, bizarrely, two repeats of the news) in the second part of the show at about 13.45.

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Cooking with Eight Degrees: videos from The Butler’s Pantry

We were delighted to be involved with the recent¬†Butler’s Pantry Irish craft beer and food event, featuring a selection of our beers. Chef Niall Hill, who has spent time working in Canada, cooking and tasting the selection of craft beers available there, put together a great selection of dishes on the night, using our Barefoot Bohemian, Howling Gale, Sunburnt Irish Red and Knockmealdown Porter. Caroline was also on hand to talk about beer and food – and provide plenty of tastings to the assembled company! The Butler’s Pantry have put some fantastic videos together so, if you weren’t lucky enough to be at the Miele Gallery on the night, check these out. Barefoot Bohemian Flatbread with Wild Mushrooms and Toonsbridge Mozzarella Howling Gale Ale Fried Monkfish Crowe’s Farm Pork Belly braised in Sunburnt Irish Red There was also a sumptuous dish of Knockmealdown Porter Braised Short ribs with Cashel Blue Potato Fritters which, alas, has been taken down. We might even have to do some experiments at home ourselves.

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Eight Degrees at Sheridans’ Irish Food Festival

Sheridans’ Cheesemongers will be hosting their fourth Irish Food Festival at their Virginia Road Station HQ, Co Meath, this Sunday, 26 May, and we’ll be there. Cam is doing a workshop with Kevin Sheridan, matching a selection of Irish farmhouse cheese to our beers – making, as they say, “a truly homegrown pairing.” Kevin will give a background on all the cheeses, and how they are made and Eight Degrees will take us through the basics of how their beers are brewed, the differences between them, and what makes craft beers and microbrewery produce so different from their mass produced counterparts. That workshop is taking place from 3pm to 3.45pm and, like all the other events at the festival, is free. You can register here and check out the other workshops, which include a kids’ baking one with Nessa’s Family Kitchen, sausage making with the inimitable Ed Hick and – not to be missed – the very first annual Irish Brown Bread Competition. More information here. The festival is well worth checking out – and good weather is even forecast for Sunday!

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Win! Tickets for The Butler’s Pantry and Eight Degrees cookery demo

Eight Degrees Brewing - core range of Irish craft beers

We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for The Butler’s Pantry Irish craft beer and food event, featuring Eight Degrees Brewing! It is taking place next Tuesday, 16 April, at 6.30pm in the Miele Gallery in Citywest. Chef Niall Hill has been experimenting with our beers and we’re really looking forward to tasting what he’s come up with – take a look below for more details of the menu. All you need to do to enter the competition is leave a comment below, with your email, before 12 noon on Monday 15 April. Best of luck! From The Butler’s Pantry: Want to learn more about Irish craft beers and food to match with them? Come join Executive Chef at The Butler’s Pantry, Niall Hill, on Tuesday April 16th at the Miele Gallery in Citywest and he will show you four amazing new recipes. These recipes will feature Irish craft beers from the Cork company. 8 Degrees Brewing. The menu is so enticing… * Barefoot Bohemian flatbread with wild mushrooms and mozzarella * Howling Gale battered monkfish * Crowes Farm pork belly with Sunburnt Red, pearl barley and smoked apple puree * Short ribs with Knockmealdown Porter, parsnip and Cashel Blue fritters It will be a night of food and beer matching and of course the very important tasting!

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Where can I find some Kindred Spirit?

Barrel-aged stout from Eight Degrees Brewing

Our Kindred Spirit, the very limited edition stout that we aged in 25-year-old whiskey barrels from the Teeling Whiskey Company, was unleashed upon the world at the St Patrick’s weekend Irish Craft Beer Village. People there seemed to enjoy it and those kegs disappeared rather quickly, but never fear! Some of this stout has been sent off into the world and is available on draught at these fine establishments: Cork: Bierhaus (that’s their pic of the tap below), The Mardyke, Bru Bar, Mad Monk beer festival in Midleton Dublin: WJ Kavanagh, Farrington’s of Temple Bar, Bull and Castle, The Black Sheep We’ve also been saving some Kindred Spirit – there had to be a bit of testing earlier this week – for the annual Franciscan Well Easterfest. That’s kicking off on at 2pm on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March. It may be a little chilly but we’ve got the antidote: at 7%, Kindred Spirit will warm you up from the inside! There’ll also be plenty of other beer to check out, legendary pizzas from the on-site woodfired oven (they always seem to taste even better as the night goes on) and lots of brewers around to cross examine about their latest brew. We’ll be celebrating our second birthday with a few pints so come along and say hi! Thanks to all the people who entered our competition to name this stout. We got some great suggestions, a few hilarious ones and there was a lot of arguments discussion over which we should pick but there could only be one winner and Paul Cassidy is the inspired man who came up with the Kindred Spirit name. A couple of Kindred Spirit reviews: The Beer Nut The Tale of the Ale psssst…if we don’t celebrate our birthday too much this weekend,

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Knockmealdown Porter on BBC Travel

The English Market, Cork

Eight Degrees is “…famed for its dark and chocolatey Knockmealdown Porter,” you say? We can live with that. Oh yes we can. Our Knockmealdown Porter certainly is deep, dark and delicious and it’s in exceptionally good food and drink company in Neil Wilson’s BBC Travel article on Exploring the Food Capital of Ireland. The real capital, that is. But the BBC aren’t the only people to appreciate this special brew. The Irish Examiner named it Beer of the Week recently, singling out “…a lovely expressive cocoa and mocha aroma, good body and a dry lightly bitter finish.” It’s also the beer singled out by the New York Times Magazine last year in A Drinker’s Guide to Dublin. Rosie Schaap named it as one of Three Irish Craft Beers I’d Love to Be Able to Drink Here: …Bold, malty and tinged with chocolate but not quite as hearty as stout. Should we introduce them to our Kindred Spirit? Read more: Knockmealdown Porter Food pairing recommendations Knockmealdown Porter Brownies

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