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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Press release: SFA Award/Limited edition barrel-aged stout

Eight Degrees win SFA Award

Eight Degrees Brewing win SFA Emerging New Business Award Limited edition release for St Patrick’s Day: barrel-aged Teeling collaboration stout Scott Baigent and Cameron Wallace of Eight Degrees Brewing were delighted to accept an SFA award for Emerging New Businesses in Dublin last Thursday, 8 March. This category in the Small Firms’ Association National Small Business Awards recognises emerging entrepreneurs whose businesses have been established less than two years and who employ up to 50 employees. It aims to award emerging entrepreneurs that have the potential to grow their companies into successful organisations which will be innovative, create employment and have the ability to win the SFA National Small Business Award in the future. “We were thrilled with the award,” said Wallace. “We’re only just coming up to our second birthday and it’s great to see Irish craft beer being recognised.” Their latest limited edition brew, a rich chocolate, coffee stout called Kindred Spirit (7.0% ABV) goes on sale from 13 March at the St Patrick’s Day Irish Craft Beer Village at the IFSC in Dublin. This smooth, velvety drop is a truly Irish experience, aged in 25-year-old whiskey barrels generously provided by Teeling Whiskey Company. An Irish stout to savour. Kindred Spirit will be available from select draught outlets. Picture from the SFA Awards 2013 Left to right: SFA Chairman AJ Noonan. Minister for Small Business, John Perry, TD, Scott Baigent, Cameron Wallace, Vincent Reynolds from Cavan County Enterprise Board.

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SFA National Small Business Award for Eight Degrees

The brewers are going to the ball! To the The SFA National Small Business Awards 2013 tomorrow night, to be precise. We were thrilled to learn that Eight Degrees is one of two winners, and the only food business, in the Emerging New Business category, which recognises emerging entrepreneurs who have businesses established for less than two years. Hard to believe that we’re only coming up to our second birthday in April, which we will be celebrated with our annual pilgrimage to the Franciscan Well Easterfest on 30 and 31 March. While the lads were delighted to get news of the award, they were a little perturbed when the invitation to the event specified a dress code of Cocktail Dress. Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a pair of brewers trussed up in little black dresses, but suffice it to say that it’s an entertaining, if not altogether pleasant, sight. Fortunately, to spare us all, a follow-up email from the SFA clarified the situation with a link to Keeping that site’s advice in mind, and being careful not to “upstage the hostess”, we’ve all found something to wear for Thursday and are very much looking forward to the night.

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Eight Degrees Brewing at Cork’s Bierhalle

Eight Degrees Brewing - Mexican Night at the Bierhalle, Cork

Last week Scott headed off to the Bierhalle in Cork for their Mexican night. Fajitas and tacos and lots of good, tasty beer. He brought back these photos to prove that he had been working – and not just eating! – all night. All photos credit Julia Healy of Julia’s Photos and lots more on the Bierhalle Facebook photo album.

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We need your help again to NAME THAT BEER! We have brewed a rich chocolate stout with coffee-like aromatics and aged it in 25-year-old Bushmill whiskey barrels generously provided by the Teeling Whiskey Company. After months of aging it is ready to bottle. A sneaky taste reveals an incredible smooth sweet whiskey nose and oak character with a chocolaty and bitter roasted finish. It’s coming in at around 6.5% ABV. We’re very excited. Can you help us name this All-Irish limited release collaboration beer? Entries via Facebook, Twitter or by email to THE PRIZE The LUCKY person who provides the chosen name will receive… A case of this delicious barrel-aged stout (24 bottles of it) 6 Eight Degrees branded Cervoise-style glasses – very fancy A cool and hip Eight Degrees t-shirt Unfortunately we can only send this prize to addresses in ROI and NI. If you’re the winner and abroad, you can always pick your favourite Irish-based person to be the recipient. Just think how they’ll welcome you with open arms next time you’re in the country. Might not be any beer left, though.

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Eight Degrees on the road: Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer Weekend, Savour Kilkenny

A selection of Irish craft beer from Eight Degrees Brewing

It’s going to be a busy few days for Eight Degrees with beer tastings taking place all over the country towards the end of the week. Most of these are taking part as part of Bord Bia’s fantastic Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer Weekend and there are also some events at Savour Kilkenny. Eight Degrees beer will be featuring, some of the events will have Scott or Cam there to talk brewing and Caroline will also pop up at a few venues. Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer On Thursday 25 October at 7pm Pat Shortt’s Bar, Main Street, Castlemartyr, Cork there will be beer and cider matched with local cheese. Caroline will be there and she hears that chef Mike Hanrahan has some tricks up his sleeve for the night. On both Friday and Saturday afternoons Urru Bandon and Matsons Bandon, Co Cork will have Irish Farmhouse Cheese & Local Beers & Cider sampling. Special taster plate with complimentary beer/cider. On Saturday 27 October, from 10am to 3pm, Cam will be talking beer and cheese at the Farmhouse Cheese & Craft Beer Weekend will be celebrated at the Sheridan’s Cheesemongers farmers’ market, Virginia Road Station Shop, Kells, Co. Meath. The event listing for the whole weekend is on the Bord Bia website and, if you feel like putting together a DIY Irish Craft Beer/Cider and Farmhouse Cheese event at home, check out the pairing notes. Savour Kilkenny Caroline is heading off to the Savour Kilkenny Food Camp on Friday 26 October to talk about Irish Craft Beer: Savour. Match. Cook. There may also be some tastings… Registration is still open at As part of the festival food lovers trail, The Grapevine is hosting a craft beer and tapas matching event on Saturday 27 October, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Caroline

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FREE Eight Degrees T-shirts

  FREE T-Shirt Competition How to claim your ‘Don’t Drink Beer from Strangers’ T-shirt EASY: Simple post into us four barcodes from the bottom of any of our six-packs and we will send you a free t-shirt. REMEMBER: to give us your name and address and importantly your t-shirt size. The t-shirts do tend to be on the smallish side so keep that in mind. OFFER ENDS: 15 December 2012 (delivered to Eight Degrees, Mitchelstown) POST TO: Eight Degrees Brewing, Unit 3, Coolnanave, Mitchelstown, Co Cork   LIMITATIONS: We know nobody will try to exploit our generosity…. but just in case: T Shirts will only be sent to addresses in ROI and NI. Only one T Shirt per person, per address and per stamped envelope (i.e. you will only get one T shirt even you stuff hundreds of bar codes in the envelope!!) If you can’t be bothered collecting 4 barcodes, you can buy the t-shirts for 15 euros. We accept cash, cheques or bank transfer. email us for details at

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