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A Craft Brewers Mecca

I visited a place recently where the mountains were so high one could ski for 8 months of the year. Where the rivers and lakes so clean fishing is not a patient wait but rather an energetic pursuit. The people were educated, proud of their homeland, loved the outdoors and were adventurous in spirit. Under these conditions, something else was in abundance… craft beer. You could walk into virtually any bar there and the savvy customer would have a vast array of tasty beautifully hand crafted beers For beer enthusiasts it was our ‘mecca’. Earlier this year I visited Washington State, (no not to see the President, that’s Washington DC on the other side of the country), but to research bottling machines and do some training. What I encounter as I arrived into Seattle, the capital of the 7.6 million inhabitant strong state was a vast selection of beers, (yes I did head straight for the nearest bar). I thought, how incredibly lucky I was to stumble upon a bar which served something other than the mass produced beers served at most pubs here in Ireland. But it wasn’t just that bar, it was virtually all of them. I was in some sort of Nirvana state. The craft beer revolution has been in full swing there for around 15 years, the state alone has over 130 micro / craft breweries, the United States has over 1,500 breweries. This compares with Ireland that at last count has 13 craft breweries, Eight Degrees Brewing lucky #13. The interesting thing I noticed, in their own newspaper,( yes they have a monthly newspaper for the 130 breweries and followers to keep abreast of events and happenings) was a map of the States with a count of microbreweries. The, lets say, more educated, less redneck

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Upcoming events

Bloom, Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event, takes place in the Phoenix Park Dublin during the June bank holiday weekend for 5 days (Thursday 2nd – Monday 6th June 2011). While you wait for Bloom 2011, why not browse the latest information on the site which includes what you can expect to see in the 27 spectacular showgardens planned, Bord Bia’s new Food Village, and enter our new garden competition to be in with a chance of winning €500 to spend in Woodies! Click here for more information. With something for everyone, visitors to Bloom 2011 can enjoy live cookery and craft demonstrations, free gardening advice from the experts and workshops. Kids attending Bloom 2011 go for free! http://bloominthepark.com/ Eight Degrees Brewing will be exhibiting in the Bloom Inn, right in the heart of the Food Village

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Why Eight Degrees?

Why Eight Degrees? One question we get regularly is why we are called Eight Degrees Brewing Company. Of course there are reasons, firstly we didn’t want to go with a geographical place name nor did we wish to choose an animal for our corporate image (ie the Lucky Duck). We put to you 4 possible reasons for the name Eight Degrees, and we will let you decide which one you like (or dislike) the most. 1) When Scott & I were coming up with the concept to develop a microbrewery in Ireland along similar lines to those established from our native home countries New Zealand & Australia, we looked at a map of Ireland … for inspiration. We noticed the line of longtitute that runs straight down the middle of Ireland happens to be Eight Degrees West, we liked the sound of it, but shortened it to Eight Degrees as it sounded better. Also the nautical theme is appropriate when you consider over 95% of our product is pure Irish mountain river water. 2) Eight Degrees refers to the perfect temperature in which to serve our beers. This temperature will highlight the subtle malt characteristics you can taste on the tip of your tongue whilst balancing our the bitterness of the hops at the finish. 3) We have noticed when people are enjoying our beers, they tend to relax a little, and in doing so tend to lean slightly to one side, favouring one leg over the other slightly bended leg. This relaxed stance on further investigation can be calculated at approximately an 8 degree angle rather than 0 degrees being bolt upright. Of course, should more beers be consumed, this angle can increase dramatically, although we do not encourage this as we remind our consumers to drink responsibly. 4) We all have heard of the 7 days

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Beer

Our beer is full of flavour and made from fresh and natural ingredients. What we put into our Beers 1.       Pure Mountain River Water Roughly 95% of the ingredients that goes into making beer is water. But how variable can water be. As it turns out, very. This is why after researching long and hard we chose Mitchelstown, set at the foot of the mighty Galtee Mountains, the water filters through rock down through crystal clear rivers, picking up some necessary mineral deposits along the way, to our door. Just like how soap foams up easier with soft water, brewing with hard or soft water affects how the beer feels in the mouth. 2.       Malted Barley Barley is an agricultural crop and varied from year to year. However the variation in harvest quality is small compared to what happens during the malting process. Once harvested the barley are rock hard little seeds full of starch and enzymes. The malting process soaks the raw barley thereby tricking it into, wow the rains have come, I’m going to become a big barley plant and begins to sprout. After a few days the maltster plays another trick on the unsuspecting barleycorn and stops its growth process by heating it up. Depending on the temperature and length of time, we end up a huge variety of malted barley with different tastes from a pale malt to a dark chocolaty bitter roasted flavour. The malting process modifies the barley and once cracked through a mill is ready to be mashed (see Brewing Process). Malt is sometimes described as the SOUL of beer 3.       Hops Hops are a surprisingly delicate climbing plant called Humulus lupulus.  Such a cool sounding name, it’s not surprising they derive from the same plant family as cannabis. Brewers are only interested

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Brewery

To arrange a brewery tour give Scott or Cam a call at (025) 84 933 by the way – our brewery is actually built now, it no longer operates off the back of a truck

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About us

 

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Eight Degrees Brewing, Unit 3, Coolnanave Industrial Park, Mitchelstown, Co Cork, Ireland. P67 RW84. Tel 025 84933

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