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Limited Edition: April 2017 – The Good Barleywine – Three Dukes of Burgundy

The Golden Age of Burgundy was from 1364 to 1477, when the Dulchy was recognised as one of the major powers of medieval Europe. John the Fearless was known for defending the emerging Burgundian state but all his scheming couldn’t save him from an axe in his back. Under Philip the Good, there was pomp and ceremony aplenty – along with mistresses and illegitimate children – as he manipulated his strategic alliances into independence for the Dulchy. A lover of luxury, Charles the Bold had drained the coffers by the time he was killed at the siege of Nancy in 1477 thus ending what had been the wealthiest state in Europe. We have brewed three beers to celebrate these colourful medieval dukes, aged in oak barrels from their French homeland. The Fearless – Farmhouse Ale, aged in Burgundy chardonnay oak barrels. (released November 2016) The Bold – Imperial Stout, aged in Burgundy pinot noir oak barrels. (released November 2016) And now – finally! The Good – Barleywine, aged in Burgundy pinot noir oak barrels. Like Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy, there was much pomp and ceremony when we chose to age our barleywine in red wine barrels from his native land. We dried out the barleywine a touch more this time round, adding a three-hour boil to the brew to intensify the flavours and add a touch of caramelisation to the wort. This beer can be best described as a Caribbean Christmas cake with lots of ginger, spice and orange. Short description: Barleywine – spicy vanilla oak – share and savour Style: Barleywine Hops: Nugget, Simco, Centenial. Malt: two-row Irish malt, Crystal, CaraAroma. ABV: 10.9% IBUs: 88 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: dark amber in the glass with a pale caramel head. Aroma: swirl and inhale the big boozy. rum and raisin

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Six Nations kerfuffle

Today’s missive to the crew from the Aussie (Cam generally sends anything involving sports or competitions. Just to make sure that the Kiwi doesn’t win. Not that there’s any air of competition between our Aussie and Kiwi. Oh no. What on earth would give you that impression?) Dear All, At Eight Degrees we generally try to makes things as confusing and convoluted as possible, especially when it comes to competitions. As such, it is not surprising that a week long ‘stewards inquiry’ has delayed the announcement of the winner of the Eight Degrees Six Nations competition. And to further confuse things, we may even have two winners, and no second place. The only certainty is that Scott yet again collects a wooden spoon, to add to his collection. So why the delay: We need to go back to 18th March. With Derek seemingly well in the lead, conservative picks in the final 6 nations round should have been enough to secure victory, but the allure of a 19 /1 draw for France v Wales looks to enticing, so he went for it. This is where the character and integrity of Paudy, our 6 nations administrator, has come into question, and the reason for a week long inquiry. 1) did he abuse his administrator power and only predict result for himself AFTER full knowledge of Derek’s picks 2) did he prevent Derek from amending his picks once he could see an outcome where Paudy could pip him to the post. After round 4, Derek was on 13.495 points, Paudy on 11.9825, a margin of 1.5125. By choosing a draw in the France v Wales games, this allowed Paudy to choose France with odds of 1.57 which if he chose the same as Derek in the other two matches would give him the victory by

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Real Irish beer in the UK for St Patrick’s Day

Check out some of our real Irish beer in the UK for St Patrick’s Day with Ireland Craft Beers. Here are a few spots where you can find drinks like our Full Irish IPA and Wayfarer Sour IPA: Six Degrees North BeerDock Crewe Beer Asylum Mason & Company The BirdCage N16 Draft House Tower Bridge Six Yard Box London Beer Lab There’s also rather a fantastic event taking place in the Tate Modern Museum – it’s a Tap Takeover x St Patrick’s Day Irish Beer & Spirits at the Tate Modern Terrace Bar, 17 March from 6pm. Sunburnt Irish Red will be on tap there, along with offerings from Metalman, Kinnegar, White Hag and Porterhouse. Tickets from £10 includes 5 thirds of beer – try each of the tap takeover beers + complimentary samples of Dingle gin & vodka Book www.tate.org.uk/tate-eats Location Tate Modern Terrace Bar (enter from Sumner Street) www.tate.org.uk/tate-eats @TateEats #TateBeer #TateModern #TateTapTakeover We’re trying to keep up with all the different happenings on Facebook – there’s also the Sláinte! Irish Beer Festival happening in Cardiff – so check out our events calendar    

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Double Chocolate Knockmealdown Irish Stout Brownies

This is a recipe that Caroline – aka Ms Eight Degrees Brewing Marketing, aka Bibliocook – developed with the first ever batch of Knockmealdown back in 2011. Since then she’s baked these Double Chocolate Knockmealdown Irish Stout Brownies for demos, for food and beer pairing evenings and delivered countless trays of them to the brewery. They never last long. You’ll find lots of other baking with beer recipes at Bibliocook: 10 best baking with beer recipes. Double Chocolate Knockmealdown Stout Brownies This is the base recipe but these brownies can be customised any way you want. Most popular baked-on toppings include: a scattering of oreo-type cookies; a peanut butter cheesecake topping swirled through; butterscotch and pretzels; with salted red ale caramel drizzles. So much to play with! Makes 30 brownies. 125g plain flour 50g cocoa 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 150g dark chocolate 175g butter 200g caster sugar 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 250mls Knockmealdown stout Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C 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 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 – 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 –

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Silver medal for The Full Irish at 2017 Dublin Beer Cup

Brewed to showcase the best of Irish malted barley, the Full Irish Single Malt IPA is a beer that’s very close to our hearts. We were delighted to have it acknowledged at the 2017 Dublin Beer Cup, when it won a lovely, heavy silver medal. It also gave *some people* a chance to pull out the photo that we took to launch it, way way back in 2014 (still makes me smile too!). Find the tasting notes for The Full Irish Single Malt IPA here. <blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”> Silver for @8degreesbrewing Full Irish! Congrats! 😊 pic.twitter.com/M3qyZxiPsR — Dorothy (@DubBeerGirl) February 23, 2017

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Best IPA for Howling Gale Irish Ale from Molloy’s Liquor Stores

Delighted that our Howling Gale was voted best IPA by customers at Molloy’s Liquor Stores in their craft beer awards. Dan, one of our brewers, was on hand at the recent Alltech International Craft Brews & Food Fair, to accept the award, which is now proudly displayed at the brewery. Howling Gale was the first beer that we ever brewed, back in 2011, and it’s been a real favourite ever since. One of the classics!

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Limited edition: Retribution Black Rye IPA

Retribution Black Rye IPA is a special collaboration brew with Spike Buckowski from Terrapin Beer Company. Spike came to Cork in February to brew beer. En route to Mitchelstown, we took a detour to a little spot that he shares a name with, Spike Island. The reason was obvious, but the reaction less so. At one stage, Spike Island was a holding place for convicts awaiting transportation to Australia. It was also used as a staging post for the British on their way to put an end to what they called the American Revolution – what Spike calls the American War of Independence. Inspired by Spike Island, we brewed something black, bitter and angry. It has rye, because Spike insists that every beer should have rye. It has patriotic hops like Cascade, Citra and Amarillo. We then dry hopped it until the hops wouldn’t fit in the fermenter anymore. Here’s to Retribution. Style: Black Rye IPA Malt: Irish pale malt, Rye malt, Carafa III, Cararye Hops: Cascade, Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe, dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Mosiac Strength: 6.2% ABV Bitterness: 71 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: black in the glass with a foamy light tan head. Aroma: herbal notes with a sweet, fruity toffee melon aroma. Flavour: up front fruit flavours – melon, strawberry, passion fruit – with a round, sweet medium body. A hit of black pepper and spice. Aftertaste: roasted, toasted malt with pepper and a long, dry finish. Food pairings: this is a full flavoured beer which needs some solid flavours to play against. Because of the solid malt base, it’s a good beer to use with – or in – a slow-braising situation. A long cooked shin of beef with prunes would be a good pairing or you could use it to quench the spicy fires of

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The Irish Craft Beer Show at Alltech 2017

Recovered from the 2017 Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair? Feel like a look back at the weekend? John Duffy, aka The Beer Nut, was around with a roving mic at the festival for the Irish Craft Beer Show and he came to talk to our Kiwi about our great age (we’re not even six!), taste our latest beer #TransPacificIPA and he asked the question that we all want to know the answer to: WHEN WILL THE NEW BREWERY BE BUILT? Still not quite sure why he was wearing a very fetching EDB transfer on his head… Best IPA for Howling Gale Irish Ale from Molloy’s Liquor Stores Silver medal for The Full Irish at 2017 Dublin Beer Cup

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Nomad IPL takes RateBeer Bronze Award

Our Nomad India Pale Lager? Just came in at number 12 for being Best by Style in RateBeer’s Top Beers in the World 2016. The category was pale lager and we were delighted to see that Nomad IPL took bronze in this award which is judged by drinkers all around the world Here’s what RateBeer had to say: The following beers are awarded for their outstanding performance within a beer style category or super style category within which is a grouping of similar or related beer styles. The whole set of reviews, millions, along with a particular emphasis on performance in the last year, was used to determine our winners. We recognize the hard work and consistency that goes into making these styles traditionally, and in new brewing traditions, fine appreciation and precision. This is truly all about showcasing an array of the world’s finest brewers. This is the 15th year of the RateBeer Best awards. They take into consideration reviews that have been given on more than 470,000 beers around the world to pick the year’s best beers, brewers and beer retailers. More information on Nomad India Pale Lager. Find us on RateBeer here: Eight Degrees Brewing

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EDB at Alltech International Craft Brews & Food Fair

We’re heading to the Alltech International Craft Brews & Food Fair tomorrow, Thursday 22 February, in Dublin’s Convention Centre and will be there until Saturday night, 24 February.   Come visit us – we’ll be launching our newest beer #TransPacificIPA! Also pouring: #BanditSmokedAle #WayfarerSourIPA #BarefootBohemianPils #FullIrishIPA   The boys were talking to Alltech about their plans for the future – and for dancing at the festival. That’s my translation of “music to appreciate beer by,” anyway! More here: Meet the Brewery – Eight Degrees Brewing Buy your tickets online here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/alltech-craft-brews-food-fair-tickets-26227739876?aff=eac2

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WIN! A case of Trans-Pacific New World IPA

Congratulations to our winner, JamesR! Scroll down to see his entry – he was decided to be the winner after a long, intense judging process (over dinner and beers) by our Kiwi and Aussie. It made them sing. And not in a good way. *** It’s been raining for days and we need something to cheer us up! Next week we’ll be bottling our latest beer, Trans-Pacific New World IPA, and we’re in the mood to send a case of it to someone who gives us a laugh. All you have to do is to Tweet/FB/Instagram us (we’re not fussy) with a pic of your with your EDB beer – tag it with #EightDegreesFUN – and the one that makes us laugh the most is the winner. Bear in mind, the Kiwi and Aussie will have the deciding vote and they have a rather, shall we say, sideways sense of humour… *** The winner will be sent a case of 24 x 330ml bottles of our Trans-Pacific New World IPA, hot off the bottling line next week so they will get to be one of the first people to taste it. (After me, that is. I’ve already written the tasting notes!) Just to let you know, we can only send the box of beer within the Republic of Ireland. More information on Trans-Pacific New World IPA. CLOSING DATE: TUESDAY 21 FEBRUARY AT 6PM Some favourites so far: #EightDegreesFUN I cant see any. Eight degrees left. Only the two 🙁 Posted by Alan Johnson on Sunday, February 19, 2017 [View the story “WIN! A case of beer with #EightDegreesFUN” on Storify]

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Feb 2017: Limited Edition: Trans-Pacific New World IPA

  This anti-protectionist IPA is all about thinking outside of country borders. Aussie hops, like the people, are a bit brash and rough around the edges. We’ve taken two of their stars – Ella and Vic Secret – and overlaid them with the wonderfully smooth, floral American Citra hop to create a beer that is so much more than the sum of its parts. The result is a juicy sessionable IPA that will blow away the narrow minded rhetoric. Short description: New World hops – tropical fruit – bitter citrus Style: New World IPA Hops: Ella, Vic Secret, Citra. Dry hopped with Ella. Malt: two row Irish malt, Carapils, Munich. Strength: 5% ABV Bitterness: 62 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: dark yellow in the glass, white head. Aroma: full on juicy tropical fruit aromas with masses of sweet pineapple. Flavour: It may be bitter and there’s nothing subtle about this beer but it’s not overbearing. Up front passionfruit and pineapple flavours with a smack of bitter citrus at the end. Aftertaste: light body, bitter in finish. Leaves you wanting more. Food pairings: bitter and quaffable, this is the kind of beer that will cut through rich food, like a slow cooked brisket or a sweet-salty-sticky pineapple and mustard glazed ham. Think Indian as well, specifically a creamy korma or buttery chicken makhini. The tropical fruit will compliment the flavours in a spiced carrot cake (don’t forget the cream cheese frosting!) and cut through all the funk in a intense cheese like Bellingham Blue.   First released: February 2017. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Get social:  #TransPacificIPA

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