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Win! Passes to the Irish Craft Beer Festival

The Irish Craft Beer Festival, Ireland’s largest celebration of Irish craft brewing returns to RDS next week, from Thursday 8 to Saturday 11 September – and we’re going to be there! This year we will have six different beers there for the three days. Our current tap plan: 1) Amber Ella American Amber Ale – 5.8% – World Beer Cup medal winner. 2) The Full Irish Single Malt IPA – 6.0% – Beoir Beer of the Year 2015. 3) Summer Days Seisiún IPA – 4.5% – a summer session sipper. 4) Going Out Out, Kölsch-Style 4.5% – are you out? Or out out? 5) Amarillo Single Hop IPA – 5.7% – the fourth beer in our summer 2016 single hop trilogy. Yes. I know. 6) Supernova – Double IPA – 8.0% – it’s fermenting in the tanks as I write. More information on the festival is online here: www.irishcraftbeerfestival.ie Want to be there too? Then simply our competition to win passes! We have: Two double passes to give away for 9 Friday. Opening times from 5pm – 11pm Three double passes to give away for 10 Saturday. Opening times from 2pm – 11pm So, what do you need to to? Simply put a comment below telling me two things: 1. your favourite place to drink our beer and 2. whether you would like passes for Friday or Saturday Competition closes at 11am on Thursday 8 September and I’ll email the winners straight away. Terms and conditions apply – ie tickets only valid on that particular day – you know the drill. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to winners: Shelia D Sean O’S Susan S Dympna C Richie W Tickets still available on the site at www.irishcraftbeerfestival.ie. Did we tell you that we have special beerfest #EDBtattoos? Show you’re a fan, when you buy an @8degreesbrewing pint @IrishBeerFest get an Eight Degrees tattoo ! pic.twitter.com/KE0MoycOPZ — David Risso (@davidrisso) September 5, 2016

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2016 Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards Finalist

Great to hear that the Eight Degrees blog – this stream of consciousness and rambling right here – is a finalist in the 2016 Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards, Food and Drink category. Check out the list below and keep your fingers crossed for us on 15 September! Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016 Corporate Blog Finalists Food & Drink – sponsored by Just Eat ● AA Foodies ● Baby Led Feeding ● Bunzl Irish Merchants Café Video Blog ● Eight Degrees Brewing ● Good Food Ireland Food/Travel Blog ● Meylers Fish Company ● Mummy Cooks ­- Weaning your Baby to Family Foods ● TheTaste.ie

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August 2016: Limited Edition – Amarillo Single Hop IPA

Smooth on the outside, crunchy on the inside…oh, those were armadillos. Amarillo, on the other hand, is the fourth in our single hop trilogy. OK, so we’re easily confused, not great at numbers – but we do make tasty beer. The Amarillo hop, unlike the armadillo, is famous for its high levels of myrcene. What does that mean? It’s all the good stuff: a flavour profile rammed full of grapefruit, melon, apricot and peach…with not a crunch in sight. Short description: single hop IPA – soft bitterness – summer sipper Style: single hop IPA Hops: Amarillo Malt: two row base Irish malt Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 62 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: orange with a foamy white head. Aroma: bright citrus pith and apricot. Flavour: this beer is tangarine-tastic! It’s got full-on intense fruit flavours, oodles of stone fruit and a touch of melon. Aftertaste: a lingering humming bitterness. Food pairings Summertime and the living is easy. Pull together a platter of cured meats – choose from some fantastic Irish suppliers like McCarthy’s Butchers in Kanturk, Gubbeen Smokehouse and James McGeough in Oughterard – with Irish farmhouse cheese: Hegarty’s cheddar and Cashel Blue work well with this kind of citrusy IPA. Add a few slices of crusty sourdough, a handful of gherkins, a little pot of rhubarb chutney and a couple of bottles of Amarillo Single Hop IPA and you have the perfect summer evening feast. Launch Date: August 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Win! Passes to Camden Exchange​ / Totally Dublin​ Craft Beer and Cider Fest

It’s beer fest competition time! We have a pair of passes to the Camden Exchange / Totally Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Fest for Thursday 25 August. Each pass is worth €15, which includes entry to the festival, 2 beer or cider tasters and a light bite. If you want to get your hands on some more tickets, check out Eventbrite for full details.  There’s more information about the festival on the Totally Dublin website here. Now, competition time! Just leave a comment below telling us what your favourite Eight Degrees beer is. The winner gets a pair of passes and we’ll let you know by 6pm on Wednesday 24 August. Terms and conditions apply – you know what I mean – ie tickets only valid for Thursday 25 August, yadda, yadda, yadda. THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Karen H, as picked by random.org, for winning the pair of tickets – it turns out that #SunburntIrishRed is her favourite beer. Perfect for this barbecue weather! Hope you enjoy the festival tonight, Karen. Don’t forget that there are still tickets available for tonight and Saturday at www.eventbrite.com.

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Best in Ireland for Eight Degrees Brewing at World Beer Awards

Official press release below but – in a word – yippee! We’re thrilled. Top awards for Full Irish Single Malt IPA and Knockmealdown Irish Stout. Eight Degrees Brewing has been awarded best in Ireland for two extremely competitive categories at the 2016 World Beer Awards. The Full Irish Single Malt IPA and Knockmealdown Irish Stout were chosen as the Irish winners of the IPA and stout categories by a panel of international respected judges. With more than 1500 beers from 30 different countries were entered into the 2016 awards, winning a Country Best award is a significant achievement. “We are over the moon to be judged as having the best IPA and stout from Ireland,” said Eight Degrees Brewing’s Cam Wallace. “Our fingers are crossed as we go through to the best in the world World Beer Awards short list.” The final round of judging was held in London last week, where 50 international brewers, industry experts and journalists tasted and voted on the World’s Best in each of the eight categories before today’s announcement of the 2016 Country Winners. The World Style and World Category winners will be announced on 23 September. This is the second award this year for The Full Irish; in February, it won a bronze medal at the Dublin Beer Cup. Last year it was named Beer of the Year by independent consumer group Beoir. The Full Irish, a luscious hop bomb of a single malt IPA, was first brewed in 2014 as a limited release to showcase local Irish pale ale malt; it was so successful that it is now part of the brewery’s core beer range. Knockmealdown Irish Stout is a robust stout, balancing dark malts with old world bitter hops. It has a rich chocolatey aroma with distinctive espresso flavours. World Beer Awards The World

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Eight Degrees at The Big Grill

Heading to The Big Grill this weekend? We’re already there! And we’ve brought: Going Out, Out Kölsch-Style – festival special for those who are out out! Galaxy Single Hop IPA – summer seasonal Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale – the classic Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner Lager – our best seller See below for a just-set-up shot of what the Aussie has taken to calling “our very own teepee” – you’ll find us in the second area, about 60 meters from the main stage.   Come and join us – and bring your sunscreen; the forecast is fab! Ready to go @biggrillfestival! In our own 8degrees teepee. 60m from main stage. Come over, say hi and enjoy a pint. #biggrill #dublin #biggrillfestival #biggrill16 #irishsummer #irishsummer16 #ireland #beerinireland #irishfestivals A photo posted by Eight Degrees Brewing (@eightdegreesbrewing) on Aug 11, 2016 at 7:32am PDT

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August 2016: Limited Edition – Going Out Out, Kölsch-Style

You know when that happens? You’re not going out out, you’re just going out for a pint of milk and then you meet yer man, and he’s off to catch up with the lads in the local and, sure, herself is coming by in a while and…suddenly it’s 2am, you’re standing by the bar in Whelans, you realise that you’re still wearing your slippers – and you’ve lost that pint of milk. You were undoubtedly out out. A particularly good out out beer, Kölsch is an ale which is is cold fermented with its own special yeast and then cold conditioned for an extended period – just like a lager. At Eight Degrees we love this elegant, nuanced and extremely clean tasting beer style, which is perfectly suited to being brewed with our Galtee mountain water. The malt bill is made up of the finest German Pilsner malt, hopped to perfection with the Noble hop Saaz. Short description: Kölsch-style – crisp bitterness – sessionable Style: Kölsch-style Hops: Saaz. Malt: Pilsner malt. Strength: 4.5% ABV Bitterness: 36 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: straw yellow with a white fluffy head. Aroma: gentle floral to light fruit aroma. Flavour: mild crisp bitterness with a touch of sweet honey. Delicate and well balanced. Aftertaste: light and refreshing, making you want to take another sip. An ideal afternoon session delight. Food pairings: This is your ideal hot-weather beer so, while temperatures soar, keep your cool with a nice cool glass of this Kölsch-style beer. It plays happily with fishy food like fried calamari or scampi, the light fruity esters contrasting nicely with the seafood, and it’s a light option for pairing with something like lemon sole or monkfish in a brown butter sauce. Or, if you want to look really classy, chill it well and serve

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July 2016: Limited Edition – Galaxy Single Hop IPA

Three summer single hop specials. Three of our favourite hops; one grist bill to unite them all! The malt body for these brews is simple, yet elegant, designed to showcase the hop flavours and aromas. The third beer in our single hop summer trilogy is Galaxy. This versatile hop from far, far away – well, Australia actually – has a wonderful blend of fruity characteristics: a clean citrus aroma gives way to ripe passionfruit and peach flavours. Pair with smoky, savoury barbecued spare ribs or a big, fat, juicy burger. Perfect for those clear starry, starry night skies! Short description: single hop IPA – short, sharp and snappy – tropical fruit Style: single hop IPA Hops: Galaxy. Malt: two row base Irish malt. Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 62 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma: up front passion fruit aroma, followed by a sharp citrus twang. Flavour: short, sharp and snappy, like a good punk band! Intense tropical fruit flavours, with masses of passion fruit, hints of peach and a grapefruit rind bitterness at the end. Aftertaste: lipsmacking dry finish. Food pairings: these fruity flavours are just the thing to contrast with barbecue food like some rich smoky spare ribs or a decent homemade burger. Go for a lighter style of summer eating with some shrimp ceviche with coconut and see how the tropical fruit aroma complements the shellfish. Gorgeous with mango sorbet. Launch Date: July 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Limited edition – Summer Days Seisiún IPA

Raise a glass to these long, long summer days when our side of the world tilts towards the sun for a while. What better way to escape the work day drudgery than with our 2016 summer session IPA. Pop the top, tilt your head back, close your eyes and drink in the gentle fresh breeze; these hops will be your guide to summer days drifting away and, uh oh, those summer nights… Summer Days Seisiún IPA brewed with Amarillo, Mandarina Bavaria, Equinox and Citra hops – have yourself a blast! Short description: session IPA – soft bitterness – summer sipper Style: session IPA Hops: Amarillo, Mandarina Bavaria, Equinox and Citra, dry hopped with Simcoe. Malt: two row base Irish malt, Cara pils. Strength: 4.5% ABV Bitterness: 43 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pale yellow, white mousssey head. Aroma: initial floral aroma with a gentle lime bitterness, light malt. Flavour: smooth, soft hop bitterness on the palate with the flavour of fresh lime zest. The finish is dry, with a delicate sprightly prickle. A refreshing summer Sparkler. Aftertaste: lingering bitterness, inviting you back for more. The perfect summer sipper. Food pairings: it’s all about the surf, rather than the turf, with this beer. The rounded hop flavours showcased here will work beautifully with anything smoked – think a light, summertime Goatsbridge smoked trout and barley salad with a lime dressing. Get smokey with some fish yourself and land a side of lemon and herb marinaded salmon on the barbecue, or grill some whole mackerel with ginger, chilli and lime. The gentle bitterness of this beer will complement the citrus, cutting through the oily fish and refreshing you with each sip. Review Irish Examiner: Beer of the week: Eight Degrees Summer Days Fine citrus and crisp hop character on the front palate leading to

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May 2016: Limited edition – Mandarina Bavaria Single Hop IPA

The second release of our three summer single hop specials. Three of our favourite hops; one grist bill to unite them all! The malt body for these brews is simple, yet elegant, designed to showcase the hop flavours and aromas. This IPA features Mandarina Bavaria, the new hop on the block from Germany. It’s a tangerine dream with intense pineapple and lemon zest flavours and a herbal finish, imparting a wonderful summery aroma. We have adopted an innovative hop utilisation technique to maximise aroma pickup and ensure that this beer is bursting with hop flavour. Fantastisch! Short description: single hop IPA – heady aroma – sweet citrus Style: IPA Hop: Mandarina Bavaria Malt: two row base Irish malt Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 47 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: orange with a foamy white head. Aroma: a heady mandarin nose with lots of passion fruit. Smells like summer… Flavour: sweet citrus and tropical fruit with a hint of mandarin peel bitterness. Herbal coriander notes and a touch of salt in the finish. Aftertaste: a rounded flavour, with the malt and hops playing nicely together. Food pairings: a summertime beer like this is perfect with lighter dishes that suit the sunshine. Pan fry some John Dory in olive oil with slices of lemon and enhance the flavours by pairing it with Mandarina Bavaria IPA. This is a beer that goes wonderfully with cheese, the sweet citrus flavours enhancing the cheese in a similar way to membrillo, the Spanish quince paste that works so well with manchego, goats’ cheese and blue cheeses, the more pungent the better! Launch Date: May 2016. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Premium range – Citra Single Hop IPA

Citra, with its fruity, juicy aroma and flavour, is one of our favourite hops. To showcase it, we’ve used a simple, yet elegant, malt body which puts Citra’s fabulous tropical flavours on display: think ripe lychee, passionfruit and guava. Sweet and tart, with a gloriously juicy mouthfeel. Short description: single hop IPA – juicy – citrus bite Style: single hop IPA Hop: Citra – what else! Malt: two row base Irish malt Strength: 5.7% ABV Bitterness: 62 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pale orange colour, fluffy white head. Aroma: full-on tropical fruit juice. The sweet top note is undercut with bitter aroma. Flavour: those tropical fruits come through all the way in this luscious and full bodied beer. Enough malt backbone to let the passion fruit and guava flavours shine, balanced with strong, persistant orange pith bitterness. Both sweet and tart, with a gloriously juicy mouthfeel. Aftertaste: full on bitterness with a decent citrus bite. Food pairings: the bitterness will cut beautifully through sweet low-and-slow pulled pork served with spiced peach relish. This beer also will counterbalance the bold flavours of barbecued chicken wings and play nicely with some grilled spicy fresh Gubbeen chorizo sausages. Try it with a not-too-sweet Key Lime pie for a full-on citrus ending to your meal. First launched: May 2016. Now part of our premium range. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Cans, bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Review “Lemon zest and honeysuckle, grapefruit pith, mango and a hint of nettle tea all make for a finish that’s big and zingy and full of life. Very good indeed.” Simon Williams, CAMRGB

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March 2016 – Limited Edition: Nailed It IPA

Celebrating five years of naturally adventurous brewing! We launched at Cork’s Easter Beerfest back in 2011. Now, five years on and having brewed more than 40 unique beers, we want to show you what we have learned. It’s no secret our favourite beer style are IPAs; think black, white, red, session and imperial. With this brew we have combined all our knowledge and experimentation to come up with an IPA that we think hits the nail on the head. Old and New World hops combine to create waves of hop flavour and aroma. Expect pine, tangerine, passion fruit, lime and pear flavours, all combined with our classic single Irish malt backbone. Short description: IPA – up front passion fruit– dry finish Style: IPA Malt: Premium Irish Pale Malt, Vienna, Munich, Cara Amber. Hops: Simcoe, Vic Secret, Centennial, Apollo and El Dorado. IBUs: 71 ABV 5.8% Tasting notes Colour/appearance: light pale yellow. Aroma: full on pine aroma with some passion fruit on the nose. Flavour: rich passion fruit flavours tempered by pine bitterness and a super spicy tingle. This beer is brewed to be dry as a bone, leaving you hanging for the next sip. Aftertaste: refined pine bitterness in the aftertaste. Doesn’t linger. Food pairings: This is the beer for your Easter lamb curry. There are plenty of hops and pine bitterness there to cut through that lamb madras. Thinking about chicken? The crispy freshness and spice of Mexican chicken toastadas will be a superb match. Or, give it a twist and pair this beer with a carrot cake to lift the spice flavours into another stratosphere. Launch Date: Easter 2016 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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