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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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Documentary on Newstalk: Rise of The Brew

If you’re figuring out your listening for the next few days – podcasts make every repetitive job better!* – Newstalk documentary Rise of The Brew is well worth downloading. Presented by Mary Brophy and produced/edited by Neal Boyle, the documentary first got an airing in February 2015. We were in the car, appropriately enough en route home from a beer festival, that morning so were able to listen (and live tweet) the whole unfolding story. It was rebroadcast for St Patrick’s Day last week, which gave us a chance to revisit all those familiar voices. And remember the difficulties back at the start. Eight Degrees features, from Cam and Scott realising that they had beer in common to dumping our first brew back in 2011 – now that was heartbreaking – to setting up what Mary calls a warren of stainless steel. Oh, the memories! And the long days, and the not knowing how to get beer into kegs. That was 2011 – just five years ago. Feels like a hell of a lot longer. You’ll also hear from the likes of Metalman, Kinnegar, 12 Acres, O’Hara’s, Porterhouse, Cotton Ball, O’Brother Brewing – lots of great beers. Well worth a listen.   * think working the bottling line, stacking pallets of beer, boxing up bottles, sluicing floors, scrubbing kegs…

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Quest Killarney Adventure Race – the last word. By Cam

This is the email that went around on Monday morning from the Aussie after himself, the Kiwi, John (head of bottling/packaging), Daniel O’Shea (assistant brewer) and Brian O’Shea (bottling/packaging assistant) – aka the Eight Degrees Running Club – plus Mairead, Daniel’s fiancée, completed Saturday’s 55km Quest Killarney Adventure Race.  Naturally adventurous? More like naturally competitive.  Hey Guys, First of all, a huge achievement by all, 6 started 6 finished, some a little bruised and battered, hope you’re ok Mairead. It is rare that you witness an Aussie having to eat humble pie, but here it is… kind of. Massive congrats to John who powered home in an incredible time of 2 hrs 52mins and came in the top 25 overall. WOW. Goes to show, hard work, and no commitments really do pay off. Scott was the dark horse and really came through, particularly on the bike legs. I for one had written him off as a dud on the bike but mmmm a big helping of humble pie being swallowed. The O’Shea boys put in a solid performance but one can’t help wondering if they left a little bit in the tank for the Saturday night festivities. Certainly Brian was looking a bit too fresh afterwards and already glammed up for the night ahead. We did think Dan did the gentlemanly thing and waited for Mairead at the transition area but on closer inspection, check out Mairead’s second half run, down the mountain, 42 mins, beating everyone including Scott. [not including John] The most important result to reflect on though is where you placed in your category. * John, got his top 20 finish placing 19th in the Senior category. * Mairead was the 17th female finisher, awesome work, and * Cam came in 52nd in the Over 40 category. By comparison, Scott came 65th

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Irish Beer Chat + SFA Awards

Ladies and gentlemen, get all your Aussie jokes ready: Cam, our resident Australian, and half of the Antipodean team that set up Eight Degrees here in Mitchelstown, will be working the Twitter machine hard tonight from 8pm for #IrishBeerChat. Let’s try this again. Take 2 Join us and Cam from @8degreesbrewing for #IrishBeerChat 🍺 — Wayne:Beer Snob (@irishbeersnob) February 29, 2016 There’ll be lots of other lovely beer folk to chat to as well – keep an eye on the hash tag to see who’s about. While you’re there, make sure you ask Cam about fitting into his suit for this Thursday’s SFA National Small Business Awards 2016 event. The Gala Prize Giving Ceremony is a black tie affair and last year there was some consternation about whether himself and Kiwi Scott would fit into their wedding suits. Given than the weddings happened several years ago – think 2011 and 2007 – it was a real danger. But they’ve been in training. No, not just for the suits; they, plus another three of the brewery boys, are heading to the Quest Killarney Adventure Race, a day-long run / cycle / kayak over 33km or 55km (not sure how long they’ll hold out for) in, according to that site’s countdown calendar, 11 days and 19 hours…tick, tick, tick… Back to Thursday, we’ve some great finalists in our category – see below – and check out the full list on the SFA website. FOOD & DRINK CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Bord Bia: Cornucopia – Dublin Eight Degrees Brewing – Cork Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats – Roscommon Java Republic – Dublin Oriel Sea Salt & Minerals – Louth Paris Texas – Kilkenny  

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Dublin Beer Cup Bronze Medals for The Full Irish IPA, Hurricane IPA

Delighted to come back from last weekend’s Alltech Craft Beer and Food Festival with a pair of medals for our premium range beers, The Full Irish Single Malt IPA and Hurricane IPA. Tasting notes: Hurricane IPA The Full Irish Single Malt IPA Find a list of the medal winners of the 2016 Dublin Beer Cup and its mate, the Dublin Cider Cup, online here. Congratulations to Rye River, who took the Dublin Beer Cup for Francis’ Big Bangin IPA. It was a great weekend, by all reports – although *some* of us had to stay home and mind the brewery. We’re not bitter, though – at least we have people out there on Twitter that will capture the Aussie and Kiwi in the very act of working/not working. The end of the night is near and it's time for some @8degreesbrewing #snoweater #AlltechBrews @AlltechBrews — James O'Toole (@JamesOToole18) February 5, 2016 Happy Waitangi Day from our 2 Kiwi craft brewers in Ireland @8degreesbrewing @MontBeerIE @AlltechBrews #WaitangiDay — Manor Brewing Co. (@ManorBrewingCo) February 6, 2016 In other news, The Double Irish Imperial IPA is now out in the wilds – go searching in your local independent off licence! There was a lot of happiness when it arrived at O’Brien’s in Naas. The @8degreesbrewing Double Irish has landed! Never have we been so excited about a new beer in Naas (^Naas) — O'Briens Wine (@OBriensWine) February 9, 2016 In other, other news, the EDB blog was chuffed to get a mention in Media HQ’s feature on 5 of the Best Irish Business Blogs: “This blog shows that frills are not always needed, words alone can wow.” Thanks for reading my words!

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Eight Degrees on tour: Hospitality Expo, Alltech Beerfest

The year is kicking off in style (we won’t count January!) as we pack the beers for the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair, which kicks off in Dublin’s Convention Centre tomorrow and runs until Sunday. And what beers are we packing? Well, it can’t have escaped your notice that we’ve been busy preparing for the return of – ta da! – The Double Irish Imperial IPA. I had to write tasting notes last week; it was a tough job, I kept having to go back to the fermenter for another *sample*. But I got there in the end. You will let me know if there are any typos, won’t you? Beers for Alltech  The Double Irish Imperial IPA SnowEater Red IPA Vic Secret Black IPA Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner Lager So, your choice of imperial, red, black – or Bohemian! Get your tickets online in advance from their website. Opening hours Friday, February 5th: 5pm – 10pm Saturday, February 6th: 12.30pm – 10pm Sunday, February 7th: 12.30pm – 7pm That’s not all we’re up to this week. If you happen to be at the Hospitality Expo in the RDS, you might spot the lads hard at work there too. It’s open today – Thursday – until 5pm. Getting ready for #HospitalityExpo at the RDS Dublin. Wed and Thurs. — EightDegreesBrewing (@8degreesbrewing) February 2, 2016 Just in case our hard-working Aussie would get bored, this week we also had him – autocorrect notwithstanding – at the SFA National Small Business Awards showcase event at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin. I quite like the idea of the radiator blue royal hotel. <blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”> Ready to go at the #sfaawards at the radiator blue royal. — EightDegreesBrewing(@8degreesbrewing) February 1, 2016

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Limited Edition: The Double Irish Imperial IPA

We have taken our award-winning The Full Irish IPA and amped up the hops to create her bigger and bolder brother, the Double Irish. Using 100% premium Irish malted barley, this elegant unadorned malt profile allows us to showcase all that’s great about New World hops. Expect a tropical fruit explosion with plenty of residual pine hop flavours. Big, bold – and naturally adventurous. Short description: Imperial IPA – big and bold – New World hops Style: Imperial IPA Hops: Pacific Jade, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy, Ella Malt: Two-Row Malted Irish Barley ABV: 9.0% IBUs: 93 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: warm rich orange colour. Aroma: leading from the start with mango, followed by orange and pine undertones. Flavour: Think The Full Irish, dialed up to 11. Lots of luscious tropical fruit, especially that deep mango flavour, nicely balanced with pine and orange pith. Lots of spicy tingle to temper the full-bodied richness. Aftertaste: a delicious bitter pine finish. Food pairings: There’s nothing meek or retiring about this beer; something to keep in mind when figuring out what to pair it with! Full-bodied and luscious, this is what we want to drink with a spatchcocked tandori chicken, served with a mango/pineapple/chilli/mint salsa, or a spicy Asian pork salad (don’t hold back on the chilli). The sweet mango flavours also work with carrot and pineapple cake and it’s well worth trying with a slab of sticky, fresh ginger gingerbread. Reviews: Lots of grapefruit and orange marmalade make up the guts of it, with darker mandarin and tangerine stuff hiding in the folds of the sweet fruit, along with mango, a hint of pine and just a smidgen of Starbursts. The Drunken Destrier Re-launch Date: February 2016 Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: bottles and limited draught

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Eight Degrees in finals for SFA National Awards

We were delighted to learn last week that we’re finalists in the Food & Drink category for the 2016 SFA National Small Business Awards. There’s a total of 35 companies across 7 categories in this final round, spread across 16 different counties. In our category, there’s the making of a fine meal… FOOD & DRINK CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Bord Bia: Cornucopia – Dublin Eight Degrees Brewing – Cork Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats – Roscommon Java Republic – Dublin Oriel Sea Salt & Minerals – Louth Paris Texas – Kilkenny We now need to remind certain people that they’ll have to get back in training to fit into their suits for the award ceremony in March. It might be a belts and braces situation… Thursday, 10 December 2015 – The Avondhu: Mitchelstown company is national awards finalist

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Now pouring: 11 December 2015

Listen up, people! This week’s now pouring list: Revolution Waterford – Full Irish IPA Oskars, Waterford – Full Irish IPA The Beerhouse, Dublin – there’s a total of FOUR of our draught beers on at the moment – Snoweater RIPA, Signal Belgian Stout, Sunburnt Irish Red, Barefoot Bohemian Pils Ashling Hotel Dublin – Big River IPA Thomas Connolly Sligo – Vic Secret Black IPA Porterhouse Brewing Company, Temple Bar – Signal Belgian Stout Source, Tramore – Sunburnt Irish Red Brewery Corner, Kilkenny – Snoweater Red IPA Spirit Store, Dundalk – Signal P. Mac’s, Dublin – Signal You’ll also find a *few* of our beers at Blackbird Rathmines – a big thank you to them for hosting such a fantastic ‪#‎8of8on8th‬ night last Tuesday! Plus, some information on our just-launched seasonal specials – Snow Eater Red IPA, Signal Belgian Stout and Mór Barleywine – bottles in all good off licences now.

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Winter 2015: The Three Wise Men: Snow Eater Red IPA – Signal Belgian Stout – Mór Barleywine

At Eight Degrees, we like to warm ourselves right up for wintertime – it might be the Antipodean influence – and we also like to do things in threes. For winter 2015 we’ve brewed a trilogy of gorgeous beers that will make you forget about the weather outside, as you sip and enjoy these examples of the brewers’ art. Take your pick from Snow Eater Red IPA, a red ale with a spiced orange feel and seasonal flavours of pine and tangerine; the deep toffee and chocolate flavours of Signal Belgian Stout; or savour a snifter of Mór Barleywine – a big, bold giant of a beer. All beers now available from your local independent off licence. Limited availability of Snow Eater and Signal on draught. 2015 was a very successful year for Eight Degrees Brewing, with The Full Irish IPA being named Beer of the Year by independent Irish consumer group Beoir and Hurricane IPA taking a bronze medal at the Dublin Beer Cup. Eight Degrees Brewing was also highly commended in the Food & Drink category at the Small Firms Association Awards and won four gold stars at the 2015 Great Taste Awards (two for each of core range Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale and Sunburnt Irish Red Ale). Snow Eater Red IPA 6.2% Chinook is the hop of choice in this Red Indian Pale Ale. Deep, intense caramel malt flavours are cut beautifully with lots of hops, which bring a spiced orange feel to proceedings. It’s the perfect time for a warm, fuzzy glow. With food: Pine and tangerine? This is the beer for your turkey dinner. Strong enough to stand up to the onslaught of all the trimmings – bitter cranberry sauce, sweet ham, herby stuffing, milky bread sauce, vinegary red cabbage, sulphuric brussels sprouts – it will

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8 tap takeover at 8pm on December 8th – Blackbird, Rathmines

Fancy tasting our trilogy of Christmas beers on draught? Bring yourself along to Blackbird in Rathmines, 82-84 Rathmines Road Lower, for 8pm on December 8th for a very special tap takeover. It’s the first draught appearance of our full Christmas range – Snow Eater Red IPA, Signal Belgian Stout and Mór Barleywine – along with limited editions Big River Tasmanian IPA and Polar Vortex IPA. We’ll also have a couple of our premium brews there (Hurricane IPA and The Full Irish Single Malt IPA), bringing the total up to 8 with a true classic: Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner Lager. Something for everything, I think you’ll agree! Pints are €4 (apart from the 10.2% Mór). See you there. Eight Degrees: Naturally Advent!  

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