Eight Degrees Brewing - Glen of Imaal Oatmeal Pale AleThe Irish Munro Series 2020
Celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains, Irish Munros are peaks over 3,000 ft. Many of these peaks belong to the MacGillycuddy Reeks in Kerry, one is in Wicklow, and there’s one which towers over our Mitchelstown brewery, our beloved Galtymore. Since we started Eight Degrees, we’ve taken inspiration from the surrounding landscape, constantly innovating to brew adventurous beers using natural ingredients. The Irish Munro Series: continuing our Naturally Adventurous journey.
#IRISHMUNROSeries 2: Glen of Imaal
Lugnaquilla
3035ft
Affectionately known as Lug, Lugnaquilla is the highest mountain in Wicklow and the highest mountain in Ireland outside Kerry. The route up – Glen of Imaal – is often used as an artillery firing range, so hill walkers need to dodge the area during firing practice. Nothing like a bit of danger to get the blood pumping. In Irish mythology, Lug was the name of the Irish god of nobility, a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann who was associated with oaths and justice. Our brewers mis-heard oaths as oats, and decided to brew a classic oatmeal pale ale for Lug.
The star of the show is new hop HBC-692, daughter of Sabro, with intense flavours of grapefruit pith and pine resin. The oats provide a silky mouthfeel which, when combined with these aromatic hops and a rounded bitterness, provides a balanced thirst-quenching drop after a rewarding climb up the Wicklow massif.

Style: Oatmeal Pale Ale
Malt: Irish pale ale malt, oats, Carapils and wheat. 
Hops: Vic Secret, Mandarina Bavaria, Amarillo and HBC-692.
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: 32

Tasting notes
Colour/appearance: golden in the glass with an effervescent white fluffy head.
Aroma: lots of sweet tropical fruit on the nose, predominately stone fruit and lychee.
Flavour: gorgeously full bodied and fruity, with silky rounded peach and tropical lychee flavours. Notes of creamy coconut and vanilla, balanced with a grapefruit bitterness.
Aftertaste:a bitter grapefruit pith twist.

Food Pairings
The fruity notes in this would play very nicely with a blue cheese like Cashel Blue. Even better, put a slice of that cheese on a burger and see how Glen of Imaal Oatmeal Pale Ale works with a juicy burger: the fruity hops have enough bitterness to balance out all the blue / meaty umami flavours. Spiced mushroom tacos are a great match, the tropical notes in the beer complementing the flavours in Mexican food. Bring a citrus cake – lemon and buttermilk cake or orange polenta loaf – to the table and see how the flavours work beautifully together.

Availability: 440ml cans.
Get social: #GlenofImaalOPA

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4 Comments
  1. Hi!

    I am from the Glen of Imaal and would like to purchase some of these beers.
    When are they available to buy?
    Do you deliver to Kildare?

    Thanks,
    Joey

  2. Hi Joey
    Glen of Imaal Oatmeal Pale Ale is out there now and available in the following off licences, many of which offer a delivery service:
    Dwan’s Off Licence
    Next Door at Myles Creek Ennis
    Dead Centre Brewing
    CarryOut Tramore
    Stephen St News
    Number 21 off licences
    McHugh Off licence
    Mortons
    Martins Off licence
    Jus De Vine
    Molloys Liberties
    McHughs Off licence Artane
    Eldon’s Clonmel Ltd
    The Coach House Off licence
    CarryOut Celbridge
    Carryout Tralee
    Spar Rathoath
    Drinkstore.ie
    Coolers off licence
    Bradleys Off Licence
    O’Donovans Off Licence
    Carryout Tyrrelstown
    Gerry’s Fresh Foods
    CarryOut The Comet
    Lunneys Carryout, Carrick on Shannon
    1601 Off Licence
    The Grapevine Glasnevin
    57 The Headline
    Lilac Wines, Fairview, Dublin 3
    Kellys Off Licence, Dublin

    It’s also available through our online shop (minimum order is two cases): CAN – IRISH MUNRO Series #2: Glen of Imaal Oatmeal Pale Ale (24x440ml)

  3. My wife and I breed Glen of Imaal terriers in the US and know a number of other breeders and owners. If you could get some to the US I am pretty sure you could sell a fair amount to us dog fanciers!

  4. Hi Jerry,
    Many thanks for your message. We never thought of terriers when we had our eyes on the mountains! Unfortunately, this is a limited edition brew and – particularly during the current situation – we won’t be exporting it to the US. I’ll keep you updated if there’s any change.
    Best wishes,
    Caroline

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