Friday night launch of Spruce Juice!

Spruce Juice Irish Amber AleThe first taste of our Spruce Juice Irish Amber Ale, a collaboration with Drake’s Brewing Co., is taking place this Friday, 16 June in Limerick, Dublin and Wicklow.

In Dublin, head to Porterhouse Temple Bar, Porterhouse Central or Porterhouse Bray to get your hands on this robust amber ale that we brewed using locally foraged spruce tips.

In Limerick, you can find us at the lovely Mother Macs in Limerick. We decided to decamp there for the night so you’ll find us at the bar, Spruce Juice Irish Amber Ale in hand, wearing our Eight Degrees t-shirts. Mother Macs itself is just by the Milk Market, in the heart of the city.

We thought it was an appropriate place to drink the beer ourselves considering that we went foraging locally for this brew, taking Molly O’Brien, brewer and botanist at Drakes, to Ballyriggan, just outside Kilfinane, Co Limerick to check out the spruce.


It was too early in the year for picking then, so we returned when the spruce tips were luscious and green and ready for the picking.


Ballyriggan is a special place for our Caroline; her family originally came from there and she spent her childhood running through Ballyriggan Wood, which sits on top of Palentine Hill. She was leading the charge. (She also happens to have Drake grandparents. Just saying.)

We took our baskets of spruce tips back to the brewery and brewed a robust amber ale, full of liquorice toffee flavours and lots of pine needle overtones. You’ll find the tasting notes here – Spruce Juice Amber Ale – and you’ll find us at the bar in Mother Macs on Friday night, raising a glass to Molly.

Spruce Juice Irish Amber Ale launch – Friday 16 June

Porterhouse Temple Bar, Dublin
Porterhouse Central, Dublin
Porterhouse Bray, Co Wicklow
Mother Macs, Limerick

 

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