Posts Tagged barrel-aged beer

Wild Ballyhoura: Find the Oak King and Holly King

Looking for our Winter 2017 Wild Ballyhoura beers? Just where did all those lovely 750ml bottles of Oak King Belgian Pale Ale and Holly King Imperial Stout go to? Here’s the list! 1601 Off Licence Ashtons Gastropub Baggot Street Wines Bierhaus Cork Blackrock Cellar Bradley’s Off Licence, Cork Carpenters Bar & Lounge CarryOut Clongriffin Carryout Kenmare Celtic Whisky Shop D Six Off-licence Drinkstore.ie Dublin Bar Academy Dwan’s Off Licence Fresh Camden St Fresh Grand Canal Fresh IFSC Fresh Smithfield Fresh Stepaside Galvins Wines Goose Off licence, Drumcondra Hartes of Kildare Hole in the Wall Pub Martins Off licence Matson’s Douglas McHugh’s Off licence Molloys Clonsilla Molloys Liberties Molloys Tallaght Mother Macs Next Door Off Licence James’ St Next Door Off Licence at J Boyle’s Next Door Off Licence at Myles Creek Number 21 Blarney Number 21 Coburg St Number 21 Limerick O’Donovans Off Licence Pettitts SuperValu Redmonds of Ranelagh SuperValu Balbriggan SuperValu Mitchelstown Sweeney’s Wines The Black Sheep The Dew Drop Inn The Ice Box Balbriggan The Malt House We also sell these beers from our online shop: Wild Ballyhoura Gift Pack: The Oak King Belgian Pale Ale & The Holly King Imperial Stout (2x750ml) The Holly King Imperial Stout (6x750ml) The Oak King Belgian Pale Ale (6x750ml)  

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Wild Ballyhoura: The Legend of the Oak King & the Holly King

Last year was the first time we released our barrel-aged beers in 750ml bottles with the Dukes of Burgundy series. For 2017, we’re bringing out a new duo of 750ml bottles, The Oak King and The Holly King, which will be part of our new Wild Ballyhoura Series. Wild Ballyhoura Series We’ve got a new pet at the brewery and his name is Brett. This wild yeast is a curious and mischievous little creature and we recently introduced him to our oak barrel-aged beers. There’s a whole shipping container of French oak barrels, formerly used for pinot noir and chardonnay, tucked away in a corner where we can age our very specially brewed ales. While they’re sitting there, we bring Brett to the party. Wild yeasts equals wild flavours; we hope they play nice. His full name is Brettanomyces Clausenii, or Brett C, the earliest strain of brett to be classified by a chap investigating funky flavours in British breweries (Brettanomyces = British fungus). We can assume that all pre-modern beer would have picked up brett in storage over time; by playing with Brett C, we’re getting a good indication of how beer brewed and aged in the Ballyhouras, over one hundred years, ago would have tasted. Naturally adventurous. It’s the Eight Degrees way. These beers are due to be released in the next few weeks – brett can’t be hurried and we’re waiting on the brewers to give us the thumbs up so that we can put these beauties into bottles. The Legend of the Oak King & the Holly King The Holly King Imperial Stout Aged in French oak with Brettanomyces C ABV 9.5% In Celtic mythology, the Oak King and the Holly King were warrior twins, engaged in a never-ending fight for supremacy. At Midwinter the Holly King –

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****COMPETITION TIME****

We need your help again to NAME THAT BEER! We have brewed a rich chocolate stout with coffee-like aromatics and aged it in 25-year-old Bushmill whiskey barrels generously provided by the Teeling Whiskey Company. After months of aging it is ready to bottle. A sneaky taste reveals an incredible smooth sweet whiskey nose and oak character with a chocolaty and bitter roasted finish. It’s coming in at around 6.5% ABV. We’re very excited. Can you help us name this All-Irish limited release collaboration beer? Entries via Facebook, Twitter or by email to cam@eightdegrees.ie THE PRIZE The LUCKY person who provides the chosen name will receive… A case of this delicious barrel-aged stout (24 bottles of it) 6 Eight Degrees branded Cervoise-style glasses – very fancy A cool and hip Eight Degrees t-shirt Unfortunately we can only send this prize to addresses in ROI and NI. If you’re the winner and abroad, you can always pick your favourite Irish-based person to be the recipient. Just think how they’ll welcome you with open arms next time you’re in the country. Might not be any beer left, though.

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