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Christmas 2018 releases: Trespass Dark Farmhouse Ale with Blackberries & Blowhard Imperial Stout aged in Jameson Barrels

Trespass Dark Farmhouse Ale with Blackberries 7.5% ABV Blowhard Imperial Stout aged in Jameson Barrels 12% ABV Following from the success of our barrel-aged releases from 2017 (The Holly King and The Oak King) and 2016 (The Dukes of Burgundy trilogy), we are releasing a brace of barrel-aged beauties for Christmas 2018. Trespass Dark Farmhouse Ale with Blackberries 7.5% ABV In September 2017 we did a special collaboration brew with the renowned author and co-owner of Heretic Brewing in San Francisco, Jamil Zainasheff. Collaborations are all about exploring new possibilities, challenging one another to push boundaries. Jamil – author of Yeast and Brewing Classic Styles – has done it all. So we looked local and, in keeping with the grand saison tradition of brewing with what’s at hand, we developed a recipe to take advantage of the plentiful supply of ripe blackberries growing wild in the nearby Ballyhoura mountains. For one of our most complex beers ever, we brewed a Belgian farmhouse-style ale, with premium Irish malt, Bavarian specialty malt, English hops, and a mixed fermentation comprising a saison yeast for primary with Brettanomyces yeast as a secondary fermentation. We aged this in Burgundy pinot noir and chardonnay wine barrels for 13 months, then added even more blackberries to create a rich, dark and complex blackberry farmhouse ale. We called it Trespass: the sweetest blackberries always grow on another man’s bush. Limited draught. 750ml bottles. Also available in a 2 x 750ml bottle gift pack with Hopsfume Brett IPA, our complex, tart and funky 100% Brett IPA, which takes its name from Limerick author Kevin Barry’s dystopian debut, City of Bohane. Blowhard Imperial Stout aged in Jameson Whiskey Barrels 12% ABV In brewing circles, trying to create a rare, best of breed beer is called a White Whale. In the

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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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The online shop will take last orders for Christmas delivery before 2pm on Tuesday 18 December. Orders can be collected at the brewery until 5pm on Thursday 20 December. Dismiss