RACK ‘EM UP Series: #6 Green Ball Belgian-style IPA with Siphon Brewing

Eight Degrees is turning eight this year. To celebrate eight years of brewing, we are producing eight exciting and innov8ing beers throughout 2019, many of them collaborations with the world’s best craft breweries or with quality local producers. These eight unique beers will form part of our exciting and colourful RACK EM’ UP Series. Eight Years. Eight Beers. Eight Collabs. RACK ‘EM UP Series: #6 Green Ball Belgian-style IPA 6.5% ABV We first met Breandán Kearney of Siphon Brewing at Belfast’s ABV Fest, although our beer paths had crossed previously. A Belgium-based, Warrenpoint-bred beer writer, he also helms the experimental Siphon, which Ratebeer named Belgium’s best new brewery for 2017. At Eight Degrees we are known for our hoppy IPAs; when we wanted to brew a Belgian-style IPA, we turned to the man with yeast expertise. On Breandán’s advice, we used a strain of one of his favourite Belgian-style ale yeasts and he travelled to Mitchelstown to oversee the brew. Starting from a classic Pilsner malt base, we have Vic Secret and Equinox bringing stone fruit and tropical flavours, with a New World Super Noble hop flourish from Loral. But this beer is all about the yeast: with a lemony, orangey ester profile, flavours of citrus, lemongrass and white pepper predominate. It’s bold, complex and sophisticated – just like our brewers. Style: Belgian-style IPA Malt: Pilsner malt base with a hint of Caramunich, Athgarrett oats and wheat. Hops: Vic Secret, Equinox, Loral. ABV: 6.5 IBUs: 43 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: bright gold and briskly carbonated with a rocky head. Aroma: full on fruit at first, with everything else coming in behind: lots of floral, spicy and mint herbal notes. Flavour: this is a hugely complex beer with a full mouthfeel and lots of sweet, sophisticated ripe stone fruit, specifically apricots. Lush tropical flavours with

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RACK ‘EM UP SERIES #1: Yellow Ball Double Dry Hop IPA with Bale Breaker Brewing & Revolution Brewing

The RACK ‘EM UP SERIES from Eight Degrees Brewing #1: Yellow Ball Double Dry Hop IPA with Bale Breaker Brewing and Revolution Brewing Eight Degrees is turning eight this year. To celebrate eight years of brewing, we are producing eight exciting and innov8ing beers throughout 2019, many of them collaborations with acclaimed craft breweries or with quality local producers. These eight unique beers will form part of our exciting and colourful RACK EM’ UP series. Eight Years. Eight Beers. Eight Collabs. First in the line up is a double dry-hopped IPA. This is a three-way collaboration between Eight Degrees, Bale Breaker Brewing – from the hop heaven that is Washington’s Yakima Valley – and Revolution Brewing, Chicago’s largest independent craft beer brewery. It’s a showcase of Yakima Valley’s finest hops chosen by Bale Breaker, a malt bill picked by Eight Degrees to feature the best of local Irish malt and a yeast strain chosen by Revolution. The result is a beer supercharged with hop freshness and aroma. Style: Double Dry Hop IPA Malt: Two-Row Irish malted barley, CaraPils. Hops: Simcoe + late addition of Citra and Jester. ABV: 5.9% IBUs: 65 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: deep, dark gold in the glass with a white, pillowy head. Aroma: an up-front biscuit malt sweetness initially, followed by pepper spice and dank pine. Flavour: medium carbonation, juicy and full bodied. A classic West Coast IPA, with sweet stone fruit to the forefront, quickly dominated by pine sap bitterness, alongside white pepper and ginger spice notes. Aftertaste: a lemon marmalade bitterness that lingers. Food pairings We love beer and cheese and this IPA goes particularly well with blue cheese, especially our local favourite Cashel Blue, the creamy funk of the cheese contrasting beautifully with the bitterness of the beer. Make that Cashel Blue into a

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ABVFEST18 BEER ON SALE NOW!

We just got a press release in from the lovely people at ABVFest in Belfast that we thought we should share with you. Pick up the beer and come along to the festival – it’s one of our favourites and it’s always a treat to visit Belfast.  19 June 2018 – Exciting news from Team ABVFest – this year, we’re releasing our #ABV18 beer in advance of the festival! ‘Hoop du Jour’, a 4% session IPA is available for you to buy in bottle and on draught in bars and off licences across Northern Ireland. It’s become an annual tradition to collaborate with friends of the festival and brew a special ABVFest beer. Earlier this year, we headed on a road trip to Mitchelstown, County Cork to spend some quality time with longtime pals of ABVFest, Eight Degrees Brewing. Brewed with Irish pale ale malt, Enigma, Amarillo and Denali hops, ‘Hoop du Jour’ is the end delicious result – a sessionable IPA, silky and full-bodied with rich red fruit flavours. As with all our previous festival beers, it’s a one-off brew and won’t hang around for long! We reckoned it would see you through the summer while we wait for the great doors of Carlisle Memorial Church to open once again on 31 August and 01 September. If you haven’t got your tickets sorted yet, be quick – Whole Shebang weekend passes are almost sold out and if you’re looking to enjoy the Saturday evening session, it’s our fastest selling ticket at the moment. Visit ABVFest.com to buy your tickets today and keep up to date with #ABV18 news and information on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. • Hoop du Jour is out for delivery today to The Wodworkers, Belfast; Neill Wine, Groomsport; Wineworks, Newtownards; The Errigle, Belfast; The Anchor Bar, Newcastle;

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