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Eight Degrees on the road: Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer Weekend, Savour Kilkenny

A selection of Irish craft beer from Eight Degrees Brewing

It’s going to be a busy few days for Eight Degrees with beer tastings taking place all over the country towards the end of the week. Most of these are taking part as part of Bord Bia’s fantastic Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer Weekend and there are also some events at Savour Kilkenny. Eight Degrees beer will be featuring, some of the events will have Scott or Cam there to talk brewing and Caroline will also pop up at a few venues. Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer On Thursday 25 October at 7pm Pat Shortt’s Bar, Main Street, Castlemartyr, Cork there will be beer and cider matched with local cheese. Caroline will be there and she hears that chef Mike Hanrahan has some tricks up his sleeve for the night. On both Friday and Saturday afternoons Urru Bandon and Matsons Bandon, Co Cork will have Irish Farmhouse Cheese & Local Beers & Cider sampling. Special taster plate with complimentary beer/cider. On Saturday 27 October, from 10am to 3pm, Cam will be talking beer and cheese at the Farmhouse Cheese & Craft Beer Weekend will be celebrated at the Sheridan’s Cheesemongers farmers’ market, Virginia Road Station Shop, Kells, Co. Meath. The event listing for the whole weekend is on the Bord Bia website and, if you feel like putting together a DIY Irish Craft Beer/Cider and Farmhouse Cheese event at home, check out the pairing notes. Savour Kilkenny Caroline is heading off to the Savour Kilkenny Food Camp on Friday 26 October to talk about Irish Craft Beer: Savour. Match. Cook. There may also be some tastings… Registration is still open at As part of the festival food lovers trail, The Grapevine is hosting a craft beer and tapas matching event on Saturday 27 October, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Caroline

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FREE Eight Degrees T-shirts

  FREE T-Shirt Competition How to claim your ‘Don’t Drink Beer from Strangers’ T-shirt EASY: Simple post into us four barcodes from the bottom of any of our six-packs and we will send you a free t-shirt. REMEMBER: to give us your name and address and importantly your t-shirt size. The t-shirts do tend to be on the smallish side so keep that in mind. OFFER ENDS: 15 December 2012 (delivered to Eight Degrees, Mitchelstown) POST TO: Eight Degrees Brewing, Unit 3, Coolnanave, Mitchelstown, Co Cork   LIMITATIONS: We know nobody will try to exploit our generosity…. but just in case: T Shirts will only be sent to addresses in ROI and NI. Only one T Shirt per person, per address and per stamped envelope (i.e. you will only get one T shirt even you stuff hundreds of bar codes in the envelope!!) If you can’t be bothered collecting 4 barcodes, you can buy the t-shirts for 15 euros. We accept cash, cheques or bank transfer. email us for details at

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A Craft Brewers Mecca

I visited a place recently where the mountains were so high one could ski for 8 months of the year. Where the rivers and lakes so clean fishing is not a patient wait but rather an energetic pursuit. The people were educated, proud of their homeland, loved the outdoors and were adventurous in spirit. Under these conditions, something else was in abundance… craft beer. You could walk into virtually any bar there and the savvy customer would have a vast array of tasty beautifully hand crafted beers For beer enthusiasts it was our ‘mecca’. Earlier this year I visited Washington State, (no not to see the President, that’s Washington DC on the other side of the country), but to research bottling machines and do some training. What I encounter as I arrived into Seattle, the capital of the 7.6 million inhabitant strong state was a vast selection of beers, (yes I did head straight for the nearest bar). I thought, how incredibly lucky I was to stumble upon a bar which served something other than the mass produced beers served at most pubs here in Ireland. But it wasn’t just that bar, it was virtually all of them. I was in some sort of Nirvana state. The craft beer revolution has been in full swing there for around 15 years, the state alone has over 130 micro / craft breweries, the United States has over 1,500 breweries. This compares with Ireland that at last count has 13 craft breweries, Eight Degrees Brewing lucky #13. The interesting thing I noticed, in their own newspaper,( yes they have a monthly newspaper for the 130 breweries and followers to keep abreast of events and happenings) was a map of the States with a count of microbreweries. The, lets say, more educated, less redneck

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