IRISH MUNRO Series #5: The Black Road Campfire Porter

Celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains, Irish Munros are peaks over 3,000 ft. Many of these peaks belong to the MacGillycuddy Reeks in Kerry, one is in Wicklow, and there’s one which towers over our Mitchelstown brewery, our beloved Galtymore. Since we started Eight Degrees, we’ve taken inspiration from the surrounding landscape, constantly innovating to brew adventurous beers using natural ingredients. The Irish Munro Series: continuing our Naturally Adventurous journey. IRISH MUNRO Series #4: The Black Road Campfire Porter Galtymore 3012 ft Our beloved Galtymore holds a special place in our heart at Eight Degrees. The Galtees are Ireland’s highest inland mountain range, straddling the Cork, Tipperary and Limerick borders. These mountains are also key to us producing world class beers, producing wonderfully soft water via its red sandstone ridges. The Black Road is the hillwalker route up Galtybeg and onto the higher Galtymore for magical views across the countryside. Inspired by the mountains, we’ve brewed a porter using Belgian and German malts that impart beech- and oak-smoked flavours along with coffee notes. Dark, smooth and complex, this is the beer that we want to drink while camping beside enchanted Lough Curra below Galtymore on a chilly evening: a just reward for an afternoon’s scramble up this glorious mountain. Style: Campfire porter Malt: Irish pale ale malt, beech smoked malt, oak smoked wheat, café malt, CaraAroma, chocolate malt. Hops: A light bittering of Nugget. ABV: 6.5% IBUs: 12 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a rich mahogany brown in the glass, topped with a sturdy tan head. Aroma: sweet liquorice, muscovado sugar, light smoke. Flavour: gentle woodsmoke coming through on the palate with sweet caramel undertones. Malty, complex and balanced. Aftertaste: bitterness coming through at the end, with a final singe of smoke. Food Pairings This smooth sipper is eminently suited to campfire foods: bonfire

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IRISH MUNRO Series #4: Fort of the Fianna Belgian IPA

Celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains, Irish Munros are peaks over 3,000 ft. Many of these peaks belong to the MacGillycuddy Reeks in Kerry, one is in Wicklow, and there’s one which towers over our Mitchelstown brewery, our beloved Galtymore. Since we started Eight Degrees, we’ve taken inspiration from the surrounding landscape, constantly innovating to brew adventurous beers using natural ingredients. The Irish Munro Series: continuing our Naturally Adventurous journey. IRISH MUNRO Series #4: Fort of the Fianna Belgian IPA Caher 3300 ft At 3300 ft, or exactly 1,000m (for our metric-loving Antipodeans), Caher is the third highest peak in Ireland. Part of Kerry’s MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Caher – in Irish Cathair na Féinne – translates as stone fort of the Fianna. This is land steeped in Irish mythology from the time when Fionn MacCumhaill and his army of brave warriors, the Fianna, hunted deer through the mountains. To honour these legendary warriors, we’ve brewed something strong and hoppy in a Belgian style. We added our current favourite hop Loral into the whirlpool for this Belgian IPA, followed by dry hopping with the elite new experimental HBC 522, which has strong citrus and floral notes. Singing above all this is our Belgian yeast strain of choice: BE256 is a quick attenuator producing a clean beer with hints of spice, clove and banana. Raise a glass to the Fianna. Style: Belgian IPA Malt: Irish pilsner malt, wheat. Hops: Loral, dry hopped with HBC 522. Yeast: BE256 ABV: 5.4% IBUs: 44 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pale in the glass with a mousy white head Aroma: floral, elderflower musk, sweet citrus. Flavour: a smooth mouthfeel and soft fruity start followed by strong grapefruit bitterness to finish. Think old school white-fleshed grapefruit and you won’t go far wrong. Aftertaste: As bitter as your average Kerryman after they’ve lost the

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IRISH MUNRO Series #3: The Pilgrim’s Path Italian Pils

Celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains, Irish Munros are peaks over 3,000 ft. Many of these peaks belong to the MacGillycuddy Reeks in Kerry, one is in Wicklow, and there’s one which towers over our Mitchelstown brewery, our beloved Galtymore. Since we started Eight Degrees, we’ve taken inspiration from the surrounding landscape, constantly innovating to brew adventurous beers using natural ingredients. The Irish Munro Series: continuing our Naturally Adventurous journey. IRISH MUNRO Series #3: The Pilgrim’s Path Italian Pils Mount Brandon 3122 ft The Pilgrim’s Path takes the faithful to the summit of Mount Brandon on the picturesque Dingle Peninsula. This mountain is named after St Brendan the Navigator, one of the early Irish monastic saints in the sixth century. Brendan was a travelling monk who sailed the seas to preach the gospel. As legend would have it, as an elderly man he embarked in his curragh on an epic quest to find the mythical Isle of the Blessed. There are no reports that he found that spot, but he may just have been the first European to discover America. While the tradition of pilgrimage to Mount Brandon predates even St Brendan, the Christian church incorporated this pagan route into a medieval pilgrimage path. Mount Brandon joined holy sites like Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Rome in Italy, destinations where pilgrims walk to encounter God. To celebrate these quests we have produced an Italian pilsner. We dry hopped it to the heavens with Loral, the Super Noble hop with distinctive floral, herbal and peppery notes, making this beer a delightful sipper to savour. Style: Italian Pils Malt: Irish lager malt.  Hops: dry hopped with ridiculous amounts of Loral (I’m quoting the dry hopping brewer here). ABV: 4.9% IBUs: 32 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: straw lemon yellow with a white head. Aroma: sweet lemon marmalade, intense floral notes

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IRISH MUNRO Series #2: Glen of Imaal Oatmeal Pale Ale

The Irish Munro Series 2020 Celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains, Irish Munros are peaks over 3,000 ft. Many of these peaks belong to the MacGillycuddy Reeks in Kerry, one is in Wicklow, and there’s one which towers over our Mitchelstown brewery, our beloved Galtymore. Since we started Eight Degrees, we’ve taken inspiration from the surrounding landscape, constantly innovating to brew adventurous beers using natural ingredients. The Irish Munro Series: continuing our Naturally Adventurous journey. #IRISHMUNROSeries 2: Glen of Imaal Lugnaquilla 3035ft Affectionately known as Lug, Lugnaquilla is the highest mountain in Wicklow and the highest mountain in Ireland outside Kerry. The route up – Glen of Imaal – is often used as an artillery firing range, so hill walkers need to dodge the area during firing practice. Nothing like a bit of danger to get the blood pumping. In Irish mythology, Lug was the name of the Irish god of nobility, a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann who was associated with oaths and justice. Our brewers mis-heard oaths as oats, and decided to brew a classic oatmeal pale ale for Lug. The star of the show is new hop HBC-692, daughter of Sabro, with intense flavours of grapefruit pith and pine resin. The oats provide a silky mouthfeel which, when combined with these aromatic hops and a rounded bitterness, provides a balanced thirst-quenching drop after a rewarding climb up the Wicklow massif. Style: Oatmeal Pale Ale Malt: Irish pale ale malt, oats, Carapils and wheat.  Hops: Vic Secret, Mandarina Bavaria, Amarillo and HBC-692. ABV: 5.6% IBUs: 32 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: golden in the glass with an effervescent white fluffy head. Aroma: lots of sweet tropical fruit on the nose, predominately stone fruit and lychee. Flavour: gorgeously full bodied and fruity, with silky rounded peach and tropical lychee flavours. Notes of creamy coconut and

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IRISH MUNRO Series #1: Hill of The Serpent Cascadian Dark Ale

The Irish Munro Series 2020 Celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains, Irish Munros are peaks over 3,000 ft. Many of these peaks belong to the MacGillycuddy Reeks in Kerry, one is in Wicklow, and there’s one which towers over our Mitchelstown brewery, our beloved Galtymore. Since we started Eight Degrees, we’ve taken inspiration from the surrounding landscape, constantly innovating to brew adventurous beers using natural ingredients. The Irish Munro Series: continuing our Naturally Adventurous journey. Hill of The Serpent Cnoc ná Péiste 3241 ft Kerry’s Cnoc na Péiste – or Hill of the Serpent – is the fourth highest mountain in Ireland. Serpents have a dual association: on one side, re-birth or a creative life force; on the other. it’s all about evil and chaos from the underworld. To kick off a new decade and a new series, we have created a dark and sinister beer with bite. A Cascadian Dark is a black hoppy beer: we went with a classic triple C hop approach – Cascade, Centennial and Chinook. This is a smooth and dark beer, with lots of pine, bittersweet resins and a strong citrusy grapefruit and spice finish. Beware of the serpent. Style: Cascadian dark ale Malt: Irish pale ale malt, Caramunich, Carafa, Caraaroma, wheat.  Hops: Cascade, Centennial and Chinook. Dry hopped with Amarillo. ABV: 6.66 IBUs: 75 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a dark, dark body with an off white head. Aroma: there’s a cornucopia of tropical fruit up front, with notes of lemon peel and grapefruit, followed by pine. Flavour: this is a beer that doesn’t taste like it looks. As you sip, there’s a cascading series of flavours. First you notice what a rounded smooth sipper it is, then comes a burst of sweet stone fruit – peaches and nectarines – followed by hop bitterness. There’s also a hint of spice and dark

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