RACK ‘EM UP Series: #7 Maroon Ball Kveik Double IPA with WHC Lab

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. For our #7 we wanted to do a big, modern double IPA, and there’s nothing bigger or more modern than a double IPA with Kveik. This is the cool, new-kid-on-the-block Norwegian yeast strain – that’s only just been around for hundreds of years, passed down from generation to generation in that country. It’s a quick fermenting, flocculent yeast, with a high alcohol and heat tolerance which produces citrus notes with a distinctive guava and lime zest character. As part of our commitment to quality at Eight Degrees, we’ve been working with Philip Woodnut from WHC Lab in Wicklow. He’s been developing a new strain of Kveik called Valkyrie from an isolate that comes from Norway’s Ebbegarden region. It’s a tropical fruit-forward ale with lots of tutti frutti flavours, which we’ve further accentuated by dry hopping with the dynamic Enigma. Kveik it out. Style: Double IPA brewed with kveik Malt: Irish pale ale malt, slight touch of Cara Pils. Hops: Cascade, Mandarina Bavaria, Enigma. ABV: 8.3 IBUs: 12 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pale orange with lightly laced head. Aroma: unripe stone fruits, pineapple lumps, green apple. Flavour: a rich full-bodied mouthfeel with sweet berries and lots of tropical fruit, particularly nectarine,  pineapple and passionfruit. It tastes like a particularly luscious tropical juice. Aftertaste: a gentle tantalising bitterness that draws you back for more. Food Pairings This beer demands to be paired with full, gutsy flavours and our current favourite is a very

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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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Limited release: Ochtoberfest 2019 Märzen-style lager

Ocht: number eight in Irish. We first brewed this Ochtoberfest Märzen-style beer for a 2012 beer festival to celebrate the lucky and infinite nature of this humble numeral. It was a once off: only beer brewed eight degrees west of Greenwich on the eighth month of the year – and served at precisely eight degrees celsius – could be consumed. We’ve had many requests for its return and we thought it was time to fitting this favourite for our eighth year of brewing. Our Märzen is a full bodied lager with a deep amber colour, rich toasty malt character and plenty of hops. Style: Märzen lager Malt: Two-row malted Irish barley, along with a hearty blend of German malts: CaraAroma, CaraMunich and CaraPils. Hops: Nugget, Lubin, Hallertau Tradition. ABV: 4.5% IBUs: 22 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: amber with a stoic off-white head. Aroma: lots on the nose to enjoy here. It’s a bright and clean combination of grass, caramel, toffee and marmalade. “Sings like copper grass,” said one of our more poetic tasters – or perhaps he just had the bigger glass. Flavour: low bitterness and a medium body, with caramel to the fore, followed by a delicious oaty biscuitness. Aftertaste: a dry cereal finish. Food Pairings The heartier the better: roast ham hock, pork knuckle or half a roast chicken, eaten while wearing lederhosen and / or a dirndl. Launch Date: September 2019. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles, limited draught. Get social: #Ochtoberfest The first time round… 2012 / 2013: Seasonal and Limited Release Beers – from back in the day when the beers didn’t get their own page. October 9, 2012 – The Cork: 8 Degrees Ochtober Fest Marzen Style

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RACK ‘EM UP Series: #5 Orange Ball Fruity Pale Ale with Athgarrett Malt

The RACK ‘EM UP Series from Eight Degrees Brewing #5 Orange Ball Fruity Pale Ale with Athgarrett Malt Eight Degrees is turning eight this year. To celebrate eight years of brewing, we are producing eight exciting and innov8ing beers throughout 2019. These eight unique beers will form part of our exciting and colourful RACK EM’ UP series. Eight Years. Eight Beers. Eight Collabs. Summertime at Eight Degrees means one thing…Hawaiian shirts! To stay refreshed in the tropical heat, we needed to brew something juicy. We turned to the experts at Athgarrett Malt, Ireland’s newest maltsters. They provided the wheat and oats which we brewed into a silky, sessionable pale ale, topped off with passion fruit, blood orange and a squeeze of guava for good measure. The Hawaiians call this POG…to us it’s PÓG, a juicy, wet sunshiny smooch! Goes especially well with loud, colourful, print shirts. Style: Fruity Pale Ale Malt: Two-row malted Irish barley, Athgarrett oats, Athgarrett wheat.  Hops: Mandarina Bavaria, Amarillo. ABV: 3.9 IBUs: 42 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: distinctly orange with a bouncy white head. Aroma: full on fruit aroma with passion fruit dominating, underpinned by blood orange. Flavour: the fruitiness on the nose continues through to the palate, with zesty blood orange marmalade to the fore, followed by sweet passion fruit and a further level of tropical complexity from the guava and citrusy Mandarina Bavaria hops. There’s a solid pithy bitterness coming through, followed by a smoothness from the Athgarrett oat addition. It’s a sessionable breakfast juice of a beer. Aftertaste: orange bitterness with a biscuity finish. Food Pairings With Irish oats, wheat and barley plus passion fruit, blood orange and guava, this is a beer that sounds like the best summertime muesli-in-a-glass that you’ve ever had. Not that we’d be having it for breakfast now. No, we’ll wait until

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RACK ‘EM UP Series: #4 Purple Ball Brut IPA with Aliprandi

The RACK ‘EM UP SERIES from Eight Degrees Brewing #4 Purple Ball Brut IPA with Aliprandi 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. We are excited to present a beer which reflects the fruitful relationship we have had with our Italian distributor Aliprandi over the last eight years. It’s no secret that we love IPAs and this Brut IPA is a modern version of that style: it’s brewed to be bone dry and low in bitterness, but with a huge hop aroma. This beer resembles the famous Franciacorta wines of Lombardy, which are pale, dry and sparkling. We finish it with a massive dry hop addition of Hallertau Blanc, for a lovely white grape aroma. The result is a bright spritzy, refreshing beer, just what you need for la dolce vita. Salute! Style: Brut IPA Malt: Two-row malted Irish barley. Hops: Citra, Amarillo, Hallertau Blanc. ABV: 6.3 IBUs: 22 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pale golden yellow, with a big moussy head. Aroma: full bodied and fruity; apricot and white grape on the nose. Flavour: the Hallertau Blanc hop is the main feature here and its elegant white wine-like characteristics are allowed to shine. The beer is vivid and vinous, with high and brisk carbonation. It has the fleshy stone fruit flavours of nectarine and apricot, alongside tropical pineapple and ripe grapes, with a touch of grapefruit and enough well balanced bitterness to keep it sippable. Aftertaste: deliciously dry on the palate. Food Pairings With the flavours of this beer aligned

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RACK ‘EM UP SERIES #3: Red Ball Aussie IPA with Hop Products Australia

The RACK ‘EM UP SERIES from Eight Degrees Brewing #3 Red Ball Aussie IPA with HPA 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. A few years ago, a heated brewery debate about the world’s best hops led to our first Eight Degrees Brewing Hop Off. We brewed two versions of a hoppy IPA: Cyclone focused solely on Southern Hemisphere hops, while Hurricane used hops from the Northern Hemisphere. Much to the Aussie and Kiwi’s disappointment, the people’s vote declared Hurricane IPA the winner. Despite this, we had unwittingly stumbled upon something great. One of the hops selected for Cyclone IPA was a new Hop Products Australia (HPA) cultivar called Ella with delicious floral and spicy characteristics. This hop was to help us produce many world-beating beers including our famous Amber Ella Amber Ale. For this Aussie IPA we are showcasing two HPA stunners – and two EDB favourites – Vic Secret & Enigma. Vic Secret is irresistible, with aromas of pineapple, a hint of herb and pine resin. Enigma has a softer bitterness, alongside the characteristic fruity melon flavour and aroma. All the way from Australia for your drinking pleasure. Style: IPA Malt: Two-row malted Irish barley, crystal malt. Hops: Vic Secret, Enigma. ABV: 5.7% IBUs: 61 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a rich caramel orange in the glass with a fluffy white head. Aroma: masses of tutti frutti tropical fruit to the fore, with a note of lime, followed by sweet dank hops. Flavour: this is a full bodied and complex

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RACK ‘EM UP SERIES #2: Blue Ball Coffee-Infused Vienna Lager with Badger & Dodo

The RACK ‘EM UP SERIES from Eight Degrees Brewing #2 Blue Ball Coffee-Infused Vienna Lager with Badger & Dodo 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. People who love great beer love great coffee. For our #2 collab, we’ve joined up with good friends and local coffee roastery Badger & Dodo, which was set up by Aussie Brock down the road from us in Fermoy, Co Cork, in 2008. The initial brief was simple – ABS: Anything But Stout – so we decided to go for a lighter beer style. This Vienna Lager uses three classic continental malts – Vienna, Munich and Pilsner – to highlight the nuances in the coffee. After some cupping at Badger & Dodo HQ, we decided on a natural process Ethiopian coffee. Using cold brew to draw out the red berry flavours with little bitterness, we finished with some espresso additions in the conditioning phase for a final flourish. Style: Coffee-infused Vienna Lager Malt: Vienna, Munich. Pilsner Hops: a trace of Nugget. ABV: 4.5% IBUs: 16 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: sunshine gold in the glass, on the lighter side of a classic Vienna lager. Aroma: there is a distinct toasty malt biscuit note to the fore, followed by a distinct coffee aroma as the beer warms up. Think along the lines of digestive biscuits that disintegrate as you’re dunking them into your coffee (but that you scoop out and eat anyway.) Flavour: this is a refreshing and invigorating sipper, with plenty of malty sweetness balanced

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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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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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Hopsfume Brett IPA in The Irish Times

‘Dreamy with hops fume’: two beer styles for the weekend Beerista: 8 Degrees releases a Brett IPA inspired by a Kevin Barry novel; Trouble and Blacks have new Brut IPAs “In the dawn haze the brewery lads were dreamy with hops fume . . .” The misty, dystopian setting of City of Bohane, a novel by Kevin Barry, has found its way into the real-life world of beer, inspiring a new release by Cork’s 8 Degrees. Hopsfume comes in a 750ml sharing bottle and is an 8.3 per cent Brett IPA with a lovely dry, fruity and earthy flavour profile. Brett is an alternative wild yeast – a different species to the standard brewers’ yeast – and it adds a kind of leathery and funky character which, interestingly, used to be considered a flaw in a beer. So while you might not want your regular IPA or pale ale to have these characteristics – add a Brett yeast and the rules change. With Hopsfume, 8 Degrees has combined the fresh, fruity aroma of hops with the unique profile of the Brett – I really enjoyed it. You can expect to hear more about yeasts over the next while, as more and more breweries start to turn their experimental focus from hops to yeasts. Could yeast become the new hops? It’s certainly edging into the foreground as brewers seek to drive different flavour profiles from yeast instead of the usual hop-dominated ones. And while hops fade from the taste of a beer over time, the yeast character does not… Sat, Nov 24, 2018, 06:00 ‘Dreamy with hops fume’: two beer styles for the weekend

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Limited edition: Wild Ballyhoura: Trespass Dark Farmhouse Ale

In September 2017 we did a special collaboration brew with Jamil Zainasheff, famed author and co-owner of Heretic Brewing in San Francisco. 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. Style: Dark farmhouse ale infused with blackberries. Malt: MCI Pale ale malt, Weyermans Caraaroma, Caramunich III, Carafa Special III, wheat malt. Yeast: Belgian saison yeast, Brett Brux, Brett Lambicus and and Brett C. Hops: Fuggles. Strength: 7.5% ABV Bitterness: 35 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: dark chestnut brown in the glass with a creamy head. Aroma: a big sweet nose up front, with an aroma of sweet apple and red berries to the fore, balanced with vinous undertones and a hint of wood. Flavour: medium body. Mild tart flavour with fruity apple and jammy blackberry notes. Toffee caramel sweetness and a dry funky ending. Aftertaste: dry finish with faint Brett barnyard aftertones. Food pairings The fruity, tart flavours in this farmhouse ale make it ideal for food. Bake up a whole

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Limited edition: Blowhard Imperial Stout aged in Jameson Whiskey Barrels

In brewing circles, trying to create a rare, best of breed beer is called a White Whale. In the same way that Captain Ahab became maniacally obsessed with chasing the elusive Moby Dick, our brewers have taken a deep dive into the black to create this beer that we affectionately call Blowhard. We have taken a classic Imperial Stout and blown all the best bits out of proportion: stuffed the mash tun to the gills, double mashed for extra flavour, used premium Irish malt, gone overboard with toasted dark malts and extra roasted barley – all before committing the beer to a month long sentence in Jameson whiskey barrels, courtesy of our friends in Irish Distillers. Together, we may have just caught a glimpse of this rare sight, Blowhard – our White Whale – for your winter drinking pleasure. Short description: aged in Jameson Whiskey Barrels. Style: whiskey barrel-aged Imperial stout. Hops: Nugget Malt: MCI pale ale malt, chocolate malt, oats, roast barley, wheat, Caramunich Strength: 12% ABV Bitterness: 44 IBUS Tasting notes Colour/appearance: dark as the ace of spades, with a light creamy head. Aroma: espresso, chocolate and vanilla up front with a backbone of black liquorice. Flavour: medium bodied with rounded milk chocolate, dried fruit and nut flavours, akin to your favourite Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut Bar. Complex and nutty, with a hint of clove, it’s somewhat akin to Nocino, an Italian liqueur made with fresh walnuts. Dangerously sippable. Aftertaste: gentle boozy warmth and wood at the back of the mouth, with a slight tannic aftertaste. Food pairings This is the kind of beer that can stand up with aplomb to a juicy porterhouse steak, taking on accompaniments like beef dripping chips, roasted marrow bones and béarnaise sauce with ease. Towards the end of the meal, sip it with some creamy Young Buck unpasturised blue cheese

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