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August 2015: Limited edition – Ochtoberfest Bock

Autumn 2015 sees the arrival of number two in our occasional series of Ochtoberfest beers. OCHT – number eight in Irish. Ochtoberfest is a modern Irish festival celebrating the lucky and infinite nature of the number eight. Only beer brewed eight degrees west longitude, during the eighth month of the year, and served at eight degrees celsius can be consumed at this festival. Back in 2012, the style we picked was a marzen; this year we’ve gone all bock. Our bock is a strong ale, with plenty of Munich and Vienna malt and a touch of crystal for light toffee sweetness. It is moderately hopped with Chinook and Hersbrucker and pours a beautiful orange-amber in the glass with a fluffy white head. Short description: Bock– malty – lipsmacking length Style: Bock Hops: Chinook, Hersbrucker Malt: Munich, Vienna Strength: 6.4% ABV Bitterness: 41 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: orange-amber in the glass, thick fluffy head. Aroma: strawberry jam on the nose, balanced with a gentle pine aroma. Flavour: a hearty beer, all biscuty malt with a brisk, refreshing hop flavour. Aftertaste: smooth and malty with a juicy lipsmacking length. Food pairings: The full flavours in this beer make it an ideal match for roast pork, pheasant or roasted vegetables. The biscuity malt works very well with the sweetness of a venison stew and it also takes on spices with pleasure; try it with jerk chicken or a fruity Mexican adobo. If you have some St Gall cheese, from the Fermoy Natural Cheese Company, you have a local match made in heaven. Launch Date: August 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Draught only (30L and 50L kegs)

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Limited edition – Nomad IPL

Nomad Indian Pale Lager This beer is going nomad. An India Pale Lager – an IPL, if you will – it transgresses many stylistic boundaries with impunity, exploring and searching for unique flavours without adhering to rigid beer styles. This isn’t your typical lager. No. It is not. We have taken a clean and crisp German lager base and allowed New World hops Cascade, Nelson Sauvin and Citra to shine. With bittering levels at 54 IBUs, this is a lager that packs a punch. Free your mind from any preconceptions and let your taste buds wander into uncharted territory. Short description: session IPL – passion fruit – full mouthfeel Style: IPL Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Citra, Cascade Strength: 5% ABV Bitterness: 54 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: straw-coloured in the glass. Aroma: full passion fruit nose, underpinned with white grape. Flavour: clean lager finish works as a canvas to show off the rounded hop bitterness and tangerine tang. Dank and fruity with a full mouthfeel. Aftertaste: a lingering rich bitter aftertaste. Food pairings: a fish-friendly beer that’s perfect with a well-seared fillet of hake. Try it with your Friday night Indian take out – it works especially well with a prawn balti or madras, cutting the spices and oils in those dishes and will stand up to the heat. Also perfect with a Moroccan-style spicy roast chicken. Awards: Best by Style Bronze award winner in RateBeer’s Top Beers in the World 2016. Read more. First released: July 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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April 2015: Limited Edition – Oxymoron Kiwi Wit

Belgium and New Zealand? Two countries that have nothing in common and are, literally, poles apart. It’s Old World vs New World, flat land or high volcanic mountains, chocolate and waffles vs cows and sheep,; the capital of the EU or Antipodean wilderness, Mannekin Pis vs hobbits… But sometimes opposites do attract, especially when you brew a complex Belgian-style wit beer using aromatic New Zealand hops. Instead of using adjuncts, we carefully selected hops to take their place, brewing with Southern Cross for lemon and Pacific Jade to impart a black pepper flavour. Are all wit beers almost exactly the same – or is that an oxymoron? (With apologies – but not many of them – to Scott.) Short description: Kiwi wit – lemon citrus – tart and spicy Style: Kiwi Wit Malt: wheat and malted wheat Hops: Pacific Jade, Southern Cross Strength: 6.2% ABV Bitterness: 55 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: hazy straw in the glass with a fluffy white head. Aroma: light lemon zest with a spicy aroma on the nose. Flavour: bright lemony citrus up front, with delicious tart and spicy black pepper flavours. Aftertaste: crisp and dry, with a lemon-lime aftertaste. Food pairings This is one seriously food-friendly beer, especially good with lighter dishes for sunshine days. Try it with – and in – a steamed mussel dish, Belgian style. The lemon flavour really acentuates the sweetness of other shellfish and seafood as well. Pair it with some oysters, crab and prawns on a seafood platter or drink it alongside any simply grilled pieces of hake or lemon sole. We wouldn’t turn it down with a fish and chip supper either. Try it with a sushi selection and soft goat’s cheese is an obvious match. Launch Date: April 2015 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and

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March 2015: Limited Edition – Enigma Pale Ale

New girl on the block, the Enigma hop is the latest in the Aussie hop family and a descendent of Swiss Tettnang. As the name suggests, her flavour profile is difficult to crack. Some say rock melon and red currant – but don’t be fooled, she is not like her Aussie hop sisters. Not even on general release yet, we have managed to sneak Enigma into Ireland on the sly. To showcase her first appearance here, we have brewed a single hop pale ale to allow her true colours to shine. This beer is light in colour, with a dry crisp mouthfeel. Puzzling, ambiguous and inexplicable; we challenge you to discover for yourself Enigma’s unique, yet irresistible, flavours and aromas. Short description: brand new Enigma hop – fruity rock melon – soft bitterness Style: Pale Ale Malt: Irish pale malt Hops: Enigma all the way Strength: 6% ABV Bitterness: 54 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: pours a pale gold with a fluffy pale head Aroma: fresh rock melon. Flavour: that fruity melon flavour carries through, spiced with some orange zest. Soft hop bitterness. Aftertaste: tastes like more. Time for another one. Food pairings: have you ever had blue cheese matched with a pale ale? Well, this is your chance to try it. Drink Enigma with a mild creamy blue – think Wicklow Blue – or alongside a Cashel Blue and Bacon Tart. Launch Date: March 2015 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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Limited edition – Polar Vortex IPA

The States are often to blame for blasting their arctic storms across the Atlantic to Ireland. However, early in the year, the freshly harvested US hops also hit Ireland’s shores. For Polar Vortex we are showcasing Cascade, a truly classic aromatic hop, which kicked off the hop-forward IPA movement on the West Coast of America. Distinctive Cascade floral and citrus flavours are complemented by Simcoe’s pine and tangerine notes, brightened with Citra’s tropical fruits. It’ll take the chill off. Short description: medium bodied IPA – classic Cascade pine – humming bitterness Style: IPA Malt: Irish pale malt, Cara Aroma malt, Carapils Hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Citra Strength: 5.8% ABV Bitterness: 59 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: deep gold, a little darker and with more body than most IPAs. Aroma: upfront pine and resin aroma. Flavour: classic Cascade pine flavour, tangerine and passion fruit from the Simcoe with Citra contributing some bright mango notes. Aftertaste: a medium bodied IPA with lingering, humming bitterness. Food pairings: anything smoked would pair beautifully with these pine flavours – try it with a salad of Goatstbridge smoked trout or a pasta dish made with Frank Hederman’s smoked mackerel. Knockanore Oakwood Smoked semi-soft cheese or Gubbeen’s smoked cheese are also worth checking out with Polar Vortex. Our favourite pairing? Fry some beef tongue in duck confit fat and see those flavours sing. Launch Date: First launched in March 2015, with periodic releases Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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February 2015: Limited edition – Gasman Rye IPA

February 2015: Limited edition release Gasman is a hop-forward rye ale with plenty of Aussie aroma hops, including a rare gem named Topaz. Topaz is a child of the 80s but when treated right she exudes a superb aroma of light tropical fruit with a hint of lychee. The name? Ode to Willie: Willie is a gasman, and our gas man, always with a smile on his face and a joke to share. He rolls up to the brewery to deliver the fuel to drive the boiler to make the beer that you like best. Willie is the quintessential Irish gasman, able to brighten every day with his infectious chuckle. This beer is dedicated to Willie. Short description: rye IPA – tropical fruit – lingering spice Style: Rye IPA Malt: Irish pale malt, crystal malt, rye malt Hops: Topaz, Vic Secret Strength: 7.8% ABV Bitterness: 68 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a dark golden colour in the glass, good retention with a fluffy head. Aroma: deliciously concentrated aroma of passion fruit with lychee and lime. Flavour: bold, full bodied tropical pineapple and melon flavour balanced with a deep pine resin. Aftertaste: lingering peppery spice. Food pairings: with enough body to stand up to chilli heat and a peppery aftertaste, this is the beer to have with spicy Thai and Vietnamese food. Try a Thai beef red curry with eggplant, Bánh mì (with lots of chillis) or bo kho (a Vietnamese beef stew). Launch Date: February 2015 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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A Very Imperial Winter: draught and bottles

Whew! This week we had so much beer flying out of the brewery that we had to use an extra truck. Just so you can get your hands on all these lovelies. It’s mostly our Very Imperial Winter trilogy, with some Amber Ella and Hurricane thrown in there for good measure. Enjoy. Sensibly. Of course. Tasting notes: A Very Imperial Winter Draught Belgian Dubbel (Limited Edition) Bull and Castle, Porterhouse Temple Bar, The Norseman, Porterhouse Central, The Beer House, 57 The Headline, Ashton’s Gastropub, Dark Horse, BierHaus Cork, Porterhouse Cork Double Irish IPA (Limited Edition) Bull and Castle, Salthouse Galway, Porterhouse Temple Bar, The Norseman, Porterhouse Central, Alfie Byrnes, 57 The Headline, Against the Grain, The Brew Dock, The Beer House, Porterhouse Cork Russian Imperial Stout (Limited Edition) Bull and Castle, Salthouse Galway, Porterhouse Temple Bar, The Norseman, Porterhouse Central, Alfie Byrnes, 57 The Headline, Against the Grain Amber Ella (Premium) The Norseman, Porterhouse Temple Bar Hurricane IPA (Premium) The Norseman, The Magpie Inn, 57 The Headline, McSorleys Pub Also, especially for anyone wandering Temple Bar and in need of a good pint – or six – the Norseman have an Eight Degrees Tap Takeover happening at the moment. Line up there is Russian Imperial Stout, Belgian Dubbel, Double Irish, Amber Ella, Hurricane and, for traditionalists, Howling Gale. Bottles Belgian Dubbel (Limited Edition) Porterhouse Temple Bar, Baggot Street Wines, Jus de Vine,, Bradleys Off Licence, Blackrock Cellar, Galvins Wine and Spirits, Martins Off Licence, McHugh Off Licence Double Irish IPA (Limited Edition) Porterhouse Temple Bar, Baggot Street Wines, Jus de Vine, Donnybrook Fair,, Bradleys Off Licence, Blackrock Cellar, Galvins Wine and Spirits, Martins Off Licence, The Malt House, McHugh Off Licence Russian Imperial Stout (Limited Edition) Bradleys Off Licence, Porterhouse Temple Bar, Baggot Street Wines, Jus de Vine, Donnybrook Fair,, Blackrock Cellar, Galvins Wine and

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A Very Imperial Winter 2014/15

Eight Degrees Brewing brings you a Very Imperial Winter. Just landing in independent off licences and on draught this week! We have three beers to tempt and warm you over the cooler season. For the depths of winter, our Russian Imperial Stout returns. This year it’s darker and slightly sinister, containing even more dark crystal, black malt and roasted barley. Next up is a Christmas treat for those who have been good all year; the warming red glow of a Belgian Dubbel. Think Christmas pudding in a glass, this revered style balances toasted malt with hints of plum, fig and raisin. The new light dawns with a double IPA using 100% Irish premium malt. The Double Irish lets us experiment with New World hops to brighten the depths of the Irish winter.     Russian Imperial Stout 9% ABV Back by popular demand, this beer is all about the malt. Dark complex malts were added in such quantities that our mash tun was fit to burst. A long conditioning time produces a rounded and complex imperial stout, extremely dense, with a smooth mouthfeel. Up-front cocoa and dark chocolate aromas with rum and raisin notes – beautifully warming on chilly evenings. Belgian Dubbel 7.2% ABV Quite simply Christmas pudding in a glass, this is our take on the revered Belgian style. Exotic malts like Chateau Abbey, CaraBelge and Special W combine to produce hints of fig, plum and raisin, creating a warming, brandy-like sensation. The authentic Belgian Abbey yeast imparts a nutmeg and clove spiciness to complete this festive treat. The Double Irish 9.0% ABV It’s Christmas for hopheads too and this is our gift to them. Like its brother, The Full Irish, we only use 100% Irish premium ale malt. This elegant unadorned malt profile allows us to showcase all

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Summer 2014: Single hop series – Simcoe Rye Ale

Head brewer Mike’s favourite hop in the world is, without a doubt, Simcoe from Yakima Valley in Washington, US. To showcase this wonderful hop we have combined it with a subtle red rye ale. The classic Simcoe tangerine and passion fruit aroma are on full display here and interplay nicely with the spicy/peppery rye malt base. Is your mouth watering yet? Style: Rye Ale Malt: Irish pale malt, crystal malt, rye malt Hops: Simcoe Strength: 6% ABV Bitterness: 59 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: golden colour, fluffy off-white head with good retention. Aroma: intense aromas of pine, tangerine and passion fruit. Flavour: big bold tangerine peel flavour, peppery rye spice at the tip of your tongue. Good balance between full-flavoured hop and the crystal/rye malts. Aftertaste: smooth and lingering spice Food pairings: this is one to savour all by itself. Launch Date: July 2014 Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Now available – draught The Salt House, Galway The Friary, Cork THe Bierhaus, Cork Darkey Kellys Pub, Dublin 8 The Magpie Inn, Dalkey, Co Dublin Against the Grain, Dublin 2 Porterhouse Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Bull & Castle, Dublin 2 JW Kavanaghs, Dublin 1 The Norseman (formerly Farringtons), Dublin 2 An Bodhran, Mitchelstown, Co Cork Now available – bottles Brick Alley Cafe, Dublin 2 Bradleys Off Licence, Cork City Mortons, Dublin 6

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Single Hop Series – Vic Secret

It’s no secret that Eight Degrees are pure hop heads and we always seek to understand these beautiful flowers and their individual flavours and aromas better. Our brewers have selected three of the sexiest hops from around the globe (well, Australia, New Zealand and Yakima Valley in the US) and paired them with a beer style that best reflects their characteristics. For best results, pour beer into a tall glass, get your nose in there, close your eyes and inhale. The aroma will transport you to those sunny hop origins. The Vic Secret hop, named after a beautiful state in Australia, has long been on Cam’s brewing wish list. Only released in 2013, this new hop variety has quickly become renowned in the craft brewing world for its clean, resinous, tropical fruit notes, rivaling one of our other favourite Aussie hops, Galaxy. Style: Black IPA Malt: Irish pale malt, Carafa III Hops: Vic Secret Strength: 6% ABV Bitterness: 52 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: black in the glass with off-white creamy head. Light carbonation. Aroma: a hop-forward ale, with bold, seductive passion fruit, lychee and pineapple fruit aromas. Flavour: bitter fruit with a subtle dark malt body. Aftertaste: a complex bitterness on the finish that leaves you wanting more. Food pairings: put some spice with this black IPA, something like a deep, dark black bean chilli or one of Green Saffron’s full-flavoured Rogan Josh or Tandoori curries. Launch Date: First launched July in 2014, re-released October 2015. Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs) Reviews ‘It’s an incredible experience and it’s hard to believe that all that colour comes from just one hop variety. The finish is long and bitter, and I honestly couldn’t say if that’s a result of the big hops or the roasted

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Summer Series 2014: ¡Olé Olé! and Amber-Ella

Looks like summer has arrived (for the moment, at least!) and Eight Degrees Brewing is ready and raring to take on that sunshine. We’ve got a great sequence of limited edition special brews coming out over the next few weeks, kicking off this week with our World Cup brew ¡Olé Olé! This is a Belgian-style witbier, which will be hitting taps in draught outlets this weekend. It’s a refreshing summer wheat beer, spiced with coriander, orange peel and a touch of black pepper, making a sessionable pint that can be enjoyed with World Cup action. Or just while sitting outside in the sun. Also making the big comeback this week is our World Beer Cup medal-winning Amber-Ella. It’s big, fruity and hoppy, an American amber ale, balancing a deep burnt toffee malt base with bitter tangerine and pine needle hop aromas. Back now on draught and in bottles from your friendly independent off licence. Form an orderly queue now, please.

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Summer Series 2014: The return of Hurricane IPA

It’s back! We’re delighted to announce the re-release of our popular Hurricane IPA. This was first released to rave reviews in September 2013, as part of the “Hop Off” IPA duo. The drinking public was asked to vote on their favourite and Hurricane – despite strong opposition from the Antipodean-hopped Cyclone – was the one chosen. Hurricane IPA (5.8%) A hurricane is a tropical storm originating in the North Atlantic Ocean, rotating in the opposite direction to a cyclone. This IPA showcases punchy American hops – Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic – making it a fruit, lemon and pine taste bomb. Get it now while it’s Hurricane season: this Category Five brew will do more than tickle the taste buds. Tasting notes: Colour/appearance: pours a deep orange colour. Aroma: intense aroma of mango and passionfruit. Flavour: the juicy tropical fruit aroma carries through to the tastebuds, with strong hop flavours of mango, stone fruit and passionfruit along with some resinous pine notes. There is a good biscuit malt backbone to balance out the aromatic hops. Food pairings: this aromatic ale works wonders with spicy Mexican flavours. Try it with the legendary Cochinita Pibil from A Mexican Cook and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. ABV: 5.8% Launch Date: early May 2014 Availability: 330ml bottles and on draught (30L and 50L kegs). You can read/watch more on the original Hop Off competition here: It’s a hop off! Hurricane IPA vs Cyclone IPA

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