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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Nomad Hoppy Pilsner

This beer is going nomad. It transgresses many stylistic boundaries with impunity, exploring and searching for unique flavours without adhering to rigid beer styles. We have taken a clean and crisp German lager base and allowed New World hops to shine. This is a sessionable lager that packs a big aroma punch. Free your mind from any preconceptions and let your taste buds wander. Short description: fresh hoppy citrus. Style: Hoppy pils. Malt: Two-row Irish malted barley, Carapils. Hops: Nugget, Lublin and Hallertauer Tradition. Dry hopped with Enigma. ABV: 4.2% IBUs: 30 Tasting notes Colour/appearance: a lovely pale gold in the glass with a firm white head. Aroma: the aroma is light, with delicate fruity and citrus notes. Flavour: A crisp and dry lager with a delicate biscuity base. Super sessionable. Aftertaste: a nicely bitter bite in the finish. Food Pairings Refreshing and bright, this hoppy pils has been brewed to be a sessionable, food-friendly beer. The clean, crisp flavours work well with Mexican fish tacos, grilled or baked fish dishes and won’t fight against the flavours of a glorious roast chicken. 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. Carbonation cleans the palate with each sip, ensuring that every mouthful is a new experience. Launch Date: Summer 2020. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 440ml cans. Get social: #NomadHoppyPils

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Now in cans: Bohemian Pilsner Lager + Sunburnt Irish Red

You asked, we listened: our best selling Sunburnt Irish Red Ale and Bohemian Pilsner Lager – two of the beers that we originally released right back in 2011 and 2012 – are now, due to popular demand, available in cans. Same great beers, just a slightly bigger and much brighter format. (Yes, we did have some conversations about the yellow but we do love our colours!) Check out tasting notes for the beers below and watch out for the new #EightDegreesCans in your local off licence and in our online shop. Tasting notes: Sunburnt Irish Red Ale Bohemian Pilsner Lager    

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