At Eight Degrees, we like to warm ourselves right up for wintertime – it might be the Antipodean influence – and we also like to do things in threes. For winter 2015 we’ve brewed a trilogy of gorgeous beers that will make you forget about the weather outside, as you sip and enjoy these examples of the brewers’ art.
Take your pick from Snow Eater Red IPA, a red ale with a spiced orange feel and seasonal flavours of pine and tangerine; the deep toffee and chocolate flavours of Signal Belgian Stout; or savour a snifter of Mór Barleywine – a big, bold giant of a beer.
All beers now available from your local independent off licence. Limited availability of Snow Eater and Signal on draught.
2015 was a very successful year for Eight Degrees Brewing, with The Full Irish IPA being named Beer of the Year by independent Irish consumer group Beoir and Hurricane IPA taking a bronze medal at the Dublin Beer Cup. Eight Degrees Brewing was also highly commended in the Food & Drink category at the Small Firms Association Awards and won four gold stars at the 2015 Great Taste Awards (two for each of core range Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale and Sunburnt Irish Red Ale).
Snow Eater Red IPA 6.2%
Chinook is the hop of choice in this Red Indian Pale Ale. Deep, intense caramel malt flavours are cut beautifully with lots of hops, which bring a spiced orange feel to proceedings. It’s the perfect time for a warm, fuzzy glow.
With food: Pine and tangerine? This is the beer for your turkey dinner. Strong enough to stand up to the onslaught of all the trimmings – bitter cranberry sauce, sweet ham, herby stuffing, milky bread sauce, vinegary red cabbage, sulphuric brussels sprouts – it will clear your palate in a trice, ready to complement the next slice of roasted turkey. Hoppy enough to stand up to goose or duck and take the opportunity to try it with some gorgeous Skeaghanore smoked duck breast.
Signal Belgian Stout 6.0%
Inky black with a beautiful tan head, Signal has deep toffee and dark chocolate flavours. What lifts it from the marvelous to the sublime are the peppery notes from the yeast. Think spicy chocolate stout – and raise your glass to the mountains.
With food: This is what you want as an after dinner drink. Put it with a Yule Log and you’ll be in heaven. If you’re a Christmas pudding fan, complement it with the spicy flavours in this beer. Other favourite pairings are dark chocolate truffles – but this will also cut the sweetness from that selection box that you snaffled from the kids. Good to keep in mind.
Mór Barleywine 10.2%
Barleywine may be an old English style but this is a very EDB take on the classic, using copious amounts of American hops. Golden brown in the glass, with a thick white head, the gloriously big, bold flavours of Mór are based on a huge malt body.
With food: It’s worth pouring this into a snifter glass and savouring slowly but, if you insist on matching it with food, grab a box of soft Medjool dates to complement the caramel flavours or go traditional, with blue cheese like Bellingham Blue, for a great contrast. If you can get your hands on some goats’ cheese chocolate truffles (from Dovina Chocolates in Dingle and Kilkenny’s The Truffle Fairy) you have an incredible pairing.