After 5 years and 40 beers 8degrees are again getting ready to be one of the brewery’s leading the vanguard in Irish independent brewing.
The origin story of Eight degrees is well known at this stage.Two expats a Kiwi and Aussi end up living in the Cork country side they long for the beers they have left behind and with alot of sweat, blood and brewing 8degrees is born.
The beers have come thick and fast 40 and counting with a strong leaning on IPAs. And it’s been a busy last few years with demand growing year on year it’s now time to expand their operation and like there beers Eight degrees are going big with an upgrade that will see them going from 15hl to 60hl.
The purchase of the brewery itself was a stressful affair with the deal coming together at the same weekend of the biggest beer festival in ireland the pressure was on to get the deal done by flying out to Mauritius so they could inspect the German built Kasbah Schulz System for themselves. They where delighted with what they saw and moved fast too secure the deal even convincing there bank to work over the weekend to get the purchase done in time.
As Scott shows me around the maze of stainless steel tubing you sense he his keen to get started on assembling this giant puzzle his past life as an engineer will be called into action once again.
This is a huge undertaking and Eight degrees are doing it all off there own back. There drive to make quality beers is matched by there desire to maintain there status as an independent brewery and the new upgrade will insure this happens as the business grows and the new brewery itself will be a new proud landmark for Mitchelstown.
This new chapter for Eight degrees is a big undertaken and the fruits of the venture won’t be seen for some time yet. The new facility is a stones throw from the current brewery which has one major positive the water. Scott explains what a bonus this is as the unusually Soft water of Mitchelstown lends Itself well to the hop forward beers of Eight degrees this combined with the new brewing system will kick start a new chapter. The system allows for far more control options like decoction mashes and pinpoint temperature control are features that will increase the creative scope for theses already prolific brewers.
The new facility is going to take some time to get up and running but in the mean time we have an impressive back catalogue to dive into and plenty of new brews to look forward too.