Meet the Brewery - Eight Degrees Brewing
We caught up with Scott Baigent & Cameron Wallace of Eight Degrees Brewing to be filled in on their success to date with Eight Degrees Brewing. The lads from the Southern Hemisphere have set up in the Rebel County and are loving every minute of it!
Get up to speed on their range of over 50 unique beers and make sure to stop by to say hello to the guys at our fair!
1. When was the company founded? / By whom?
Eight Degrees Brewing was established in 2011 at the foot of the Galtee Mountains in North Cork by Aussie Cam Wallace and Kiwi Scott Baigent, who were lured to Ireland by two Irish cailins!
2. How has it developed/grown?
It was set up on a wing and a prayer by a pair of cheeky antipodeans in 2011. We now have nine people working at Eight Degrees and are currently undertaking an ambitious expansion plan.
3. How many products do you currently produce and what are they?
To date, Eight Degrees has brewed more than 50 unique beers. At any one time, we have a core range of seven beers, and are constantly releasing limited edition beers.
Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner Lager - complex, crisp and refreshing.
Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale - our most popular beer. 2014 Great Taste Awards (two stars)
Sunburnt Irish Red Ale - a traditional Irish style, with a twist. 2015 Great Taste Awards (two stars), 2014 Global Craft Beer Awards (Silver)
Knockmealdown Irish Stout - espresso, molasses and chocolate flavours. Best stout in Ireland, 2016 World Beer Awards
Amber Ella American Amber Ale - big, fruity, hoppy ale. 2014 World Beer Cup medal winner
Hurricane IPA - a showcase for American hops. 2016 Dublin Beer Cup Bronze Medal
The Full Irish Single Malt IPA - brewed using 100% Irish malt. Beoir 2015 Beer of the Year, 2016 Dublin Beer Cup Bronze Medal, Best IPA in Ireland, 2016 World Beer Awards
4. What is the most recent product development?
Before Christmas we released two Bordeaux wine barrel-aged beers - The Fearless Farmhouse Ale, aged in chardonnay barrels, and The Bold Imperial Stout, aged in pinot noir barrels - to rave reviews. These, the first two in our Dukes of Burgundy trilogy, will be followed by a much-anticipated third, The Good Barleywine, later this year.
On release at the moment we also have Bandit Smoked Brown Ale and Wayfarer Sessionable Sour IPA, both of which are coming to the festival with us. We'll also have a new brew for the event, called Trans-Pacific IPA.
5. And is there anything else planned in the future?
We have an exciting new product development program mapped out for 2017 including more sours, more experiments using local ingredients, more fun with barrel-aging and some cool international collaborations.
6. How many stockists do you have in Ireland?
We have over 100 draught customers dotted throughout the country but espcially in Dublin and Cork. Our 330ml bottles are stocked in hundreds of restaurants and independent off licences throughout Ireland.
7. Can you buy it overseas?
Yes. We export to more than 10 countries including Italy, France, Netherlands, Denmark, China (including Hong Kong and Macau) and Singapore.
8. What are you looking forward to at the fair?
There's always a great buzz around the convention. We can't wait to try beer from new breweries as well as exciting new offerings from old friends. Good tunes too! Music to appreciate beer by.