Saturday was a red letter day for the Eight Degrees Brewing boys. Bright and early I got a Very Excited phone call from the Husband who had just arrived at the cottage – we’re onto the painting stage now, undercoating upstairs while the carpenter does his final sawing and fitting downstairs (and my shiny new kitchen is being installed at the start of August!) – to say that he’d just picked up the Saturday papers.
He was thrilled to discover that Howling Gale Ale had made beer of the week in Blake Creedon‘s Irish Examiner column: Seafood, wine and a cracking new beer. I had just finished ooh-ing and aaaaaaaah-ing over that when he added, “and that’s not all…”
It was a double whammy weekend; John Wilson (check out his great feature on Irish microbreweries) had also picked Howling Gale as his beer of the week in the Irish Times. Happy? Oh, I think the boys were well impressed with themselves!
Howling Gale Ale, and the newest beer, Sunburnt Irish Red, is now available in a number of different outlets nationwide. For more details of where it’s stocked, check the Eight Degrees Brewing website. And watch out for a forthcoming beer and food night at O’Brien Chop House in Lismore, where the focus is going to be on cooking food with beer. The information below comes from their newsletter.
A Homage to Beer
In conjunction with the local micro-breweries; The Dungarvan Brewing Company and Mitchelstown’s Eight Degrees Brewery we will be hosting a Feast where each of the dishes incorporate beer as one of the main ingredients of each dish using the beers from these superb local artisan producers. Dishes such as ‘Howling Gale Ale Summer Vegetable Tempura, Sweet Chilli Sauce’ and ‘Beef, Oyster & Black Rock Stout Pie’ are two fine examples. Each dish will be accompanied by a drop of the relevant brew and wines can be ordered as required to accompany the Feast. We are still working on the menu but tickets will be priced at €42.50 and are available on 058 53810 or email us.