The quixotic, quirky new brew from Eight Degrees was aptly named Oxymoron. It’s the result of an inspired idea to make a Belgian style Wit and add some super juicy New Zealand hops. The Belgians aren’t known for playing by the beer rule book anyway, refusing to be tied down to the four basic ingredients of water, malted barley, hops and yeast, they have long been adding fruit, herbs and anything else they can find into their beers.
Eight Degrees are using just the four ‘traditional’ ingredients but the hops that they use; Southern Cross and Pacific Jade add lemon and black pepper flavours, a savoury sherbert if you will. It’s a combination that worked well for me. You could have this beer with fish cakes and a salad out in the garden and it would make a great start to the evening. If you enjoy the odd Hoegaarden then you really should give this one a try. It’s available now in O’Brien’s stores nationwide. Sláinte!
Simon Broderick aka Simon Says… You Really Should Drink This! Simon started his blog in September 2013. Since then he has built up a large audience of readers. He can also be found on Twitter. A passionate Advocate for Great beer, he set up the Athlone Beer Club in January 2014 and this has proven very popular with publicans and members alike in the Midlands. The future? Ireland’s second craft beer book perhaps! And a lot of beers.