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We are proud to announce that seven of our beers have reached the finals of Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards 2020.

Blas na hEireann is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland, celebrating and rewarding the very best tasting Irish food and drink products, and the passionate, driven producers who make them.

The overall winners will be announced in October but in the meantime, make sure you check out the Rye River brewed beers that are in the running for these illustrious awards!

Grafters Working Day IPA  

Big, bold and tasty, this American style IPA is full-on flavour, delivering a massive hit of juicy, citrus fruits.

Grafters Clocking Off Kolsch Style

A crisp rounded body that delivers a light malt sweetness and finishes with orange zest bitterness.

The Grafters range is available exclusively in Dunnes Stores, Nationwide

Solas Irish Red Ale

A timeless Red Ale, complex and malty. Flavours to savour of toffee, dark fruit and fresh roast, all livened by a single hop aroma.

Solas Irish Stout

A modern take on a traditional beer. This Irish Stout brings forward notes of dark chocolate with hints of coffee and dark fruit. Take a journey into the dark side of malt.

The Solas range is available exclusively in Tesco, Nationwide

The Crafty Brewing Company Lager

This Irish Craft Lager is clean and crisp with a prominent hop character that comes from the Tradition and Hersbrucker hop varieties. Its jewel toned colour is indicative of a rich and deep flavour. A true joy to taste.

The Crafty Brewing Company Stout

This Irish Craft Stout is full bodied with coffee and chocolate aromas. The depth of flavour is attributed to speciality roast malts balanced by the right bittering hop. An assured favourite for any stout fan.

The Crafty Brewing Company American Style Brown Ale

This American style brown ale is medium bodied with notes of dark fruits and coffee mixed with floral and spiced hops.  Tastes of chocolate and medium roast coffee lead to a light toffee, low bitterness and malty finish.

The Crafty Brewing Company range is available exclusively in Lidl, Nationwide

Update: an earlier version of this blog stated that we had 6 beers in the finals. It has been updated to reflect that Grafters Clocking Off Kolsch also made the final round.

We collaborated with top chef Sham Hanifa to make some great Beer & Food recipes.

McGargles Stout Pulled Beef Tacos 🌮


Spice Mix 

• 1 tbsp Paprika •

1 tsp All Spice powder

• 1 tsp cumin powder

• 2 tsp garlic powder

• 1 tsp each of salt and pepper


• 1 – 2 tbsp oil

• 1.2 kg beef chuck, brisket or any other slow cooking beef; cut into chunks

• 3 garlic cloves, minced

• 1 onion, chopped

• 500ml McGargles Stout

• 400g tinned chopped tomatoes

• 500ml beef broth/stock • 200ml water

• 2 tbsp brown sugar

• 1 handful chopped fresh coriander

• 1 handful chopped fresh mint 

• Salt and pepper


• Combine the Spice Mix ingredients in a bowl

• Rub the spices on to the beef

• Heat the oil in a large heavy based pot over a high heat

• Add the beef and brown well on all sides

• Remove onto a plate

• Turn the stove down to medium

• Add the garlic and onion and cook for 3 minutes until soft

• Pour in the stout and chopped tomatoes

• Add the beef stock and water, then return the beef into the pot • Put the lid on, bring to a simmer then turn the stove down so it is bubbling gently, not rapidly

• Cook for 2 hours, then remove the lid and add the sugar and chopped herbs and simmer for another 30 minutes until beef is tender enough to shred

• Remove the beef from the sauce, shred with 2 forks

• Leave the sauce to simmer with the lid off for 10 to 15 minutes to reduce and thicken to your taste. Adjust salt to taste

• Toss the beef back into the sauce (you can reserve some Sauce for drizzling on tacos if you want, there’s plenty)

• Transfer the beef into a large dish and serve

• Enjoy with a glass of McGargles Stout! 🍻


Crafty Brewing Co. Pale Ale Prawn & Chorizo Linguine 


• 180g Prawns

• 1 tbsp Olive Oil

• 50gm Chorizo

• 1 Shallot, finely chopped

• 1 stick of Celery, diced

• 100ml Crafty Brewing Pale Ale

• 1 Tomato diced

• 1 Clove of Garlic

• ¼ tsp Black Pepper

• 1 Pinch Salt

• 200g Linguine Pasta

• 3 tbsp. Chopped Flat Leaf Parsley


• Cook the linguine according to the packet directions until al dente, then drain

• In a pan, heat the olive oil over a medium heat

• Fry the chopped chorizo until it is crisp, about 3 minutes

• With a slotted spoon, remove the chorizo from the pan to a paper towel and let drain

• Add the onion, garlic, chili, and celery to the fat in the pan

• Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 3 minutes

• Pour in the Pale Ale and bring to a boil • Add the prawn and tomato, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 6 minutes #

•Add the pasta and cooked chorizo to the pan and toss to coat

• Sprinkle with the parsley

• Enjoy with a glass of Crafty Brewing Co. Pale Ale! 🍺


Steamed Mussels in Solas Session IPA 🍽


• 1kg fresh mussels

• 150ml Solas Session IPA

• 1 shallot, thinly sliced

• 1 tablespoon oil

• 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped

• 1 red chilli, sliced

• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

• 1 knob of butter

• 1 lime


• To make the base; in a medium wide saute pan, add the oil and bring to a medium high heat. Add the shallot, chilli and garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes.

• Add the mussels to the pan, then the Session IPA and reduce the heat to medium and cover. Simmer for approximately 5-7 minutes until the mussels begin to open.

• Turn the heat off. Add the butter and parsley and stir well. Don’t overcook the mussels. You just want to make sure they all open well.

• Squeeze lime over to taste and serve with toasted sourdough bread brushed with olive oil and a glass of Solas Session IPA! 🍺

⚠️ NOTE: Very important: When prepping, rinse the mussels well in cold water in a colander. Make sure that you discard any opened mussels that do not close if you tap them a couple of times.⚠️


The Crafty Brewing Co. Red Ale Barbecue Glaze 🍗

This recipe can be used to marinate chicken wings or drumsticks, lamb chops, pork chops and much more. After marinating for a minimum of 2 hours, cook in the oven for 25 minutes or grill over the barbeque.


• 150ml The Crafty Brewing Co. Red Ale

• 1 cup Tomato Sauce

• 1 cup Sweet Soya Sauce

• 2 tbsp Honey

• 1 tbsp Chilli Powder

• 1 tbsp Paprika

• 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard

• 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

• 1 tbsp Chopped Garlic

• 1 tbsp Chopped Onion

• 2-3 Sprigs Chopped Thyme

• Salt and ground black pepper


• Place all the ingredients in a large bowl

• Mix well together

• Marinate your meat for at least 2 hours before cooking

• Enjoy with a glass of The Crafty Brewing Co. Red Ale 🍺

Yakima Chief Hops teamed up with Rye River for the third seasonal release of 2020, say hello to The Dropper Neomexicanus APA!

Bursting with citrus and stone fruit in a tropical and resinous manner, this beer is a lively introduction to humulus lupulus var. neomexicanus. Enjoy the fruits of these low bine hops.

This low bitterness hop bomb is limited edition and will not be around for long. Get yours now in the following stockists;

  • 1601 Off Licence, Kinsale
  • Blackrock Cellar, Blackrock
  • Bradley’s Off-Licence, Cork
  • Brickyard Gastro Pub, Dundrum
  • Carry Out, Tullamore
  • Centra, Dalkey
  • DSix Off Licence
  • Fresh, Capital Dock
  • Fresh, Smithfield
  • JD O’Sullivans & Sons
  • Mace, SCR
  • Martins Off Licence, Dublin 3
  • Matsons Wine Store Grange, Cork
  • McHughs, Kilbarrack Road
  • Molloys Liquor Stores
  • O’Briens Wine, Nationwide
  • Open Gate Brewery
  • Stephen Street News, Dublin 2
  • SuperValu, Athy – Pettits
  • Supervalu, Knocklyon
  • Supervalu, Sutton
  • Taphouse, Ranelagh
  • TheBeerClub.ie

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