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Choose the gifts that your employees will absolutely love this Christmas season! In this gift guide, we have five amazing gift ideas for you direct from our brewery that are an excellent way to show your colleagues your appreciation.

Rye River Brewer’s Choice Variety Tote Pack

This season we launched a special version of our Brewer’s Choice Variety Pack that includes 5 x 330ml cans of our award-winning Rye River beers with a bangin’ tote bag to carry your big bangin’ bag of cans inside! This tote pack includes 2 of our ever-popular Big Bangin’ IPA, and  1 each of Lil’ Twist Grapefruit IPA, Hop Drops Citra Extra Pale, and our new brew to the Rye River line up, Coastal IPA. A great gift for anyone this Christmas season!


Rye River Seasonal Pack

For an extra special treat for your staff this holiday season, check out our exclusive Rye River Seasonal Pack! Featuring this year’s bottle release, Embers, our Wheat Wine that was aged for 6 months in añejo barrels, and 2 x 440ml cans of Lupulos Borealis Hoppy Pils, this seasonal pack is an exceptional way to say thank you to your colleagues for all of their hard work this year.


McGargles Sampler Pack

From our McGargles range, we have put together a fantastic sampler pack that features a range of popular McGargles beers. Including 12 x 330ml bottles from the McGargles family, this sampler pack is a great gift for those who like to try different styles to find out which one is their favourite or to share with a friend! You can learn more about this sampler pack right here.


Rye River Brewing Co. Sampler Pack

We’ve put together a case of our core range of beers from Rye River. Each 12 x 330ml can pack features a mix of our award-winning beers including Big Bangin’ IPA, Lil’ Twist Grapefruit IPA, and Hop Drops Citra Extra Pale, along with our new popular brew, Coastal IPA. This Rye River mixed case contains 3 x 330ml cans of each beer.


Rye River Seasonal Sampler Pack

A selection of our Rye River Seasonals also made it into a mixed case this Christmas season!  Each 12 x 440ml can pack includes a mix of Brunch Baltic Porter, Lupulos Borealis Hoppy Pils, and our latest seasonal release, Revelation Brown Ale, a collab brew with Crisp Malt using our bespoke Crisp x Rye River Seasonal Coffee brown malt. You can learn more about Revelation here! This mixed case contains 4 cans each of our seasonal brews.


Interested In Our Corporate Christmas Gifts?

If you are interested in any of these great Rye River brewery Christmas gifts for your team, please get in touch with us for more information and pricing. You can email us at info@ryeriverbrewingco.com or call us directly at +353 (01) 628 7255. We look forward to hearing from you!


Here at Rye River Brewing Company, we are very into what we put into our beers. We use hand selected malts with different combinations for over 30 unique recipes, including several Red Ales.

So if Red Ale is your jam, we’ve got you covered!


McGargles Granny’s Red Ale

Granny’s Irish Red Ale is a multi-award winning Red Ale with 11 accolades to date, including a prestigious World Beer Award. It is a balanced Irish Red with caramel and dark fruit undertones. Brewed with earthy hops and a combination of Vienna and Cara Munich malt, it has a deep colour and rich aromatic flavour. It is a great representation of a true Irish Red Ale and at 4.4% is a sessionable beer.

McGargles Granny’s Red Ale is available in all good retailers across Ireland, throughout Europe in countries including Italy, France, Germany and Denmark, and in Malaysia though Cave & Cellar. It is also popular in Sweden and comes highly recommended by Vin Journalen in their blog here.


Solas Irish Red

We let the natural ingredients shine through in our Solas range and the Red is no exception. It is complex and malty, with flavours to savour of toffee, dark malt and fresh roast, all livened by a single hop aroma.

This Blas na hEireann winner has an ABV of 4.3% and is available exclusively in the Republic of Ireland in Tesco stores nationwide.


The Crafty Brewing Co. Red Ale

This full flavoured ale has a slightly sweet and fruity aroma with a dash of roast. The single aroma hop comes through in the taste and like any gentleman, leaves a great lasting impression. Clocking in at 4.1%, this red ale was a winner at the 2019 and 2020 World Beer Awards.

The Crafty Brewing Co. Red Ale is exclusively available in Lidl, both in Ireland and internationally.

In what has been a strange and challenging year we are making sure to celebrate the wins when they come! As awards season 2020 comes to a close, we are humbled to have won 36 accolades this year!


World Beer Awards 2020

Thirty of our awards were at the World Beer Awards, twenty-six of which were in the fiercely contested Taste category. Our beers were judged alongside over 2,200 beers from more than 50 countries worldwide. The remaining accolades were in the Design category, collaborating with Greenhouse to create eye-catching, and now award-winning, packaging for our exciting range of beers.

Our biggest awards were for:

  1. World’s Best Stout for McGargles Sean’s Export Stout
  2. World’s Best Imperial/Double IPA for McGargles Dan’s Double IPA
  3. World’s Best American Style IPA for Rye River Seasonal Miami J
  4. World’s Best American Wheat for The Crafty Brewing Company American Style Wheat Ale

Ireland’s Best Lager Helles/Münchner is another accolade we received for our Rye River label Helles Lager.

To top it off, we won 2 Gold Medals, 11 Silver Medals and 7 Bronze Medals. This is our best performance (so far!) at the World Beer Awards and for the second consecutive year we are The Most Decorated Independent Craft Brewery in the World.


Founder and Managing Director Tom Cronin had this to say: We are elated with our success at the 2020 World Beer Awards, in particular, our 4 Best in Style awards, including Best American Style IPA for the second consecutive year. I believe our success is driven by our dedicated team of brewers and the wider production team, our persistent pursuit of perfection in process and our uncompromising focus on quality, all of which culminate to deliver consistently exceptional beers. Our accomplishments at the 2020 WBAs have acted as a significant endorsement for our beers on the international craft beer stage.”


Blas na hEireann 2020

Shortly after the World Beer Awards, our winning streak continued at Blas na hEireann. We were awarded 5 further accolades for our retail exclusive brands;

  1. Gold Winner: Grafters Working Day IPA, exclusively brewed for Dunnes Stores
  2. Silver Winner: The Crafty Brewing Company American Style Brown Ale, exclusively brewed for Lidl Ireland
  3. Silver Winner: The Crafty Brewing Company Lager, exclusively brewed for Lidl Ireland
  4. Bronze Winner: Solas Irish Red Ale, exclusively brewed for Tesco Ireland
  5. Bronze Winner: The Crafty Brewing Company Stout, exclusively brewed for Lidl Ireland


Great Taste Awards 2020

Just recently we were awarded 1 Star at the Great Taste Awards for Solas Belgian White, exclusively brewed for Tesco Ireland.


2020 has been our most successful to date and it highlights the skill and dedication of our wonderful team. Never complacent though, we’ve already got our eyes on the prizes for next year!

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 🍺

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