World Beer Awards Recap

It’s been two weeks since the results of the World Beer Awards were announced, and Rye River has been awarded with a staggering total of 19 awards, making us the most successful European brewery at this year’s competition! This is an outstanding achievement and perhaps our proudest to date considering the worldwide competition that we faced. Over 2000 beers from 30 countries around the globe were entered into this year’s competition to be judged by the panel of experts.

At last year’s competition we came home with 3 awards, including World’s Best Session IPA in the Style Category for our McGargles Daragh’s Session IPA. This year however, we were awarded with 3 Style Winners including World’s Best Double IPA for our McGargles Dan’s Double IPA, World’s Best Kölsch style for our Grafters Kölsch and World’s Best Classic Style Pilsner for The Crafty Brewing Company Irish Lager that we brew exclusively for Lidl Ireland.

We have also been awarded with 9 Country Style Winners. This includes 3 of our McGargles beers (Dan’s Double IPA, Daragh’s Session IPA & Francis’ Big Bangin’ IPA), 3 for Crafty Brewing Company beers (American Style Brown Ale, Irish Lager & American Style Pale Wheat Ale), 2 for Solas Hops & Grains beers (Belgian Wit & Brown Porter) and 1 for Grafters (Kölsch Style). Finally, we received 2 Silver Medals and 5 Gold Medals, including one for Miami J IPA, which was our second Limited Edition Rye River Seasonal of the year. You can check out our full list of winners and their catgories below!

We’re delighted to have continued our success in terms of awards this year having already picked up 12 medals at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair, 3 medals at the Frankfurt International Trophy, and 8 Great Taste Awards. This has been our most successful year to date and it once again highlights the skill and dedication of our wonderful Brew Team and everyone else that is involved at Rye River Brewing Company.

List of Rye River Brewing Company Awards:


Style Winners:

IPA Imperial/Double: McGargles Dan’s Double IPA

Pale Beer Kölsch: Grafters Kölsch Style

Lager Classic Pilsner: The Crafty Brewing Company Irish Lager


Country Winners:

American-Style Brown Ale: The Crafty Brewing Company American Style Brown Ale

American-Style IPA: McGargles Francis’ Big Bangin IPA

Imperial/Double IPA: McGargles Dan’s Double IPA

Session IPA: McGargles Darragh’s Session IPA

Lager-Classic Pilsner: The Crafty Brewing Company Irish Lager

Wheat Beer: The Crafty Brewing Company American Style Pale Wheat Ale

Belgian-Style Ale: Solas Hops & Grains Belgian Wit

Porter: Solas Hops & Grains Brown Porter

Kölsch: Grafters Kölsch Style



Gold Medal: Rye River Seasonal Miami J IPA

Gold Medal: The Crafty Brewing Company Irish Stout

Gold Medal: The Crafty Brewing Company Irish IPA

Gold Medal: McGargles Frank’s Lager

Gold Medal: Grafters Pale Ale

Silver Medal: McGargles Sean’s Export Stout

Silver Medal: Grafters IPA