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.
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.
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.
Introducing Brunch, our Maple Bacon Baltic Breakfast Porter 🍁🥓☕️
We’ve used 8 different malts, over 100 litres of organic maple syrup and coffee from our friends in Groundwork Coffee Co. to bring you all the flavours and enjoyment of a good Brunch!
Widely available now, here’s where you can get it:
Nally’s SuperValu, Celbridge, Kildare
Carry Out, Kilcock, Kildare
O’Briens Naas, Kildare
SuperValu Athy – Pettits, Kildare
SuperValu Leixlip, Kildare
Big Romance, Dublin 1
Blackrock Cellar, Co. Dublin
Carry Out Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15
Drink Store, Dublin 7
DSix Off Licence, Dublin 6
Dwan Off Licence, Ballycullen, Dublin
Fresh Smithfield, Dublin 1
Lilac Wines, Dublin 3
Londis Yellow Walls Malahide, Co. Dublin
Mace SCR, Dublin 8
Martins of Fairview, Dublin 3
Molloys Clonsilla, Dublin 15
Molloys Liquor Store Francis St., Dublin 8
Molloys Liquor Store Clondalkin, Dublin
Molloys Liquor Store Tallaght, Dublin
O’Briens Beacon, Sandyford, Co. Dublin
O’Briens Donnybrook, Dublin 4
O’Briens Glasnevin, Dublin 3
O’Briens Lucan, Co. Dublin
O’Briens Nutgrove, Dublin 14
O’Briens Rathgar, Dublin 6
Stephen Street News, Dublin 2
The Corkscrew Off Licence, Lucan, Co. Dublin
Craft Central, Dublin 2
Underdog, Dublin 2
57 The Headline, Dublin 8
Carry Out Tullamore, Offaly
The Wine House, Trim, Meath
Gradys Yard, Waterford
Abbots Ale House, Cork
Bradley’s Off-Licence, Cork
Matsons Wine Store Grange, Cork
O’Briens Douglas, Cork
We canned fewer than 5000 cans of this beer. Most of them are numbered but if you happen to find a can marked with XXX instead of a number, post a pic of it on your socials, tag us and you’ll go into a draw for something special! Competition closes 20th December 2020.
We’re looking for an Assistant Brewer to join our team!
Rye River Brewing Company is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading independent craft breweries. We produce over 30 beers across 5 successful brands and were awarded the title of “most decorated independent brewery in the world” at the 2019 and 2020 World Beer Awards.
We are looking for a dynamic, hardworking individual who will embrace our “Rye River Way” culture and ethos. This candidate needs to be a team player, self-motivated, and excited to work in an environment that changes constantly.
If this sounds good to you, email your CV to email@example.com by close of business Monday 7th December 2020.
All levels of experience will be considered and training will be provided.
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:
World’s Best Stout for McGargles Sean’s Export Stout
World’s Best Imperial/DoubleIPA for McGargles Dan’s Double IPA
World’s Best American Style IPA for Rye River Seasonal Miami J
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;
Gold Winner: Grafters Working Day IPA, exclusively brewed for Dunnes Stores
Silver Winner: The Crafty Brewing Company American Style Brown Ale, exclusively brewed for Lidl Ireland
Silver Winner: The Crafty Brewing Company Lager, exclusively brewed for Lidl Ireland
Bronze Winner: Solas Irish Red Ale, exclusively brewed for Tesco Ireland
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 forSolas 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!
The Herd is our 4th Rye River Seasonal release of 2020 and it’s a good one! Nine freshly emptied ex-Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels filled were with our Belgian inspired Quad Ale. It’s taste is lead by its depth of malt character with a touch of caramel and seamlessly blended with deep notes of Cherry, Vanilla and Bourbon. Savour and share.
Because there were fewer than 2300 individually numbered bottles produced, you can expect a stampede for this warming treat! Sláinte!
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
• 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 🍺
Following on from our success at the World Beer Awards 2019, we have released our final limited-edition Rye River Seasonal brew of 2019 entitled ‘GARNET’. The new beer is an exceptional Cognac Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale and has a ten-year shelf life. Garnet is a unique brew; matured in Cognac barrels for the last 7 months to produce intensified aromas in this perfectly blended, premium seasonal beer.
Commenting on our newest launch, Head Brewer, Bill said: “They say good things take time and this is no exception. This is a one of a kind beer created with a great deal of love and care. We initially brewed this back in March and filled it into our cognac barrels, seven months later, a deep Garnet beer emerged from the barrel. This is the perfect beer to warm you up in the colder months ahead. We are very proud of this special beer and think it’s a great addition to our award-winning collection.”
Only 2080 individually numbered bottles were produced. Please see below for current & upcoming stockists: