We’re out to brew great beer, and if we win a few awards along the way, that’s pretty cool, too. In June 2015, owner and chef Neil Byers won the James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. We’ve also entered a few beer competitions, too.
We were thrilled to capture a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Our winner: Prunckle’s Dunkel, a dark German lager with nutty malted sweetness. More than 7,000 breweries competed for just 286 medals in this national competition.
We competed in the 2016 Festival of Barrel Aged Beers, alongside 90 other breweries from all over the country. We earned first place in the Classic Beer category for our Hilltop Weizenbock, a Bavarian wheat beer aged in Palo Santo wood barrels. This brew is a strong version of an unfiltered Weissbier or Hefeweizen, with flavors of banana, clove, and dark fruit.
We’re proud to have earned a Silver Medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup competition in Boulder, Colorado. Our limited-edition Cheval Deux, a sweet potato infused French brown ale, bested more than 50 entries to earn the coveted medal in the biennial competition’s Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer category. The World Beer Cup included more than 1,400 breweries from 58 countries.
Horse Thief Hollow was one of several Chicago breweries who brought home medals in at the 2014 Great American Beer Fest in Denver. Our 18th Rebellion won the Bronze medal in the Kellerbier or Zwickelbier category. This category celebrates “cellar beers,” a unique German style of unfiltered and unpasteurized lager that dates back to the Middle Ages. More than 1,300 breweries from around the country participated in this prestigious competition, submitting some 5,500 beers.
Neil was selected from a pool of more than 70 entrepreneurs to win a $25,000 prize from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. He plans to put the award money toward an expansion of the brewery and distribution of several seasonal brews.