Since opening our doors in 2013, Horse Thief Hollow has quietly become the most award-winning brewery on the South side of Chicago.
We’ve been gradually perfecting our recipe for Little Wing Pilsner, but you could’ve knocked us over with a feather when we heard we won Gold in the 2023 World Beer Cup for International Pilsener, one of the competition’s toughest categories. We’re humbled and grateful, and all of a sudden very thirsty.
We were thrilled to earn a Gold Medal at the 2020 Festival of Barrel Aged Beer in the Strong Pale Beer category for Wrenly Rose, a Belgian-style Tripel aged in Pinot Noir barrels.
With all the craziness and uncertainty that came in 2020, there were a few bright spots. Winning a Bronze Medal a the Great American Beer Festival for Little Wing was one of them! Our American Pilsner won in the International Pilsner category.
The World Beer Cup drew more than 8,000 entries from 66 countries in 2018. We were humbled to earn a Gold Medal in this prestigious beer competition for our Biere de Voleur, or Thief’s Beer. It’s an amber French-style farmhouse ale with toffee-like malt flavors. We already knew it was a winner, since it picked up a Silver Medal in the Great American Beer Festival just the year before.
We knew we were on to something good when our Biere de Voleur captured a Silver Medal in the 2017 Great American Beer Festival. It bested more than 50 competing beers in the category of Belgian and French Style Ale to earn the distinction.
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.
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.
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.