World Beer Awards & International Beer Challenge Wins

Proud to say we have had our range of beers recognised in two prestigious award competitions.

In the World Beer Awards 2019, we repeated our success from last year with Red Rye once more being voted the United Kingdom’s Best Rye Beer.

These global awards select and judge the very best in international styles of beer from around the world with over 3,500 beers from more than 36 countries entered.

Red Rye at night, drinkers delight. Red in colour and so beautifully fruity by nature, with a sweet aroma of dark fruits and a hint of citrus, you’d be forgiven for thinking this is one of your five a day. It’s not…..but it should be! Red Rye is now entered into the final round of judging for the World’s Best Speciality Beer, an award it won in 2017, with the winner announced on September 19th.

We were also awarded Gold Medals for their Flagship IPA and Old Hooky beers, Cotswold Pale picked up a Silver Medal and Hooky Gold collected a Bronze Medal.

In the International Beer Challenge 2019, we picked up bronze medals for Cotswold Pale, Double Stout, Flagship, Hooky Gold and Old Hooky. Red Rye was once more the judges favourite, collecting a Gold Medal and being put forward to the grand final.

Hook Norton Brewery Managing Director, James Clarke, said: “In the year we celebrate 170 years of beer and brewing down here at Hook Norton it’s a fantastic achievement to have picked up these awards across the range of different beers we produce.”

Red Rye is available in a handy 330ml can direct from the brewery and online at It can also be enjoyed on the bar at the brewery and Hook Norton’s pubs including The Sun, Hook Norton, The Fox, Chipping Norton, The Castle, Oxford, The Elephant & Castle, Bloxham and Ye Olde Reindeer Inn, Banbury.

Red Rye 4.7%
A blend of Maris Otter, Pale Ale Malt, Crystal Malt, Crystal Rye, Enzymic Malt and Wheat Malt, underpinning a symphony of fruitiness from Willamette, Sovereign, Citra, Amarillo and Chinook Hops.

See: Rich, red
Smell: Sweet, dark fruits, hint of citrus
Taste: Rich fruit, dates, raisins balanced with citrus