Winner’s Circle: Southeast Beers Made With Riverbend Win 2022 Hardware


Photo courtesy North Carolina Brewers Guild

Congratulations to our customers on taking home hardware at many industry competitions in 2022!

An array of Riverbend malt supporters won medals at the 2022 U.S. Open Beer Championship. Props to Cherry Street Brewing who earned five medals, including a gold for the the 12.12.12 made with our rye that won first place in the Barrel-Aged Barley Wine category and the Atomic Funk made with Chesapeake Pilsner that placed third in the Brett Beer category. Earlier this year, Cherry Street also earned gold at the World Beer Cup® for For-scythe Wheat made with Riverbend malted, Georgia-grown wheat.

The U.S. Open also awarded Mason Jar Lager Company with a silver for Moonlight Excursion for Baltic Porter, a silver for Alga Beer Company Dark Lager, and two medals to Oklawaha Brewing Company– a silver for Rural Brewing in the Barrel Aged Sour category, and a bronze for Bobby Bee Kellerbier.

Several of our customers in the Old Dominion State won at the Virginia Craft Beer Cup back in August. Those include Big Lick Brewing Company, Great Valley Farm Brewery and Winery, Chaos Mountain Brewing, Heliotrope Brewery, and Three Notch’d Brewing Company. See the complete winners list on

Many of our South Carolina brewery customers— including Birds Fly South Ale Project, Carolina Bauernhaus, Frothy Beard Brewing Company, Hobcaw Brewing Company, Holy City Brewing Co., Kite Hill Brewing, Liability Brewing Company, Peak Drift Brewing Co., Plankowner Brewing, Southern Barrel Brewing Co., and The Southern Growl Beer Company— were winners at the 2022 South Carolina Beer Cup.

In September, Riverbend customers from our home state scored big at the North Carolina Brewers Cup! Bhramari Brewing Co., Black Mountain Brewing, Cellarest Beer Project, Fullsteam Brewery, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Liquid Roots, Lenny Boy Brewery, Oklawaha Brewing, and Riverside Rhapsody. The winning beers spanned styles and subsequently Riverbend malt varieties— from German-style lagers and English ales to field & spice beers and mixed culture sours, and beyond.

In October, craft breweries across the Southeast earned Great American Beer Festival® awards at this 40th annual festival that took place in Denver, Colorado over the weekend. Congratulations to our customers Blind Tiger Brewery Creature Comforts Brewing Company, Deadwords Brewing Co., Edmund’s Oast, Legion Brewing, Lenny Boy Brewing, Monday Night Brewing, New Realm Brewing, Olde Hickory Brewing Company, Orange Hat Brewing, and Pilot Brewing who won medals. The full 2022 winners list is posted on the GABF website.

This just in! Several of our customers earned recognition at the NC Beer Industry Awards Banquet during the North Carolina Craft Brewers Conference last week, including Bhramari Brewing Co., Cellarest Beer Project, Fullsteam Brewery, Green Man Brewery, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Lenny Boy Brewery, Oklawaha Brewing, Riverside Rhapsody Beer Co., and Tap Station. Congratulations are in order for Sean Lilly Wilson, founder and Chief Executive Optimist of Fullsteam Brewery, who was honored with the prestigious Order of the Lupulin lifetime achievement award (pictured above).

Do you have an award-winning beer #madewithRiverbend, perhaps from your state brewers guild’s competition, a state fair, or otherwise? We’d love to hear all about it. Submit your beers here to be featured.