In April 2018, Riip hired Ian McCall as the newest head brewer and to run day to day operations. That year at the Great American Beer Festival, Riip was awarded its second medal, silver for Black the Riipper black IPA. Before the end of the year Riip expanded again by dropping two more fermenters and hiring Danny Priddy as an assistant brewer. The Riip team was quickly growing and the accolades were just starting to roll in.
- GABF Silver Medal – Black the Riipper – Black IPA
- SDIBC Gold Medal – Dan K – American IPA