Beer Festivals Just Got a Bit Special: Indy Man Beer Con (IMBC)
As a shout out to beer lovers over the peaks and a nudge to Sheffield beery folksters – the Independent Manchester Beer (& Stuff) Convention is well worth a visit. Kicking off on October 10th it’s the second year of the event and is organised by the team behind Northern Quarter beer hotspots – Port Street Beer House, Common Bar and The Beagle in Chorlton.
Only a short ride away from Manchester city centre the convention is housed in an outstanding Grade II listed Edwardian building – the Victoria Baths was once the former swimming pools for the area. The stained glass and glazed tiles have been slowly and lovingly restored providing a spectacular backdrop to the main event – abundant bars set up dispensing cask and keg beer to the thirsty crowds. Over 30 indie microbreweries are involved from those close to home such as Thornbridge and Magic Rock in Huddersfield to London jiggery pokery beer-magicians Beavertown and Toccalmatto, an Italian brewery big on the flavours. If you make the trip over try sampling their Imperial IPA Surfing Hop at 8.5% and as a night cap (or third pint measure) their Dudes barley wine at 12%. Think progression, experimentation and innovation at the heart of this four day beer celebration.
Refreshing to hear in addition to the tasty beer selection – there’s a hefty list of events and seminars where you can delve deeper into the workings of a micro brewer. Simply Hops merchant have teamed up with Liverpool’s newest husband and wife microbrewery Mad Hatter Brewing Co. to talk dry hopping. RedWillow’s owner and brewer Toby McKenzie will be running a tasting seminar to explore how time and quantity of hops effects perceived bitterness, flavour and aroma of the beer.
On the food front 2011’s Masterchef winner Tim Anderson curates beer and food focused meals on Friday and Saturday evenings served Teishoku style; a Japanese fixed meal that’s served in different dishes on one platter. Tim used to work at The Euston Tap before winning Masterchef and his knowledge will be put to good use as he’ll be pairing each dish with a different beer.
Keep your eyes peeled for the special beer convention collaborative brews from Manchester’s Marble Brewery, Stockport’s Quantum Brewing Co, Buxton and Knaresborough’s Rooster’s Brewing.
For tickets and more details on the events head over to their website / twitter.
See you on the other side of the peaks! Jules