With less than three weeks to go, the line-up of beers, food and events has taken shape for the Independent Manchester Beer Convention or Indy Man Beer Con for short which is taking place at Victoria Baths, and it’s shaping up to be something special.
The full cask brewery list has been announced and will feature the likes of Manchester’s own Marble and Quantum as well as some treats from afar including Brodies Beers from London and Cantillon from Belguim. There will also be a variety of kegs on show supplying quality ales, hosted by the brewers themselves. So if you’ve ever wondered why Brewdog favour heavy USA-style hopping or where Thornbridge got the inspiration for their Imperial Russian Stout then you can take this chance to ask them! (Full list of casks and kegs at the bottom of this piece)
As well as beer, there will also be plenty of tasty foodie treats on offer, pop-up style. The Great North Pie Company will be there and presenting a special cold cutting pork pie, which has been created especially for the event (meaning it would be rude not to try it!). Of course if for some reason you need a break from beer, or just a little sharpener then you can rely on the coffee guru’s from North Tea Power who are providing caffeine sustenance, pulling shots of their very own Deerhunter Espresso Blend on a traditional two group lever machine, and making some very special brewed-by-hand filters with our friend and UKBC 2012 Finalist Dale Harris of Has Bean Coffee Roasters.
Also on offer will be one of the hottest pop-ups around, Dirty Dogs, who will be dishing out hot dogs covered in their unique collection of filthy toppings. And if you fancy something a little more exotic then South Indian restaurant, Sindoor, will be providing top quality food which packs a punch.
For those with a more refined palate there’s the five-course beer and food paired meal with beers selected by Port Street Beer House and food by the fantastic Aumbry (a real treat!) – Limited ‘Max’ tickets remain and the menu looks pretty special, so get in there quick!
Welsh Rock Oyster
Shallots & vinegar
Home Smoked Mackerel
Poached rhubarb & mustard cream
Cumbrian Wood Pigeon
Braised chicory, grilled grelot & barley grass
Barrel Aged Sour
Celery granita & sherbet
Hazelnut & rosemary chocolates, apple toffee pastilles
Barrel Aged Barley Wine
Other events include a special ‘Meet The Brewer’ session with Kjetil Jikiun (Nogne 0), tasting events from Summer Wine and Red Willow, a talk on craft beer entitled ‘What the HELL is craft beer?’ will be held and feature some craft-beer aficionados such as James Watt, one half of the Brewdog brainwave, and Zak Avery, the beer boy and former UK Beer Writer of the Year. The famous ‘Ping Pong Club’ will be taking over some of the rooms and bringing their ping ponging equipment with them so you will be able to have a few games of ping pong as well as live music by Former Bullies.
As ever with these events, there will be a variety of impromptu little tastings at keg stalls, as the brewers will no doubt be looking to please customers and encourage them to make the most of their tastings.
Tickets are priced at £6 for the IMBC lite session (12pm – 4.30pm), £9 for the IMBC later session (5.30pm – 11.30pm) or £45 for the IMBC Max session (5.30pm – 11.30pm) which includes a meal with Aumbry paired with beers from Port Street Beer House. Tickets are available online: http://indymanbeercon.eventbrite.co.uk/
Full cask list: Beavertown, Black Jack, Brodies, Burscough, Buxton, Camden, Cantillon, Darkstar, First Chop, Gadds, Hackney, Hardknott, Harviestoun, Hawkshead, Ilkley, Kirkstall, Liverpool Craft, Magic Rock, Mallinsons, Marble, Quantum, Red Willow, Redemption, Sierra Nevada and Tyne Bank.
Full keg list: Brewdog, Thornbridge, Magic Rock, Tempest, Hardknott, Lovibonds, Summer Wine Brewery, Camden Town Brewery, Ilkley Brewery with more beers selected by James Clay and Portable Street Beer House.