2014 Music and food traders announced

There is more to life than beer?!? Shock, horror some may say! We are quite proud at IMBC to have an extensive family of food lovers, music buffs, top notch DJs and generally lovely people.

With pleasure we have announced the following food traders for this year’s festival : Almost Famous, Chaat Cart, Diamond Dogs, Margo and Rita, Great North Pie Co and Honest Crust you can read LOADS more here.

To accompany all the lovely food and drink you will be needing the perfect soundtrack, fear not, for we have teamed up with two Manchester stalwarts to help us curate the music. Thursday to Saturday will be orchestrated by Hey! Manchester, playing for them will be The Part Time Heliocentric Cosmo Drama After School Club, Haiku Salut, Thugs On Wolves, Brown Brogues and PLANK!

Sunday music selections are supplied by Aficionado, we are over the moon to have these guys on board for a bit of a live shindig across the sabbath. On stage will be J-Walk, Horsebeach and Nev Cottee, of course they will be accompanied by DJs Moonboots and Jason Boardman.

Read more about all the music happenings HERE.


Trade Session Alert: Friday DAY tickets available

In the trade or press? Want to meet up with others at IMBC to network and share exciting beers? Cover the event for a news organisation?

Do get in touch, because the trade session for Independent Manchester Beer Convention will take place on Friday 10th October from 11am to 4:30pm. Trade and press tickets will be available free of charge to members of the press and drinks industry. Due to the capacity of Victoria Baths trade and press tickets are limited to a maximum of 2 per company.

Please email your full name and name of business to : – tickets will be sent to you via a secure link nearer the time.

We look forward to welcoming you to Victoria Baths!



Newsflash! NEW Breweries and Friday DAY session announced

We’ve hit the ground running this week, with the announcement of twelve breweries who will be pouring their beers at IMBC this year, and our first collaborations. Among them, there is a slew of newcomers, even Americans!

Here is the low down:

Newcomers are:

We’re also chuffed to have the following breweries return:

Fear not if you think that Saturday and Sunday’s sessions seem a bit sparse… there is much much more to come!

Due to the demand, we have also added a Friday DAY session for you good people. But don’t wait too long, tickets are available here.
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Real Cider Co. and Thistly Cross Cider team up for IMBC

We’re really excited that our cider offerings this year are going to be very exclusive indeed. Our good friends from Thistly Cross in Scotland and The Real Cider Co. in Yorkshire are teaming up to bring you the most varied and exciting ciders the UK and beyond have to offer, including the debut of some very special US cider! Some of us were lucky enough to get a preview of this special treat, and it’s truly unique.

What else can you expect? A changing selection each day, including some exclusive tastings, all the cider knowledge you could ask for, and who knows, the cider presses may not stop at that… Suffice it to say, if you love cider or if you just want to discover some of the best offerings around, it’ll be worth stopping at the cider bar!

We are delighted these two are joining us — there will definitely be a cider for everyone’s taste.



2014 Partners

At long last, we can share with you who will be at the helm of our lovely rooms at IMBC 2014:

Magic Rock, Summer Wine, and Thornbridge have supported IMBC from the early days, and needless to say, they have all grown in leaps and bounds since then. We are chuffed to have them as partners this year! Our newbie for 2014 is the mighty Beavertown. Rest assured that all partners will be bringing some special beery treats to the baths!

Watch our Twitter feed and this space for updates as preparations for IMBC ramp up!


Announcing : Beer Matched Meal with Jackie Kearney (Hungry Gecko)

We are proud to announce a special 4 course meal* with matched beers hosted by Jackie Kearney (Hungry Gecko)

Places are limited to 30 per sitting, the meal will take place in the Victoria Baths cafe :

Thursday 9th October / 7pm

Friday 10th October / 7pm and 8.30pm

Saturday 11th October / 7pm (SOLD OUT) and 8.30pm (SOLD OUT)


Tickets are £37.50 they include four courses with matched beers + entrance to the festival – purchase HERE

* Meal will last one hour

Jackie Kearney was a top 4 finalist in BBC One’s MasterChef 2011. She has been developing her experience and reputation through pop-up dining events, a vegetarian fine dining club and pursing her Asian street food venture in her iconic trailer, Barbarella. Her food passion lies with Asian street food and vegetarian dining, inspired by her extensive travels across Asia with her husband and twin children. You can read more about Jackie’s adventures with her family on her blog.

Jackie’s ambition is to raise the bar in vegetarian and street food dining. She aims to create food that is exciting, delicious and thought provoking


2014 – tickets NOW on sale


Dates for this year will be 9th – 12th October, tickets are now on sale HERE


IMBC 2014 Session times:

Thursday 9th October / 5.30pm – 11.30pm

Friday 10th October / 5.30pm – 11.30pm

Saturday 11th October / 11.00am – 4:30pm and 5.30pm – 11.30pm

Sunday 12th October / 1pm – 7pm


Ticket includes entry to the festival, commemorative glass, programme, all booking and credit card fees.


IMBC 2013 – press and blog reviews

2013 was pretty good for us, but don’t take our word for it, here are some kind reviews from those in attendance, thanks for your support.

Tickets for the 2014 festival will on sale on Tuesday 1st April, see you all in the baths.


“Independent Manchester Beer Convention seems to have rewritten the rules on what a British beer festival looks like” - Will Hawkes, Financial Times (Read more here)


“One of the most forward thinking beer festival seen in the UK. More akin to Copenhagen Beer Celebrations than your normal CAMRA get-together, the festival combined the most exciting beers from the UK, served by the brewers themselves, in an amazing venue.” - Josh Smith, Evening Brews (Read more here)


“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.” Jules Gray, Exposed Magazine (Read more here)


“If you love beer and/or historic architecture be sure to go at least once – if not every year.” Sophie Atherton, Beer Sommelier (Read more here)


“Held in the striking setting of the grade II listed Victoria Baths, the IMBC team managed to bring an element of alternative class, turning the Edwardian-era converted swimming pool into a bustling maze of interest” Leah Jade Connolly, Quays News (Read more here)


“The festival that has stepped forward from all the others, and drawn a line behind it.” The Beer Cast (Read more here)


“There was more beer, better beer than last year. More seating, erm, better seating than last year. Disabled access was better. I think you’re getting the picture. In summary, if you weren’t there, you missed a treat” Tysons Beer Blog (Read more here)


“Another terrifically organised event… Celebrations of beer are rarely this good, but, as far as I’m concerned, always should be.” Beer Compurgation (Read more here)


“It seemed unthinkable that Indy Man Beer Con would surpass the success of its inaugural outing but, somehow, it did exactly that. There can no longer be any ambiguity. It is simply the most significant event in the British beer calendar” Beer Battered (Read more here)


“IndyMan is the dream of craft beer made flesh… IndyMan has a special place in my heart. It is everything that is great about Britain rolled into one.” The Beer Boy (Read more here)


“The annual Indy Man Beer Con is a must for any beer enthusiasts.” Amy Brewster, Viva Lifestyle Magazine (Read more here)


“The Independent Manchester Beer Convention returned in 2013, taking what was already an outstanding festival to new heights when they really had very little room for improvement.” Graphed Beer (Read more here)