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IMBC 16 Breweries

Huzzah! Below are the breweries that you’ll find at IMBC this year. We hope you agree it’s a delectable spread.

On the THURSDAY 6th and FRIDAY 7th October 2016 sessions you will find…

BEAVERTOWN (London)
CLOUDWATER (Manchester)
FOURPURE (London)
NORTHERN MONK (Leeds)
REDCHURCH (London)
SIREN CRAFT BREW (Wokingham)
WILD BEER CO (Bristol)

ALMASTY (Newcastle)
ARBOR (Bristol)
ATOM (Hull)
BOUNDARY (Belfast)
BRASS CASTLE (York)
BREWDOG (Aberdeen)
CHORLTON BREWING COMPANY (Manchester)
DRY & BITTER (Gørløse, Denmark)
HAWKSHEAD (Kendal)
JESTER KING (Texas, USA)
LERVIG (Stavenger, Norway)
LOST AND GROUNDED (Bristol)
MAD HATTER (Liverpool)
MAGIC ROCK (Huddersfield)
MARBLE (Manchester)
NORTH BREWING CO (Leeds)
QUANTUM (Stockport)
RUNAWAY (Manchester)
SIX DEGREES NORTH (Aberdeen)
SQUAWK (Manchester)
STONE BERLIN (Berlin, Germany)
TO ØL (Copenhagen, Denmark)
TRACK (Manchester)
VERDANT (Falmouth)
WARPIGS (Copenhagen, Denmark)
WYLAM (Newcastle)

The Thirsty Games Bar
FIVECLOUD (Leek)
MAREGADE (London)
WILDE CHILD (Leeds)

And on the SATURDAY 8th and SUNDAY 9th October sessions your IMBC 16 breweries will be…

BEAVERTOWN (London)
CLOUDWATER (Manchester)
FOURPURE (London)
NORTHERN MONK (Leeds)
REDCHURCH (London)
SIREN CRAFT BREW (Wokingham)
WILD BEER CO (Bristol)

AGAINST THE GRAIN (Louisville, USA)
BLACKJACK
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BREW BY NUMBERS (London)
BREWDOG (Aberdeen)
BRODIE’S (London)
BURNING SKY (Firle)
BUXTON (Buxton)
HAWKSHEAD (Staveley)
JESTER KING (Texas, USA)
KERNEL (London)
LEFT HANDED GIANT (Bristol)
LERVIG (Stavanger, Norway)
LINES (Caerphilly)
MAGIC ROCK (Huddersfield)
MONDO (London)
MOOR (Bristol)
PARTIZAN (London)
SIX DEGREES NORTH (Aberdeen)
SUMMER WINE (Holmfirth)
THE BEAK (Leeds)
THIRST CLASS (Stockport)
THORNBRIDGE (Bakewell)
TO ØL (Copenhagen, Denmark)
TORRSIDE (New Mills)
VOCATION (Hebden Bridge)
WARPIGS (Copenhagen, Denmark)
WEIRD BEARD (London)
WYLAM (Newcastle)
ZAPATO (Yorkshire)

The Thirsty Games Bar
FIVECLOUD (Leek)
MAREGADE (London)
WILDE CHILD (Leeds)

Tickets are still available for the Thursday 6th October and Sunday 9th October sessions HERE.

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Cider at IMBC 16

As always we like to flex our cider arm at IMBC. For IMBC 16 we’ve got a big apple line-up as ever. Cider drinkers take heed, here are the cider makers you’ll find at every session at IMBC.

HOGAN’S CIDER

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Inviting curious folk to taste proper cider. Fresh pressed traditional and experimental ciders from Alcester. Hogan’s have been barrel ageing, hopping, keeving and all sorts in recent times, turning out some fine off-kilter ciders on keg and cask. Excited to learn what they’re bringing to IMBC 16. Watch this space.

THE REAL CIDER COMPANY / PULP CRAFT CIDER

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The Real Cider Company, they of excellent cider curation, return to IMBC with a strong arm of cider brands as ever. This time however they are boasting their very own Pulp Craft Cider imprint. New out of the gates this year with an emphasis on fresh and real ciders, Pulp cite that it is true craft cider because their ciders are made from crushed whole apples with real fruit added. There is no apple concentrate involved nor are they using fruit flavours. As a result you can really taste the difference. It is as they say ‘all pulp and no fiction!’.

THISTLY CROSS

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Born out of a passion for making cider in the best possible way, combined with belief in the quality of Scottish produce, and asking ‘why not?’, came Thistly Cross Cider, Scotland’s award winning farmhouse ciders. Established as a collaboration between farmer, Ian Rennie, and artist-turned-cidermaker, Peter Stuart, in 2008, Thistly Cross has gained a reputation for making ciders that people rave about. We are pleased as cider punch to welcome them back to IMBC.

MOSS CIDER

THE MOSS CIDER PROJECT, MANCHESTER. FOUNDER DAN HASLER, 32, AND DIRECTOR JOE WEEKS, 40 , AT THE OLD SHIPPING CONTAINER IN MOSS SIDE WHERE THEY PRESS THE APPLES. PHOTO BY CLARE KENDALL.

The most excellently named Moss Cider, of Moss Side, Manchester, return to IMBC with all the cider and apple juice you’ll ever need. Moss Cider run an excellent community project where you give them apples and they turn said apples into cider. Like a West Country Jesus. Basically for free too! Highly endorsed, check them out at IMBC 16.

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TOKENS AT IMBC 16

Each year in the planning of Indy Man Beer Con we seek to evolve and shape the event. 2016 is our fifth year of IMBC and we’ve learned a lot and developed each year since our inception. The driving force being to make each year better than the last, for you, the IMBC goer. This year we have made an adjustment to our pricing system that we believe will benefit attendees at IMBC 16.

For the first time every beer at IMBC will be the same token price. One Indy Man Beer Coin for any beer at the festival. One token to rule them all.

For IMBC 16 we have been working on a token structure that breaks down boundaries, giving all beers at the festival a level playing field. This is in response to the way you, our customers, like to drink at IMBC. In our experience you like to try a bit of everything we have on offer: pale, strong, dark, sour, the lot, and we wanted to make this easier. If you have one token in your hand there will be no limitations on where you spend it. You can take that one token and cash it in at any of the 35+ breweries on any given session on any one of the 150+ beers on offer.

As with every year at IMBC, we will continue to use the third of a pint measure. In our minds, and we hope you agree, the third is the perfect serving for a modern beer festival. The third, along with the new singular pricing, is an encouragement to attendees to try different beers from different breweries and sample the sprawling array of styles and approaches on offer.

Tokens will also be used to purchase food, merchandise, soft drinks, and cider. Alternatively, you could choose to use your excess tokens to take away beer from the festival at either the WeCan canning stall where you can take away any beer available at the festival in a can or from the Beer Merchants takeaway stall.

Last year at IMBC 15, where one token equated to £1, prices ranged from one token to six tokens per third. Based on last year’s prices, the average beer cost would have been £2.34.

This year, based upon the average of our beer ordering for IMBC 16, we will sell 11 beer tokens for £25*. This translates to £2.27 per token; cheaper than the average cost of a beer at last year’s festival. All tokens are refundable from the token desks**, should you have leftovers at the end of your session.

We hope that you agree that the new single beer price makes for a more exciting than ever IMBC for beer drinkers. See you down the deep end!

If you have any queries or feedback then please contact us at info@indymanbeercon.co.uk

OLD TOKENS: Given that there is a new pricing structure this year, old tokens will not be transferrable.

*tokens will also be available to buy singularly at £2.50 each
**excess tokens will be refunded at £2.25
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IMBC U SOON: 22 days to go

IMBC U SOON: 22 days to go
Wednesday 14th September 2016 / 6pm-late
Port Street Beer House / free entry

Join us for the comprehensive unveiling party ahead of Indy Man Beer Con 2016 (6th-9th October, Victoria Baths) at Port Street Beer House. The IMBC 16 brewery list will be released in full featuring over 50 of the most progressive and forward-thinking national and international breweries. Find out first the food vendors, talks and tastings, live music and events that will make up your IMBC 16 experience.

Expect a Port Street bar teaming with keg and cask from IMBC 16 sponsors, Cloudwater, Beavertown, Redchurch, Fourpure, Northern Monk, Siren Craft Brew, and Wild Beer Co. Alongside this rich haul we’ll have pop-up tastings on the night from some very special breweries to be unveiled soon. Food will be provided on the night from Epicerie Ludo, get down early to scoop free limited bumper cheese platters from Chorlton’s finest. More details coming soon!

Join us and raise a glass to the forthcoming festivities. 22 days to go!

IMBC 16 tickets for Thursday 6th October (5.30pm-11.30pm) and Sunday 9th October (1pm-7pm) are still available at http://www.indymanbeercon.co.uk/tickets/

Trade tickets for Friday 7th October (11.30am-4.30pm) are available. Please email trade@indymanbeercon.co.uk

We seek VOLUNTEERS for IMBC 16. More here: http://www.indymanbeercon.co.uk/2016/08/imbc-16-volunteers/

Can’t make it to Port Street on the evening of the 14th September? Don’t despair! We’ll be unveiling all the info for IMBC 16 online right here too.

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IMBC 16 The Thirsty Games breweries

A few months back we made a call out to nano/cuckoo brewers (operating professionally on a sub 2bbl capacity) to submit their beers for a new initiative at IMBC 16, The Thirsty Games. The idea being to feature smaller breweries and represent their beers at IMBC alongside the modern greats in the brewing world. A good thing for the brewers and hopefully a good thing for you, the IMBC goer, in terms of sampling fresh beer from fresh breweries.

Of the entrants, of which there were many (and of a very good standard), we whittled down the breweries to a top three. The following three breweries will make up the first Thirsty Games at IMBC 16. We are asking the chosen Thirsty Games breweries to bring what they think are their best beers to IMBC.

At the festival you are encouraged to sample the Thirsty Games range and vote, via twitter or traditional ballot box, for your favourite brewery from The Thirsty Games bar. We’ll also be getting a little input from brewers at IMBC. The chosen one will be announced winner of The Thirsty Games 2016.

Here are your Thirsty Games breweries, find them pouring every session at IMBC on The Thirsty Games bar…

MAREGADE
Brewing out of Mare Street in the basement of The Old Cock, London.

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WILDE CHILD BREWING CO
Leeds based micro brewery specialising in the production of big, bold and hard hitting bottled and kegged beers that make you think about what you drink.

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FIVECLOUD BREW CO
A small 1BBL cuckoo brewery based in Leek, Staffordshire but brewing out of Torrside Brewing. Fivecloud focus on brewing seasonal, forward thinking beers in keg and cask.

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Aficionado at IMBC 16 / Sunday

We ain’t just beer at IMBC. Each year we look to provide some immaculate pairings to your immaculate tilting. This year we are delighted to welcome back Aficionado to steer the good ship Sunday 9th October with a delectable showcase. Here’s what they have lined up for you at IMBC 16. Hone in on the links to have a listen to what’s forthcoming…

Aficionado Recording’s Moonboots and Boardman once again host the legendary Sunday Session at IMBC this year and they follow up their previously memorable sessions with another specially curated line up.

 
James Holroyd requires no introduction for his long and distinguished career as a DJ, holding down a residency at Back to Basics for over 25 years and being the go to guy for support services for the esteemed Chemical Brothers.
 
He’s also been carefully honing his own production skills releasing a bevy of beautiful singles under his Begin moniker.
 
Popping his live cherry with a much loved Begin live performance at the Love International Sunrise Sessions in Tisno Croatia earlier this year we’ve managed to coerce him into a further performance exclusively for IMBC in support of his forthcoming album.     
 
Melbourne production wiz and friend of Nado Len Leise touches down in Manchester for his inaugural visit to the city, those familiar with his Landscape language single for Aficionado Recordings and his LP Lingua Franca for International Feel will enjoy a rare opportunity to get lost in his tribal ambience, joining him will be Disko Bizarro DJ partner Salvador. The pair are briefly in the EU to launch their new label-not-label General Purpose with fresh records due out on the imprint from each of them in the coming months.

Tickets for the Sunday 9th October 2016 (1pm-7pm) session are available HERE

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IMBC 16 Volunteers

VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR IMBC 16

We are now looking for our amazing volunteer team to help deliver IMBC this year. There’s only one way to get free beer…..get involved!

From beer pourers to event support, a whole range of volunteer roles are available.

You’ll work in the friendly, dynamic environment of IMBC and be valued as a core part of our event.

In return for your time, you will get:

1x ticket to a session of your choice

15x beer tokens

1x IMBC t-shirt

1x free meal at your volunteer session

A ruddy good time!

We ask that you:

Volunteer for at least 1x session.

Bring a positive, friendly attitude and be willing to muck in and help.

Leave the drinking for your free session.

We are also really interested in volunteers who would like to volunteer for more than one session. You will get a free session for each session that you volunteer, and a fistful more beer tokens. Please let us know if this is of interest.

If you would like to apply, please download and read the volunteer-application-information then submit the Volunteer Application Form.

Before you apply, please make sure you will be available to attend a volunteer briefing on the evening of either Sunday 25th September or Monday 26th September. If this is an issue, please make a note on your application form.


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IMBC 16 Sponsors Announced

Hear ye! Hear ye! Tickets are a-flying for this year’s Indy Man Beer Con. At record speeds no less! The Thursday and Sunday sessions are the only tickets still available. The most fabulous of bookend sessions – be there at the beginning, be there at the end. We’ve yet to announce the brewery list (asides our beautiful sponsors below) for IMBC 16 but the line-up will be significantly different on the Thursday and the Sunday. Snap up those remaining golden tickets HERE.

We are delighted to announce the room sponsors for this year’s festival. The following breweries will be the key holders and feature breweries of their respective spaces. The good news is that all of the following will be at IMBC for the duration, catch them at ALL of the sessions.

the Food Village / WILD BEER CO.

Commandeering our outside vista will be Somerset’s beacon of excellence, Wild Beer Co. Find them amidst the sights and (great) smells of our bustling Food Village. We recently blended a beer with Wild Beer for IMBC 16 and we can’t wait for you to try it. Always forward thinking, always wild.

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Room One / BEAVERTOWN BREWERY

Well, it wouldn’t be a party without Beavertown would it? As highlighted by Beavertown’s emphatic takeover of Room Three at last year’s IMBC. They gripped it and indeed ripped it making the space their own. We can’t wait to see what London’s Beavertown will be bringing up to Manchester for you.

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Room Two / CLOUDWATER BREW CO.

Shaking up a storm from Manchester and reverberating far beyond, Cloudwater will be the feature brewery of Room Two at IMBC 16 and we couldn’t be more excited. Last year was their first appearance at IMBC and, unbelievably, their first year on the UK craft beer scene. If their debut was anything to go by then expect rarities galore and that infectious Cloudwater verve for freshness, seasonality, and above all – great beers.

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Room Three / NORTHERN MONK BREW CO.

Legends of the Leeds table, Northern Monk, will be the centrepiece of Room Three at this year’s festival. We can’t wait to see what Northern Monk come up with – it’ll take something to top their atmospheric and monk-tastic enclave of IMBC 15. Northern Monk know how to work a space, as highlighted by their excellent Refectory – a must visit when you find yourself Leeds-way. Here’s to the North!

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the Green Room / FOURPURE BREWING CO.

London’s absolutely capital Fourpure join us at IMBC for the very first time, taking control of the Green Room. Fourpure have been putting out some excellent beers of late and are making great shakes on the UK scene. Taste their sprawling range at IMBC 16 and lay back in the Fourpure curated confines of the Green Room.

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the Pineapple Room / SIREN CRAFT BREW

Huzzah! Delirious to announce that the fantabulous Siren Craft Brew, the blinding light of Berkshire, will be the guardians of the Pineapple Room at IMBC 16. Not only that but Siren will be close at hand for every IMBC goer as Siren are our glass sponsor for this year’s festival. We can’t wait for the Siren Craft Brew to start flowing…may it never stop.

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the Turkish Baths / REDCHURCH BREWERY

Enamoured to enunciate that the wonderful Redchurch Brewery, they of London fame, will be the custodians of the Turkish Baths at IMBC 16. Be it their core range or experimental arm, Redchurch consistently delight. We can’t wait to see what they do with the place at IMBC this year. Roll out the Redchurch carpet!

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Thirsty yet? See you down the deep end…