Seven Questions for… James Farran

Continuing with our short little interviews, over now to James Farran. James is undoubtedly one of the busiest brewers in the land, pushing production and quality at Summer Wine Brewery to the highest degree.

Where are you right now?

At the brewery, brewers aren’t allowed home, right?

Describe your brewery in just five words?

Relentless x 5

What does IMBC mean to you?

THE seminal beer event of the decade. Incredible Brewers. Incredible Beers. Incredible People. Incredible Surroundings.

If you had chance to make one beer before you died, what would it be?

A REALLY good Pilsner, one that becomes iconic & stands the test of time.

Best beer you had at a beer festival in the past six months, where and when?

Haven’t been to one in the last 6 months, they don’t let me out much.

On a scale of one to 10, how excited are you about IMBC 2014?

12! I get to go to a beer festival for the 1st time in 6 months! :D

Final question, have you ever swam in a Victorian Baths and what’s your preferred choice of swimwear?

Nope, but it would definitely be a gents bathing suit with orange, black & red stripes!

Thanks to James, we’re looking forward to seeing you in Victoria Baths!


Full brewery list for 2014 announced

Here is the line up in pretty much in it’s FULL glory, we have our events, pop up tasting sessions, beer lists and a few surprises to announce, but for now this is looking pretty BIG!

There are the last remaining tickets left for Thursday (Day), Friday (Day) and Sunday, but act quickly as there are about half the tickets left for each session.


Breweries : Against The Grain, Alechemy Brewing Co., Arbor, Beavertown, BlackJack Brewery, Brew By Numbers, BrewFist, Burning Sky, Buxton Brewery, Celt Experience, Cromarty Brewing Co., Evil Twin Brewing, First Chop, Hanging Bat Brewing Co, Harbour Brewing Co, Hawkshead, Hopcraft Brewing, Loverbeer, Mad Hatter Brewing Company, Magic Rock, Moor Beer Company, Northern Monk Brew Co., Quantum Brewing Co., Real Cider Co & Thistly Cross, Red Willow, Redchurch Brewery, Rooie Dop, Siren Craft Brew, Squawk Brewing Co, Stillwater Artisanal, Summer Wine Brewery, The Kernel, Thornbridge, Tiny Rebel, To Øl, Toccalmatto, Weird Beard Brew Co., Wildbeer Co., Wiper and True. Day by day breakdown is HERE


Food : Beer Matched Meal with Jackie Kearney (Hungry Gecko) MORE INFO HERE - there are just a few tickets left for the Thursday meal, you can purchase tickets HERE


Street food (every day) : Almost Famous, Diamond Dogs, Chaat Cart, Margo and Rita, Great North Pie Co., Honest Crust – MORE INFO HERE


Music : Thursday – Saturday curated by Hey! Manchester – The Part Time Heliocentric Cosmo Drama After School Club, Walk, Haiku Salut, Thugs On Wolves, Brown Brogues, PLANK! ///// Sunday curated by Aficionado – J-Walk, Horsebeach, Nev Cottee, DJs Moonboots and Jason Boardman - MORE INFO HERE


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 : trade@indymanbeercon.co.uk – 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.
Sign up to our newsletter, watch Twitter, and this space for more news and announcements!


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