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 and 8.30pm


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)


IMBC 2013 – A short round up

IMBC 2013 is now well and truly over, we have just about recovered and are already looking forward to next year. We would like to thank each one of you personally for purchasing a ticket to this year’s festival and supporting our super cool beer festival, we hope your enjoyed it as much as we did.

Four out of five sessions completely sold out and well over 3,000 people came through the doors of the wondrous Victoria Baths, we hope you all had a pleasant experience.

As always we are looking to develop our ideas and are interested in people’s thoughts about IMBC, especially yours! There may have been a couple of tiny hiccups, no one is perfect. We would like to look into how we can make things even better for your IMBC experience. So please email info@indymanbeercon.co.uk with your comments.

We are also offering a donation scheme to help Victoria Baths with their ongoing regeneration project, you can send any unwanted tokens to : Victoria Baths Donation Scheme, Port Street Beer House, Manchester M1 2EQ OR drop them in person to Port Street Beer House.

Special thanks one again to everyone involved with IMBC 2013, especially all the Victoria Baths staff, brewers, volunteers, supervisors, musicians, food traders and most importantly you for supporting our festival.

See you all soon - TEAM IMBC


Photos from across the weekend by Sebastian Matthes, Gary Brown, Jamie Alun Price and Sam Huddleston.

Plenty more photos can be viewed on our facebook page


IMBC merchandise

We have some amazing merchandise designed by the ever so talented Steve Hockett.

You can purchase these during the festival* they are available in small, medium, large and extra large – all priced at £15.


* If we have any t-shirts left we may sell them online or at Port Street Beer House.


IMBC on the road: Copenhagen Beer Celebration

With the tickets purchased back in early November 2012, it didn’t seem possible that six months had gone by so quickly, because the anticipation for CBC had been huge from the minute tickets went on sale. In the intervening months, looking at the brewery announcements, excitement grew steadily.

Finally, on Friday, 3 May, 2013, beer aficionados from all over the world gathered at Sparta Hallen in Copenhagen to have their taste buds dazzled. Wristbands secured after a short queue, and it was into the breach!

It seemed only fitting to start the day with a Doubleblueberryspontanale from the lovely hosts, Mikkeller. From a fruit stout with made with the indigenous Brasilian fruit atemoia, to a cachaça barrel aged barley wine, Way Beer from Brasil were quite the discovery. The number of sours, saisons, and barrel-aged beers was astounding, and the small measures proved to be the key in keeping up with all the high ABV beers. A variety of food stalls rounded out the hall, with risotto, cheese to compliment the beery flavours, chili, hot dogs, and fish cakes with traditional Danish ‘rugbrød’ to help mop up the beer. Finally, the excellent Coffee Collective were on hand to offer caffeinated support.

Another beery highlight was Firestone Walker’s Sixteenth anniversary beer. Blended with eight different Firestone Walker beers, then barrel aged, this imperial stout was immense, with rich vanilla and chocolate notes, and a definite sipping beer.

With beers from Stillwater Artisanal, Westbrook, Amagher Bryghus, ToØl, Jester King, Boxing Cat, Mountain Goat, Three Floyds… and many more, it was difficult not to become giddier than a child in a sweet shop.

Apart from just working one’s way through the bars, there were seminars to attend. Friday’s ‘Session IPA’ seminar, featuring brewers from Kuhnhenn, Founders, Firestone Walker, and Cigar City, turned out to mostly focus on ‘regular’ IPAs, different hopping rates, and each brewery’s IPA recipe evolution.

Saturday’s afternoon sour yeast seminar with Troels Prahl of White Labs and Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave proved challenging after hitting the Saturday early session, but tasting what the White Labs testing lab produces, not to mention Crooked Stave, was too great an opportunity to pass up. For home brewers and professional brewers, this was surely a most interesting and inspiring seminar. Undoubtedly, there is lots more room for sour and barrel-aged beers produced both in the UK and elsewhere — at least one hopes there will be more readily available soon!

After a full day of supping, the intrepid continued on to the wonderful Mikkeller Bar and the latest addition to the Mikkeller family, the astounding (40 taps, oodles of bottles, spoiled for choice doesn’t even come close) Mikkeller and Friends.

Highlighting all that is innovative, exciting, and experimental in brewing today, CBC pushed the boundaries of palates in the most relaxing and enjoyable way. Thanks to everyone involved for making it happen! Beer education par excellence.

Words and photos by Claudia Asch


IMBC 2012 and beyond!

As it comes towards the end of the year we are looking forward to IMBC returning in 2013, we have been busy compiling our wish list of brewers for next year and will be announcing session times in the next week or two. The dates for 2013 are Thursday 10th through to Sunday 13th October.


In the meantime here are some lovely quotes about IMBC 2012 that we missed a few months ago :

Beer From The Cellar : “quite frankly an extraordinarily special festival of beer”


Tandleman : “I liked it by and large”


BeersManchester : “I attended the Convention both as a customer and as a volunteer and enjoyed both, hugely!”