Sierra Nevada, 3 Fonteinen & Fredriksdal join IMBC (plus full brewery list)

One week to go until we open our doors at Victoria Baths for IMBC 2022, and we’re pleased to announce some further additions to the fold.

As mentioned in our token price update, for this edition of Indy Man Beer Con we wanted to deliver a festival that is sustainable in every sense of the word. Part of this has been a pro-active decision to showcase the best in UK breweries to help limit the carbon footprint of the festival, and to ensure that we’re pouring exciting beers at a price that remains affordable and accessible for everyone who comes to a session over the course of next weekend.

For the breweries from further afield that we have chosen to work with, this has been a case of ensuring that they get to us with as little impact upon the environment as possible – and, on that note, we’re proud to announce the international two brewers (and one vintner, more on them later) who’ll be joining us across the course of Indy Man Beer 2022. One American, one European, both pioneers in the field who are still pushing the boundaries of what craft can be – welcome:


They need no introduction, but we’ll give them one anyway – launched in the 80s, becoming one of the founders of the craft beer movement, and they’ve continued shaking things up ever since out of their base in Chico, California, USA. Their Pale Ale has become a staple for many beer drinkers, and we’re proud to welcome them to IMBC 2022 having worked with them to ensure that all beers at the festival have not been refrigerated airfreighted to limit emissions, but have come via boat.

They’ll be pouring all IMBC long, with both keg and cask, and we’re able to announce some of what we’ll be pouring over the course of the four days: first, we’ve got three different vintages of their seminal BigFoot barleywine, with 2014, 2018, and 2020 editions all available on keg, as well as the 2021 vintage of their Narwhal imperial stout. In addition, we’ll also be pulling three versions of the iconic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, each dry-hopped with a different variety of hop: Cascade, Chinook, and Crystal, as well as some other little treats pouring across the weekend. We’ll also be welcoming Steve Grossman from the brewery on the Thursday night – we should hopefully have some more news on that shortly, too.


If we’re talking about OGs, it takes some to beat 3 Fonteinen – originally established in 1887 as a cafe and Gueze blender, they came into their own just before the turn of the millennium when they founded their own brewery. Since then, they’ve become world renowned as one of the finest producers of Gueze and Kriek, based just outside of Brussels in Beersel. Across the course of the festival, they’ll be pouring 60 bottles per session – so get there early to avoid disappointment. You’ll be able to sample their Season 21/22 Cuvee Armand & Gaston, their 21/22 Perzik Rood O’Henry Peach Lambic, 21/22 Pruim Belle De Louvain & Pruim Mirabelle Plum Lambics, and two blends of their 20/21  Zenne y Frontera Gueze.

In addition, we’re proud to be welcoming back beloved winemakers Frederiksdal to IMBC –
Denmark’s multi-award winning producers of cherry wine. Travel limitations mean that they’ll only be at Friday & Saturday sessions of the festival. Only using cherries grown on their own estate, Frederiksdal started almost by accident in 2016, and have become beloved of both craft beer drinkers and wine lovers – you’ll be able to find them in Room 1, and you can find out more about them at their website here.

They’ll be joining the following across the course of the IMBC

Every Session

Cloudwater, Manchester
Wild Beer, Pylle (Shepton Mallet)
Pomona Island, Manchester
Lakes Brew Co, Kendal
Deya, Cheltenham
Zapato, Huddersfield
Thornbridge, Bakewell
The Beak, Lewes
North Brewing Co, Leeds
Sureshot, Manchester
Blackjack, Manchester
Salt Beer Factory, Saltaire
Siren, Wokingham
Verdant, Penryn
Hogan’s, Alcester
Queer Brewing, Manchester
Kirkstall Brewery, Leeds
Duration, King’s Lynn
Squawk, Manchester
Lost and Grounded, Bristol
Manchester Union, Manchester
JW Lees, Manchester


Thursday / Friday 
Brass Castle, Malton
Chapter Brewing
, Runcorn
Exale, Walthamstow
Fell Brewery, Lake District
Fierce, Aberdeen
Floc., Canterbury
Full Circle, Newcastle
Holy Goat, Dundee
The Kernel, Bermondsey
Left Handed Giant, Bristol
Little Earth Project, Sudbury
Neptune, Liverpool
Simple Things Fermentations, Glasgow
St Mars of the Desert, Sheffield
Time and Tide, Deal
Track, Manchester
Brulo, Edinburgh

Saturday / Sunday
Balance Brewing & Blending, Manchester
Pastore, Cambridge
Yonder, Radstock
Double Barreled, Reading
RedWillow, Macclesfield
Unity, Southampton
Hackney Brewery, Hackney
Wild Card, Walthamstow
Glasshouse, Birmingham
Talking Tides, Redcar
Chain House, Preston
Anthology, Leeds
Runaway, Manchester
Ventile, Stockport
Rivington, Chorley
Triple Point, Sheffield
Mash Gang

Did we mention tickets? We’ve released our production holds for the festival (those are the tickets we reserve while we sort the layout of the festival), which means there’s a limited number now available for each session: they should go quick, so grab them while you can here.

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