Indy Man Beer City – IMBC 23 Fringe

What’s a festival without some fringe events, eh? In time honoured fashion, we’re proud to announce our the beer events around IMBC that will be taking place across the city over the course of next weekend.

These are independent of the festival, but are run in it’s spirit by people, places, bars, and breweries with a connection to Indy Man – and as such, this may not be a complete list. If you’re running an event and you can’t see it here, fill out this form here and we’ll get it added as soon as possible.

All Fringe event details also be available on our IMBC app all weekend long, Download it here for iOS, and here for Android.

Here you go – in no particular order, here are the Indy Man Beer City aka IMBC Fringe events you’ll be able to enjoy next week. No IMBC ticket needed (though the events themselves may be ticketed separately), but you can get one of the final tickets for the full festival by clicking here.

Plus, IMBC ticket holders get 25% off from Thursday to Sunday at our sponsor Nell’s sites – simply show your ticket at the bar, or present a flyer, and you’ll get a quarter off any big ‘za. Jackpot!

25% off pizza at all Nell’s sites
Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th
The Beagle, Common, Kampus

A quarter off all whole pizzas – well baked, well sauced, well good. They’re all about big ‘za and neighbourhood bars. That’s New York pizza (think thin crust you can pick up and fold, served in massive 14″ and 22″ formats) along with our signature ice cream sandwiches, served with craft beer, wine, and cocktails.

Bundobust 20% off
Thursday to Sunday
Bundobust Manchester sites
20% off all food and drink Thursday-Sunday for IMBC ticket holders (excludes combos and any other offers) both Manchester sites

Siren Tap Takeover w/ meet the brewer
Wednesday 4th
Sureshot Brewery
Siren takeover Sureshot’s taproom on IMBC eve – beer list to follow

About Siren:
Siren Craft Brew was born in 2013 with a simple idea in mind: to introduce exciting, full-flavoured and forward-thinking beers to as many people as possible.

There are now six Sirens of Siren Craft Brew. These Sirens characterise our flagship beers. They’re adventurous but drinkable, designed to be accessible to those lured into craft beer, yet flavourful enough for those seasoned beer fans to return to time and time again.

UK Mixed Fermentation Showcase
Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th
Balance Brewing & Blending

Balance are hosting a UK mixed ferm showcase Thurs 5th – Saturday 7th, with beers from Burning Sky, Kernel and Crossover

De La Senne Tap Takeover & tasting
Port Street Beer House
Friday 6th, 2pm

De La Senne head to Port Street to pour some of their best, tickets are £25 per person – along with a whole TAP TAKEOVER TOO, my word.

About Brasserie De La Senne:
The Brasserie de la Senne was born from a meeting in May 2002 between Yvan De Baets and Bernard Leboucq, during the second edition of the Zinneke parade in Brussels, for which Bernard had created, as an amateur, the now famous Zinnebir.

They began their career as professional brewers at the end of 2003, by building a microbrewery in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, in the former Moriau brewery depot. They opted for the name “Sint-Pieter Brouwerij”. After two years of activity, with success, the premises became too cramped. They then decided to move and make their dream come true: settling in their city, Brussels. To mark the occasion, they gave their brewery the name of the river thanks to which the city was born, more than a thousand years ago: Brasserie de la Senne.

It took them five years before they could actually settle in the Capital. In the meantime, in order to continue production, they rented various breweries belonging to friends, where they brewed their beers themselves. These bohemian years culminated on December 22, 2010, the date of their first 100% Brussels brew!

Harvey’s & Ideal Day Showcase
Thursday 5th, 2pm – Sunday 8th, 11pm
The Smithfield Market Tavern

A showcase of cask beers from Harvey’s, one of the UK’s oldest breweries, & keg from Ideal Day, one of the newest. While over 200 years apart in age, these breweries share a lot in common, from a focus on high-quality local ingredients, to sustainable methods, & unique expressions of yeast in their beers.

Chapter Brewing Tap Takeover
Thursday 5th from 4pm
Piccadilly Tap

Chapter Brewing Tap Takeover Thursday 5th from 4pm Chapter Brewing is smashing its way through the canon of craft, creating beers inspired by the innovation and playfulness of the written word. At the brewery we dive into experimental works as well as having well-thumbed and ever-present favourites in our Library. They’re taking over Piccadilly Tap for IMBC

Thornbridge Spotlight
Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th
Bundobust Piccadilly

Bundobust and Thornbridge are launching their 5th cask collaboration – a delish session-able hazy pale. First pour at the festival and Piccadilly site from Thursday 5pm, with merch giveaways and some extra Thornbridge kegs to get into.

BEAK Tap Takeover
Thursday 5th and Friday 6th
Cafe Beermoth

Beak will be taking over Cafe Beermoth from Thursday, pouring some of their freshest and finest in the centre of town –

About BEAK – We are a small independent brewery and taproom in the historic brewing town of Lewes. We love making everything from hop-forward IPAs and best bitters to saisons and imperial stouts. We also have a mixed fermentation project centered around a 5,000 litre oak foudre, which we use to create beers that showcase ingredients from the surrounding South Downs National Park, including native hops, wild yeast strains and grain grown just down the road.

Cardinal Rules food pop-up trader
Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th
Cloudwater Brewery

The seeds for Cardinal Rule were planted in 2018 when we visited Manchester and loved everything it had to offer, but we missed a quintessential piece of home — the biscuit.

Where we’re from, a fluffy, buttery biscuit is the heart of the southern American breakfast table. No breakfast is complete without it, whether you’re piling on jam, topping it with gravy, or loading it up with bacon and eggs for a stick-to-your-ribs satisfying meal.

We’ve taken the time to perfect our biscuit with the help of our friends in Virginia and Texas and we can’t wait to share our joy, butter, and love with you!

Lefthanded Giant Tap Takeover
Thursday 5th til Sunday 8th
Vocation & Co Manchester

Left Handed Giant, a Bristol-based brewery, began in 2014 when Rich Poole shared his beer with Bruce Gray and Jack Granger at Small Bar. They evolved from a 200L kit into a thriving brewery with two sites, producing 4000 hL of beer annually, primarily available at their Finzels Reach Brewpub and St Philips Tap Room. Their unique identity stems from community ownership, and they’re working towards an employee buy-out, making them one of the UK’s few employee-owned breweries. Independence and creativity are central to their ethos, ensuring a lasting legacy for their brand. Vocation & Co Manchester

Neon Raptor Tap Takeover + Rare Fierce Beers
Thursday 5th October
Fierce Bar Manchester

Neon Raptor Tap Takeover (7 lines) & Pre-Release and old and rare Fierce beers

Verdant Tap Takeover w/ meet the brewer
Thursday 5th
Verdant head to Sureshot’s taproom for a Thursday night takeover.
Sureshot Taproom

About Verdant:
Adam and James were homebrewers who loved hop-forward beers. They weren’t easy to find locally so in 2014 they started Verdant to make their own. Rich joined in 2016. With a little help from other craft brewers and friends, out poured juicy, hoppy, unfiltered hazy Pales, IPAs and DIPAs, and the brewery thrived thanks to like-minded drinkers everywhere. Being independent enables Verdant to stay ethical, sustainable, and keep pushing the boundaries of taste and quality.” Sureshot Taproom
Sureshot DIPA Launch Friday 6th DIPA launch from the dons at Sureshot, taking place at Sureshot’s taproom.

Sureshot Double Dipped Chip DIPA launch
Friday 6th
Sureshot Brewery

Timmy : What are you doing?

Sureshot : Excuse me?

Timmy : Did you just double-dip that IPA?

Sureshot : What?

Timmy : You double-dipped the IPA!

Sureshot : So?

Timmy : That’s like doubling the strength of a normal IPA! Look, when you make an IPA, just do one dip and END IT!

First pour of Sureshot’s latest DIPA, starring Superdelic, Mosaic, Nelson, & Citra, and a smooth 8%. Giddy up.

Kirkstall Brewery Tasting
Friday 6th, 7.30pm
The Beagle, Chorlton
Kirkstall head to Chorlton to let South Manchester sample their supreme ales.

About Kirkstall:
At Kirkstall we continue a legacy of brewing left by the Cistercian monks of Kirkstall Abbey and the Kirkstall Brewery Company of 1833-1983. Our own beginnings as Vertical Drinks, importing the likes of Sierra Nevada, Odell and Stone since 2003, allowed us to learn from the masters before starting our own brewery in 2011.

Abyss Brewing Takeover
Friday 6th October from 4pm
Station Hop Levenshulme

Eight beers pouring from Lewes finest with a good selection of cans.

ABYSS, a progressive microbrewery, originated in the cellar of The Pelham Arms, Lewes, in 2016. Crafting a range from dark to light, they create modern beers bursting with personality. In 2020, they triumphed in the BREW LDN Accelerator Competition, besting 19 other emerging breweries. Later that year, a successful Crowdfunder paved the way for the ABYSS Brewery + Tap on the opposite side of Lewes, debuting in October 2021. Their belief in beer’s unifying power fuels their dedication to collaboration, both in brewing and with the local creative community and charities. ABYSS boasts an impressive list of collaborations with breweries like Burning Sky, Partizan Brewing, Rivington Brewing Co, and more, while also hosting captivating monthly events such as ABYSS EQUINOX and ABYSS Kayak Club.

Verdant TTO
Friday 6th October
Bundobust Brewery, Oxford Road

Bundobust Brewery is hosting a lineup of Verdant Brewery’s finest keg and cask all weekend.

Cloudwater Brewery Tour & Tasting
Saturday 7th 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Sunday 8th 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Cloudwater Brewery

Come and join us in the heart of our brewery for an introduction into our work & ethos, a tour of our brewery, and a tutored tasting.

What’s Included?

  • 4 pours of our freshest beer.
  • A tour of our brewery.
  • A tutored tasting.
  • The opportunity for Q&A.

Little Sri Lankan Supper Club & Beer Pairing
Saturday 7th October
Cloudwater Brewery


Egg Roll, Archies Chilli Sauce
Potato Roll, Archies Chilli Sauce (Vegan Option)
Pork Curry, Samba Rice , Parippu, Fennel & Beetroot Salad, Kale Mallung
Squash, Mustard & Coconut Curry, Parippu, Samba Rice, Fennel & Beetroot Salad, Kale Mallung (Vegan Option)
Chocolate Biscuit Pudding, Cocoa Nib Tuille
(Vegan Option Available)

Cloudwater Camera Club
Sunday 8th October 12-4 pm
Cloudwater Brewery

Cloudwater Camera Club: open to all ages, all levels of experience from amateurs to professionals, and to anyone who enjoys taking photographs on their camera or phone.

Join us at the Cloudwater Unit 9 Taproom at 12pm on Sunday the 8th of October, to register to take part, and we will present you with the theme for the day. Your challenge is then to get out and about in Manchester and to take photos within the constraints of the theme. You can interpret the theme in any way you like but try to be original and creative. It sounds easy but is actually quite challenging – in a good way!

Come and meet other creatives, give yourself a challenge, and stretch your creativity. When you have completed the challenge, return to the taproom before 4pm with your best photo selected, and ready to submit. You can use a phone or camera to take your photos – the choice is yours.

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