TASTINGS! TASTINGS! TASTINGS!
Join us in the atrium of activity that is our beer warehouse at IMBC 19 as we lay on a selection of very special tastings. Reserve your places via the links below. Expect tastings to last around 20 – 30 minutes.
Please note that tasting tickets are only valid for ticket holders to that specific session. If you don’t have a ticket for the session, please do not purchase a tasting ticket.
THURSDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2019 @ 6.30pm
BURNING SKY: THEN AND NOW
Then and Now: Taste Burning Sky’s FIRST beer, Saison a la Provision, alongside their MOST RECENT beer, Coolship 2. The story behind the two will be regaled by Burning Sky head brewer, Mark Tranter.
Coolship No. 2
Continuing our journey of spontaneous fermentation, this release is a blend of aged beers from the 2016/17 and 2017/18 brewing seasons. We use a traditional turbid mash schedule, followed by an extended boil and wild inoculation overnight in our coolship before being transferred to barrels for a lengthy fermentation. Oaky, with a pleasing acidity, this beer is unique to our landscape.
This beer has a primary fermentation with saison yeast, then undergoes a secondary fermentation with a blend of Lactobacillus & Brettonamyces. The result is tart, crisp, slightly sour and incredibly refreshing.
THURSDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2019 @ 7.30pm
DEYA BLEND 1 TASTING
Deya crack out that rare rare with a bottle tasting of BLEND 1. Brewed in August 2018, this beer has spent 10 months in red wine barrels with different mixed cultures, bringing an acidity and Brettanomyces quality to the beer. This beer was then primed with elderflower syrup, made on site from locally foraged flowers.
THURSDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2019 @ 8.30pm
TRACK SONOMA AND BLUZON TASTING
Manchester heroes Track taste you through Sonoma (IN CANS!!!) and cans of Bluzon. Fans of local freshies ASSEMBLE!
FRIDAY DAY SESSION
FRIDAY 4th OCTOBER 2019 DAY SESSION @ 12.30pm
One of the most esteemed names in the saison biz invite you in for an intimate tasting of…BLANCHE (wit), DARK FOREST GHOST, TRIPLE GOURMET (strongest Fantôme so far!) and ROCK THE FARMHOUSE (Toccalmatto collab).
FRIDAY 4th OCTOBER 2019 DAY SESSION @ 1.30pm
NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL AN OVERWORKS TASTING
One of the most expansive sour and wild projects in the UK, Overworks, bring you a tasting of the 2019 Overworks x IMBC collaboration, JOYOUS EVENT, alongside bottle pours of Overworks’ HOCUS POCUS and GYRONAUGHT. Led by OW mainman, Richard Kilcullen.
FRIDAY 4th OCTOBER 2019 DAY SESSION @ 2.30pm
Arclight Brewing Company (Michigan) join us at Victoria Baths for the very first time. To celebrate we invite them into our warehouse to chat shop and split bottles of Soursmith Red Raspberry and Black Raspberry. Get excited for Arclight beers, they are phenomenal.
FRIDAY EVENING SESSION
FRIDAY 4th OCTOBER 2019 EVENING SESSION @ 6.30pm
CASCADE: THAT’S PEARPAWSTEROUS! TASTING
Cascade (Portland, Oregon) main man Big Mike pops bottles of KENTUCKY PEACH; a blend of sour wheat and quad ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to 16 months with more than 7,000 lbs of fresh Northwest-grown peaches. PEARPAWSTEROUS; Upland Brewing collab w/ Oregon-grown pears and Indiana-grown paw paws – layered over a base of sour wheat ale aged for up to 12 month sin oak barrels. SANG DU CHENE; sour strong blond and triple ales aged in three large format oak casks: foudres, puncheons and hogsheads.
FRIDAY 4th OCTOBER 2019 EVENING SESSION @ 7.30pm
DRY & BITTER TOWER OF SOUR TASTING
Dry and Bitter (Gørløse, Denmark) pop bottles from their new sour project.
FRIDAY 4th OCTOBER 2019 EVENING SESSION @ 8.30pm
OMNIPOLLO YOU GLAD I DIDN’T SAY BANANA TASTING
It’s that super rare from Stockholm space cadets, Omnipollo. Hand painted magnums of OMNIPOLLOSCOPE #1 will be cracked. Omnipolloscope #1 is a RASPBERRIED/BLUEBERRIED/BLACKBERRIED WOOD AGED SOUR JAM multi-blaster collab with American Solera, Brouwerij De Molen, Stillwater Artisanal, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Superstition Meadery, Side Project Brewing, Anchorage Brewing Company, and Prairie Artisan Ales. +++ AGAMEMNON MONSTER SHAKE. Cans will be split of Omnipollo’s 12% imperial stout with maple syrup, toasted almonds, bacon, coconut and vanilla. Caution! Contains actual nuts and real bacon.
SATURDAY DAY SESSION
SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER 2019 DAY SESSION @ 12.30pm
CREATURE COMFORTS: SO WILD, SO CLEAN TASTING
Creature Comforts (Athens, USA) have a deep archive of amazing beers both wild and clean. Chris Herron, CEO of Creature Comforts, brings you an expression of each as he pops bottles of LIFE IN FLUX – a 13% blended imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels, and ANICCA – a 7.5% oak aged saison collaboration with Cloudwater.
SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER 2019 DAY SESSION @ 1.30pm
BURNING SKY FOUR FRIENDS TASTING
Four friends found a united love for wild and mixed fermentation beer and cider. In April 2018 we embarked on a collaboration project that represented this. One brew of beer into our coolship for wild inoculation, with each brewery & cider maker having three barrels each to express their mixed fermentation culture. One barrel of each iteration was selected for a mono release to express the different yeast cultures, the rest for a blend unique to our project.
SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER 2019 DAY SESSION @ 2.30pm
WILD BEER: FRUITS OF OUR LABOUR TASTING
Brett Ellis, co-founder of the Wild Beer Co will be talking about and tasting their 2019 fruit harvest beers, Fruits Of Our Labour.
SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER 2019 DAY SESSION @ 3.10pm
MIKKELLER BAGHAVEN BONUS ROUND
Super rare opportunity to sample the fruits from Mikkeller’s sour project at Baghaven, Copenhagen. Big bottles will be cracked of: Violet Beverage, Granadilla Blend 1,
and Rubus of Rose Blend 2.
SATURDAY EVENING SESSION
SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER 2019 EVENING SESSION @ 6.30pm
TO ØL MR BROWN TASTING
A tasting of the big winner from To Ol’s expansive and brilliant Mr series, MR BROWN, a 9% imperial brown ale teeming with roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, hazelnuts, coffee and salted caramel.
SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER 2019 EVENING SESSION @ 7.30pm
FUERST WIACEK CAN PARTY
Berlin favourites, FUERST WIACEK, bring you fresh big fruity IPAs and fruity fruit led beers. Have a chat with the brewers and find out what its been like for Fuerst riding the juice wave in lager country. Taste Airhead, Cloud Theory, and Smooth Move.
SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER 2019 EVENING SESSION @ 8.30pm
A SWEET SWEET POHJALA TASTING
A special tasting of a sweet range of beers from one of the world’s most creative breweries, Estonia’s Pohjala. Here you will taste TORM (8% gose brewed with lingonberry, heather tips and honey), COCOBANGER (12.5% imperial stout brewed with coconut and Caturra coffee) and PIME Oo PX (13.9% Sherry barrel aged limited version of PIME Oo.)
SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER 2019 EVENING SESSION @ 9.10pm
MIKKELLER BAGHAVEN x SAN DIEGO TASTING
A very special tasting of Mikkeller’s much drooled over Baghaven and San Diego armoury. Biere des Champs Blend 2 (Chardonnay barrel fermented and citra dry hopped farmhouse pale) bottles from Mikkeller Baghaven AND
Mikkeller San Diego Traeblod BA: Imperial Stout brewed with Maple Syrup & Coffee Aged in Bourbon Barrels. Holy shit.
SUNDAY 6th OCTOBER 2019 @ 2pm
RARE BURNING SKY ASSEMBLAGE TASTING
Assemblage 1 is a blend from four exceptional barrels; one coolship beer from April 2017, then three barrels of Saison Provision aged for at least 18 months: one in a donated barrel from Bokker, one a barrel previously used for ageing lambic from Girardin and lastly a barrel used for fermenting our coolship wort. Each barrel exhibited unique characteristics, blended they created this complex and harmonious beer.
SUNDAY 6th OCTOBER 2019 @ 3pm
SAINT MARS OF THE DESERT: SAISON THING INTERESTING
Dann and Martha from hot new things, Saint Mars of the Desert, taste you through the seminal saison, JACK D’OR – the beer credited by many to kick off the saison explosion in the USA in 2008 (a beer first brewed by Dann and Martha’s then Boston brewery, Pretty Things). Following this SMOD will crack bottles of their 2019 IMBC collaboration, CRUMBLING SPLENDOUR, a koelship saison with Sorachi Ace and Belgian Goldings.
SUNDAY 6th OCTOBER 2019 @ 4pm
BIG MIKE CASCADE TASTING
Cascade (Portland, Oregon) main man Big Mike pops bottles of MANHATTAN; a sour quad and blond ale blend aged in bourbon barrels with sour pie cherries and apricot noyaux, a tribute to the Manhattan cocktail. PECHE FUME; Péche Fumé is a blend of wheat ales brewed with cherrywood smoked malt and aged in oak barrels for up to 14 months with Northwest-grown peaches. NOYAUX; a blend of sour blond ales aged in white wine barrels for up to 24 months with fresh raspberries and apricot noyaux.