IMBC 2012 – a short film

2012 was so much fun! We decided to document it all in a lovely video made by our good friends Asta Films – it features interviews with the brewers, punters and we hope it gives you a great picture of what to expect this year!

Here’s to 2013 – see you back at Victoria Baths for plenty more beer!



IMBC 2012 – Retrospective


Well that was IMBC 2012, we had plenty of fun hosting an amazing event, we hope you did too? It took a while to ‘come down’ from such a great couple of days! Judging by the ever flowing twitter feed it made us glow with all the lovely comments. Thanks everyone!

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Getting hot and steamy with Brewdog in the Turkish Baths

We are proud to announce Brewdog will be hosting their own room in the Turkish Baths area, here a few words direct from the dogs mouth!

“Everyone at Brewdog is very excited about the upcoming IMBC. We think it’s going to be the most interesting beer festival outside of London to date, if not in the UK. With dedicated rooms for keg and cask showcasing the best of UK breweries, world beers AND amazing food taking inspiration from around the world, you can expect a lot more than the usual warm pint and standard issue burger. Plus! Brewdog have their own ‘Turkish Baths’ to turn into a craft beer emporium, so of course we’ll be bringing down the most special and limited release Brewdog beers that we can find!

We’re also really looking forward to getting involved with the seminars and debates with head honcho James Watt making an appearance some where along the line, plus we’ll be hosting timed tasting slots throughout the weekend.

The IMBC is a refreshing and much needed change to the formulaic UK beer festival concept and we salute the guys from Port Street for organising it!”

Thornbridge and Brodies complete our keg room line up!


In their own words:

“The classiest brewery in the UK” is how Pete Brown  – top beer writer and all round good fellow  – described us and we’re unlikely to argue with that. Our first beers were brewed in February 2005 in a 10 barrel brewery, housed in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall, Ashford-in-the-Water near Bakewell, Derbyshire.  Based on the innovation, passion and knowledge of the band of brewers who have worked at Thornbridge we have amassed over 200 industry and consumer awards in regional, national and international competitions – so we’ve made a good start.

In September 2009 we opened a new state of the art 30 barrel brewery at Bakewell  with the aim of continuing to brew high quality cask, keg and bottled beers and develop new ones through innovation in process and use of ingredients.  Our original Hall Brewery continues to operate in developing new, seasonal and speciality beers.

Obviously we are delighted to be involved in the 1st Indy Man Fest as all festivals have been a great way to showcase our beers and the awards won at these have been significant to our growth. The Port St guys share our passion for all things beer and so we know the Fest will be very, very good. What more can anyone ask…”

Indeed, what more can we ask for?! We can’t wait to see what Thornbridge bring to IMBC!



Brodies was started in 2008 by brother and sister Jamie and Lizzie Brodie, who restored an abandoned brew kit in East London and then started brewing on the five barrel kit, using home brew recipes first brewed in Jamie’s bath. Initially, they supplied their brewery tap, the King William IV in Leyton, which is next to the brewery, and eventually, two other pubs in London, The Old Coffee House and The Cross Keys, as well as many other fine establishments in London and further afield.

The King William IV also features guest rooms—in case you’ve tasted just little too much. Four years on, Brodie’s have produced more than a hundred different beers and can frequently be found far beyond the confines of the capital, including Manchester. Hosting various festivals, including the Bunny Basher at Easter, has become a staple, as well as anniversary events. Brodie’s also keep the price of a pint down to a ver low price, though their strongest offerings aren’t sold as pints.

We’re very curious to see what Brodie’s have planned for IMBC!