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Indy Man Beer Con – Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th October 2018
Victoria Baths, Hathersage Rd, Manchester.

Independent Manchester Beer Convention (Indy Man Beer Con/IMBC) is a world class showcase for the best breweries from the UK and beyond. Taking over the stunning surrounds of the Grade II listed, architectural gem Victoria Baths for its 7th year from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th October 2018, IMBC brings together the most progressive, forward thinking breweries from across the UK, Europe and USA for a multisensory, headlong, hop- forward beer extravaganza.

Brewery list and further info coming soon.


“A joyous event held in the crumbling splendour of the Victoria Baths” – The Guardian

Indy Man Beer Con has rewritten the rules on what a British beer festival looks like.” – Financial Times

If you love beer and/or historic architecture be sure to go at least once – if not every year” – Sophie Atherton, Beer Sommelier

The most forward thinking beer festival seen in the UK, combining the most exciting beers from the UK, served by the brewers themselves, in an amazing venue.” – Evening Brews

Nothing like this has ever been done in the UK, a lot of UK festivals go for volume and not overall quality, whereas this is all about picking the best possible beers even though there is a smaller number of them. This is about intimacy, it’s about atmosphere and creating the right sort of vibe to enjoy the beer in.” – Summer Wine Brewery

A little background: Independent Manchester Beer Convention is brought to you by the team behind Common, Port Street Beer House & The Beagle. IMBC came about through being inspired by the UK’s craft beer movement and frustration that beer festivals in their current form weren’t really representative of this exciting and dynamic part of the industry. We wanted to put on an event that has amazing beer (obviously) but was open-minded, inclusive and modern.

www.indymanbeercon.co.uk / @indymanbeercon


Victoria Baths
Hathersage Road,
M13 0FE


Children are very welcome to attend IMBC before 7pm on any given session accompanied by a guardian. Dog-wise, guide dogs are welcome but the rest of our canine friends have to stay at home. Victoria Baths is an old building with lots of nooks and crannies. It will also most likely be a busy, noisy environment and we don’t want any dogs to get trodden on or scared. Same goes for kids so keep ’em close!



For IMBC 2018 we are teaming up with our long time friends at StayCity to offer you, our fellow beer drinkers a discount on accommodation at this years official IMBC aparthotel of choice, Stay City Piccadilly. Simply head to their website to book and quote STAYINDYCITY at the checkout to receive a special 10% discount.

Press and Trade

Trade tickets for those in the food / drink industry are available for the Friday 5th October 2018 day session (11am-4pm). Unfortunately all tickets for this years trade session are now SOLD OUT.

For all press inquiries please contact rivca(at)indymanbeercon(dot)co(dot)uk



Calling all beer lovers….We need your help! Head to our blog piece right here to find out more.


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For any other enquiries please contact : info(at)indymanbeercon(dot)co(dot)uk

Please note we are currently inundated with brewery requests to take part in this year’s event, we will be in touch if we would like to stock your beer.