Stone Q&A | IMBC 18

This year at IMBC we welcome Stone Brewing to the Pineapple Room at Victoria Baths as official IMBC 18 room sponsors. You’ll find Stone holding down their own room and pouring great beers all festival long. We spoke to Stone co-founder Greg Koch and the UK Stone team to find out what’s occurring…

Can you let us in on any teasers on what punters can expect from Stone at IMBC 18?

UK Team: A slice of Stone Brewing Berlin; a sanctuary to sit and relax with your friends and a beer chosen from an amazing selection from Berlin and the US, alongside music from local heroes who will be playing records for us Friday and Saturday night. You’ll have to wait for the festival to find out the rest!


Stone are one of the OGs of the craft beer scene as we know it. Yourselves (alongside Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Goose Island and Anchor) were some of the first great US beers I personally recall picking up regularly in the UK in the early 2000s. It’s great to see that in 2018 you are constantly pushing things forward, bringing out specials and keeping that core range stone cold solid. What upcoming Stone plans (beer-shaped or otherwise) are you particularly excited about?  

Greg Koch: Well I wouldn’t be in this business if something didn’t excite me every day and there’s a lot to be excited about at the moment. We launched our Stone UNIQCAN program this year in which we have a new packaged special release rotating every month. Our Berlin brewing team is exercising a lot of innovation and creativity in these releases and even after 22 years in the business, they’re really keeping me on my toes.

One of our first UNIQCAN releases this year was Stone Tangerine Express IPA, which is one of my very favorite Stone beers. Next year this beer will join our year-round lineup out of Berlin and I’m personally looking forward to sharing this awesome beer with more of our fans.

Lastly, we have a really cool band collaboration in its early stages in the US right now and next year we’ll be taking it to our fans in Europe. For now I’ll just say that 22 years ago when Steve Wagner and I were just starting out, we never in a million years would have imagined that we’d be partnering with a group this prolific… so we brought our A-game with the beer, it’s definitely something to look forward to.

How do you see the current beer landscape? It seems more bustling and positive than ever.

GK:It depends what region we’re talking about, but in general, I’d agree with you. Especially here in the UK, craft beer is on a really promising trajectory. This is exciting stuff!

Stone are seasoned beer pourers, and I daresay drinkers, at beer festivals all over the world. What for you makes a good beer festival?

GK: It’s safe to say I’ve been to a few beer festivals in my time! Independence is important to us. No matter how much time passes and how well Stone thrives in the face of challenges, I’m still fired up when it comes to the corporate consolidation of choice and the obfuscation of true independent, artisanal beers. So one of the most important elements of a festival for me is that the beers are curated from the artisanal world and that fans can rest assured that they’re experiencing the work of independent breweries.

Other than that, festivals are all about trying new things and getting to know others in the craft community so I like to be surprised! You can’t really go wrong with enough good beer and fellow beer nerds like us.


This is a Q&A exclusive, your main man Greg Koch has a GREAT sounding talk/tasting that festival goers can attend at IMBC 18. Can you give us a tiny peak behind the curtain on that because I think it’s going to be one of the events of the festival…

GK: I’ll definitely bring something special for us to enjoy together, no doubt about that. I can’t give much away here because I’m going to leave this one to those attending. I’ll take questions from the audience and try my best to give some meaningful answers!


Stone are a go to for the West Coast IPA style, hazy NE IPAs are perhaps more prevalent (if instagram is to be believed…) on the current beer scene. Do you find the demand for the former to be as rampant as ever? 

GK: There’s no denying an unbridled haze craze. And there are some really great hazy beers out there! Are they more prevalent than West Coast Style IPAs? I don’t think we’re there yet. We’re still finding consistent demand for West Coast Style IPAs.

Go on then, when are Stone Berlin making a lager? The inspiration must be relentless in Germany.

GK: It’s important to me that our fans, no matter what country they’re in, can experience the bold and hoppy IPAs that dominate our menu, but as you said, we’re inspired by what’s around us. We do have a few especially badass lagers in our future.


Beers! Can you let us in on any special brews that you’ll be bringing in October?

UK Team: We have a very special collab that we are launching at the festival, stay tuned to @StoneBrewingUK for more details… our sumputous winter seasonal Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout will be pouring along with some Berlin brewed specialities and we are air freighting some very special US delights to share with you including Stone Enjoy By IPA 31.10.18!


Thanks all! See you in the Stone zone at IMBC 18…

TICKETS! Buy your Thursday 4th October and Sunday 7th October tickets HERE. All other sessions SOLD OUT. 

Cloudwater Q&A | IMBC 18

Cloudwater are back at IMBC for their fourth appearance since first exploding onto the scene in 2015. This year Cloudwater are the room sponsors of Room 1 at Victoria Baths and you will find them pouring them freshies at every session of IMBC 18. We spoke to Cloudwater about upcoming plans for IMBC 18 and more besides…


Your new brewery tap is now open at Unit 9, huzzah! What can visitors to the tap expect now and over IMBC weekend? How does the new tap differ to the barrel store experience?

In Unit 9 we wanted to create a more comfortable space for our customers as well as a more permanent space that we as a brewery can take pride in. The Barrel Store was a great stop gap, but with Unit 9, we have a better environment for people coming in to see what we are all about, as well as to showcase great beer we are inspired by. We had our first tap takeover from Bagby Beer, coming all the way from Oceanside, California, which included freshly air-freighted beers and an evening in conversation with Jeff Bagby, who is a phenomenal figure in the Southern California beer industry and an absolute don of the West Coast IPA. 

Plus, Unit 9 has a fantastic dispense system installed by Yvan of Jolly Good Beer, with beer direct from our 3ºC cold store, maintaining temperature until it leaves the tap.

We’ve been in discussion with Linzi, our awesome Unit 9 tap room manager, as well as our new events crew in creating some IndyMan fun in the lead-up to and alongside the festival. We are still finalising these details, but expect some guest beers from friends of ours on the taps, collab brew launches, and some one-off brews alongside some single barrel releases from our Barrel Store and the launch of our new Autumn/Winter range of beers, which will also be integral in our IndyMan offering. 

Cloudwater have been holding down Room 2 at Victoria Baths the past two years at IMBC. This year Cloudwater are the sponsor of Room 1 INSIDE a pool. What are you hoping to bring to the space?

We are excited to be dispensing our beers through a direct-draw cold store, which will be a first at the festival. It might be a bit geeky but dispense is so important for presenting your beer in the best possible way, and we are really hoping to take it to another level.

Also, two words: Crispy Corner. (Ed: Lager heads, take heed)

What are the latest developments at Cloudwater HQ?

Aside from the recent opening of Unit 9, we are currently getting the staff and opening sorted for our London tap room at 73 Enid Street in Bermondsey. We are looking forward to joining the wonderful community in beer there, as well as other things food and drink related. We are looking to open not long after IndyMan. Hope you all like pink!

Additionally, we’ve just recently brewed our 500th beer, which will be a hefty little number inspired by parkin. For those of you who aren’t aware of the glory that is parkin, think ginger, treacle and sticky tasty cake vibes.

How was it sitting in on this year’s Thirsty Games qualifying tasting? The 2018 Thirsty Games brewery line-up is one of the best yet but there was stiff competition!

There were quite a lot of interesting entries for the Thirsty Games this year. We hosted this in our Barrel Store, and the competition was pretty close, particularly with how many breweries there were. Claudia and Connor both sat on the panel and tried a lot of beer. It’s hard work for some.


Cloudwater are no strangers to beer festivals. What for you makes a good beer festival experience?

The best beer festivals we’ve been a part of have been those that have a welcoming atmosphere. As breweries going to places near and far, it’s great to feel welcomed by the festival hosts as well as the attendees. We recently had a wonderful experience in the town of Hammerfest in the very north of Norway–within the Arctic Circle! The bar, Jernteppet, and its owners and staff really looked after all the breweries attending and were exceptionally kind, and that put us all in a great mood that was passed onto the attendees, which sort of fed back to us. It was a welcoming festival in a welcoming town, and we couldn’t have asked for much more! IndyMan has been amazing in that respect in showing Northern hospitality to attendees coming from all over.

We are really privileged to be involved in so many events with such positivity. Events surrounding beer should be positive, and ones that everyone should be able to enjoy! We shouldn’t miss out on the experience of meeting and connecting with people at festivals just to tick a few beers off a list. Beer festivals such as IndyMan don’t just bring great beer all in one place, but they also bring in a fabulous community of brewers, enthusiasts, industry folks and people just curious about what this whole beer thing is about and what DIPA stands for.

Also, if you don’t know what DIPA stands for, please come to the Cloudwater room, where we will likely have one on draft!

Any favourite memories from IMBC 17?

Big fans of the Blawd Doughnuts, particularly paired with impy stouts. Recommended food and beer pairing action right there. We also can’t forget the masses gathering around the huge wheel of cheese in the Wild Beer Co. tent, chanting “CHEESE CHEESE CHEESE CHEESE” then animalistacally grabbing fist-fulls, bare handed, eating it plain. Plus, the beer from our friends Forest & Main were sublime. It was great having them pour with us!

CHEERS!

Tickets for IMBC 18 are available for Thursday 4th October and Sunday 7th October sessions HERE

IMBC 18 Supporters

Alongside our room sponsors, we have gladly linked arms with the following to bring you IMBC 18.

MAGIC ROCK x BEER MERCHANTS
Glass sponsor

These two know a thing or two about good beer in glasses so we are excited to have Magic Rock and Beer Merchants on board as joint sponsors of the official IMBC 18 glass.



SIMPLY HOPS
Official Brewers Supporter

 

Simply Hops… Simply the highest quality hops and hop derived brewing aids around. Whole Hops, T90 Pellets and much more. Everything you need to make great beer! Simply Hops join us at IMBC 18 to look after the brewers with their signature brand of hop-forward hospitality.


KEGSTAR
Official Keg Supporter

 

Kegstar specialise in the rental of stainless steel kegs to the brewing community. Simplifying the keg value supply chain with the aid of technology, Kegstar offer a great service both to breweries and to venues – using apps and scanning, it has never been easier to arrange kegs for collection or for the delivery process. Read more about what Kegstar offer HERE and look out for Kegstar at IMBC 18.


THE BREWER’S EYE
Beer Mat, Wristband and Festival Supporter

 

The Brewer’s Eye is an all-new app that will be launching at this year’s festival. Geared towards both the drinker and the brewer, The Brewer’s Eye looks to be the must have beer accessory of 2018. We spoke to Peter from The Brewer’s Eye about what to expect from the app HERE.

TELCOM
Suppliers of WiFi

God gave rock and roll to you but Telcom gave the internet to us. Literally. Telcom are supplying the WiFi for IMBC 18 at Victoria Baths. Telcom are a Manchester-based internet provider. They can boost your WiFi potential no end. Check out their website for various case studies of what Telcom can do for you.

LALLEMAND
Thirsty Games Supporter
Lallemand return to back The Thirsty Games, our competition to find the best new brewing talent in the UK, for the third year  at IMBC 18 having supported The Thirsty Games since its inception. What Lallemand don’t know about yeast isn’t worth knowing. They specialise in the research, development and production of yeast, bacteria and related products and have been a mainstay of the brewing industry for decades.SIMPSONS MALT
Pencil Supporter 

The IMBC pencil is back, baby! And who better to support it than Simpsons Malt, family business and the preeminent name in malt – if you’ve ever been to a brewery, you’ll likely to have seen sacks of Simpsons Malt stacked up ready for the magic to happen. Learn more HERE.

AWESOME MERCH
Official T-shirt and Merch Supporter

Leeds powerhouses Awesome Merchandise have got your back for ALL possible merch needs. Watch out for our IMBC 18 t-shirts and merchandise that have been printed by Awesome Merch. Awesome Merchandise is one of the UK’s fastest growing print & merch companies. So far they’ve made more than 65 million items for 70,000 customers worldwide. They’re currently crowd funding to open up an Awesome Merchandise in the USA. Take a look at that HERE.

BEER ADVENTURES
Festival Supporter

 

After launching at Indy Man 2017, Manchester based global beer tourism app Beer Adventures is back to support this years festival. Since we last caught up they’ve expanded from 10 tours to 150 and from 10 cities to 85. You can now use their interactive city guides to explore the beer and food scene in 25 US cities, 40 cities across the UK and Europe and in places such as China, India and Russia.
Having recently seen the 10,000th global Beer Adventurer sign up to their app, they are ready to expand to even more cities and want you to be part of their next exciting chapter. In partnership with Crowdcube they are offering a limited amount of shares in their company with some pretty sweet shareholder benefits on offer. Shares start from £10 and are the perfect gift for any Beer Adventurer across the world!
Check out their investment page and tell your beer loving friends to get onboard in owning part of your own global beer tour company: http://adventureswithbeer.com/invest/

KEYKEG
Keg Management Supporter

 

KeyKeg offer lightweight one-way disposable kegs and have been a boon for the modern beer industry. KeyKeg will be at IMBC 18 to organise the recycling of their single use kegs.

 

Burning Sky Q&A | IMBC 18

This year at IMBC, Burning Sky sponsor Room 2 – the central space at Victoria Baths. This Burning Sky’s first year as room sponsor and this means you’ll find Burning Sky at the helm of Room 2 with a host of their beers pouring at each and every session. We spoke to head brewer Mark Tranter about their plans for IMBC 18 and Burning Sky goodness in general…
Hello Mark! We are very excited to have Burning Sky as the sponsor of Room 2 at IMBC 18. What are you looking forward to bringing to the space? And can you can give us any teasers on any special beers that you will be bringing? 
 
Obviously we are super excited to be sponsoring IMBC this year – it ties in nicely with our 5th Birthday celebrations. We will be bringing a snazzy bar with a nice café vibe for people to be able to relax in and around. We will be pouring some special beers, including our first coolship release, vertical tastings of Anniversaire, the only keg ever of a single barrel Blackberry aged Provision and the debut of a couple of brand new beers. Amongst other things…
 
You’re coming up to your 5th birthday (only 13 more years before you can drink your beer!) – congratulations. Time flies but also Burning Sky have put out so many great beers in that duration, it’s hard to think of a time that Burning Sky weren’t on the UK scene. You’ve got a birthday shindig at the Prince Albert in Brighton – what’s happening? 
 
I guess we started brewing just as the UK beer scene was really stepping up a notch – so in some ways it does seem like we’ve been around that bit longer than we have. For our Birthday, we are organising a small party/ beer festival at our favourite pub in Brighton, The Prince Albert. It’s a thank you to them and to everyone who has supported us over the years – so it’s a free event. Here there will be some extra bars in the pub, serving beer from some of the best UK brewers, friends and people that inspire us, the full details can be found here.

As you move into the second half of your first decade, what are your hopes and dreams for the future of Burning Sky?  
 
That’s a tough question! Time moves so fast – and nowhere faster than in this ‘craft’ beer world. I guess I just want us to continue down this path that we have started forging, being true to our ethos, whilst continuing to improve our beers through constant learning. Obviously, as we get older, our barrel library expands, which in turn allows us to release more things.
 
As you are so renowned for your saisons, blends and wilder ales, I think sometimes people forget that Burning Sky also produce some outstanding IPAs and pale ales. Do you ever feel that or are your pales (cask, keg, bottles) actually right up there in terms of actual real-life demand?
 
That’s kind of you to say! Obviously we are so proud that people like our saisons etc – we certainly do! I think that people who know about our pales and IPAs, love them for the same reason that we do they are full flavoured in terms of being hop forward but also balanced and really drinkable. We love pales that leave you wanting another, rather than them being a chore to get through. Are they up there? Well we never have any stock, so I guess they are!
Are there any particular styles you are focusing on expressing in the future? What’s left for Burning Sky! Tell us about your coolship…
 
We will continue in our way – I feel like there is so much variation and nuances in the beers we do, so it will be more exploration of these with our ‘house style’. With the coolship, we are releasing our first beer from this on the 5th anniversary of our first ever brew, 29th September. There will be a small National launch on that day with the beer pouring in Manchester for the first time at IMBC (bottles will be available at the Beer Merchants shop there too).
So now we are happy with the results we are seeing, we can step it up a gear in terms of production. This will be made easier insofar as we will be taking on another building next year, to house all our barrels. Big enough for us to really grow into.


Burning Sky resides in Firle – midway between Brighton and Eastbourne – how is the brewing scene down there? Any peers blazing a trail that we should watch out for? 
 
Historically, there hasn’t been much action in terms of modern style breweries but that is changing slowly with the likes of Gun Brewery (who have been going a couple of years now), some others are starting up, like ‘Good Things Brewing’, ‘Lost Pier’, ‘Lost and Found’ etc. Then obviously we have Harveys, who we all love and are finding new favour with modern beer aficionados.
 
What makes a good beer festival? 
 
Good people – obviously! Good beer – obviously! Organisation – I think it’s easy for people from the outside looking in to underestimate how much goes into these things. A nice venue always adds to the attraction – gone are the days of a municipal hall!
 
Any favourite memories from IMBC 17 / Burning Sky’s fringe takeover at Port Street Beer House? Unfortunately we couldn’t duck out of Victoria Baths to check that out but heard it was top notch! 
 
We were really pleased with the beers we managed to rustle up for that! I think my favourite moment was getting the Barrel aged, bretted IPA that we brewed with Harveys on the bar – it tasted amazing and was a perfect marriage of old and new!

Thanks Mark!

IMBC 18 
4th – 7th October 2018
Tickets for Thursday and Sunday sessions remain. Buy yours HERE.

IMBC 18 ROOM SPONSORS

What ho. This year at IMBC 18 we have partnered with some absolute beauts to help bring the best festival possible to Victoria Baths.

IMBC 18 ROOM SPONSORS

Brewery room sponsors will be curating the aesthetic of each of their chosen spaces – as well pouring their beer to the max at every session of IMBC 18. Here’s who you will find and where…

BUXTON BREWERY | The Green Room

VERDANT BREWING CO. | Turkish Baths


STONE BERLIN | Pineapple Room

CLOUDWATER | Room 1
BURNING SKY | Room 2

Photo from Total Ales

WYLAM | Room 3


WILD BEER CO | Food Village 1

LERVIG x BEER MERCHANTS | Food Village 2

Beer Merchants Q&A | IMBC 18

Beer Merchants are back at IMBC once more this year – as joint sponsors of our Food Village tent with Lervig, and as glass sponsor alongside Magic Rock. We spoke to Luke at Beer Merchants about what you can expect from their extensive treasure trove at IMBC 18…


Beer Merchants are taking over one of our Food Village tents alongside your good friends Lervig. Can you tell us a little about what you’ll be bringing to the space?
 
We will be bringing an all-star line-up of bottles, cans & merch to takeaway. From the best of the UK, fresh American imports, new releases from Europe and of course, a good Belgian selection. Expect fresh IPAs, lots of lambic and a healthy dose of imperial stouts for good measure. Since we’re sharing the space with Lervig we’ll have a bit of focus on their specials too but keep an eye out for their Crowler filler to take home whatever tasty draught beer they have on.


Unit 101 in Manchester and the Beer Merchants Tap in London are fast becoming must-attend venues for fans of great beer. What can visitors expect at either location when they step inside Beer Merchants’ inner sanctum? 

 
Much the same as our online experience, we pride ourselves on bringing the very best beer from all over the world, in a welcoming and relaxed environment. A 300 strong beer list could be kind of daunting, but we have a great team on hand to make sure people find the perfect beer for them and enjoy their visit. We have moved our trade warehouse from Northwestern Street in Manchester so 101 will unfortunately be closing soon but plans are afoot to replace it with a much better space.


With Beer Merchants at IMBC the takeout options for attendees are always incendiary – what do you have up your sleeves this year? Any rarities you can talk about? Lower strength beers might also be a good shout – what low ABV numbers are you excited about at the moment?
 
IMBC is very fortunate as it kicks off just after our 2nd Cantillon shipment of the year comes in, so there will always be a great selection of lambic in attendance. We also work closely with loads of what we consider the best breweries around the world, so expect fresh Lervig, Garage, Collective Arts & more on the import side. A little closer to home we will also have all the latest releases from Magic Rock, Northern Monk, Cloudwater, Lost & Grounded etc so something for every palate.
 
Session beers are a hugely important part of the drinking culture in the UK and something we always keep in good stocks. We are all really enjoying House Party from our friends Lervig at the moment – a 4% juicy pale ale hopped with Citra & Bru-1. This has also been the summer of Keller Pils at Beer Merchants HQ. Lost & Grounded have been smashing it through the heatwave and a sub 5% unfiltered lager is the perfect choice.


You guys are aways involved in great events with the quality of the breweries you support. Do Beer Merchants have any forthcoming events around IMBC that drinkers can look forward to?

 
We will be running IMBC related tap takeovers during the festival at Unit 101 and the week after will be the Unit 101 closing party. Keep an eye out for that one as we want it to go out with a bang!

What makes a good beer festival for you guys? You’re no stranger to starring on some outstanding festivals. 

 
For us, a good festival is a combination of many things: A great venue, an awesome beer list, good friends & a great vibe (all things IMBC have in droves). Victoria Baths always has such a great atmosphere through the weekend with a real buzz from both the customers and the brewers alike about a particular beer or brewery. Its always fun to have such an open & inclusive environment at a festival.


Beer Merchants are the IMBC 18 glass sponsors alongside Magic Rock. You’ll essentially be in the hands of everybody inside Victoria Baths…what beer should they start on? 
 
Thats a tricky question as there are so many incredible breweries to choose from, but our friends Magic Rock are always going to be a good starting point. Burning Sky will undoubtedly bring a host of impeccable Saisons not to be missed and who can finish a night off without an Imperial Stout from Lervig (certainly not us)? 

 

Any favourite memories from IMBC 17? 
 
IMBC 17 was great fun but one of the standouts was The Thirsty Games. Its great to see smaller breweries get a showcase like this. Everything we had from Burning Soul was great, Affinity are good friends on the London scene & bonus points for showcasing Little Earth Project. Not only are they a seriously exciting brewery, but they are from my (Luke’s) hometown!

Cheers Luke! Follow Beer Merchants on instagram and twitter to keep up with their developments.

IMBC 18
4th – 7th October 2018 | Victoria Baths, Manchester
Tickets available for Thursday and Sunday sessions HERE

Lervig Q&A | IMBC 18

Norwegian powerhouses Lervig host their very own space at IMBC for the second year running, alongside brothers in arms Beer Merchants. Lervig will be co-sponsoring one of our Food Village tents and bringing the motherload to IMBC 18. We caught up with Liam from Lervig to see what they’re bringing to the party and to find out what else is happening Lervig way…

Hello Liam! This is Lervig’s second year as room sponsor at IMBC. Last year you were hosting the Turkish Baths, this year you’re sharing a big outdoor tent with your pals Beer Merchants. How was your experience at IMBC last year?

We had a ball last year. Indy Man is one of our favorite festivals and one we always want to “represent” at. We had a beautifully tiled room last year, but it was a little sweaty to be honest so when we got the chance to be in a spacious airy tent we jumped at it, and we have such a great relationship with the guys from Beer Merchants it was a no brainer that we should team up.


Can you tell us a little about what you’ll be bringing to your new outdoor space for IMBC 18? We hear exciting plans are afoot!

Well… We don’t want to give too much away. Certainly not in terms of the design in the room, that’s something our designer Nanna Guldbæk is hard at work on right now. It’ll certainly have a party vibe … Maybe even a House Party vibe. We’re bringing our own DJ this year, he’s a Mancunian living in Stavanger, so we thought it would be a great way to merge our two worlds :) Also, we’ll have some Barrel Aged special releases through out the festival. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for info on those during the weekend.

Three Bean. It’s a modern classic. Do you think you’ll ever bring out a Four Bean? One Bean could be a single origin session strength stout too. You can have these ideas for free.

Ha ha. We’ve talked a lot about a Four Bean… Just haven’t found the right bean to enhance the already complex flavours thou (any suggestions?). One Bean might work, but let’s keep that on the back burner for now.


Lervig have a deservedly outstanding reputation for dark beers (the aforementioned Three Bean, Konrad’s Stout, Toasted Maple Stout, Big Ass Money Stout etc etc). Your sours and hazy IPAs are pretty great too. Are there any upcoming beers, or styles, that you are especially passionate about?

Well, we’ve been working on some lower ABV things recently as that’s what we’ve been digging over the summer. We released House Party in the UK market (4% Session Ale) and that’s been going really well so we’re keen to experiment a little around that end of the table. But then we’re also coming out with a 10.5% DDH TIPA in the coming weeks (Medicine) so we’re all over the board. We just love it all I guess!


Nanna’s artwork – the rebranding of core range stuff, the new can designs – is really great. The vinyl wall illustrations you had at IMBC last year really made the space your own. Are you cooking up any spicy visuals for the new space this year?

Yes – we are hoping to give people an even bigger experience this year – with lots of characters, colours and focus on textures – all revolving around our beers. Wiggly, wild and wonderful is what we are going for.


How is the beer scene in Stavanger? As regular travellers to the UK how do you find the beer landscape over here? Are there many similarities or stark differences between the two?

The beer scene here is really great right now. There are a lot of breweries up here (like in the UK) really pushing boundaries and experimenting with really cool and innovative ideas, and the beer fans are among the best in the world. The downside however are the strict regulations and restrictions around buying beer. For us anything over 4.7% needs to go through the government owned and run monopoly which can be quite restrictive. We can usually release beer in the UK before it gets to market up here for example which is frustrating for us and our fans alike. Apart from that the scene is quite similar. The trends seem to be the same as the UK and UK breweries do well up here.

Can you give any exclusive leaks of any beers that you’re be bringing to IMBC 18?

Hmmm… We want to keep the Barrel Aged things under wraps for now, but we’ll have Medicine along with us. We’re even trying to blend a couple of beers to have an IMBC only beer. It’ll be a sessionable hazy smasher! Plus we’ll have a Crowler station set up for take away beers of your choice.

When IMBC goers are in Manchester, where should they go? (Besides Victoria Baths, naturally)

We really like the Patron in the Northern Quarter. They have a great tap lineup and great food. Also we’ve had a lot of fun at Port St Beer House in the past… Can’t go wrong there.

Thanks Liam. Anything else to add?

Just that we’re super pumped for the festival and hope to see you all in out tent :)

IMBC 18 
4th – 7th October 2018
Tickets available for THURSDAY and SUNDAY sessions HERE

IMBC 18 Breweries

Feast on.


Different days, different line-ups. Get a ticket for a session both ends and enjoy the high life! TICKETS HERE.