IMBC 16 Fringe

So many happenings a-happening around IMBC extended weekend Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th October. Here’s the events that we’ve got a hand in/give a thumbs up too…

Thursday 6th October – Sunday 9th October 2016

Beavertown commandeer the taps, hearts, minds, and ass of our dearest Common. Expect Beavertown galore, a pop-up exhibition by Beavertown illustrator Nick Dwyer, Beavertown cocktails, and Beavertown brunch specials.

Opening hours: Thursday 11am-late / Friday 11am-2am / Saturday 10am-2am / Sunday 10am-late. Brunch is served from 11am weekdays / 10am weekends until 3pm. Food is served until 9.30pm. 

Thursday 6th October – Sunday 9th October 2016

Buxton, oh Buxton. Buxton come to Port Street. Fawn over their brilliant beers with a smattering of rare as hen’s teeth BUXTON CASK (you don’t find it anywhere outside of the Buxton tap these days) plus keg-o-rama galore. Rumours of soft serve Omnipollo beer collabs abound PLUS Yellow Belly Sundae cask…ummmmmmmm, YAH.

Port Street Buxton Tap is open until 1am Friday / 2am Saturday / Midnight Sunday. 

Thursday 6th October – Sunday 9th October 2016

Those lords of the lakes, Hawkshead, make their way to The Beagle in darling Chorlton with their emphatic haul of SEMINAL cask and OUTSTANDING keg. Check it the hell out. The Beagle is firing out “Beer Food” specials during IMBC, food with beer in? SOLD!

The Beagle is serving up brunch for all your IMBC needs 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday / Food service runs until 10pm every day / Hawkshead rule / The Beagle is open until 1am Friday and Saturday night. 

Friday 7th October 2016

Meet the UK’s newest brewery when Bristol’s Lost and Grounded come to Manchester’s newest pub, The Pilcrow. Drink Lost and Grounded’s beers and meet your new buds behind the suds.

Thursday 6th October – Sunday 9th October 2016

Those fresh to death EXPERTS, Kernel from London town, make themselves at home at Brewdog Manchester while they’re up visiting for IMBC. Don’t miss this tap takeover.


Wowee! What a whirlwind of an extended weekend as per at IMBC.  By all accounts, you all enjoyed your time at Victoria Baths. We, the organisers, certainly enjoyed the festivities. We might say this every year, but we are fairly certain that this year’s Indy Man Beer Con was the best one yet. We hope you agree! Let the thankings begin…


Firstly, we’d like to thank YOU – the avid beer drinker and intrepid taste bud explorer for coming to IMBC and getting fully involved. You all helped to contribute to the fantastic atmosphere and we hope to see all of your faces again.


A big thank you to all of our sponsors. Cloudwater, Vertical, Beavertown, Hawkshead, Camden Town, Brewdog, and Northern Monk. Each of the aforementioned made their spaces their own and each bar was certainly a destination at the festival. Big thanks also to our sponsors Simply Hops, enablers of many a hop forward beer at IMBC, and Uber, who got many of you home in one piece.


Photograph by David Bailey


Photograph by David Bailey


Photograph by Jody Hartley

Thanks eternal to all the breweries that joined us over Indy Man Beer Con from far and wide. The beers (and ciders!) you brought made each session a smorgasbord of delights. We knew what was coming in most cases but there were some great surprises on offer and the pop-up tastings, as well as scheduled events, went down a treat.


Photograph by David Bailey


Photograph by David Bailey


Photograph by David Bailey

So many thank you’s to our food and snack vendors this year. Outside was truly a masterclass in handheld eating offerings: Bundobust, Almost Famous, Fish &, Great North Pie, Diamond Dogs, and Honest Crust all made each session’s sustenance selection the happiest of headaches. Not to be outdone, our indoor snack vendors laid on the greatest beer pairings we’ve seen yet. These included delights from Karkli, We Eat, and Epicerie Ludo – as well as sweet treats from the formidable Idle Hands.


Photograph by David Bailey


Photograph by David Bailey

Speaking of which, we must thank Idle Hands for keeping us caffeinated throughout Indy Man Beer Con, serving up some of the best coffee that Manchester has seen and gladly offering up a change of gear at IMBC. Likewise, we rain gratitude down upon London’s award winning soft drink makers, Square Root Soda, for their superb seasonal softs and cocktail wizardry at this year’s festival.


A thousand thank you’s to our volunteers, as usual your kindly efforts made the festival possible and ensured that everything ran smoothly. Thank you for your hard work during the setup at Victoria Baths, your endeavours throughout, and the pack down after the lights had faded. We couldn’t have done it without you!


The wonderful We Can performed canning heroics throughout IMBC. Enabling, for the first time at a beer festival, you the punter to take any beer home in a CAN. They were amazing and the machine canned beers in about five seconds. It was a great success for all involved and we hope to have We Can on the case next time around!


Photograph by Jody Hartley

On the visual side of things, we must throw our arms up in the air and thank the design gods for Steve Hockett. Steve has been our man since day dot of IMBC and this year was no exception. We love his snorkelling Indy Man and we were as pumped as we’ve ever been with this year’s IMBC glass, truly a design classic in the making.


Thanks infernal also to our website builders, Oh Digital, for enabling our first foray into the world of digital beer lists.Massive thanks to Noisebox, MSL, and Hollowsphere for making the baths look and sound incredible. On an aural note, we are forever thankful to all our DJs that played over the course of IMBC. Special thanks also to the live acts that threw down on Sunday. There was never a dull moment in Room 3.



Photograph by David Bailey

Lastly, Indy Man Beer Con wouldn’t be Indy Man Beer Con without the superb surroundings of Victoria Baths. We thank the building, the history, and the hard work of the Victoria Baths staff for housing us once more. The setting is definitely a major part of what makes this festival special, having such inspirational surroundings fuels IMBC & makes each session a real event. Thank you Martin, Chris, and the team for continuing to house us, we miss you already.


See you next year!