IMBC 16 The Thirsty Games breweries

A few months back we made a call out to nano/cuckoo brewers (operating professionally on a sub 2bbl capacity) to submit their beers for a new initiative at IMBC 16, The Thirsty Games. The idea being to feature smaller breweries and represent their beers at IMBC alongside the modern greats in the brewing world. A good thing for the brewers and hopefully a good thing for you, the IMBC goer, in terms of sampling fresh beer from fresh breweries.

Of the entrants, of which there were many (and of a very good standard), we whittled down the breweries to a top three. The following three breweries will make up the first Thirsty Games at IMBC 16. We are asking the chosen Thirsty Games breweries to bring what they think are their best beers to IMBC.

At the festival you are encouraged to sample the Thirsty Games range and vote, via twitter or traditional ballot box, for your favourite brewery from The Thirsty Games bar. We’ll also be getting a little input from brewers at IMBC. The chosen one will be announced winner of The Thirsty Games 2016.

Here are your Thirsty Games breweries, find them pouring every session at IMBC on The Thirsty Games bar…

MAREGADE
Brewing out of Mare Street in the basement of The Old Cock, London.

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WILDE CHILD BREWING CO
Leeds based micro brewery specialising in the production of big, bold and hard hitting bottled and kegged beers that make you think about what you drink.

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FIVECLOUD BREW CO
A small 1BBL cuckoo brewery based in Leek, Staffordshire but brewing out of Torrside Brewing. Fivecloud focus on brewing seasonal, forward thinking beers in keg and cask.

fivecloudwwwSee you at The Thirsty Games bar!

 

IMBC 16 Volunteers

VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR IMBC 16

We are now looking for our amazing volunteer team to help deliver IMBC this year. There’s only one way to get free beer…..get involved!

From beer pourers to event support, a whole range of volunteer roles are available.

You’ll work in the friendly, dynamic environment of IMBC and be valued as a core part of our event.

In return for your time, you will get:

1x ticket to a session of your choice

15x beer tokens

1x IMBC t-shirt

1x free meal at your volunteer session

A ruddy good time!

We ask that you:

Volunteer for at least 1x session.

Bring a positive, friendly attitude and be willing to muck in and help.

Leave the drinking for your free session.

We are also really interested in volunteers who would like to volunteer for more than one session. You will get a free session for each session that you volunteer, and a fistful more beer tokens. Please let us know if this is of interest.

If you would like to apply, please download and read the volunteer-application-information then submit the Volunteer Application Form.

Before you apply, please make sure you will be available to attend a volunteer briefing on the evening of either Sunday 25th September or Monday 26th September. If this is an issue, please make a note on your application form.


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IMBC 16 Ticket Launch

IMBC 2016 TICKET LAUNCH
Wednesday 15th June 2016 / 6pm – late / free entry
at Port Street Beer House and The Beagle
Manchester Beer Week

Join us for an Indy Man Beer Con 2016 ticket launch party as part of Manchester Beer Week. This will be your first chance to buy tickets for this year’s IMBC (Victoria Baths, 6th-9th October) and will be available on the night in advance of general release. General release tickets will happen at 9pm so get in a whole three hours early – a great chance to secure your place at the winner’s table for those savoured IMBC sessions.

The IMBC 16 Ticket Launch events will be happening simultaneously from 6pm at our very own pubs, Port Street Beer House and The Beagle.

PORT STREET BEER HOUSE is offering up free beer from Against The Grain (Kentucky, USA) and complimentary snacks from everyone’s favourite Indian street food supremos, Bundobust. Keep an eye and ear out for pop-up bottle tastings throughout the evening from Siren Craft Brew, Northern Monk, and Runaway. Manchester Beer Week favourites will also be in full effect across the bar, naturally.

THE BEAGLE will be plying you with free beer from Against The Grain and there’ll be pop-up tastings throughout the evening from Chorlton Brewing Co. Again, as it’s Manchester Beer Week, expect some MBW favourites firing across the taps.

Come along to either (or both!) and raise a glass to #IMBC16

Indy Man Beer Con / Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th October 2016 / Victoria Baths, Manchester M13 0FE
www.indymanbeercon.co.uk

Port Street Beer House / 39-41 Port Street, Manchester M1 2EQ

The Beagle / 456-458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton M21 0BQ

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 5th year from Thursday 6th October to Sunday 9th October, IMBC brings together the most progressive, forward thinking breweries from across the UK, Europe and USA for a multisensory, headlong, hop- forward beer extravaganza. And then some!

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The Thirsty Games

THE THIRSTY GAMES
Indy Man Beer Con 2016

The Thirsty Games is a new initiative at Indy Man Beer Con (6-9th October 2016) to showcase the best up and coming UK brewers working out of a small facility (Sub 2bbl capacity), or who are operating on a cuckoo brewery basis. The idea being to feature the top brewers of the future at IMBC and give them a leg up into the industry.

To enter please fill in the form below. Should your entry be successful we will be in touch and you will be asked to submit samples of your beers. Initial beer submissions must be received by Friday 15th July 2016. From the beers submitted, the IMBC team will pick their favourites and purchase 1-3 kegs from each qualifying brewer to pour on The Thirsty Games bar at the festival. The chosen ones will be announced on Monday 1st August 2016.

Throughout IMBC 16 attendees will be encouraged to sample The Thirsty Games beers and vote for their favourite via social media. Public vote along with IMBC judges will determine the winner of The Thirsty Games 2016.

If you would like to submit additional information or branding, please send to matt@indymanbeercon.co.uk

Good luck!

#thirstygames2016

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IMBC 16

The dates have been counted and verified and the verdict is in…We are coming back!

IMBC 16
6th-9th October 2016
Victoria Baths, Manchester

Details soon…