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Hopheads of the world unite at Indy Man Beer Con

October 17th, 2013 | By neil in food & drink | No Comments »

THERE wasn’t a fashionista to be seen at the second Indy Man Beer Con. Not surprisingly.

While Vogue was swamping the city centre with a heady mix of catwalks and cocktails the distant Victoria Baths were awash with sheer hoppiness.

The opening session was sipping proof that craft beer is fashionable in its own right and the crowd – of all ages with substantial foodie and female contingents – was a far remove from the real ale stereotype.
For one thing, the beards were better trimmed.

IMBC, spawned by the folk at Port Street Beerhouse and The Beagle, was such a hit on its début last year that tickets for the four-day event (October 10-13) sold out with almost Glastonbury haste.
There may be some still left for Sunday.
Check at www.indymanbeercon.co.uk.

It’s easy just to swig the bewilderingly eclectic roster of ales, your stomach lined by Guerrilla Eats, but the thinking hophead was attending a seminar by Jeff Rosenmeier from Lovibonds Brewery on producing sour beers (intentionally) or checking out a panel involving guest brewers from Denmark and Italy.

We settled for a beer and food matching dinner hosted by 2011 Masterchef winner Tim Anderson. Hosting’s a bit strong. He outlined the four Japanese-influenced dishes we’d be getting but not the four beers. Pick was a pairing of the coriander-tinged wheat bee Red Willow Witless 4 with a a raw salmon dish with macadamia nuts and chillies in a soy-sesame lime sauce and a fascinating muscovado and date cheesecake with Brewdog Lumberjack. It’s a “breakfast stout” he helped create with the original maverick (and attention-seeking) brewers.

Oats and smoked malt in the mash tun, lashings of blueberries and maple syrup added to the kettle during the boil, followed by a dash of artisanal coffee. Oh, and some bacon. That’s what ethos behind IMBC is. Two pints of Stella, please, it ain’t. They have collaborated with several breweries to produce special beers for the event. Pick was Quantum of Stockport’s Imperial Treacle Stout.

Saturday’s highlight is an exclusive tasting of Boulevard Brewing Co’s beers by Jeremy Stull of Beermoth. They are from his home town of Kansas City. Tib Street-based Beermoth deservedly scooped best food and drink retailer in the 2013 Manchester Food And Drink Awards. A good week to be a hop head.

Thu 10 – Sun 13 Oct, Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Chorlton on Medlock M13 0FE. Prices from £6 – 11.50 per session. Ticket hotline: 07967 257504, http://www.indymanbeercon.co.uk.

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