INDY MAN BEER CON 2015 – An in depth retrospective

This time last week I was getting excited, it was Indy Man Beer Con day, a great chance to savour some great beers, rarities, collabs, one-offs, the creme de la creme of 21st century brewing laid out before me. Not only that, all this would take place in a superb atmospheric building, the Victoria Baths – a stunning venue, I would be literally SWIMMING IN BEER.

PLUS, I would be ‘networking’ with the great & good of modern beer, brewers, barkeeps, bloggers, blaggers, wranglers, danglers & maybe even The Stranglers ( well probably not The Stranglers but you never know, Jet Black did used to run a homebrew shop / off licence, there’s a fascinating interview here that covers the period in great detail, long read but worth it ).

Anyway, those of you who couldn’t attend are probably looking forward to my extensive tasting notes & insights into the minds of the movers & shakers of planet craft beer yes?

I’m sorry, I can’t help you, I got absolutely trousered & can hardly remember a thing, by about half ten I set the controls to auto-pilot & went with the flow.

I did take a few photos though, so let’s follow the magic beermat & try & piece it together.

OK, glass & instructions in hand let's hit the taps
OK, glass & instructions in hand let’s hit the taps
First we get food, sorry no pic so here's Cuban Army Surplus. Honest Crust pizza very nice, good sensible start
First we get food, sorry no pic so here’s Cuban Army Surplus. Honest Crust pizza very nice, good sensible start
Wes had a pie, said it was lovely. Looks more like the magic beermat to me though
Wesley had a pie, said it was lovely. Looks more like the magic beermat to me though
What about some beer? I'm pretty sure this is the very wonderful Galway Bay - Of Foam & Fury
What about some beer? I’m pretty sure this is the very wonderful Galway Bay – Of Foam & Fury
This one was REALLY hoppy....very dry with a crunchy mouthfeel, I didn't pick out much malt & the finish was non existent
This one was REALLY hoppy….very dry with a crunchy mouthfeel, I didn’t pick out much malt & the finish was non existent
Getting in swing of things now
Getting in swing of things now
I've no idea what this beer is but it must of been amazing if I took a photo of it
I’ve no idea what this beer is but it must have been amazing if I took a photo of it
Are you sick of seeing Cuban Army Surplus yet? All night he's like "take another one of me"
Are you sick of seeing Cuban Army Surplus yet? All night he’s like “take another one of me”
Ah ha, we're in the Pineapple Room supping Cloudwater
Ah ha, we’re in the Pineapple Room supping Cloudwater, I had something great in here, zero recall of what it was though
Things are just getting silly now, time to go home
Things are just getting silly now, time to go home
Always get a friendly cheese merchant to prepare you some supper before you leave
Always get a friendly cheese merchant to prepare you some supper before you leave

So that was IMBC 15, another great one, see you next year.

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