There aren't many better ways to spend an evening than tasting some of the UK and beyond's finest beers and ciders, in one of Manchester's most beautiful historical buildings. Inside the grade II listed Victoria Baths, IMBC is held once a year for four days and this year we had the chance to head down and check out what all the fuss is about!
The first thing we noticed about the convention was its awesome sense of community spirit. Every year it brings people together from all over the world to sample the most creative, fun and interesting brews. Despite its large size, the venue seemed perfect for creating a close, cosy feel. Three halls contained a myriad of brewery's stalls. Outside, some of Manchester's favourite street food trucks were parked up providing delicious grub (which we also took the opportunity to sample, of course!)
Before sampling any of the beers on offer we took a walk around the entire venue, taking in the beautiful architecture and enjoying the community atmosphere. If you get the chance, you have to see the Baths for yourself, every detail is stunning! Before long however, we caved in and got stuck in to some of the beers.
Every brewery we spoke to was passionate about what they did and eager to help us choose beers to try. There was a huge mix of styles and flavours, from fruity light IPAs, to heavy dark stouts. We tried absolutely loads, and we thoroughly enjoyed them all. However, we did have some favourites, which included the raspberry and mango IPA from Squawk brewery and the wonderful 'Salty Kiss' from Magic Rock brewery based in Huddersfield. Both of these are definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on them.
Leaving feeling warm with community spirit, thanks to all the wonderful volunteers, brewers and punters, we'll definitely be returning next year and recommend you do too.
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