Second time attending Indy Man Beer Con and it was even better than the first! Attended the Saturday daytime session with my brother in law Jack and mutual friend Tom aka Bomber. I already knew it would be busy this year as the queue snaked around Victoria Baths with the usual mix of beards and tats in abundance. After 30 mins in the nice autumn sunshine, we entered the baths and was presented with the glass and pencil, a nice glass this year with not only the standard 1/3 pint amount as last year, the glass volume was extended to half and 2/3’s meaning more beer could be drank each time around if chosen.
The session started with a quick look around the main room to choose the first of the day, we went to the next room and decided on a 4% to kick start the day, Calypso by Siren Craft Brewing was the choice, blind one at that as once poured and tasted, this was a Berliner Weiss beer and very nice starter for the day.
We found a seat then perused the list to set-out the beers we wanted to try. We moved onto Firestone Walker, I had an easy jack whilst Bomber had the DBA, which was lively and would’ve looked good with a flake in it!
Next we moved onto Beavertown, a main brewery in the room this year and this is testament to the brewery’s popularity and growth as they were in the middle of changing 2 of their 5 beers available, a staple for me now was the Neck Oil, good session IPA. We had our picture taken with the Gamma Ray artwork.
Brewdog Dead Pony Club was next and i did try the Pumpkin beer, very nice to add.
Next was food and plenty to choose from and based on my choice last year, it had to be Honest Crust again, i went for the Margarita, nice and simple but lovely pizza, Bomber went for the nduja sausage pizza and he certainly felt the fire of the nduja!
Post food, a lovely Summer Saison by Runaway Brewery helped wash down the pizza.
A visit back to Firestone for the lads whilst i went for the Northern Monk True North Pale Ale.
A quick trip back to Brewdog for a 5am Red Ale.
Of late i’ve been partial to a stout and BBNo’s 08 | 04 was a good dry irish stout.
As the session was nearing the end I went to the glass sponsor Cloudwater next, unsure of what to have i asked for something refreshing and was given the Citrus Gose and Sour Grapefruit, very nice flavours and certainly freshend up my palate.
Last beer of the day was Camden Town’s Hells Lager, a good finish to an excellent day out and already looking forward to next year but first it’s off to Salford Beer Festival next!