A busy year has passed and it’s been 12 months since the last post on the blog which was IMBC15 and in true to form here’s my 2016 review.

I’m back st IMBC for the 3rd year running, again with a different drinking buddy. Making a blog debut is Rob, my father in law, Mrs D missed out due to illness so begrudgingly 😉 Rob stepped up to the plate.

We arrived in the area a good hour early so a bacon butty and coffee was a good time passer to set the day in motion.

img_0417We arrived at Victoria Baths in time to miss the queue building up and therefore the Mancunian rain that duly being to fall.

A good start by the organisers got people checked in and allocated wristbands, a good choice this year saving the queues. Also a change for the better was moving the token area into the main room upon arrival so no jostling for space in the hallway.

So with tokens and glass in hand off we went to peruse the beery goodness on offer.

A nice NZPA from Hawkshead began the session off nicely before moving on to the next room where Beavertown had now taken even more floor space than last year, even more testament to their popularity. I bumped into Mike here, a good friend who I seem to meet every year here or at a gig.

Next move was onto Siren, the glass sponsor for 2016, I had the Soundwave IPA, a bit lively from the tap but hey it was early still but it got there in the end, nice beer to boot.

img_0440Moving on, I had  a delectable Coffee Porter from Northern Monk, they also had a beer can thrown!

After the first few beers it was onwards for food and no surprises, Honest Crust had to be had again, really glad to see them again and enjoyed the salami pizza this time around, always as good as the last 2 years.

After polishing off the pizza, the Sorachi Ace Black IPA from Squawk was a fantastic beer looking more like a stout, the Sorachi hops come through aplenty.

The penultimate beer was Lupoloid IPA from Beavertown, a punchier 6% Gamma Ray is the best way to describe it in my opinion, a good beer as always.

Last but certainly not least was Cloudwater’s DIPA V8, the queue for Cloudwater had a separet line for this 1 beer, the wait didn’t disappoint. I’ve had the v4 & 5 so pleased that this was on tap here to try.

A good day was had all round and even the token pricing which I won’t go into in detail, kind of worked, it made things simpler overall albeit not as many beers consumed this time around.

Until next year IMBC!




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