Beer lovers, rejoice. Manchester’s Indy Man Beer Con festival has confirmed it is returning to the city following a two-year hiatus.
It will return to Victoria Baths for a four-day run from September 29 to October 2, bringing some of the world’s best breweries alongside street food traders, tastings and talks to the historic south Manchester venue once again.
Every year the festival makes hundreds of beers available for ticket holders to sample, both from top brewers based in Manchester and across the globe, with various ticketed time slots usually spread across the weekend.
But thanks to various restrictions, it’s now been nearly three years since an event has been held, with two now missed due to the Covid pandemic.
In that time, the beer world has changed quite a lot. Thanks to lockdown lots of talented brewers have split away to open up their own shops, and the general turmoil Covid has caused in hospitality has led even more in the bar world to break away and experiment with making their own beer.
As a result, it looks like there could be some exciting new breweries tipped to exhibit at the celebrated beer festival this year.
In a rather cryptic post shared to the festival’s Instagram page, the team shared the news writing: “Our last post was empty. This is full. A Independent Manchester beer convention. 29.9.22 – 2.10.22”
Suffice to say the news has caused somewhat of a storm amongst the city’s beer fans, who are already clamouring for ticket information to be released.
Excited comments flooded in thick and fast, with one follower saying: “ITS BAAAAACK! Yas!”
Another person said: “Praise be”
A third simply added: “I AM EXCITE”
First launched in Manchester in 2012, the festival has become somewhat of a mecca for northern beer lovers – with people travelling from far and wide to attend and sample all the different weird and wonderful beers on offer.
More information is due to be released next week.
Feature image – Indy Man Beer Con