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Leeds International Beer Festival 2015

Leeds International Beer Festival

I said that Indy Man Beer Fest had ruined all other beer festivals for me. I was wrong. That was before I knew about Leeds International Beer Festival. It was a warm and sunny early September day and I’d just come back from eight days in Northern Italy, where besides one amazing day in Venice I’d been stuck with fairly average ...

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dubfest 2015: Introducing ‘drink up brewing’

dubfest 2015 - Original Old Bay Horse, Horwich, Bolton

Following in the footsteps of Blackedge Brewery, Bolton’s latest microbrewery ‘drink up brewing’ (aka dub) are also from the small town of Horwich. I’d tried one of their first beers, dubSUMMER, at Great Ale a few months ago and was keen to try more after hearing exciting talk of IPAs, Gose and wheat beers. The perfect opportunity to do just that was ‘dubfest’; part launch ...

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Manchester Brewery Expo 2015: 5 Breweries, 1 Day, Many Beers

Manchester Brewery Expo

May saw the first ever ‘Manchester Brewery Expo’, a collaborative event held over two days by eight Manchester craft breweries. I couldn’t make the Sunday when three ‘Green Quarter’ breweries – Marble, Blackjack and Runaway – opened their doors for tours, tastings, talks and of course, drinking. But I attended the Saturday where five Piccadilly (ish) breweries did their best to replicate the Bermondsey ...

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Grub ‘Winter Beer Festival’ 2015, Green Quarter, Manchester

Grub Winter Beer Festival 2015

A freezing cold railway arch at the end of January might not seem like the ideal time and place to hold a beer festival. I thought the same myself before attending all three days of Grub’s ‘Winter Beer Festival’. But it turned out to be a fantastic event with great beer and even better food. Read about it here: http://foodgeekblog.co.uk/2015/02/grub-winter-beer-fest-2015-green-quarter-manchester/

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The Independent Manchester Beer Convention (IMBC 2014)

Indy Man Beer Con 2014

If you think beer festivals are just old men in flat caps drinking bitter in local church halls, you’re as wrong as I was before The Independent Manchester Beer Convention last year. After attending three sessions my mind was well and truly blown and all future beer festivals are ruined forever. The first amazing thing about Indy Man Beer Con (as it’s more commonly known) is its ...

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