Independent Beer Fests A-Go-Go

Last reminder for a couple of independent beer fests that are coming up. Leeds International Beer Fest will feature music, food and beer from the likes of Hardknott, Quantum, Ilkley, Kernel,  Hawkshead and Buxton amongst others and bars from such Leeds luminaries as North, Castro and Friends of Ham. It starts this weekend, and there are tickets available – as well as the need for more volunteers.

Manchester’s IndyMan Beer Convention takes place a few weeks after, at the start of October, in the opulent surroundings of  The Victoria Baths. If you’ve never had a beer in a disused swimming pool before (You haven’t? Why not?) then now’s your chance. With a great range of cask and kegged beer from the likes of Brodies, Steel City, Tynebank, Gadds and food from Manchester’s finest independent food purveyors, this is another one for the calendar. Again, volunteers are still needed, so get in touch via the website if you want to help out.

It’s not all Northern though – Dark Star are holding their HopFest at the end of September. A celebration of the humble hop, it’s a three-day event of food, music and – of course – beer, culminating in the launch of their Green Hop IPA. Check out the website for full info, but with talks by leading hop merchant Charles Faram, cycle rides, hogroasts and Brewery Tours, it looks like a cracker – and one that makes me wish I lived closer!


About leighgoodstuff

Blog: I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass.

Posted on 03/09/2012, in Beer Festivals and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I really like the look of these events, hoping to get to Leeds International BF this weekend.

    The other independent event that deserves a mention is the Saltaire Brewery BF on 14-15 September at the Brewery in Shipley. They usually seem to be lucky with the weather (that will put the jinx on them).

    This year they have beers from the following breweries.

    Allgates, Dark Star, Buxton, Crouch Vale, Wold Top, Old Spot, Titanic, Magic Rock, Liverpool Organic, Blue Monkey, Jarrow, Stroud, Marble, Junction, Bristol Beer Factory, Otley, Nethergate, Milestone

    Crouch Vale are one of my favourite breweries at the moment.

  2. Got my ticket for IndyManBeerCon – really looking forward to it! Going to try and make the pilgrimage to the Marble Arch, as well

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