Monday, 13 October 2014
Indy Man Beer Con.
As I said last year, in my 28 year drinking 'career', Indy Man Beer Con is easily the best beer festival I've attended. Beer Festivals I've been to in the past have often been in huge cavernous atmosphere free halls and the food has tended to be poor. Two things for me set this festival apart from the beginning. Firstly it's in the most beautiful building, the old Grade II listed Victoria Baths. This was a stroke of genius having it here. It's so enjoyable to just explore the place and that's even before you've started drinking. The second thing for me that's important is they've got good food traders including Jackie Kearney The Hungry Gecko and Almost Famous were there this year. Why not have food as good as the beer on offer? The two go hand in hand for me, I've always been dead against the 'eating is cheating' idea.
Great North Pie Co. The Meat and Potato with Ox Cheek and Horseradish put a much needed lining on my stomach, I love the liquid mash too.
Brewdog and Honest Crust were. Despite being full of pie, I just had to sample their Smoked Pig's Cheek special pizza. It lived up to my expectations too.