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7 Wild And Woolly Beers That You Need To Try At This Year’s GABS

By Ben Tyers
2nd May 2019

May is set to be a big month on the beer calendar in Melbourne. Good Beer Week kicks off on Friday 10 May, and concludes with the third day of the always massive Great Australian Beer Spectapular (GABS) on Sunday 19 May.

As expected, there are a ton of events to happening around Melbourne during Good Beer Week, and most importantly, a lot of beer to try.

Every year brewers from around the country put forward some, let’s say, different, beers for you to tear into, and this year is no exception.

Here are seven unique beers to try at this year’s GABS.


Rare Bird Brewing, Victoria

Char-grilled kangaroo is probably the last thing you’d expect to find in a beer, but that’s what Rare Bird Brewing has gone and done.

Their Kangabrew is a red wheat beer with native mountain pepperberry sitting alongside the roo.

Lizard’s Picnic (Tyrant Ant Sour)

Shifty Lizard Brewing Co, South Australia

Shifty Lizard is making sure you well and truly have ants in your pants after drinking this one.

This kettle sour has a citrus tone, and the flavour of many ants.

Vegemight Gose

Sweet Amber Brewing Co, South Australia

Here’s a beer that will put a rose in every cheek from Sweet Amber Brewing Co.

If you’re after a beer that gives a bit of tang, the Vegemite Gose is the beer for you. With a dominant yeast aroma, big on bitterness, and a salty hit, you’ll think you’re copping it spread on toast.

Tim Tam Slam

Big Shed Brewing Concern, South Australia

The South Australians keep them coming with the Tim Tam Slam from Big Shed Brewing Concern.

The legendary Australian biscuit joins a tone of coffee in this big beer.

Grilled Pineapple Smoked Bacon NEIPA

Eden Brewery, New South Wales

Many will argue that pineapple has no place on a pizza, but will they have the same opinion about it being in a beer?

This beer hails from the coastal town of Eden and is essentially a Hawaiian pizza in NEIPA (unfiltered IPA) form.

Coffee And Donuts

Wayward Brewing Co, New South Wales

The policeman’s folly.

Wayward’s Coffee And Donuts beer is the output of a collab with Grumpy Donuts and Toby’s Estate. It delivers a sweet vanilla and cinnamon flavour which is balanced by the gently roasted and cold distilled blend of beans.

Bloody Mary IPA

Aether Brewing, Queensland

Usually reserved for the morning, this Bloody Mary IPA will be the choice for the night before instead.

Ruby red in colour, the Blood Mary IPA packs in aromas of celery, cucumber, chilli, tomato, and hop drive botanicals. You’ll also cop a good whack of bitterness, and chilli spice.

The Details

What: Great Australian Beer Spectapular
When: Friday 17 May to Sunday 19 May
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Carlton
For tickets, head here.

Looking for something to do before Good Beer Week? Check out our Things To Do section. And for further info on GABs, here's a good place to start.

Image credit: Urban List

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