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Everything You Need To Know About This Year’s Edition Of GABS

By Ben Tyers
3rd Apr 2019

If you’re not familiar, GABS—the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular—is a massive beer event that aims to quench your thirst in a big way.

It’s returning to Melbourne this coming May and will feature 170 unique craft beers and ciders that have been brewed specifically for GABS.

GABS is the brainchild of local beer champion Steve Jaffares, the man behind Collingwood’s ever-popular Stomping Ground. And this year will see their first even in Brisbane.

“For us, GABS has always been about sharing our love of craft beer and cider with as many people as possible, so bringing the festival experience to Brisbane has long been on the agenda. We’re thrilled to now be able to make this a reality, and can’t wait to showcase the booming craft beer scene to Queenslanders in true GABS style!”

Alongside the amazing beer and cider you’ve come to expect at GABS events, there’ll also be a plethora of food options at the Melbourne event at the new Yak Ales BBQ Heaven where you’ll find the likes Bluebonnet, Biggie Smalls, and Leonard’s House Of Love.

There’s something at GABS for wine connoisseurs as well, with festival-goers able to create personalised interactive wine labels at the 19 Crimes Wine Bar, which sits alongside the Jameson Caskmates Bar and the Milawa Cheese Hub.

The popular Yenda Wheel Of Beer—an 18-metre indoor Ferris wheel—will also be back as the centrepiece at the Royal Exhibition Building.

If you’re in the learning mood, you’ll be happy to know that education is a big focus at this year’s festival. Check out the Ariston Food & Drink Experience or the Mornington Peninsula Brewery Craft College to learn the ins and outs of the craft beer world.

GABS 2019 takes places in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Auckland.

The Details

What: GABS 2019
When: Friday 17 May to Sunday 19 May
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Carlton
Tickets: On sale 15 March
For more info head to gabsfestival.com.

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