Brisbane does pretty well in the craft brew stakes, but come GABS time, it's difficult not to get a little envious of our pals down south. For those who haven't heard of Melbourne and Sydney's boozy annual celebration, we're talking about the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular. It isn't coming up north, but Bloodhound Bar is serving the next best thing.
If this sounds familiar, that's because the Brunswick Street bar has already treated Brissie residents to a highlights package earlier this year — and they're back with a two-day, weekend-long second effort. Prepare to visit the GABS 2018 Beer Showcase once again across Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15. A selection of beverages will be on offer, and they're really not the kind of brews you'll get to sip every day. In fact, this year, more than 160 unique beers were made just for the fest.
From that huge array, you'll be able to sample beverages that sound like they were whipped up in a dream. Given some of the ingredients and flavours on offer, perhaps that's where the ideas behind them came from. Rocks Brewing's Tea Wit Princess Jasmine uses, yep, jasmine tea, while White Lies Brewing's Choc Star combines chocolate and orange. And then there's Watts River Brewing's concoction that's freshly pressed Pinot Noir grapes, plus Murray's Brewing's gin-infused pale ale. There'll be more brews dripping off the keg, too, just ready to tempt your beer-loving tastebuds.