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.
Trust the Brunswick Street bar to treat Brissie residents to a highlights package, aka the GABS 2018 Beer Showcase, from 5pm on Thursday, May 31. 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. Mornington Peninsula Brewery's Squidroot infuses beetroot into a New England IPA, Moon Dog's Cherry Pie A La Mode is exactly what you think it is — a cherry and vanilla bean ice cream beer — and Wolf of the Willows' Tom Collins Sour is a tart concoction inspired by the eponymous cocktail, complete with gin botanicals. There'll be more brews dripping off the keg, too, with the full lineup yet to be announced.