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By Marissa Ciampi and Sarah Ward
February 28, 2019
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GABS Brisbane 2019

The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular makes its Brisbane debut.
By Marissa Ciampi and Sarah Ward
February 28, 2019
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Brisbane's beer-drinking calendar just received a new entry, with The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular announcing its first-ever Brisbane festival. Better known as GABS, and considered by most as the best craft beer and cider festival in the Asia-Pacific region, the fest began in Melbourne nine years ago. It has now expanded to cover four cities and two countries to date — including Brissie when it joins the fold in 2019.

GABS Brisbane will hit the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, April 27, with fest creators Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone (The Local TaphouseStomping Ground Brewing Co.) wrangling up the best breweries from the region. Previous events have offered up over 500 brews in total, including up to 170 festival beers and ciders, with 100 of these often wacky specialty brews — created just for the event and are generally the festival's main draw — set to come to Brisbane.

GABS' exclusive beers give attendees the rare chance to try brand-spanking new beers, while also meeting the brewers behind them. This year's Brisbane tipples will include ingredients such as Vietnamese pho, donuts, wine, hemp, popcorn and green ants. There'll also be collaborations with coffee roasters, tea houses, gin and whisky distillers, biscuit makers and an American barbecue smokehouse, in case you're wondering what might be in store.

Apart from beer, the fest will also play host to mini golf, a giant beer can piñata, a roller racing derby, a silent disco and a competitive scavenger hunt, plus wandering performances and local food stalls.

The single day event is categorised in two sessions, with session one taking place in the afternoon and session two an evening affair. If you're a super keen craft drinker, you can now purchase tickets to both sessions — and we wish those ticket holders the best of luck.

Updated March 16.

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