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GABS 2019

The Great Australasian Beer Spectapular returns with hundreds of brews, mini golf, a giant beer can piñata, a roller racing derby, a silent disco and a competitive scavenger hunt.
By Marissa Ciampi
March 16, 2019
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GABS 2019

The Great Australasian Beer Spectapular returns with hundreds of brews, mini golf, a giant beer can piñata, a roller racing derby, a silent disco and a competitive scavenger hunt.
By Marissa Ciampi
March 16, 2019
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The Great Australasian Beer Spectapular — better known as just GABS — returns to the Royal Exhibition Building for its ninth year over the weekend of May 17–19. After humble beginnings right here in Melbourne, the festival has now expanded to cover four cities, two countries, and is rightfully considered by most as the best craft beer and cider festival in the Asia Pacific region.

Creators Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone (The Local TaphouseStomping Ground Brewing Co.) have again wrangled up the best breweries from the region and are offering up hundreds of brews, including 100+ exclusive festival beers and ciders. These exclusive and often wacky specialty brews are created just for the event and are generally the festival's main draw, giving attendees the rare chance to try brand-spanking new beers while meeting the brewers behind them.

This year's festival brews include collaborations with coffee roasters, tea houses, gin and whisky distillers, biscuit makers and even an American barbecue smokehouse — so expect plenty of experimental tastes.

Apart from beer, the event will also play host to mini golf, a giant beer can piñata, a roller racing derby, a silent disco and a competitive scavenger hunt. The much loved 18-metre-high beer Ferris wheel will make its return, as will the usual wandering performances and local food stalls.

The weekend-long event is categorised in five sessions, with the season passes to all sessions already sold out. We wish those ticket holders the best of luck.

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