The Great Australasian Beer Spectapular returns with hundreds of brews and plenty of beer-fuelled fun.
After being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular — better known as just GABS — returns for its tenth event over the weekend of Friday, May 21–Sunday, May 23. After humble beginnings right here in Melbourne, the festival has now expanded to cover four cities and two countries, and is rightfully considered by most as the best craft beer and cider festival in the Asia Pacific region. And, this year, Melburnians will be attending it at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Creators Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone (The Local Taphouse, Stomping Ground Brewing Co.) will again be wrangling up the best breweries from the region and are offering up hundreds of brews — which includes 120 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.
Expect collaborations with everyone from coffee roasters and tea houses to gin and whisky distillers. In previous years, brews have also been made with biscuit makers and even an American barbecue smokehouse — so expect plenty of experimental tastes, too.
Apart from beer, the event also plays host to a silent disco, live tunes, cornhole, table tennis, giant Jenga and more. The much loved 18-metre-high beer Ferris wheel is always a fixture, as are wandering performances and local food stalls.
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