The Great Australasian Beer Spectapular returns with hundreds of brews and plenty of beer-fuelled fun.
UPDATE, Saturday, October 17, 2020: The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular has postponed its 2020 events for a second time, and will now take place in 2021. This article has been updated to reflect that change.
After being postponed twice due to COVID-19, the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular, better known as GABS, returns to the Sydney Showground for the sixth time from Friday, May 7–Saturday, May 8, 2021. From humble beginnings in Melbourne a decade ago, it has now expanded to cover four cities in 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 Taphouse, Stomping Ground Brewing Co.) will again be wrangling up the best breweries from the region and are offering up hundreds of brews — which usually includes 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.
Expect collaborations with coffee roasters, tea houses, and 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.
Apart from beer, the event also plays 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 is always a fixture, as are wandering performances and local food stalls.
All tickets already purchased are automatically valid for the new May 2021 dates.