The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular 2016

GABS is back this year — and it's bigger than ever.
Marissa Ciampi
Published on May 16, 2016


The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular returns to Sydney for its second year in 2016. After humble beginnings in Melbourne six years ago, it's now expanded to cover three cities, with the festival travelling to Auckland for the first time this year.

This mouthful of a festival — which is now considered one of the best beer festivals in the world — doesn't just bring you the best in craft beer anymore, either. Creators Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone (The Local Taphouse, Stomping Ground Brewing Co.) are now representing cider and food at this behemoth as well.

GABS is best known for its 120 'festival beers': specialty brews created just for the event. It gives attendees the rare chance to try brand spanking new beers while meeting the teams behind them. Really loving one brew or brewer? The People's Choice Awards allow you to have a say. In previous years, this segment has been known to launch some of the best and brightest into the craft beer scene.

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