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GABS Is Bringing Its 2022 Craft Beer, Cider and Food Festival Back to Auckland This June

This year's fest will serve up over 60 brews — including beers inspired by breakfast foods, savoury snacks, desserts and cocktails.
By Sarah Ward and Sarah Templeton
May 24, 2022
By Sarah Ward and Sarah Templeton
May 24, 2022

If you're the kind of beer lover who feels like they've tried every brew ever — or you've made it your mission to achieve that yeasty goal — then you're probably a big fan of the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular.

Started in 2012 by Guy Greenstone and Steve Jeffares, owners of the acclaimed Taphouse craft beer bars across the ditch, this festival celebrates the diversity of craft ales, lagers, ciders and more. It first made the journey to Aotearoa back in 2016 and in the years since it's attracted crowds of over 20,000 to try the weird, wild, wonderful and inventive varieties of beer on offer —  many of which are made exclusively for the booze-sipping shindig.

In 2022, that's set to be the case once more, with the beer fest finally returning to Auckland for the first time in two years. Prepare to knock back beers inspired by breakfast foods, savoury snacks, desserts, cocktails and more at Epsom Showgrounds on June 25.

Many Kiwi craft beers have made their humble beginnings at the Australian GABS, including Yeastie Boys' Gunnamatta earl-grey infused IPA, and Garage Project's Double Day Of The Dead, a spicy dark lager infused with chipotle, cacao nibs, vanilla and agave. Several fresh faces have signed on to participate at this year's event, so you might be one of the first in the country to taste this year's next big brew.

The event surveys both Australian and New Zealand breweries, with more than 40 set to be pouring their wares. Local breweries on the lineup this year include Bootleg Brewery, Deep Creek Brewing Company, Fortune Favours, Scoundrels and Rogues, Morningcider and Little Creatures.

Also on the bill: other types of tipples, including non-alcoholic beers, seltzers, gin and wines.

GABS is known for dishing up a hefty lineup of activities to accompany all that sipping, too, which'll span a silent disco, roaming bands, circus and sideshow performers, games and panels with industry leaders in 2022, as well as local food trucks and vendors to line your stomach. This year the festival will be held over two five-hour sessions, which gives you plenty of time to sip or chug, depending on preference. Session one will be held from 11.30am-4.30pm, while session two is more of a late night affair, running from 6.30-11.30pm.

GABS takes place at Auckland's Epsom Showgrounds on June 25 — head to the event's website for tickets and further details.

Published on May 24, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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