GABS returns for its tenth anniversary


GABS, one of the world’s leading beer festivals, has brought together the best breweries from Australia and New Zealand for its tenth anniversary.

After being put on hold this past year, beer lovers will be happy to know it’s back, giving craft beer lovers the opportunity to try out 120 festival beers that have never been tried on Aussie shores before.

This year, GABS starts in Sydney at the Sydney Showground on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 May 2021, the perfect pre-Mother’s Day warm-up for craft beer loving mums. It then moves onto Melbourne and the Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre for Friday 21 to Sunday 23 May. MCEC is a new venue for GABS whilst the Royal Exhibition Hall is being used as a COVID vaccination centre. The final stop for the GABS train will be in Brisbane at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) on the 12 June.

“The excitement is palpable. We have already received lots of messages about how excited people are about getting back to GABS – both the visitors and the brewers. People can’t wait to get back together and celebrate their love for great Aussie craft beers,” GABS organiser Mike Bray says.

“At the heart of the event are the 120 ‘Festival Beers & Ciders’ made especially for GABS each year by Australia and New Zealand’s leading brewers and cider makers. Many of these brews go on to be legends in the brewing world, for example Feral’s Biggie Juice, Two Birds Taco beer and Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta, which were launched as GABS festival beers, but are now staples in the craft brewing industry. We will be celebrating these legends at the 10th Edition as well as the new festival beers.”

While beer and cider are the stars of the show, GABS is perhaps just as well known for putting on a spectacular event, complete with roaming entertainers, panel discussions with brewers, cooking demonstrations, whisky bars, beer hall games, their incredibly popular ‘house band’ The Ale Capones and much more.

Additionally, some of the best local food trucks and vendors will also be serving up tasty treats at each event at the GABS street food market.

On the fringes of the beer spectrum, attendees will enjoy creating personalised interactive wine labels at the 19 Crimes Wine Bar, match boilermakers at the Jameson Caskmates bar and boogie the day away at the silent disco.


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