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  1. Woman with beer paddle at GABS
    Photograph: GABS
  2. People at GABS raising glassses
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Time Out says

A multi-day mega beer fest where experimental brews are the name of the game

Melbourne's giant beer, cider and fun festival is back for 2023, so get ready to get sipping. 

Sure, it's an opportunity to go on a deep dive with pretty much every local, interstate and even a fair few international brewers (we see you, Kiwi cousins in hops) getting in on the action. But the serious drawcard of GABS each year involves the roster of never brewed before, never to be seen again beers and ciders made just for the fest.

The bonkers beer festival will showcase 1,200 fresh kegs from 120 different breweries. Served from 240 taps, the best way to sample as many of the creative brews as possible is to go for a taster paddle featuring five different beers at a time.

Wondering what will be on offer across the weekend? Well, as is the case with GABS every year, the brewers are showing us the sky really is the limit when it comes to beer. How about a peanut butter brownie stout? Or a molecular bubble tea IPA that tastes like a milkshake? We've also got our eye on a nitro cinnamon pastry stout, a jam donut-inspired golden ale and a banana Pina Colada sour. 

If all that's not weird and wacky enough, there's a pizza beer from Frexi Brewing set to turn heads (or stomachs) on the day. Talk on the town is that this sour gose is infused with flavours of tomato, oregano, basil, and salt. Yuck or yum? You be the judge!

But it's not all about trying funky beers at GABS. There will also be masterclasses, roving entertainment, panel discussions, silent discos, eating competitions and even an air guitar championship. And to keep things on an even keel, food stalls and street food will keep the masses well-fed and energised throughout the festivities.

The event is super popular and sessions sell out so get in quick and book now

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Jade Solomon
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Opening hours:
Fri, Sat 11.30am-4.30pm & 6.30-11.3pm; Sun 11.30am-4.30pm
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