GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest

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People at GABS raising glassses
Photograph: Anthony McKee

Time Out says

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


Sure, it's an opportunity to go on a deep-dive with pretty much every local, interstate and a fair few international brewers (we see you, Kiwi cousins in hops). But the serious drawcard of GABS each year involves their roster of never brewed before, never to be seen again beers made just for the fest. There's 170 different beers and ciders on tap that have been brewed exclusively for the festival, so this is your only chance to try a Negroni beer hybrid, a tiramisu porter, a snail-infused ale or a lager inspired by the famous Greek dessert, loukoumades. Things get really creative and you need to plan your approach with the care small children usually give to determining which showbags get their pocket money at the Easter Show. 

There's also masterclasses, a Ferris Wheel, a fun house, rib-eating competitions, merch stalls, circus performers and even a wine bar if you need a rest from malted beverages. And to keep things on an even keel, 400 Gradi Pizza, Pierogi Pierogi and Taphouse Fried Chicken will be joining the Yak Ales BBQ Heaven, which includes meats from Bluebonnet Barbecue, Leonard’s House of Love, Biggie Smalls and Sparrow’s Philly Cheesesteaks.

The festival is super popular and sessions sell out, plus if you have a beer-loving posse there's discounts to be had if you buy your tickets in packs.  

By: Time Out editors



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