GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest
Time Out says
A one-day mega beer fest where experimental brews are the name of the game
The GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest was dreamt up by Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone over a drink in 2011. Now, the beer and cider extravaganza is basically Christmas for beer lovers, throwing massive one-day parties in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne each year.
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, Bovine & Swine, Happy As Larry Pizza, Chur Burger and Dirty Bird will be among the food stalls providing snacks.
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.