The mega beer fest is back for another foamy frolic
The GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest, presented by Dan Murphy's, was dreamt up by the Local Taphouse owners Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone over a drink in 2011. Now, the beer and cider extravaganza is back for another year, this time at the spectacular indoor venue the Dome at Sydney Showground.
In addition to the beer stalls from local and international brewers, the SpecTAPular beer festival will also have 170 different festival beers and ciders on tap – brewed exclusively for the festival – which is the most the festival has ever showcased. That means you'll get to try kooky one-off brews, from bone marrow-infused ales to salted caramel porters. All the brewers will also be on site, ready to talk you through their specially crafted beers.
Want to get to know even more about beer? Make sure you head to one of the Craft College sessions. Local Sydney pub institution the Cricketers Arms will be popping up with a games pitch and Ariston will be hosting gastronomic food, beer and cider pairing talks.
The showground will be packed with shipping containers filled with foamy fun, and up on the top there will be roving performers. There will be plenty of festival entertainment (think acrobats, a huge indoor ferris wheel and other fairground stuff) and beer-friendly street food to feast upon. We will also be there, hosting the Time Out Concierge and beer tours in conjunction with Dave's Brewery Tours. Come see us and grab a copy of our latest Pubs issues, set off on a self-guided tour, or join one of ours.
The festival is super popular, so get in early to lock in your preferred session.