Since its inception in 2012, GABS has become a widely anticipated and revered food and beverage festival, ranking in the top 20 beer festivals around the world. Craft beer and cider lovers and people interested in learning more about craft beer and cider will find something to suit their every whim with the very best breweries, cideries and hand-picked food providers on offer.
Celebrating the best artisan breweries and cideries, 120 specially brewed ‘Festival Beers’ and 10 ‘Festival Ciders’ will be produced exclusively for GABS 2016 by the best Australian and New Zealand producers.
Dan Murphy’s, who have been involved in GABS since the beginning, will be sponsoring the Dan Murphy’s Market Place at which attendees will be given the opportunity to taste a range of rare beers and cider.
My Dan Murphy’s customers will also have access to reserved seating to relax and enjoy the festival.
This year’s festival attendees can expect to see such unique ‘Festival Beers’ as the “Jam Donut”, the “Smore’ beer and the “Mexican Chocolate Stout”, with ingredients including marshmallows, cinnamon, jam, cocoa nibs and chipotle spices used to create incredible, one-off craft beers, as well as the now infamous ‘Belly Button Beer’ from the 7 cent Brewery. In addition, over 400 types of beers and ciders will be available to try on the festival’s very own ‘sampling paddle’, a wooden paddle that provides attendees to sample their choice of brews and ponder the exciting, unique flavours on their palate.
And cider lovers will be able to quench their thirst with boutique cideries from across the country taking part, including Small Acres (NSW), Napoleone (VIC), Red Brick (TAS) and LOBO Cider (SA).
With craft beer and cider consumption steadily increasing in Australia, its no surprise that GABS continues to expand its reach, adding extra days onto their Melbourne and Sydney legs and appearing for the first time in New Zealand.
By educating attendants on the craft beer and cider industry, GABS stands out from other festivals, enriching every person’s experience with an immeasurable passion for the craft of artisan brewing and extensive knowledge and connection to the products they produce from every brewery, large and small.
And the food on offer is as good as the beers and ciders, with a hand-picked selection of food vendors at the venues, including Huxtaburger, Meatmother and Milk the Cow in Melbourne, and Ze Pickle, Mr Bao and Three Blue Ducks in Sydney, to name a few.
GABS began with a beer between Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone, friends and co-founders of the renowned Local Taphouse beer bars in Melbourne and Sydney. In just four years GABS has became one of the top twenty beer festivals in the world, according to the prestigious American magazine, Beer Connoisseur – a great Aussie success story!
Celebrating the diversity of craft beer and cider, GABS features hundreds of beers, ciders, brewery stands, combined with outstanding local food vendors, education classes, circus performers, brilliant roaming musicians including the well-loved ‘Ale Capones’- and even a giant Ferris wheel in Melbourne – GABS is always a unique and fun festival experience.
The “Yenda Wheel of Beer” at GABS Melbourne this year will mark the first time in the building’s rich history where a Ferris wheel will be constructed under the dome in the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition building.
Sponsored by the Australian Beer Company, the wheel will offer unique views over the festival hall and inside the dome, donating all ticket sales for the experience to charity.
In correlation with fundraising initiative, Brewmanity, the proceeds of ticket purchases will go towards MND research.
Started in 2013, Brewmanity is a unique fundraising initiative coining the phrase “Beer for Goodness Sake” to encourage craft breweries across Australia to be altruistic with their ales and brews and donate a portion of funds to MND.
GABS is constantly evolving, also introducing for the first time the use of “Glownet” wristbands, a cashless payment system that is revolutionizing the events industry. Making queues, cards and cash a thing of the past, the Glownet wrist bands will feature at GABS this year allowing attendants to load up a set amount of cash at the start of the festival and spend on a tap and go basis with the band. The option to re-charge the band will be available throughout the festival to continue the smooth, enjoyable GABS experience.
More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the event this year with tickets on sale now and selling out fast. So if you don’t want to miss out, get in quick athttp://gabsfestival.com.
Presale ticket prices online are cheaper than at the door so hurry now to get your tickets to Australia and New Zealand’s greatest beer, cider and food festival this May/June and see why it has been judged one of the best in the world.