GABS back and ready to celebrate 10 years of beers

07 April, 2021 by Andy Young

The Great Australasian Beer SpecTapular (Gabs) is gearing up for its return and to celebrate its 10th year, after the event was put on hold last year.

Tickets are currently on sale, with early-bird prices finishing today for this year’s events taking place in Sydney (7-8 May), Melbourne (21-23 May) and Brisbane (12 June).

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GABS organiser, Mike Bray said: “The excitement is palpable. We have already received lots of messages about how excited people are about getting back to GABS – both the visitors and the brewers. People can’t wait to get back together and celebrate their love for great Aussie craft beers.

“At the heart of the event are the 120 ‘Festival Beers & Ciders’ made especially for GABS each year by Australia and New Zealand’s leading brewers and cider makers. Many of these brews go on to be legends in the brewing world, for example Feral’s Biggie Juice, Two Birds Taco beer and Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta, which were launched as GABS festival beers, but are now staples in the craft brewing industry. We will be celebrating these legends at the 10th Edition as well as the new festival beers.”

The Sydney Showground once again hosts that city’s event, while Melbourne is moving to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, while its usual home, the Royal Exhibition Hall is used as a COVID vaccination centre. The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will host Gabs on 12 June.

Each Gabs will again feature a wide range of entertainment, panel discussions, demonstrations, music, games, food and other drinks, with Bray adding: “There’s so much going on at GABS, but at the end of the day, our goal is simple, we want people to have a great time with friends and family, no matter where they are on their craft beer journey.”

Further information is available through the Gabs Festival website.