GABS 2019 dates announced.
What if we could convince the country’s most exciting craft breweries to all brew and release a brand new beer on the same day at the one event? The idea caught on like wildfire, and over six years, we’ve probably brought more than 700 “Festival Beers & Ciders” into the world.
Created in 2011 by beer impresarios Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone (the guys behind The Local Taphouse beer temples and Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall in Collingwood), the event was originally known as the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular, and was designed as a celebration of craft beer diversity and creativity.
The inaugural event was such a success that Jeffares and Greenstone jumped on the opportunity to create a unique, educational and fun festival experience that excited both converted craft beer fans and the uninitiated.
While renowned American magazine, The Beer Connoisseur, listed GABS as one of the top 20 beer festivals in the world in 2015, GABS is now, in truth, so much more than a beer festival.
It showcases the best Australian and New Zealand craft breweries and cider producers and features hundreds of beers and ciders – including up to 180 ‘Festival Beers & Ciders’ made just for the event, outstanding local food vendors, interactive exhibitor stalls, food and drink education, along with fun entertainment and activities.
Each December, GABS also runs the influential Hottest 100 Craft Beers of the Year poll which sees thousands of beer fans all over Australia and New Zealand vote for their favourite beers of the year.
The results are counted down and celebrated across the country each Australia Day (for the Aussie poll) and Waitangi Day (for the Kiwi poll).
GABS Brisbane Saturday April 27.
GABS Melbourne Friday May 17-19.
GABS Sydney Saturday June 1.
GABS Auckland Saturday June 29.
More details for the 2019 GABS calendar to come…