Great Australian Beer Festival (GABF) Geelong returns for an 8th year this January 18th where it will be held at its new central location within Johnstone Park.
The annual event, previously held out at the Geelong Racecourse, begun in 2013 as a celebration of mostly local and state-wide breweries.
Today the festival attracts up to 5000 beer lovers with brewers attending from all over the country.
Festival Director Michael Ward said the number of breweries continues to increase in Australia with craft beer becoming more mainstream.
“It’s no longer just a back-yard BBQ brew with brewers keen to create new and inventive flavours.
“GABF to me, is all about exploring and discovering good beer and there will be 40 interactive themed bars providing over 200 beers and ciders to taste on the day”.
Mr Ward said the festival unites craft beer enthusiasts with brewers from around the country and is the ideal event to showcase the Geelong region’s truly unique breweries to the world.
“Where else in the world do you have breweries located in urban, coastal, rural and from deep within a rain forest; there’s no better place to discover, taste, reflect on and explore the hoppy drop in all its glory,” he added.
While beer lovers are in for a treat, so are the music lovers! Headlining is Sneaky Sound System, a household name in Australia since the mid-2000s, with massive hits UFO, Pictures and I Love It spearheading their 3x platinum self-titled album.
Kim Churchill and local bands The Kite Machine and The Run will also be performing on the day.
While GABF mixes the familiar elements of an outdoor beer festival – the pop-up bars, educational sessions, food and live music, it also adds more obscure flourishes.
By more, you can expect to find wandering cabaret acts, a Piano Bar with Geelong’s very own Andy Pobjoy, a wacky dance-off; even find yourself judging a best beard competition.
GABF has earned a reputation for stimulating more than taste buds and the 8th annual fest has all the ingredients for an epic day out.
Good Beer, Great Times Saturday 18th January, 1-8pm Johnstone Park, Geelong.