Get Set For a Good Time At GABS!

Get your tasting paddles ready as this year’s GABS Festival beer list is absolutely tantalising. 

New Zealand and Australia’s brewers have once again pushed every boundary of what is possible with beer, and will showcase their brews at GABS – The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular – on June 25th in Auckland. 


Tasting paddles will be the new buffet – there are 56 brews available from the container bars inspired by breakfast treats, savoury snacks, fruity goodness, delicious desserts and classic cocktails.  Think peanut butter, coffee, earl grey tea or even chicken salt!  

The highest ABV beer this year is Dark Ritual by Australia’s Deeds Brewing. This adventurous 14.5% big, bold, thick viscous black Imperial Stout has been aged for 12 months in bourbon barrels. The flavours cut deep with layers of chocolate, vanilla, oak, coconut, rum raisin, and luscious dessert. 

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The exhibitor list is full of local brewing royalty, including names like Behemoth, ChinChiller, Deep Creek, Emerson’s, Garage Project and Urbanaut to name a few. 

While craft beer is the star of the show, GABS is just as well known for putting on a spectacular event, complete with circus and sideshow performers, panel discussions with industry leaders, food pairing, beer hall games, silent disco and the incredibly popular roaming bands.

Some of the best local food trucks and vendors will also be serving up tasty treats at each event.


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