Every year, we put the call out to the industry to create something special for GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest.

In 2019, almost 100 different brewers and cidermakers around New Zealand and Australia have answered that call and created something special just for you. For those brewers, it’s an opportunity to be creative, to push boundaries, and to showcase their talents. These beers and ciders are unique, one-off’s, limited release, and exclusive in every sense.

Festival Beers & Ciders are served from our two distinctive Husky Container Bars. Lined with 60 taps on each side, they sure are a sight to see. Please note that there is a limited allocation of each Festival Beer & Cider for each session. Some session allocations may run out but the beer or cider will be back for the next session. The moral of the story is… if there’s something you absolutely want to try, try it first.

 

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FESTIVAL BEERS

GABS COLLABS!
Celebrating creative collaborations between like minded brands in food and drink!

1: Bad Shepherd Brewing Co (AUS)
(with Gully Boards)
VIC ASH PILSNER

STYLE: Australian Pilsner ABV: 4.2 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
Reclaimed Victorian Ash Wood has been used throughout the brewing process, to extract wood flavours much like oak barrels are used. However in this case, it's used in the boiling process as well as during fermentation. It's a collab with Gully who specialise in making skateboards with reclaimed Ash Wood. First ever skateboard infused beer?

2: Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)
(with Fix & Fogg Peanut Butter)
THE FIX (CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER IMPERIAL STOUT)

STYLE: Imperial Stout ABV: 8.5 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
A collaboration with Fix and Fogg Peanut Butter, it’s like eating its chocolate peanut butter right out of the jar.

3: Black Hops Brewing (AUS)
(with Mount Gay Rum)
CARIBBEAN HAZE

STYLE: New England IPA ABV: 7.8 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
With added Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, coconut, mango and pineapple this New England-style IPA is a Caribbean jam of fresh fruits and a hint of creamy vanilla oak barrel to finish.

4: Funk Estate (BOP)
(with Webster's Tea)
B-BOY

STYLE: Kettle Sour ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
A collab with the Estate’s mate at Webster’s Tea. The latter is allegedly a “B-boy from way back” so we’ve given this one the moves with his popular Rooibos and Mango tea, and some kettle souring.

5: Pink Boots NZ (AUK)
(with Wildflower Botanicals)
WHAT'S THE TEA?

STYLE: American Pale Ale ABV: 6.2 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A berrylicious hazy Pale Ale featuring the 2019 Pink Boots Hop blend, and in collaboration with Kaikoura based teamaker Wildflower Botanicals.

6: Tuatara Brewing Co (WGN)
(with Duncan's Brewing Co & Dark Horse Coffee)
THE SHEFFIELD STREET COLLABORATION

STYLE: Belgian Quad ABV: 10.5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Dark)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Using Dark Horse Coffee post fermentation, this is a Belgian Quad that has complementary coffee notes to go with its malty richness and spicy esters.

7: Twisted Sister Cider (AUS)
(with Up In Smoke)
UP IN SMOKE SMOKED MAPLE CIDER

STYLE: Specialty Cider ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Medium
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A collaboration between Twisted Sister and Up in Smoke barbecue joint, the apples have been cold smoked, before being pressed and fermented with several litres of smoked maple syrup.

8: Wayward Brewing Co (AUS)
(with Grumpy Donuts & Toby’s Estate)
COFFEE AND DONUTS

STYLE: Sweet Stout ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Coffee and donuts are inseparable as Yin is to Yang. In partnership with Grumpy Donuts and Toby’s Estate roasters, this is a Milk Stout, with actual donuts used in the process. All complemented with a special blend of gently roasted beans.


9: 8 Wired Brewing (AUK)
ACID SUPERHIGHWAY

STYLE: Sour IPA ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
For five years 8 Wired have bought hoppy sours to GABS. Doing it before almost anyone else in the game. If your mind has recovered from last year, why not take another trip?

10: Aether Brewing (AUS)
BLOODY MARY IPA

STYLE: Red IPA ABV: 8.2 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Bold, herbal & citric)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Feeling a bit dusty at GABS? Then we’ve got the cure. Tomato red pour, with aromas of celery, cucumber, and hop botanicals, this is rich, juicy and is a vibrant vege hit with lingering bitterness and chilli spice.

11: Akasha Brewing Co (AUS)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

STYLE: Fruit Beer ABV: 8.5 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Bold, herbal & citric)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Hopped like a double India Pale Ale, but with all the crispy finish of a great lager. Triple dry hopped with Galaxy hops, before heaps (heaps!) of fresh passionfruit is added. Big, clean, and incredibly delightful.

12: Alibi Brewing Co (AUK)
LIL'BUBBA

STYLE: American Pale Ale ABV: 5.2 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Heavily hopped with Cryo-Citra hops, along with Cashmere hops, this is a huge, hazy, cocktail of tropical fruit flavours. Think mango, papaya, dragon fruit and limes.

13: All Inn Brewing Co (AUS)
A UNISON OF CHAOS

STYLE: Kettle Sour ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Real cherries, cacao nibs, and all the roasted, chocolate and caramel flavours you’d expect from a stout; but with a sour twist from a kettle souring process. This is a Unison of Chaos that has hints of blackcurrant, lemon and citrus.

14: B.Effect Brewing Co (OTA)
HAZEY HERO DIRT

STYLE: Experimental Beer ABV: 6.2 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A juiced up hazy IPA using wine yeast as a nod to the Central Otago region famous for its bike trails and great wines. For those who want to cut turns and make the jump.

15: Bassline Brewing (WGN)
DOUBLE GIN & JUICE

STYLE: Imperial IPA ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Bold, herbal & citric)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Rollin’ down the street, packin grapefruit, sippin double Gin and Juice. This is a Double IPA packed with grapefruit, and a hit of laid back, gin-soaked juniper berries.

16: Big Shed Brewing Concern (AUS)
TIM TAM SLAM

STYLE: Sweet Stout ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
You know what this is. Coffee, Tim Tam… you’ve done it before and moaned a little as the bikkie melted in your mouth. Give this one an extra kick by sucking it through a Tim Tam...

17: Blackman's (AUS)
DARK AND STORMY

STYLE: Ginger/Spiced Beer ABV: 6.5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Dark)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
After drinking Dark ‘n’ Stormy’s at Melbourne’s infamous Heartbreaker, and playing way too much Fleetwood Mac, Blackman’s decided to dedicate a beer to that. Aged in rum barrels with lime.

18: Blasta Brewing Co (AUS)
THE RAMPANT RASPBERRY

STYLE: Wild Fermentation Sour ABV: 4.6 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
Four additions of fresh, ripe raspberries, a big whack of passionfruit and a dash of hibiscus, this is a summer sour the Blasta Way.

19: Boom Town Brewing (MBH)
WHITES BAY IPA

STYLE: American IPA ABV: 6.5 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Bold, herbal & citric)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Looking for a big, bold and lively IPA? This may be the beer you're after. Expect bright, tropical flavours with pineapple and citrus aromas.

20: Bootleg Brewery (WGN)
MANGO LASSI IPA

STYLE: New England IPA ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Loads of fresh mango and a dash of cardamom transform this hazy IPA into a mango lassi. Perfect with some spicy food or a curry from the food stalls.

21: Brew Moon Brewing Co (CAN)
POPS WITH HOPS

STYLE: Black IPA ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Malty backbone)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A Black Ale base, that has a hint of roasted malt is complemented here with a trio of hops from the US, Australia and NZ. The hops add lovely citrus and tropical flavours.

22: Brewaucracy (WKO)
MADE BY MACHINES

STYLE: Wheatwine ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Malt (Fruit & toffee)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Wheatwine is a complex, warming and fruity style that has a light acidity from the massive amount of wheat used. This one is all about the glory of the grain, and not the hops-du-jour.


23: Bright Brewery (AUS)
OFF THE WAGON WHEEL

STYLE: Porter ABV: 6.5 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
You’ve got to grin to get it in! Inspired by the Wagon Wheel, this is Bright’s homage to the beloved, chocolatey, marshmallowy snack. It has cacao nibs, coconut flakes, and local raspberry puree.

24: Canyon Food & Brew Co (OTA)
PAPILLON

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
This is a melange of French yeast, Australian wheat, New Zealand and German hops, New Zealand barley, New Zealand peel and butterfly pea flowers from Thailand. It will sweep you across the seas.

25: Capital Brewing Co (AUS)
'HELLO DARKNESS' BLACK FOREST BLACK IPA SOUR

STYLE: Black IPA ABV: 8.5 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Malty backbone)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
This beer is black in colour and bold in flavour. It’s a kettle soured Black IPA loaded with American and Australian hops, dark malts, plus raspberries and cherries. They maxed out the brewhouse for this complex and decadent beer.

26: Cassels & Sons Brewery (CAN)
RETRO HOP LAGER

STYLE: Hoppy Lager ABV: 5.8 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Bold, herbal & citric)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A showcase of 'retro' hops like Green Bullet and Pacific Gem, which helped put NZ brewing on the map, alongside more recent rockstar hops like Nelson Sauvin, make for a clean, crisp and delightfully hoppy experience.

27: Chaotic Hop Brewing (AUK)
TRIPA

STYLE: Belgian Tripel ABV: 8.3 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
A huge Belgian-inspired beer that’s full of cherry puree and spicy yeast notes. Expect fruit flavours, plus clove, coriander and pepper on the nose. Lively carbonation means it’ll go down easily.

28: Colab Brewing (AUK)
BEERBOOCHA

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Delicate)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
If you love a healthy kombucha then you’ll love the flavours of this beer. Fermented with a kombucha SCOBY it also has acai berry and raspberry. It’s tart, with subtle hop flavours.

29: Colonial Brewing Co (AUS)
CITRA ASS DOWN

STYLE: Brut IPA ABV: 14 %
CHARACTER: Crisp (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
An obscene amount of Citra hops give this a blast of citrus on the nose, while the beer has a clinically clean finish. Lively carbonation, bone dry, and well rounded bitter finish.

30: Concept Brewing (CAN)
RELEASE THE KVEIKEN

STYLE: Kveik ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Bold, herbal & citric)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Pronounced "kweck -eh" Kveik is Norwegian farmhouse yeast that is gaining popularity (shout out Lars Garshol). This one has a powerful combination of American hops. Find out why this yeast is taking over the beer world.

31: Dainton Brewery (AUS)
VIOLET RUMBLE

STYLE: Sweet Stout ABV: 9 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Local organic cacao, homemade candi sugar, and a love of chocolate bars create this toffee milk chocolate stout with a fluoro golden head.

32: Deeds Brewing (AUS)
NAKED BRUNCH

STYLE: Double New England IPA ABV: 8.5 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Enjoyed from Tangiers to Interzone, this is a French-toast inspired hazy Double IPA. Sweet maple syrup that drenches a creamy base and hints of cinnamon and tropical fruit. A proper Melbourne brunch.

33: Deep Creek Brewing Co (AUK)
CHIPOTLE LIME SALSA GOSE

STYLE: Gose ABV: 4.5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Crushed dehydrated lime, smoked malts and dried chilli, this sour has it all. It’s warming, and with the melding of lime and smoke, you’ll be looking for the nearest taco.

34: Eddyline Brewery (NSN)
NELSON HAZE

STYLE: New England IPA ABV: 7.5 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Showcasing the terroir of the Nelson / Tasman region (how that region’s climate, soils and environment impart unique character and flavour), this is a double dry-hopped Hazy IPA style brewed with New Zealand’s newest released hop (9909), Southern Cross and Dr. Rudi, and features a big maltiness to balance the hop juiciness.

35: Emerson's Brewery (OTA)
COLLOIDAL HAZE

STYLE: New England IPA ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A colloid is a mixture in which one substance of microscopically dispersed insoluble particles is suspended throughout another substance. Or in this case “a hazy hop bomb”.

36: Epic Beer / Hallertau (AUK)
BABY HAZE IPA

STYLE: New England IPA ABV: 5.5 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Two Aucklanders team up to make a yummy hazy treat for the Australian market. Expect juicy hops, citrus flavours and a delightful mouthfeel.

37: Felons Brewing Co (AUS)
WHITE STOUT

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 5.7 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Dark & dry)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Locally roasted coffee, cacao nibs are used to create a stout designed to handle the steamy Brisbane summer. It’s never too hot for stout.

38: Feral Brewing Co (AUS)
IMPERIAL BIGGIE

STYLE: Double New England IPA ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
They tell us the King of Dank has arrived with this Imperial NEIPA. It packs a massive hop punch, reminiscent of your tropical fantasies. Feral’s juiciest beer yet.

39: Forrest Brewing Co (AUS)
FORREST FRUITCAKE

STYLE: Fruit Beer ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Dark)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Wild foraged blackberries, plums and cherries from the brewery’s friends at Cherry Hill Orchards go into this fruitcake. Just like Nan makes.

40: Fortune Favours (WGN)
THE RANGER OAKED IPA

STYLE: New Zealand IPA ABV: 6.8 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Bold, herbal & citric)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
Aged on oak, this tropical IPA is all about the New Zealand hops. Punchy fruit and a hint of vanilla.

41: Fox Hat Brewing (AUS)
NITRO INNUENDO

STYLE: Porter ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Dark & dry)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Lightly oaked Imperial Porter with Beenleigh vanilla spiced rum, horny goat weed, pomegranate, coconut and honey. Poured with nitro. I mean… come on.

42: Frenchies (with Bridge Road) (AUS)
ROSÉ BRUT IPA

STYLE: Brut IPA ABV: 7.5 %
CHARACTER: Crisp (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
Rosé Champagne meets IPA. This collab between Frenchies and Bridge Road is extra fruity with fresh raspberries added, along with loads of Enigma hops. Zero bitterness, dry finish, and distinctive raspberry aromas.

43: Garage Project (WGN)
AUNT SALLY’S SLICE OF SUNSHINE

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 4.5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Inspired by Florida’s State Pie, the Key Lime. It’s super hazy, sweet, sour, and creamy. Served on nitro, think of this as a “best of” compilation from Garage Project. Every trick in the book.

44: Grand Ridge Brewery (AUS)
TANGELO RED IPA

STYLE: Red IPA ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Malty backbone)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A big Red IPA with a powerful citrus hit. Tangelo skin is fermented which gives the citrusy sweetness, it’s bitter and tasty.

45: Green Beacon Brewing Co (AUS)
SOUR PEACH SWIRL

STYLE: Hoppy Sour ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Mixed fermentation sour ale with peaches and lactose, dry hopped with Mosaic and fermented with house and wild yeast strains.

46: Heyday Beer Co (WGN)
BRUTUS

STYLE: Brut IPA ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Crisp (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Inspired by the wine world, HeyDay have set out to create the Champagne of beers. It uses Chardonnay grapes, champagne yeast and hopped to give a white grape, gooseberry aroma. Finishes bone dry.

 

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47: Juicehead Beer (WGN)
FALLOUT

STYLE: Imperial IPA ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Bold, herbal & citric)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
This uses Cryo Hops (a super special technique to concentrate hop flavours) that give the beer an unrelenting blast of pine and citrus. This will make the looming nuclear winter feel like a cold snap in spring.

48: Kereru Brewing Co (WGN)
GINGER BIRD

STYLE: Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Dark)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
A cool weather celebration beer with ginger, grains of paradise, candi sugar and citrus peel. Evocative of a delicious cookie.

49: Lakeman Brewing (WKO)
CRAZY HAZY IPA

STYLE: New England IPA ABV: 6.5 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Get your Vit C sorted with this citrus Hazy IPA. A balanced IPA packed with Citra and Simcoe hops, the zest of oranges, lemons and tangelo pulp producing more flavour than an orange fruju.

50: Land & Sea Brewery - Noosa Beer Co (AUS)
GIN KOLSCH

STYLE: Kölsch ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Crisp (Delicate fruit)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
With gin and gin botanicals, this collaboration takes Land & Sea’s Kolsch and blends it with Fortune Fine Spirits’ gin. Expect honeydew melon, juniper and light wheat notes. A beer of paradise.

51: Laughing Bones Brewing Co (AUK)
BLACK FOREST

STYLE: Milkshake IPA ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Black Forest Milkshake IPA takes the hazy IPA trend and blends it with a black forest cake. Laced with cacao, cherries, lactose and vanilla beans, it has the essence of a milkshake and the finish of a beer.

52: Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)
(with Hawkers)
CHATEAU DU TASMAN - INTO THE LIME LIGHT

STYLE: Kettle Sour ABV: 4.5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
Taking NZ kiwifruit and Australian finger lime, this is a trans-Tasman collaboration that has created a unique Kettle Sour.

53: Little Alchemist (NSN)
FUNK ADANI

STYLE: Gose ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
It’s designed to showcase ingredients that will be affected by the Adani coal mine. The brewers wanted to highlight these beautiful things in a unique Gose-style beer before it’s too late.

54: Little Bang Brewing Co (AUS)
LET THEM EAT CAKE!

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 6.4 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
They love their cake, all the little people, and so cake they shall have. Passionfruit pavlova with lashings of cream, let them fill their filthy little faces! Pour it in a trough and let them wallow in it, each and every one of them.

55: Little Creatures (AUS)
EAST SIDE PALE ALE

STYLE: Pale Ale (Other) ABV: 5.5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
New hop, Cashmere, has been used in conjunction with the exotic osmanthus fragrans; a flower cultivated for its scents of ripe peaches and apricots.

56: Lumberjack Brewing Co (BOP)
CHAIN BAR OIL

STYLE: Imperial Stout ABV: 12 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Dark & dry)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Mulled wine, but in beer form! It’s a barrel aged Imperial Stout that uses red wine barrels, raisins, cranberries, prunes, Christmas spice, and brandy. Beautiful, complex, and warming on a cold day.

57: Mac's (AUK)
LARGE HADRON COLADA

STYLE: White IPA ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Bold, herbal & citric)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Generous doses of NZ and US hops make for a tasty cocktail of pineapple and fruit aromas and citrussy hop bitterness. Not-quite-sub-atomic Witbier yeast particles throw off warming notes of clove and spice, and added wheat provides a smooth mouthfeel and dry finish. The perfect holiday beverage for your inner beer particle physicist.

58: McLeod's Brewery (NTL)
LAST LIGHT

STYLE: Oatmeal Stout ABV: 2.5 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
Based near idyllic Bream Bay, the team at McLeod’s enjoy some of New Zealand’s best surf (even in winter). This low-alcohol stout was made for sipping around a cracking bonfire with friends. The perfect pour once the sun sets and the last wave has been surfed.

59: Moa Brewing Co (MBH)
100% BELGIAN BRETTED SAVVY

STYLE: Belgian Golden Strong Ale ABV: 10.5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
When you are in the heart of wine country, you have things like a 100% brett-savvy just lying round for two years. So Moa did what any brewery would do: blended it with a strong, Belgian style beer. Nom nom nom.

60: Moon Dog Craft Brewery (AUS)
ARE YOU NOT SATISFIED?!

STYLE: Sweet Stout ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Dark)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Chocolate, peanut and caramel. Name a more iconic trio. We'll wait. This beer is rich and sweet and demands satisfaction. Are you not satisfied?!

61: Mount Brewing Co (BOP)
MIDDAY MARGE & RITA

STYLE: Gose ABV: 4.7 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
With agave and gold kiwi fruit, this is designed to represent the brewery’s duelling personality (Marge and Rita). Sweet, sour, tart, fruity, it’s as close to tequila as they could conjure. Make sure to salt the rim!

62: Mountain Goat (AUS)
SODOMY & THE LASH: RUM RAISIN RED ALE

STYLE: Irish Amber/Red ABV: 5.7 %
CHARACTER: Malt (Fruit & toffee)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A classic Red Ale, infused with rum-soaked muscatel grapes. It’s a moderate 5.7% so hopefully you’ll remain easy and free, and you won’t hear banshee howls.

63: Mythica Brewing (AUK)
TUTANKHAMUN’S ELIXIR: LICORICE & BLACKCURRANT STOUT

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 6.5 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Dark & dry)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
King Tut treasured licorice, so much that he stored copious amounts in his tomb for the journey into the next world. As a nod, Mythica has made a tropical Stout, with chocolate malts and the tang of licorice.

64: New New New Corporation (OTA)
LEVERAGE

STYLE: Kettle Sour ABV: 5.2 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Earthy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Searching for treasure at the Indian Food Mart in Dunedin, the brewers found the intense notes of black cardamom. So they created a black cardamom kettle sour.

65: North End Brewery (WGN)
DANCING OCEAN STYLE: Gose ABV: 5 %

CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Delicate)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
In collaboration with Dancing Sands Distillery this is aged in former gin barrels to create the right balance between acidity, salt, gin botanicals and oak.

66: NZ Homebrewer Of The Year (WKO)
CHOCO MOLÉ

STYLE: Spiced Beer ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Hamilton based ocean scientist Karl Safi has won the prestigious SOBA Champion Homebrewer Trophy not once, but twice, which is an incredible testament to his brewing expertise. This is his Choco Molé Stout, brewed with cocoa nibs, molé spices and locally grown chilli, making for a smooth, chocolatey, satisfying and complex winter warmer.

67: Outlier Cartel (AUK)
SURAGGA

STYLE: Imperial Stout ABV: 11 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
The flavours of the Pacific Rim are important to our lives, and Outlier Cartel want to highlight the risks of climate change by putting them in a beer. New Zealand kelp, coconut, kumara and pineapple can all be found in this Imperial Milk Stout.

68: Panhead Custom Ales (WGN)
WHAM BAM THANK YOU NAM

STYLE: Sweet Stout ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
A night out in Saigon is something everyone should experience, but if you can’t make it to the streets of Vietnam, then this beer will take you there. Vietnamese coffee is used in the process, and it's served with a few drops of sweetened condensed milk.

69: Red Duck Beer (AUS)
THE BLOOD OF RA

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 7.2 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Earthy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Red Duck RA beers pay homage to the ancient beers of Egypt. This one is a tribute to the mighty Amon Ra, who made a red-dyed beer that saved humanity from being wiped out. Ancient grains, extended mash, kettle soured, blood orange and organic red dye. Tart, fruity, delicious.

70: Renaissance Brewing (MBH)
ESPRESSO BEERTINI

STYLE: Baltic Porter ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Malt (Toasty & nutty)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
In collaboration with Quick Brown Fox Liqueur and Harpoon Coffee this is Renaissance's homage to the Espresso Martini... but with beer. And probably way less basic.

71: Sawmill Brewery (AUK)
BLACK IPA

STYLE: Black IPA ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Malty backbone)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Pouring a dark ruby, this beer presents with a tight tan head and gives off aromas of orange zest, pine, and cocoa. Think soft chocolate/toasty base balanced by dryness and bitterness.

72: Sea Legs Brewing (AUS)
PLANTER'S PUNCH MILKSHAKE IPA

STYLE: Milkshake IPA ABV: 6.9 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Made with lactose, this Milkshake-style IPA has pineapple, coconut and a load of Vic Secret and Citra hops. It’s served on nitro for a creamy finish.

73: Semi-Pro Brewing Co (AUS)
BLUEBERRY PIE STOUT

STYLE: Oatmeal Stout ABV: 5.5 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
This mixes fresh, locally sourced blueberry with the Stout richness of bitter chocolate, crumbly biscuits and coffee hints. Poured on nitro, it has a smooth, rich flavour with a touch of sourness from the blueberry added post ferment.

74: Shifty Lizard Brewing Co (AUS)
LIZARD'S PICNIC (TYRANT ANT SOUR)

STYLE: Kettle Sour ABV: 4.5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Earthy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Edible ants are appearing more and more in food, so it was only a matter of time before they appeared in beer. This is a kettle soured beer, with a citrus flavour from added Tyrant ants. The true diet of a lizard.

75: Slab Brewing (BOP)
BOOK COVER BLACK IPA

STYLE: Black IPA ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Malty backbone)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Huge amounts of American hops combined with a dark velvety backbone. You’ll notice subtle roast characters, resin, pine, and a whack of bitterness to balance it all out.

76: Sprig & Fern (NSN)
PINOT NOIR BARREL AGED SAISON

STYLE: Saison/Farmhouse Ale ABV: 5.8 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
The fruity, spicy and earthy notes of a great farmhouse Saison are enhanced here by the deep earthy flavours of Pinot Noir barrel ageing.

77: Sunshine Brewing (GIS)
SAISON DU BRUT

STYLE: Saison/Farmhouse Ale ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Crisp (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
This blurs the line between beer and wine, without adding any grapes. White wine characters such as goozeberry and passionfruit come from Hallertau Blanc hops, while it’s conditioned in ex-Viognier barrels.

78: Sup Brewery (WGN)
KWAXIE

STYLE: Belgian Dark Strong Ale ABV: 7.2 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Dark)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
The name pays homage to running legend Dick Quax, but is a Belgian Brown Ale at heart, with a sneaky addition of cola to complement chocolate flavours.

79: Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen (AUK)
BLACKFOREST

STYLE: Fruit Beer ABV: 6.9 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Earthy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
German Blackberries and biscuity malts create a backdrop for a healthy dose of funky brettanomyces yeast. It’s then been aged in a whiskey barrel with souring bacteria to give complexity and depth.

80: Tinker Tailor (WGN)
CRÈME BRÛLÉE AMERICAN BROWN ALE

STYLE: American Brown Ale ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Malt (Fruit & toffee)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Smooth and satisfying, the malty centre is the hero of this beer. Sweet, yet perfectly balanced.

81: White Lies Brewing Co (AUS)
CHOICE AZ BREW!

STYLE: Berliner Weisse ABV: 3.5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Delicate)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
Bigger than How Bizarre was for the NZ music scene, this feijoa and kiwifruit sour will make you happier than wearing socks with your jandals.

82: White Rabbit (AUS)
LE RAMEAU D'OR

STYLE: Wild Fermentation Sour ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Crisp (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Multiple yeast strains and then barrel fermented in 1200 litre first use Italian oak barrels. This Brut India Pale Lager will be pale, oaky, dry and hoppy.

83: Woolshed Brewery (AUS)
OAKSTAVIA

STYLE: Extra Stout ABV: 8.1 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Dark & dry)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Using brandy soaked oak staves from St Agnes Distillery, think of this as a South Australian Extra Stout. Full bodied, with plenty of brandy notes.

FESTIVAL CIDERS

84: Cheeky Tiki Cider (AUS)
SWEET APPLE PIE

STYLE: Cider with Fruit ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Sweet
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
100% Granny Smith apple cider infused with a host of spices, just like you’d find in your grandma’s apple pie.

85: Devils Brewery Tasmania (AUS)
GRANDMA'S APPLE & RHUBARB CRUMBLE

STYLE: Cider with Fruit ABV: 9 %
CHARACTER: Sweet
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Freeze distilled, and served on nitro, Grandma has ramped up a family favourite. 100% Tassie rhubarb and apples, she reckons this should be served with a biscuit.

86: Flying Brick Cider Co (AUS)
VIRGIN PADDOCK

STYLE: Specialty Cider ABV: 6.5 %
CHARACTER: Dry
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
The Paddock is a collaboration with community service provider Encompass. The project is about creating opportunity for those with some physical or mental impairment, and disadvantaged members of society. This is the first cider from that project.

87: LOBO Cider (AUS)
LOBO KB1 "PROPER JOB"

STYLE: Traditional Cider ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Dry
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
This began about six years ago, when LOBO began growing its apples. No rare fruit, exotic spices, bits of cured pig, or seafood. Jut a blend of traditional apples. Proper stuff.

88: Spreyton Cider Co (AUS)
STRAIGHT OUTTA SPREYTON

STYLE: Traditional Cider ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Dry
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
This is an exclusive blend for GABS - only 250 litres made! It uses apples grown 100m from the cidery. Featuring Kingston Black, Bulmer’s Norman, Somerset Red Streak, Yarlington Mill, Coxes Orange Pippen. Classic cider, done right.

89: Willie Smith's Cider Makers (AUS)
WILLIE'S FIRE CIDER

STYLE: Specialty Cider ABV: 4.8 %
CHARACTER: Medium
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
This won’t cure your ails, but it does have loads of good ingredients: ginger, chili, garlic, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, horseradish, onion(!), oranges, lemons and of course, apples. We can’t say it’ll make you well, but we can say it’s good for winter!