THE ALE CAPONES
Perennial GABS favourite house band, The Ale Capones, are back and will be working the crowd like no one else can with their trademark tunes and humour.
ARISTON FOOD & DRINK EXPERIENCE
Love beer and food? Well, the Ariston Food & Drink Experience is the place to be.
With more than 15 years of beery experience, Kirrily Waldhorn (aka the Beer Diva), will be your tour guide on a gastronomy adventure at Ariston Food & Drink Experience. Enjoy free, fun-filled seminars by leading chefs. Learn how to pair beer, cider and food from the best, be prepared to roll up your sleeves, and even get blindfolded. Entry is on a strictly first come, first ‘served’ basis, so get in fast!
Learn from the best in the business! Hosted by the always affable Professor Pilsner (Pete Mitcham of Australian Brews News), the GABS Craft College offers the opportunity to learn more about beer and cider through a series of free seminars and discussions.
They include our highly popular Q & Ales panels, masterclasses and feature sessions and are accompanied by free beer and cider samples and a whole lot of fun. First in, best dressed!
THE 19TH HOLE: HOLEY MOLEY GOLF CLUB
After taking Australia by storm with their hugely quirky, and highly entertaining, mini golf bars, the legends at Holey Moley Golf Club have set their sights on New Zealand!
Get a taste of the experience first at GABS with three unique holes created just for the festival, then go ahead and toast your putt-putt prowess. Prizes to be won. And bragging rights to be enjoyed.
JAMESON CASKMATES BAR
Jameson Caskmates is an example of what can happen when you let curiosity and collaboration get the better of you. Born from a collaboration between Jameson's head distiller and the head brewer of Cork's Franciscan Well Brewery, Jameson Caskmates is a head-turning, modern Irish whiskey that has taken the craft beer world by storm.
Hop along to the Jameson Caskmates Bar at GABS to hear more about the unique story, explore crafty beer and whiskey concoctions, and get a New Zealand exclusive preview of the newest Jameson Caskmates Edition.
Back by popular demand!
After a year’s hiatus in 2017, the GABS Silent Disco will be making a triumphant return. Yes Steve, you can stop messaging us on Facebook now.
Grab your headphones, choose your channel (rock or pop d-floor classics) and dance like nobody’s watching. But of course, they all are.
ELWD MERCH STAND
T-shirts, hoodies, trucker hats, bottle openers, shower beer holders (apparently this is a thing now). Last year we even had beer-themed beach towels.
If you like beer, and wearing stuff, the ELWD Merch Stand is your one stop shop.
PRO TIP: The ELWD Merch Stand opens one hour into each session. Hit it early to avoid the end of session queues.
HUSKY PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
Sure there are a lot of critically acclaimed beer and cider awards out there, but as many a brewer has said: “to win the GABS People’s Choice is the greatest honour one could receive, to know that my beer has won the hearts and palates of the people is reward for a lifetime”*.
Many a fine beer has won the People’s Choice, including Yeastie Boys’ Gunnamatta, La Sirene’s Praline, Behemoth Brewing’s Chocolate Fish and Stockade’s The Mountie.
Vote for your favourite Festival Beer, Cider and Food Vendor and you could win a GABS Bar Fridge from Husky! That’s right… a HUSKY BAR FRIDGE! Voting will open on 30 June here.
* may be paraphrasing here
BEER HALL GAMES
Challenge your mates to Giant Jenga, Cornhole (bean bag toss) or Table Tennis, or check out many of the fun games, activities and competitions our brewers and cidermakers will be running around the Liquorland Marketplace.
COOPERS FESTIVAL GLASS
On arrival at GABS, you’ll be given a classic beer tulip souvenir glass (made from one of the most glass-like plastics).
At some point you’ll certainly find a favourite beer or cider. Rinse your Coopers Festival Glass and order a fill at the Container Bars or at the Liquorland Marketplace stands.
Please hang on to your glass as you will only receive one (and it’s a great souvenir). Replacement glasses can be purchased from the Elwood Merch Stand.
GABS FESTIVAL BEER MIXED SIX PACK
Want to keep the GABS party going after the final bell has rung? Liquorland has got you covered with the official GABS Festival Beer Mixed Six Pack.
We’ve handpicked six of the hottest Festival Beers (three from Australia, three from New Zealand) to package up in can and bottle for our official mixed six.
Available straight after GABS from all good Liquorland stores.