Where and when?

GABS Brisbane is staged at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (Hall 4), in the heart of the bustling South Bank precinct. There are two 5-hour sessions held on Saturday 27 April 2019.


Session 1: 11.30am - 4.30pm
Session 2: 6.30pm - 11.30pm



How do I get there?

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cnr Merivale & Glenelg Streets, South Bank

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is located in the South Bank precinct which is well serviced by public transport, with South Brisbane Railway Station, South Bank Railway Station, The Cultural Centre Bus Station, South Bank Busway Station, CityCat and ferries all within walking distance of the venue. We highly recommend taking public transport, taxi or Uber to the event.



What do I bring?

Your Ticket

I know, right? After purchase, this will be emailed to you. Print it out, have it ready on your phone, or open it in the Eventbrite app. No ticket, no GABS.

Proof Of Age

Knowing the MC Hammer dance won’t cut it. Licence, passport or proof of age card are a must-have. Under 18s are welcome (and under 12s are free) but they won't be able to drink. All people under the age of 18 will be required to wear a tamper-proof wristband for the duration of their stay at GABS.

Credit / Debit Card

GABS is a 100% cashless event. With no cash to handle, this helps our bars and exhibitors process transactions quickly, which means more time for you to enjoy the festival. You’ll need a valid Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit, debit or EFTPOS card to purchase food, drinks and merchandise using Square PayWave readers. No cash is accepted at all.

My Dan Murphy’s Card

If you’re a member of the My Dan Murphy’s loyalty program, bring your little black membership card, or download and log into the Dan Murphy’s app to display the card on your phone. You can join the My Dan Murphy’s Express Lane on entry (beat the queue!), and take part in a guided beer tasting as part of the My Dan Murphy’s Discovery Deck. *immediately joins My Dan Murphy’s program*

What not to bring?

Bottles, cans, glass, food, drink, alcohol, illicit drugs, illegal substances, fireworks, explosives or anything that can be used as a weapon cannot be brought into the festival. Please note all bags are subject to inspection at any point during the event.

As you enter, you’ll be given a Souvenir Festival Glass and your Official GABS Guide. And then you’re good to go!



What’s included in my ticket?

All tickets include a souvenir GABS Festival Glass, our 72-page Official Guide featuring all Festival Beer & Cider tasting notes, free entry to the Ariston Food & Drink Experience and Mornington Peninsula Brewery Craft College sessions (including free food and samples), the biggest Silent Disco in town, circus and sideshow acts, the Ale Capones (just wait and see), exclusive access to up to 120 Festival Beers & Ciders made just for the event, as well as hundreds of beers and ciders from Australia and New Zealand’s leading producers, and much, much more! Check out the highlights here.



How does this cashless thing work?

Just Bring Your Credit / Debit / EFTPOS Card! We’ve partnered with the legends at Square to provide card readers at every container bar, brewery stand, food vendor and merch stand. Be sure to bring your Visa, MasterCard or Amex credit, debit or EFTPOS card, or any device with Apple Pay or Google Pay, and you’re all set. If you don't have PayWave, that's ok. As long as your card has a chip, you can insert and enter your pin.



How do Festival Beers & Ciders work?

Every year, we put the call out to the brewers and cidermakers of Australia and New Zealand to brew something brand new for GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest.

This year, we’ll be serving almost 120 ‘Festival Beers & Ciders’ from the Husky Container Bars, and this is your chance to be one of the first to sample them.

Here’s how it works…

  1. Take a look at the Official Guide you’re given on arrival, or download the GABS App (available a week or two out from the event), to check out the Festival Beer & Cider tap list. We’ve marked each beer and cider with our ‘traffic light’ indicators (Easier Drinking / Stepping Up / Adventurous) to give you some guidance on what might suit your tastes.

  2. Create a ‘Tasting Paddle’. We’ll have loads of these wooden paddles at the festival, and they allow you to get five different 85mL tasters in one hit.

  3. Once you know what you want, use the chalk provided (again, it’s everywhere) to mark down the Festival Beer or Cider numbers on the paddle, take it to the appropriate Husky Container Bar (there are two containers divided into sections), hand it to the bartender, and they’ll pour that bad boy for you. Please try and keep each paddle within the same Container Bar section for speed of service.

  4. You can buy the tasters individually for $2.50 each, or a paddle of five for $12. Even better, if you reuse your Taster Cups for the next and subsequent paddles, it’ll be $11 - a $1 saving and helping out on sustainability - nice one!

  5. If you then find something you want a little more of, at any time you can have your Souvenir Festival Glass filled with a 285mL serve of beer or cider. Prices for glass fills start from $6.50.

PRO TIP: Don't start at tap number 1. The tap numbers are ordered alphabetically by brewery and don't mean anything from a tasting perspective. But for some reason, lots of people start there. Start somewhere else and avoid the queues.

You’re very welcome to keep and take home your Souvenir Festival Glass, but please place your Tasting Paddles in the Paddle Bins as you exit your session.



What if I’m not into beer or cider?

We won’t hold it against you. ;-)

Enjoy delicious wines from 19 Crimes (available at Husky Container Bar B).

Experiment with beer barrel aged whiskies at the Jameson Caskmates stand.

Grab a soft drink from the Street Food Market.

And free water will be available from stations throughout the festival hall.



What else do I need to know?


Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the festival hall. Smokers are asked to smoke outside the main entrance and to one side.


This little shindig wouldn’t happen without the support of many awesome staff and volunteers. It just wouldn’t. They’ll all be in GABS t-shirts and easy to identify. Be nice to them. Give them a hug, even.


If anyone thinks GABS is a swillathon, they will only be disappointed.

While GABS is all about responsible beer and cider appreciation and education in a fun and festive atmosphere, anti-social behaviour will not be accepted.