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

In 2019, almost 120 different brewers and cidermakers around Australia and New Zealand 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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GABS COLLABS!

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

1: Bad Shepherd Brewing Co (VIC)
(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: Black Hops Brewing (QLD)
(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.

3: Burnley Brewing (VIC)
(with Mountain Gin)
BURNLEY MOUNTAIN BOTANICAL SOUR

STYLE: Berliner Weisse ABV: 3.5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
Using the botanicals found in Mount Macedon Distillery’s Mountain Gin, this infuses gin flavours into a Berliner Weisse style beer. Pepperberry, orange zest, pine needles, juniper and more.

4: Coastal Brewing Co (NSW)
(with Little Street Roasters)
LITTLE STREET COFFEE MILK STOUT

STYLE: Sweet Stout ABV: 4.7 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A collaboration with Little Street Coffee Roasters sees the addition of locally roasted coffee to Coastal Brewing’s Milk Stout. It’s all about the balance between mild coffee bitterness and milk sugar sweetness.

5: Hop Nation (VIC)
(with Coffee Supreme)
THE HUSK

STYLE: New England IPA ABV: 7.3 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Using Cascara (coffee cherry) tea, and fermented with rooftop honey, this is complex, hazy, fruity, juicy, and spicy.

6: Jetty Road Brewery (VIC)
(with Drops Of Juniper Distillery)
G&T GOOD TIMES

STYLE: Brut IPA ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Crisp (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
A collaboration with Drops of Juniper distillery this is a Brut IPA style beer that bursts with refreshing cucumber, lime, gin and tonic flavours.

7: Slipstream Brewing Co (QLD)
(with Witches Falls Winery)
WINE BARREL AGED BRUT KETTLE SOUR

STYLE: Kettle Sour ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
In collaboration with Witches Falls Winery, this Kettle Sour is given the Brut (meaning it’s dry), and barrel ageing treatment. It’s a melange of modern brewing technique.

8: Tooborac Brewery (VIC)
(with Custom Coffees)
BOMBORA MOCHA MADNESS

STYLE: Sweet Stout ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
With Bombora Blend Coffee from Custom Coffees this Sweet Stout also has the addition of cocoa nibs. It’s smooth, satisfying but not overly complex.

9: Twisted Sister Cider (VIC)
(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.

10: Wayward Brewing Co (NSW)
(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.

11: Wolf Of The Willows Brewery (VIC)
(with Tequila Tromba)
JALISCO SOUR

STYLE: Kettle Sour ABV: 4.2 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Tequila Tromba and WotW create a beer inspired by the Jalisco region of Mexico. Agave (the base ingredient of Tequila), grilled pineapples, Mexican spice, and kettle soured. Add a touch of salt, spice and lime to #rimityourway

FESTIVAL BEERS

12: 10 Toes Brewery (QLD)
NEIPA'D IN THE BUD

STYLE: New England IPA ABV: 6.4 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Squeezed hemp seeds in this juicy plant-based goodness of a New England IPA.

13: 4 Brothers Brewing (QLD)
KING OF THE NORTH

STYLE: Experimental Beer ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Ingredients from north of the top tropics go into this. Lemon myrtle instead of hops, banana in with the grain, sugarcane in the boil and mango in the ferment. Hail the King of the North.

14: 4 Pines Brewing Co (NSW)
NITRO CREME BRULEE

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
4 Pines serve this one on nitro for a smooth velvety texture that guides flavours of caramel, vanilla and sweet toffee across your palate. Decadent and delightful.

15: Aether Brewing (QLD)
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.

16: Akasha Brewing Co (NSW)
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.

17: All Inn Brewing Co (QLD)
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.

18: Australian Beer Co (NSW)
ROSIE WAS A WEE HEAVY LASS

STYLE: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy ABV: 8.8 %
CHARACTER: Malt (Fruit & toffee)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Deep copper brown, this Scotch Ale is full of caramel, toffee and smooth alcohol flavours. Perfect for a winter’s day.

19: Australian Brewery (NSW)
LOCO EN EL COCO

STYLE: Weizen/Weissbier/Hefeweizen ABV: 6.5 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A hybrid New England-style and Wheat Beer that has a bit of chai, coconut and a little banana. It’s fermented warm, to bring out unique spicy yeast, and hopped more to load it with juicy flavour.

20: Balter (QLD)
DAZY

STYLE: Double New England IPA ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Balter sent hearts aflutter earlier this year with its Hazy IPA. So for GABS they went and made a bigger version. You know what that means! More hops (including a few experimental ones)! Expect tropical fruit, mango and citrus with light piney dank notes.

21: Beer Garden Brewing (SA)
THE DARKEST SOUR IS JUST BEFORE THE DAWN

STYLE: Mixed Fermentation Sour ABV: 5.5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Beer Garden has taken its multi award winning Porter to the darkest hour, by kettle souring and adding brettanomyces yeast. This is a first for the team, and is for late night lovers and dark beer connoisseurs.

22: BentSpoke Brewing Co (ACT)
MUTHUR FUNKER

STYLE: Lambic style Sour ABV: 4.4 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Earthy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Inspired by brewing traditions of Belgium and France, this barrel aged sour uses BentSpoke’s own special blend of bugs, that create a unique sweaty, horse blanket character… in a good way.

23: Big Shed Brewing Concern (SA)
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...

24: Blackman's (VIC)
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.

25: Blasta Brewing Co (WA)
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.

26: Bonehead Brewing (VIC)
DISTRACTION ALE

STYLE: Belgian Dark Strong Ale ABV: 11 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Dark)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
This is an 11% Belgian Strong Ale barrel aged in a bourbon cask. It’s full of classic candied fruit and Belgian spice flavours, with a long smooth oak and vanilla sweetness. Dedicated to life’s distractions.

27: Bright Brewery (VIC)
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.

28: Brisbane Brewing Co (QLD)
SEX ON THE BEACH!

STYLE: New England IPA ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Inspired by the cocktail, not the lurid sandy act, expect an orange experience that will wash over you in waves of pleasure.

29: Brouhaha Brewery (QLD)
MYSTERY SOUR

STYLE: Kettle Sour ABV: 4.2 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
A blend of local things - local fruits and even local yoghurt from nearby Maleny Dairies to help sour the beer.

30: Burleigh Brewing (QLD)
DRAGON FRUIT BRUT

STYLE: Brut IPA ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
If you’ve never seen a dragon fruit, it looks kind of like a dragon egg (they exist right?) and the red ones used here give the beer a pinkish hue. This is dry and fragrant.

31: Capital Brewing Co (ACT)
'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.

32: CoConspirators Brewing Co (VIC)
THE "WISE" GUY

STYLE: Kettle Sour ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Inspired by the Mango Weis bar, it’s sunshine and summer in a glass. Not all sweet, with a sour base and layers of lactose. And a LOT of mango. Wise moves.

33: Colonial Brewing Co (VIC)
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.

34: Currumbin Valley Brewing (QLD)
GRAPE BUBBLEGUM SOUR

STYLE: Berliner Weisse ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Delicate)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
The taste of your chewy childhoods, this is your grown up version. Puckering sour beer inspired by grape Hubba Bubba. Big bubbles, no troubles!

35: Dainton Brewery (VIC)
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 fluro golden head.

36: Deeds Brewing (VIC)
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.

37: Eden Brewery (NSW)
GRILLED PINEAPPLE SMOKED BACON NEIPA

STYLE: New England IPA ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Bacon(!), grilled pineapple and a little controversy for those who love to argue about pineapple on pizza. If it doesn’t belong there, maybe it’s good in a NEIPA?

38: Endeavour Brewing Co (NSW)
MORTAL KLARET

STYLE: Fruit Beer ABV: 5.9 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Bold, herbal & citric)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
An all-Australian IPA worth bleeding for, starring pomegranate, blood orange, and red fruits, backed up by a casket full of hops.

39: Felons Brewing Co (QLD)
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.

40: Feral Brewing Co (WA)
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.

41: Foghorn Brewhouse (NSW)
BRUT??

STYLE: Brut IPA ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Crisp (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A Brut IPA without the artificial enzyme, and with a Saison influenced yeast strain. Expect intense hop aroma, alongside a pepper yeast note. Super dry, great beer.

42: Forrest Brewing Co (VIC)
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.

43: Fox Hat Brewing (SA)
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.

44: Frenchies (NSW)
(with Bridge Road)
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.

45: Glass House Brewery (QLD)
OLD 'N' ROUGH

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 5.5 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
This Old ‘n’ Rough packs a kick of cocoa, toasted coconut, and a smooth lingering finish. We asked them how much coconut… they simply said “lots!”

46: Goose Island (USA)
BRUCE

STYLE: Brut IPA ABV: 6.5 %
CHARACTER: Crisp (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
This 'Wet Hop Brut IPA' is made with hops harvested the very same day, and is a unique take on the Brut Champagne style of beer. Dank, piney and tropical, it’s also lively in carbonation, just like the finest champers.

47: Grand Ridge Brewery (VIC)
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.

48: Green Beacon Brewing Co (QLD)
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.

49: Hemingway's Brewery (QLD)
FNQ-T

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 4.5 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Bold, herbal & citric)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
An F-n juicy tropical fruit ale, that uses in season mangosteens, and dragon fruits, all sourced locally from the brewery's surrounds. A showcase of FNQ’s spectacular produce.

50: Hope Brewery (NSW)
FA-18% RHINO IIIIIPA

STYLE: Imperial IPA ABV: 18 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Bold, herbal & citric)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
FA-18 fighter jets regularly fly over the brewery, so naturally this 18% beer is just as dangerous as them. It’s a huge IIPA at the extreme end of brewing intensity, flavour and bitterness.

51: Illawarra Brewing Co (NSW)
STRAWBERRIES & DREAMS

STYLE: Weizen/Weissbier/Hefeweizen ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
With local strawberry, this is a creamy Hefeweizen with added lactose and served on nitro.

52: James Squire (NSW)
THE WRECK SURVIVORS ALE IMPERIAL PORTER

STYLE: Porter ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Dark & dry)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
With the yeast from the world’s oldest surviving beer, salvaged from a shipwreck off of Tasmania, this is an Imperial version of last year’s The Wreck. The yeast is one of a kind, and only found in this beer.

53: Land & Sea Brewery - Noosa Beer Co (QLD)
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.

54: Liberty Brewing Co (NZ)
(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.

 

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55: Little Alchemist (NSW)
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.

56: Little Bang Brewing Co (SA)
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.

57: Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel (NSW)
MACGILLIVRAY

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Dark)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A unique ale brewed with the addition of Lot 462 Shiraz juice from the Barossa Valley. Deep red colour with rich malt flavours and textured dark fruit notes.

58: Moon Dog Craft Brewery (VIC)
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?!

59: Mornington Peninsula Brewery (VIC)
TUSEN TAKK

STYLE: Experimental Beer ABV: 6.2 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Dark)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Inspired by traditional Finnish and Norwegian brewing, this ale has been filtered through Blue Spruce leaves inside the trunk of a Blue Spruce tree, They don't know how it'll turn out, but go with them on this adventure!

60: Mountain Goat (VIC)
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.

61: Nail Brewing (WA)
NAIL GUN

STYLE: American IPA ABV: 6.5 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Served on nitro for a smooth, creamy body, Nail wanted to create a juice bomb that left you wanting to come back for more.

62: New England Brewing Co (NSW)
SHRIVELLED UP OLD PRUNE

STYLE: UK Brown Ale ABV: 5.2 %
CHARACTER: Malt (Fruit & toffee)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A classic Brown Ale is a beautiful thing. Are prunes beautiful though? New England think so, and have created a Brown Ale using them. Low bitterness, yum sweet flavours.

63: Newstead Brewing Co (QLD)
DOMESTIC ALE

STYLE: Australian Pale Ale ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Crisp (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Using a wild yeast strain isolated from a (local grown) South American tree and propagated in conjunction with University of Queensland, this is a uniquely Brisbane fermented Pale Ale with bright, tropical flavours.

64: Nine Fingers Brew (NSW)
BLACK ALE SUN XBA

STYLE: Black IPA ABV: 4.5 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A black sheep disguised as a lion - this seemingly fierce full-flavoured beer, has been tamed to a session strength for you to enjoy longer. The roar from the roasted malts is balanced by the higher bitterness and heavy-handed use of both Cascade and Citra hops. Tall, dark and mys-beer-ious...

65: Nowhereman Brewing (WA)
NOIR DE GARDE

STYLE: Belgian Specialty Ale ABV: 7.2 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Dark)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
A dark and brooding beer, it features an infusion of dried figs into a Belgian Ale, before it is aged in port barrels.

66: Ocho Beer (TAS)
BLACK JELLY BEAN

STYLE: Schwarzbier ABV: 5.5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Dark)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
"I AM NOT JUST A LOLLY!" yelled the Black Jelly Bean. "I am a very serious confection!". This black lager is rich with dark maltiness and an aniseed twist, and pays homage to the greatest confection of all.

67: Pioneer Brewing (NSW)
COUNTRY FLING

STYLE: Weizen/Weissbier/Hefeweizen ABV: 3.2 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Delicate)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
This Berliner-style weisse is all about locality and using fruit otherwise destined for the dump. Local honey, local lemons, and malt smoked over local fruits and fruit tree cuttings.

68: Prancing Pony Brewery (SA)
RIDING OUT THE STORM

STYLE: Australian IPA ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Crisp (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
This Brut-esque style IPA is made with Australian malts and hopped excessively and repeatedly with the Australian favourite, Galaxy hop. It’s got a heap of passionfruit, citrus and peach aroma, plus a lingering bitterness while being super dry.

69: Red Duck Beer (VIC)
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: Red Hill Brewery (VIC)
PANCHO MOLÈ IMPERIAL STOUT

STYLE: Ginger/Spiced Beer ABV: 8.1 %
CHARACTER: Smoke (Subdued smoulder)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Head brewer Dave loves Mexican food, and makes a mean Mole sauce. This is his beer version of that. It’s dark, smoky, strong, has a spicy heat from mexican chili, and the addition of chocolate.

71: Revel Brewing Co (QLD)
GINGER STORM

STYLE: Ginger/Spiced Beer ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Brewed with a sense of adventure, Revel has designed a beer based on a drink they love; the Dark ‘n Stormy. Modeled on the cocktail it is aged with ex-rum barrel oak, and local lime and local ginger.

72: Rocky Ridge Brewing Co (WA)
WHITE RUSSIAN

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 9.8 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Dark & dry)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
It's a pale beer look with dark beer flavour. Rocky Ridge have used coffee and barrels to create a beer worthy of The Dude himself. But you know, that's just our opinion, man.

73: Sailors Grave Brewing (VIC)
PINEAPPLE LUMP

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 4.8 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
Pineapple Lumps are a Kiwi favourite, but this Australian brewery has found some to put in a beer. Who knows how it will be? Probably pretty good, if the brewery's other beers are anything to go by.

74: Sauce Brewing Co (NSW)
GABS SAUCE

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 7.5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
This beer is inspired by the fans - well, less inspired by, and more directed by. Beer by public vote. This GABS beer has Guava, Ananas, Banana and Strawberry, and was put to public vote. GABS SAUCE!

75: Sea Legs Brewing (QLD)
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.

76: Semi-Pro Brewing Co (QLD)
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.

77: Seven Mile Brewing Co (NSW)
PASH MOUTH

STYLE: Milkshake IPA ABV: 6.8 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A truckload of passionfruit pulp, a dash of lactose and a little mango means this beer will smash your mouth like any good pash. Dry hopped with Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic, and Lemon Drop hops.

78: Shark Island Brewing Co (NSW)
THE TIN MAN (SMOKED INDIA PALE VIENNA KOLSCH)

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Smoke (Subdued smoulder)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
In the past, Shark Island has turned up with chokos, lilli pilli, and mulberry in its GABS beers. This time around: Kakadu plums. Using native wood smoked malt, and Australian hops, it’s refreshing, yet complex.

79: Shifty Lizard Brewing Co (SA)
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.

80: Six String Brewing Co (NSW)
TRIPLE DARK RED IPA

STYLE: Imperial IPA ABV: 12 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Malty backbone)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Six String is famous for its flagship Red IPA. The team has also brewed a double version, and this year they decided to kick it up a notch once again. This has triple the amount of hops to the regular version. That’s a lot of hops.

81: Soapbox Beer (QLD)
GIVE A TIP

STYLE: Porter ABV: 5.5 %
CHARACTER: Malt (Fruit & toffee)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
When Soapbox's sparky turned up with a bunch of honey one day (apparently an amateur apiarist) the team were inspired to make this Porter with malt and robust bitterness, finished with hand-gathered honey.

82: Social Bandit Brewing Co (VIC)
HIGH COUNTRY OLD FASHIONED

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Smoke (Subdued smoulder)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Inspired by the Old Fashioned cocktail, this uses peated smoked malt, orange zest, and sweet Georgia cherries; half of which are stewed.

83: Southern Highlands Brewing (NSW)
EGGHEAD

STYLE: Pale Ale (Other) ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Brewed using sesame in the mash while smoked eggplants, charred over open flames, are blended and added late in the kettle. The Egghead hopes to evoke daydreams of lazy Mediterranean afternoons.

84: Stockade Brew Co (NSW)
DOUBLE NEIPA BERRIES & CREAM

STYLE: Milkshake IPA ABV: 8.6 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Using Cryo-Hops, a product that concentrates hop goodness, this double Milkshake IPA is sweet, with a hazy appearance. Lactose brings extra creaminess to the back palate. Tropical, full flavoured and a hit of strawberry.

85: Stomping Ground Brewing Co (VIC)
OLD SMASHIONED

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Stomping Ground are all mad men and women at heart, so they combined cocktails, beer and drinking in the day into a Starward barrel-aged imperial sour. Loosen your tie with notes of cherry, orange and a splash of whisky. Hold my calls.

86: Sweet Amber Brewing Co (SA)
VEGEMIGHT GOSE

STYLE: Gose ABV: 4.5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
This is a Gose with black malts and 20kg of Vegemite added right into the boil. Fermented warm, it’s got yeast aromas, subtle sourness and a dry finish. Plus, Vegemite… yeah!

87: Sydney Brewery (NSW)
BLACK FOREST OATMEAL STOUT

STYLE: Oatmeal Stout ABV: 6.5 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A smooth, full bodied brew with chocolate, cherry and vanilla notes. This beer has been brewed using fresh cherries giving a rich and complexed palate.

88: Tallboy And Moose (VIC)
SNOT BLOCK

STYLE: Experimental Beer ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
There’s nothing more Aussie than a firm-but-wobbly block of custard sandwiched between two crisp layers of pastry. This has passionfruit, vanilla and oats. Creamy, sweet and decadently snotty.

89: Temple Brewing Co (VIC)
DIABRUX

STYLE: Sour IPA ABV: 6.5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
A pale, dry and sour beer, wrapped in an amalgamation of tropical flavours from heavy duty hopping. This one is kettle soured with a specialty Belgian yeast.

90: TwøBays Brewing Co (VIC)
CITRAIN

STYLE: Saison/Farmhouse Ale ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
Using base malts of millet, buckwheat and rice, this is a Farmhouse style ale with peppery yeast aromas and tangy citrus notes. (GF)

91: Welder's Dog (NSW)
BRUT NOIR

STYLE: Brut IPA ABV: 9.8 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
This is a raspberry and cherry sour IPA, given the Brut treatment (dried out with enzymes). Deep garnet (red), and intense aromas of mulberry, raspberries and grape from Hallertau Blanc hops. It’s then aged on french oak for a unique backbone. Served still.

92: White Lies Brewing Co (QLD)
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.

93: White Rabbit (VIC)
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.

94: Willie The Boatman (NSW)
MAN GOES NUTS

STYLE: Milkshake IPA ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Milky smooth IPA (which is a good thing in 2019, trust us) which is full of mango pulp and macadamia nuts. So nutty, it’s almost crunchy!

95: Woolshed Brewery (SA)
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.

96: Yak Ales (VIC)
SODA YAK COLA ALE

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 4.4 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Dark & dry)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
An approachable dark ale that has all the roasted malt character you want, contrasted with a spritzy cola flavour. A seriously sessionable beer with a hint of nostalgia.

97: Your Mates Brewing Co (QLD)
YOUR NAN'S JAM DROP!

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 5.5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
This is inspired by your Nan’s best jam drop. Expect strawberry, raspberry, biscuit flavours and a touch of vanilla. It’ll take you back to your spoilt childhood.

98: Yulli's Brews (NSW)
'CHIHO' SIPPER (SAKE IIPA)

STYLE: Imperial IPA ABV: 10 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Earthy & dry)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Team Yulli’s has become obsessed with Sake, even brewing their own in small quantities, while gaining an understanding of the ancient beverage. Now, they’ve made a hybrid beer and sake. Beer up front, sake in back.

FESTIVAL CIDERS

99: 3 Sons Cider (ACT)
SMOKEY HILLS

STYLE: Cider with Fruit ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Medium COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Apple cider made with Pink Lady and heritage cider apples, co-fermented on oak with blackberries from the Brindabellas. It’s smoked once fully fermented for a deep, multi-layered cider.

100: Cheeky Tiki Cider (QLD)
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.

101: Devils Brewery Tasmania (TAS)
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.

102: Flying Brick Cider Co (VIC)
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.

103: Funk Cider (WA)
PINA COLADA CIDER

STYLE: Cider with Fruit ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Sweet
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Jam packed with freshly squeezed pineapple and hand-husked coconuts, this might just change your perspective on life; or at least on cider.

104: Hillbilly Cider (NSW)
HILLBILLY SCRUMPY

STYLE: Traditional Cider ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Dry
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
This uses different UK heritage cider apples from the orchard, and they all have great names! Kingston Black, Sugar Loaf Pippen, Dabinett, Stoke Red, Somerset Redstreak, Browns Apple and Foxwhelp. #needsmorefoxwhelp

105: LOBO Cider (SA)
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.

106: Spreyton Cider Co (TAS)
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.

107: Willie Smith's Cider Makers (TAS)
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!