MY DAN MURPHY’S DISCOVERY DECK
If you’re a My Dan Murphy’s member (if not, sign up now, it’s free!), this one’s for you.
With hundreds of beers on offer at GABS, we know it can be a little overwhelming. Before you start rocking back and forth in the corner, head straight to the My Dan Murphy’s Discovery Deck, where the good folk at Dan’s will take you on a complimentary and in-depth guided tasting to find your favourite styles of beer. Once you know what you like, go forth and conquer!
Please note tasting sessions will be run hourly and are strictly limited in capacity. Head to the Dan Murphy’s Discovery Deck for the full schedule.
YENDA WHEEL OF BEER
It’s back! As far as we know, it’s the only indoor Ferris wheel at a beer festival anywhere in the world. What more of an excuse do you need to take a ride?
Oh, well how about the fact that every cent raised from the Yenda Wheel of Beer ($6 per ride), will be donated to the Fight MND Foundation to help in the battle against Motor Neurone Disease.
Even better, we’ll be offering opportunities to book our very special ‘Gold Glass Rides’. For a $45 donation, three people can join a rockstar brewer for a Ferris wheel ride and guided tasting of their Festival Beer. Get around it! And around. And around...
LITTLE CREATURES LIVE
Come celebrate what makes you, you, when Little Creatures LIVE returns to GABS.
The travelling roadshow that celebrates self expression and individuality through live performance art, and of course great beer. Back by popular demand will be our ever popular house band The Ale Capones, working the room like no one else can. And we’re thrilled to announce we’ll also be joined by the Horns of Leroy. The New Orleans inspired seven-piece outfit is renowned for their raucous shows and we can’t wait to see what they bring to GABS!
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 Australian and international 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!
BRICK LANE BREWING CO CRAFT COLLEGE
Learn from the best in the business! Hosted by the always affable Professor Pilsner (Pete Mitcham of Australian Brews News), the Brick Lane Brewing Co 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 (NEXT TO COLONIAL CADDYSHACK)
We’re very proud to introduce one of the most exciting guest appearances at GABS: ‘The 19th Hole’ brought to you by the superstars at Holey Moley Golf Club.
Enjoy three of Holey Moley’s incredibly unique mini-golf holes, then toast your putt-putt prowess with a cleansing ale next door at the Colonial Brewing Co Caddyshack. Prizes to be won. And bragging rights to be enjoyed.
STARWARD & FOUR PILLARS GIN BARREL-AGED SPIRITS BAR
Celebrating the obvious crossover between craft beer and spirits, two local craft distilleries - STARWARD and Four Pillars Gin - will be bringing their distillery experiences to GABS.
Serving up barrel-aged whisky, gin and cocktails from a stunning barrel hall bar, you can find the Australian Barrel Aged Spirits Bar on the Upper Gallery level overlooking the Ferris wheel.
Kick back, relax and take it all in.
MILAWA CHEESE & PROSECCO BAR
To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Milawa Cheese have teamed up with a few of their mates to make three washed rind cheeses, washed in Starward Single Malt Whisky, Bridge Road Brewers B2 Bomber Mach 7.0 and Brown Brothers Rosé Prosecco.
These very special releases will be available for the first time at GABS, and go wonderfully well with a glass of Brown Brothers Prosecco.
BREWMANITY FREEZE ZONE
Ever wanted to tip a bucket of ice over your favourite brewer’s head?
Hellz yeah, we hear you say. Consider those prayers answered. Our good friends at Brewmanity will be giving you that chance this year at GABS. Throughout each session, listen out for the announcements because as we soon as we get another sucker (sorry, brewer) lined up for a bucketin’, the game is ON.
Even better, all proceeds go to Fight MND to aid in the efforts to end Motor Neurone Disease.
WIN THE GRAND RIDGE GOLDEN TICKET!
Want to win the ultimate year of beer festivals?!
Then step right up to test your RING TOSS prowess at the Grand Ridge Brewery stand. If you manage to hook the ring on the wall the most amount of times each session, you could win a double pass to the very best beer festivals in your state. Only $1 to play (for three practice tosses then it’s the the real deal) and all funds are donated to the Need For Feed Charity (proudly supported by Grand Ridge).
STOMPING GROUND 'BROOLANDER' SILENT DISCO
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 Kaiju Krush 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.
SILLY HAT SUNDAY
This is just the best.
Since the very first GABS Melbourne way back in 1812, the Sunday afternoon session has traditionally been known as Silly Hat Sunday.
So if you’re coming on Sunday afternoon, make sure you doff your silliest headwear and join in the fun. The most creative hat-wearers might even get a chance to strut their stuff in the Fashions On The Field!
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, Bacchus Brewing’s Peanut Brittle Gose 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 18 May 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 Dan Murphy’s Marketplace.
GABS FESTIVAL BEER MIXED SIX PACK
Want to keep the GABS party going after the final bell has rung?
Dan Murphy’s 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 Dan Murphy’s stores and online.
GOOD BEER WEEK
Melbourne in May is without a doubt the place to be if you’re a beer lover.
Good Beer Week runs from 11-20 May, featuring hundreds of outstanding beer events, and culminating in GABS over the final weekend.
Tell your boss, book your leave, and get on in to Melbourne to enjoy the Olympics of beer: Good Beer Week.