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

In 2019, over 170 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 three 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: Badlands Brewery (NSW)
(with Small Acres Cyder & Origin Chocolate)
DARK SIDE OF ORANGE

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Malt (Fruit & toffee)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A collaboration between three Orange (NSW) craft companies - Badlands Brewery, Small Acres Cyder and Origin Chocolate - it’s inspired by English Brown Ales, and uses local chocolate and homegrown cherries.

3: 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.

4: 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.

5: 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.

6: Funk Estate (NZ)
(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.

7: 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.

8: Indian Ocean Brewing Co (WA)
(with Dutch Trading Co & Erosion Meadery)
OAKLORE BRAGGOT

STYLE: Braggot ABV: 13 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Braggot is a blend of beer and mead, and for this collaboration, Dutch Trading Co, Indian Ocean Brewery and Erosion Meadery have blended a bourbon barrel aged Barley Wine, with a 15% mead.

9: 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.

10: Pink Boots NZ (NZ)
(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.

11: 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.

12: T-Bone Brewing Co (TAS)
(with Belgrove Distillery)
THAT'S NO' HOW YOU MAKE PORRIDGE!

STYLE: New England IPA ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
This beer uses an absurd amount of oats to give an incredibly unique texture. The brewer describes it as "like drinking pineapple juice", and it's inspired by his dad's 100% oat-wash whisky. How fun does that all sound?

13: 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.

14: Tuatara Brewing Co (NZ)
(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.

15: 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.

16: 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.

17: 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

18: 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.

19: 2 Brothers Brewery (VIC)
GOES TO ELEVEN

STYLE: Imperial Stout ABV: 11 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
11 different grains, 11kg of hops, and 11 months in a Starward whisky barrel while we blasted Spinal Tap. You bet this beer is one louder.

20: 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.

21: 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.

22: 8 Wired Brewing (NZ)
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?

23: 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.

24: AIBA Champion Brewers (VIC)
ACHACHA GOSE

STYLE: Gose ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
Australia's four champion breweries from the AIBA; Mountain Goat (large), Green Beacon (medium), Black Hops (small) and Philter (nomadic) have combined their powers to brew an Achacha Gose. Have you ever tried Achacha fruit?

25: 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.

26: Alibi Brewing Co (NZ)
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.

27: 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.

28: AUS Homebrewer Of The Year (NSW)
THE BARRY

STYLE: Saison/Farmhouse Ale ABV: 4 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
Barry Cranston is back for the second time as Australia’s National Homebrew Champion. He first appeared in 2012 with a brown ale, and now he’s got an Australian take on a Farmhouse Ale with all Aussie ingredients. Find out why he’s a national champ!

29: 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.

30: 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.

31: B.Effect Brewing Co (NZ)
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.

32: 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.

33: Barossa Valley Brewing (SA)
PB SHAKE

STYLE: Experimental Beer ABV: 6.5 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Inspired by the brewer's favourite Dairy Queen milkshake that sustained him through University in Michigan, this has chocolate malts, cacao nibs, peanut butter and lactose. Not for the diet conscious, but a fun special treat.

34: Bassline Brewing (NZ)
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.

35: 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.

36: Beerland Brewing (WA)
SNOZZBERRY JUICE

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
‘The Snozzberries taste like Snozzberries’ Hoppy, fruity, funky and sour as all heck! This is soured, dry hopped and added blueberries and raspberries. Crazy refreshing.

37: Bells Beach Brewing (VIC)
WINKIPOP WHEAT DOUBLE IPA (WIIPA)

STYLE: Imperial IPA ABV: 8.2 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Bold, herbal & citric)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Winkipop is a right handed point break that’s a favourite among locals good enough to surf it. Like its namesake this beer is also designed to challenge. Easy drinking characteristics of a Wheat Beer with a massive hop punch.

38: 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.

39: 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...

40: Black Heart Brewery (VIC)
BREAKING BRAD

STYLE: Weizen/Weissbier/Hefeweizen ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Malt (Fruit & toffee)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Inspired by a love of Breaking Bad and Hefeweizen, this one uses darker Crystal Malts to give a unique twist on the clear, classic German style.

41: 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.

42: 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.

43: 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.

44: Boston Brewing Co (WA)
PEACHES EN RUMALIA

STYLE: Specialty Beer ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
This semi-sour beer with lactose and peaches has been aged in rum barrels. It’s inspired by peach crumble topped with cream and if you close your eyes it just might take you there.

45: Brewaucracy (NZ)
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.

46: Brewicolo Brewing Co (VIC)
KOFE BROWN ALE

STYLE: American Brown Ale ABV: 5.5 %
CHARACTER: Malt (Toasty & nutty)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
Kofe is Fijian for coffee and this well crafted Brown Ale is just like the first coffee of the day. A malt driven ale with quality coffee beans, it’s rich and roasty.

47: 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, mashmallowy snack. It has cacao nibs, coconut flakes, and local raspberry puree.

48: Bright Tank Brewing Co (WA)
TROPPO SEASON

STYLE: Double New England IPA ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
This might send you a little troppo as you wonder why it’s so easy to drink. With four dry hop additions, and an addition of mango, it also uses a blend of wild yeast, and a classic Vermont yeast strain. Like the wet season up north, it might send you troppo.

49: 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.

50: 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.

51: 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.

52: Canyon Food & Brew Co (NZ)
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.

53: 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.

54: Captain Bligh's Brewery (TAS)
KEEL HAUL

STYLE: UK Barleywine  ABV: 9.36 %
CHARACTER: Malt (Fruit & toffee)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
A Barley Wine like your Grandad used to drink. Double mashed to give an intense experience, it uses only Tasmanian products.

55: Casey's Brewery (NSW)
BROADFORD HERITAGE STOUT

STYLE: Imperial Stout ABV: 9.5 
CHARACTER: Roast (Dark & dry)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
With a small portion made with brettanomyces and blended back, this harks back to nineteenth century brewing, where beer was blended to order. Complex, rich and flavours of coffee, chocolate and raisin.

56: Cheeky Monkey Brewery (WA)
STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE IPA

STYLE: Milkshake IPA ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Loads of strawberries and lactose will take you back to those days when you got out of class, rode your pushy down the sun-scorched footpath to grab a carton of pink milk.

57: Chur Brewing Co (NZ)
HEY MAN, THERE'S A BEVERAGE HERE

STYLE: Imperial Stout ABV: 8.2 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Just like the Dude would want, this is a white Imperial Stout. Think White Russian in beer form, as Harpoon Cold Brew Coffee is added right before it’s kegged.

 

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58: 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.

59: Coldstream Brewery (VIC)
BONFIRE BROWN ALE

STYLE: UK Brown Ale ABV: 5.2 %
CHARACTER: Smoke (Subdued smoulder)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
An Australian twist on an English style, it uses smoked cherry wood chips for an intense yet smooth experience. Caramel, dark fruit and toasted malt flavours will leave you nice and toasty.

60: 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.

61: Concept Brewing (NZ)
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.

62: 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!

63: 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 fluoro golden head.

64: 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.

65: Deep Creek Brewing Co (NZ)
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.

66: Eagle Bay Brewing Co (WA)
SOUR PINK STOUT

STYLE: Sour ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Eagle Bay has grabbed coffee from local roasters Cape Effect, and cacao husks from chocolate makers Bahen & Co, as well as fresh raspberries to give a dry, tart tang.

67: 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?

68: 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.

69: Epic Beer (with Hallertau) (NZ)
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.

70: 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.

71: 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.

72: 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.

73: Foreigner Brewing Co (VIC)
CZECHMATE

STYLE: Experimental Beer ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Inspired by the famous Czech beer cocktail of the same name, Czechmate is a mixed fermentation spiced Pilsner with a higher finishing gravity. Brewed with a blend of herbs and spices used in Czech apéritifs.

74: 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.

75: Fortune Favours (NZ)
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.

76: 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.

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

78: Fury & Son (VIC)
PINEAPPLE & MANGO UPSIDE DOWN STOUT

STYLE: Sweet Stout ABV: 6.5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
It’s a white stout that can’t be beat. Think of an upside down cake, with coconut, vanilla and coffee. It may look pale but it tastes like a rich stout.

79: Garage Project (NZ)
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.

80: 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!”

81: 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.

82: 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.

83: 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.

84: Gypsy Fox Brewing Co (NSW)
DARK PARADISE

STYLE: Sweet Stout ABV: 5.5 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Easier drinking
A lovely dark chocolate Milk Stout with undertones of dried stone fruit and coconut. Designed to lead you down the rabbit hole for GABS.

85: Hawkers (VIC)
with Against The Grain
AGAINST THE RESERVOIR

STYLE: American IPA ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
With experimental hops, small batch malts and a hazy body, this is designed to be as unapologetic as John Howard.

86: 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.

87: Heyday Beer Co (NZ)
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.

88: Hop Hen Brewing (VIC)
SMOKED PORTER

STYLE: Porter ABV: 5.5 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Dark & dry)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A malty porter with a hint of cherry wood smoked flavour. It’ll be subtle but somehow rich, with deft touches of smoke and lovely malts.

89: 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.

90: 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.

91: Impi Brewers (WA)
MELKTERT MUNICH HELLES

STYLE: Helles Lager ABV: 5.6 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Deliciously rich and creamy it’s a Munich Helles inspired by the South African dessert, Melktert. Expect nitrogen fuelled flavours of vanilla, custard, cinnamon and nutmeg.

92: Inner North Brewing Co (VIC)
MANGO TANGO SHAKE

STYLE: Milkshake IPA ABV: 5.6 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
If you love mango sticky rice, then this is for you. It’s a coconut milkshake beer, with mango, lactose, and pandan leaves.

93: 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.

94: Juicehead Beer (NZ)
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.

95: Kereru Brewing Co (NZ)
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.

96: King River Brewing (VIC)
MABON-O-BERRY

STYLE: Doppelbock ABV: 7.5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Dark)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Local blueberries give this classic German beer style a berry-delicious flavour. The dark lager style is known to monks as “beer bread”, so maybe this is a pre-dinner beer.

97: 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.

98: Laughing Bones Brewing Co (NZ)
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.

99: Left Barrel Brewing (SA)
CHOCTOP PORTER

STYLE: Porter ABV: 5.5 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Who doesn't love a choc top at the movies? Obviously Left Barrel do because they've made a delicious Porter with vanilla pods to help recreate that feeling when a film starts and you've got an icecream treat in your hands.

100: 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.

101: 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.

102: 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.

103: Little Creatures (VIC)
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.

104: 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.

105: Malt Shed (VIC)
CHOC RIPPLE DOUBLE HAZELNUT BROWN

STYLE: American Brown Ale ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Malt (Fruit & toffee)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
This full-bodied double Brown Ale has chocolate ripple biscuits added in, then is aged in whisky barrels, with hazelnut and vanilla. Complex, nutty, and chocolate caramel flavours throughout.

106: Mash Brewing (WA)
BANOFFEE PIE IPA

STYLE: Milkshake IPA ABV: 6 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Banana and toffee create a heavenly combination in this Milkshake IPA. It features cacao nibs, lactose, banana, candi syrup and vanilla.

107: McLeod's Brewery (NZ)
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.

108: 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?!

109: Moorebeer Brewing Co (NSW)
DOUBLE POPPA

STYLE: New England IPA ABV: 8.1 % 
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Moorebeer makes a beer called Big Poppa, and it’s the team’s favourite. So it was a no-brainer for them to jack up the booze and hops. This is a bomb of fruit flavours. I love it when you call me...

110: 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!

111: Morrison Brewery (TAS)
UNPHỞGETTABLE BLONDE

STYLE: Blonde Ale ABV: 4.5 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Bright)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
After three previous GABS beers with Asian food inspiration (Hot and Sour, Green Curry Saison and Umami) this year it’s all about Vietnamese Pho. Basil, coriander, citrus, anise, and maybe even fish sauce?

112: Mount Brewing Co (NZ)
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!

113: 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.

114: Mr Banks Brewing Co (VIC)
RASPBERRY MILK

STYLE: Sweet Stout ABV: 6.2 % 
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
This is a big, creamy, Milk Stout that bursts with chocolate, coffee and raspberry.

115: Mudgee Brewing Co (NSW)
MUDGEE PORTER PORT

STYLE: Wood-Aged Beer ABV: 4.4 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
A chocolate Porter that’s aged in barrels from a local Mudgee Winery that has won awards for its wines and ports. It combines sweet and smooth port notes, with chocolate and coffee flavours.

116: 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.

 

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117: 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.

118: 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.

119: 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...

120: North End Brewery (NZ)
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.

121: 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.

122: 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.

123: Otherside Brewing Co (WA)
PICKLEBACK SOUR

STYLE: Kettle Sour ABV: 5 %
CHARACTER: Tart/Funky (Fruity & vinous)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Based on the Pickleback shot, this is a kettle soured, straw coloured beer, fermented on bourbon oak. It has additions of cucumber, black peppercorn, mustard seed, dill and garlic - plus a little white vinegar. Invigorating, and sharp.

124: Outlier Cartel (NZ)
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.

125: Panhead Custom Ales (NZ)
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.

126: Pikes Beer Company (SA)
BARREL AGED QUADRUPEL

STYLE: Belgian Quad ABV: 10.7 %
CHARACTER: Fruit/Spicy (Dark)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
This small batch Belgian Quad is brewed with a swag of specialty Belgian malts then aged in ex-Shiraz, Mourvedre and Cabernet wine barrels.

127: 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.

128: 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.

129: Rare Bird Brewing (VIC)
KANGABREW

STYLE: Weizen/Weissbier/Hefeweizen ABV: 5.5 %
CHARACTER: Smoke (Spicy & meaty)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
This Hefeweizen is inspired by Australia. A red Wheat Beer with native mountain pepperberry and the unusual addition of char-grilled kangaroo. Yep. Pretty sure this is a GABS first. Crikey.

130: 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.

131: 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.

132: Renaissance Brewing (NZ)
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.

133: 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.

134: 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.

135: 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.

136: 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!

137: 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.

138: 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.

139: 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.

140: 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.

141: Shenanigans Brewing (NSW)
PURPLE HAZE

STYLE: Milkshake IPA ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Shenanigans took the idea of an icecream spider and brewed a spider-inspired beer based on a Milkshake IPA. A light malt base combined with some punchy hops for creaminess and berry character, vanilla and lactose, and a special flower for a bluey, purple haze. Now you're acting funny, but you don't know why...

142: 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.

143: 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.

144: 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.

145: 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.

146: 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.

147: St Andrews Beach Brewery (VIC)
THE BIRDCAGE

STYLE: Brut IPA ABV: 7 %
CHARACTER: Crisp (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Stepping up
Inspired by that birdcage classic (think horse racing): bubbles with strawberries, this spritzy Brut IPA is made with over 40kg of local strawberries and a healthy dose of hops. A great glass of bubbles.

148: 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.

149: 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.

150: 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!

151: 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.

152: 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.

153: 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.

154: Three Greens Brewing Co (VIC)
CONCORDE IMPERIAL LAGER

STYLE: Imperial Pils/Lager ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Crisp (Brisk hoppiness)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
It's a Lager, but not like you know it. Massively rich and deep, infused with French Oak to pay homage to the fastest passenger aircraft to ever grace the skies.

155: 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)

156: Urban Alley Brewery (VIC)
MARVELLOUS MELBOURNE BREAKY STOUT

STYLE: Oatmeal Stout ABV: 7.9 %
CHARACTER: Roast (Soft & silky)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Using single origin coffee from Omar and the Marvellous Coffee bird, it also has cacao nibs, and bittersweet dark chocolate. It’s like sitting in Degraves St, with aromas of fresh coffee beans and toasted grains.

157: 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.

158: Westside Ale Works (VIC)
JAMAICA ME HAZY

STYLE: New England IPA ABV: 8 %
CHARACTER: Hop (Juicy & hazy)
COMPLEXITY: Adventurous
Double dry hopped and finished with hibiscus flowers and cold pressed grapefruit, this has a deep maroon colour. Expect huge amounts of tropical and citrus flavour.

159: 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.

160: 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.

161: 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!

162: 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.

163: 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.

164: 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.

165: 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

166: 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.

167: 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.

168: 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.

169: 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.

170: 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.

171: 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

172: 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.

173: 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.

174: 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!