UPDATE: With the latest wave of COVID continuing to spread across the country, the organisers of GABF Geelong have taken the decision to postpone their 2022 to April 2. They have already contacted all ticketholders.
If you are one of the winners of a double pass via our beer club, The Crafty Cabal, or the competitions we ran on Facebook and Instagram, your tickets will be valid for the new date.
Ever so gradually the country is beginning to peek into the not-too-distant future with a sense of optimism. And with that comes the prospect of beer festivals – glorious, beautiful beer festivals.
One of the first to welcome in 2022 will be Geelong's colourful and diverse Great Australian Beer Festival, which promises to bring Johnstone Park to life in its inimitable fashion on January 15.
Expect to enjoy hundreds of beers and ciders that have been produced all over the country, food ranging from the vegan-friendly to the slow-smoked-and-definitely-not-vegan, and a long lineup of entertainment that takes in a main stage hosting eight different bands (and headlined by Art vs Science, no less) to a Piano Bar that doubles as a home for beer masterclasses and tastings.
Those with organisational skills and foresight can reserve a table for a group of eight friends, which will set you up nicely for a leisurely day with extra comfort and shade, while Pete "Prof Pilsner" Mitcham will be hosting chats with brewers at the Barrett Burston Brewers Table.
This year you've got the choice of two sessions – 11am to 4pm or 5pm to 10pm – so you can pick a time that works best, or that takes in the bands you most want to see.
There is, of course, the option of doing two sessions which, given the festival drought in recent times, seems a perfectly acceptable thing to do. And, of course, all sessions will be COVID-safe and cashless.
BEER CLUB BONUS
We've lined up a stack of double passes worth $95 to the 2022 festival for members of our beer club, The Crafty Cabal. There's a coupla ways to try to get your hands on them:
- We're offering them as one of the daily prizes in Crafty's Christmas Giftathon, which you can read about here.
- New members can put their hands up for one when they sign up here.
- And, if there's any left after the Giftathon, we'll run a ballot for members.
For more on how you can boost your beer experience with The Crafty Pint's unique beer club, head here.