The spectacular, spectapular, bottomless banquet of beer that is the GABS Festival makes a welcome return across Australia in 2022, setting up camp in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne over four weeks throughout May.
Just like in the before times, a trip to GABS will treat you to more beer-related fun than you could hope to cover in a weekend.
Choose from close to 120 unique festival beers (see the Crafty team's selection from containers bars 3 & 4 below), stalls from 70+ of the finest local brewers, a world of food, circus entertainers, panel discussions with brewers, food pairing demonstrations, beer hall games, silent disco, the ever-popular roving band and all the other favourites that have made GABS an institution.
GABS Sydney – May 20-21, 2022
There are several ticket options for the two-day Sydney leg of the festival, ranging from $33 per person for group discounts up to $199 for a perk-filled GABS Royalty VIP ticket.
Here's a taste of what's included with every standard ticket:
- Souvenir GABS Festival Glass
- GABS Official Guide featuring all Festival Beer & Cider tasting notes
- Free entry to the GABS Craft Academy sessions
- Entry to the Silent Disco
- Roaming entertainment including circus and sideshow acts, the Ale Capones, games and competitions
- Exclusive access to over 110 festival beers and ciders, plus hundreds more beers and ciders from leading producers from Australia and New Zealand
The GABS Royalty VIP Tickets include everything mentioned above, plus:
- $50 GABS festival cash card
- Exclusive Access to Mr Yum VIP Village
- Exclusive GABS Royalty t-shirt
- Complimentary meal with table service
- Guaranteed seating
- Six-pack of Stomping Ground beer (posted pre event)
For all the finer details, including session times, group discounts, volunteer information, how to use your NSW Dine & Discover Vouchers, and more, just hit the link below.
The Crafty Team Takes On Container Bars 3 & 4
In our article previewing this year's festivals, we attempted to navigate the festival beers from 1 to 117. Here's our collective pick from bars 3 & 4.
40. Aether – Earl Grey Crème Brûlée
It rhymes, comes with three different accents (if you write it properly), reminds Scott of his all-time fave GABS beer (Yeastie Boys' Early Grey-enhanced Gunnamatta), and sounds like the stupidly creamy beer to finish a GABS session on. Before, you know, getting ready for the next session.
41. Akasha – Violet Beauregarde's Blueberry Breakfast Bagel
Not the first time young Violet has lent her name to a GABS beer; Mick's praying it gets served on a bagel.
43. Big Shed – What Are Ya, Chicken Salt?
Past masters of GABS, Big Shed celebrate another SA icon that conjures flashbacks of a past GABS beer that was almost universally condemned: Wig & Pen's Thai Green Curry beer.
49. Easy Times – Unnatural Progression
When a brewer calls their own beer an abomination, it has to be worth a look, surely? Worst case scenario: it's only a thimble full, after all.
56. Tallboy & Moose – Put A Boot On
For all the diversity when it comes to what brewers are willing to throw in the mix for GABS 2022, there's a paucity of native ingredients, making this collaboration with indigenous artist Kevin Williams, which uses wattleseed from his farm, stand out.
59. Working Title – Nutella Fudge Double Milk Stout
Mick: "I imagine that Mark and Luke rubbed Nutella all over their bodies as they brewed this. It helps, somehow." Does it, though?
63. B.O.B. – Honey Badger
A traditional English ale? Now that is a step too far, GABS.
70. Hop Nation – Zombie Drop
The only non-alc pouring from a container bar.
75. Sauce – Rye Manhattan
Bring on the rye. Bring on the bourbon. Bring on the vermouth. As Scott puts it, a drink that could be the house special in a bar in Twin Peaks.
78. Valley Hops – Sins & Grins Watermelon Cooler
A watermelon cold IPA sounds like one of the most refreshing things that could ever happen.