May 19th 12:00am to May 21st 5:00pm
We're not quite sure how they manage it, but each year the team behind GABS finds ways to step it up.
And, in 2017, the unique event that combines container bars pouring festival specials with brewer stalls, all manner of entertainment, masterclass and madness, has stepped it up again.
Key for beer adventurers will be the news there's a third container bar meaning they can pour up to 180 festival beers and ciders, while they're also adding stages to the containers so some of their entertainers can do their business from on high.
If you're in Melbourne, the Yenda ferris wheel is back too, while the Sydney leg of the festival has moved to The Dome at Sydney Showground in Olympic Park.
You can get the full rundown of what's on offer via the GABS Festival website, which is where you can find ticket sales too.
The Melbourne event runs from May 19 to 21 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.
Crafty Cabal Specials
If you're a Crafty Pint supporter who's joined The Crafty Cabal, you could be heading to GABS in Melbourne or Sydney as our guest.
We've lined up $3,500 worth of passes covering every session for new and existing Cabal members. Here's how to grab them:
- Existing Cabalistas can enter the ballot in their member's area. Choose the session you'd like to attend and we'll notify winners on March 29.
- Or you can become a member and instantly get hold of a double pass worth $90.
- To get hold of a double pass for Melbourne – SORRY, ALL GONE!
- For Sydney GABS, sign up here. (STILL SOME LEFT)
The Crafty Cabal is our beer lovers bonus scheme similar to the subscriber services operated by community radio stations like RRR. Readers who choose to become paid subscribers get invites to exclusive events and bar shouts, access to deals at venues and breweries across Australia, heaps of free and VIP passes to festivals and more.
For full details, head here.