GABS FESTIVAL OF BEER MELBOURNE NEW website review by Sam Bell
Everything a beer lover needs. GABS craft beer festival has it all. No matter if you are a noobie beer drinker and want to learn the difference between an IPA and a stout, or if you are a hops aficionado looking to further explore the magic of infusions, GABS is the place to be. Starting with the Dan Murphy discovery deck, leading members though the many styles of beer and allowing participants to choose from a ridiculous number of brews (we’ll get the them later). Who doesn’t want a complimentary flavour tour through the winding and varied paths of hops brewing? Plus, for those who find themselves with a urge to learn more and to dig deeper into exactly what they are tasting, GABS Academy has you covered. With panels of experts, freely divulging their hard-won knowledge and advising guests on all manner of topics, from pallet deconstruction to food pairings. There is always more to learn, and GABS is where to learn it.
Not everyone want to know how the sausage gets made however. Some people know what they like and just want to be left alone to enjoy it. Fair enough. Why not sit back with a brew of choice and listen to some smooth jazz to accompany your smooth malt? The Ale Capones are there to flood the stage will sound and ensure your ears are having as much fun as your mouth. If that doesn’t float your boat then why not make the experience a bit more personal? GABS offers a silent disco to let you lose yourself in your own world. Just slap on some headphones and pretend you’re at home with a brew. Just make sure to watch out for that unconscious dance we all do when listening to great music. Even if it feels like you’re at home, you’re still dancing in a crowd with beer to aid your moves.
If dancing isn’t your thing, you can always put your body to some other use. GABS has a huge variety of party games and activities to play and challenge your friends with. Whether you are a beer pong champion, foosball legend, Jenga lord, or pinball wizard, GABS gives you what you need to show off your skills. For the truly Dexterous, the cornhole championship is always an option. With free practice rounds running through the day to let you brush up on your skills before you enter the competition and win yourself some prizes.
If you don’t win, don’t sweat it. You can always head to the merch stand and buy a prize. Bribe your friends with a beer and no one will ever know. Plus you’ll end up with some of the fun alcohol themed paraphernalia on offer, and that’s always a good thing. Let’s face it, you can always use a new hoodie. Just don’t spill your beer on it.
it would be a crime to waste such beers anyway (I told you we’d get back to them). With 112 new beers and ciders on offer, GABS has an offering for every pallet imaginable. Plus a few beyond imagination. With GABS offering the 60+ breweries present a chance to show off their skills, things can get downright weird. Whether you want to play it safe with a classic cider, or chase your rumball stout down with a lamb souvlaki beer, GABS has you covered. No one wants to drink on an empty stomach and the less adventurous of you, may prefer to eat your jalapeno taco, rather than drink it. Fear not, GABS also has more food than you possibly eat. From kebabs to pizza, fried chicken and greasy burgers. GABS knows their audience, if you have a food you always crave when you hit the town, it is almost certainly present.
So whether you want to learn more about beer, expand your taste, test your skill, or just gorge yourself on a myriad of delicious treats, both alcoholic and not, GABS is the place to be. Covid has finally let us out of our houses, but that’s no reason to not get on the beers.