Gabs Craft Beer Festival 2024

Fri 21st June, 2024 – Sun 23rd June, 2024
Melbourne Showgrounds
Epsom Road, Ascot Vale
Price: Fronm $45
The Great Australasian Beer Spec-tap-ular returns with another 120 brand-new festival-release beers and a heap of activities over three days.

The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular, one of the world’s more unusual beer festivals, is back for its 13th year, with a new lineup of beers from Kiwi and Aussie independents. Every year the festival invites breweries to submit their wackiest ideas, with the best 120 selected for a festival-only release. If you can imagine it, they’ve probably got it – this year there are brews inspired by sushi and spaghetti, and others infused with native Australian blood limes and flavoured with bacon.

1000 year-old German brewery Weihenstephaner, known for its crisp, classic styles, couldn’t be further from this experimental mindset – which is why it’s the perfect guest at this year’s festival.

With so many beers on pour, you’re bound to find several new favourites, from Urban Alley’s 2.5 per cent yuzu brew to Deeds’ 12 per cent pastry stout and a range of non-alc options. If you love what you try, you might find it in your local bottle shop soon – big-name beers like Hop Nation’s J Juice and Feral Brewing’s Imperial Biggie started life as Gabs entries.

Along with the brews, there’ll be music, a silent disco, games and much more.

Fri 11am–4.30pm & 6pm–11.30pm
Sat 11am–4:30pm & 6.15pm–11.45pm
Sun 12pm–5:30pm