Gird your loins beerlovers, the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular begins this weekend in Melbourne before rolling into Sydney the following week. This will be Judd’s first foray into the world of GABS and he's beside himself. It's embarrassing really.
With over 120 beers to choose from, putting a few tasting paddles together may seem like a particularly daunting task. Especially when at least 16 of them sound so good. So just as a little favour to youse, we’ve spent days trawling through the official GABS guide and pinpointed the six beers you simply cannot miss.
That’s not a joke, we'll be watching.
Invented Colonial History and Ungulates Brewing Co.
Making Up The Numbers Pale Ale
We’ve taken our multi award winning pale ale and amped it up to eleven! The addition of all natural, organic cane sugar and over 100g of the brand new American hop “cascade” added early in the boil have transformed our signature beer from an English summer ale to an on trend American pale ale. Perfect for drinking on a plane or with your Dad.
Style: Irrelevant ABV: 4.3%
Character: Harold Bishop Festival Glass: $1 cheaper than anyone else.
Article 5 Brewing Concern
Barrel Syndrome Imperial Stout V.2
This year we’ve reworked our highly successful imperial stout by throwing away the rulebook and barrel aging our head brewer for three months prior to brewday. Steven was sealed in an oak cask and drip fed water and oxygen while he meditated on the brewing process. A gamble some might say but the beer speaks for itself. We believe the three months of darkness, isolation and psychosocial trauma has provided Steven with the extraordinary vision to increase the chocolate malt by a shocking 12 percent.
Style: Cruelty-justifying imperial stout ABV: 12%
Character: Visionary Festival Glass: $32 - a portion of the proceeds will go to Steven’s rehabilitation
Yeah I’ve Got a Beard, Big Fucken Deal. Wanna Fight About It? Brew Collective
This beer is the second collaboration with our great mates at Van’s Golden Hot Bread following on from the massive success that was 30 Cent Sauce Packet in 2014. This time the Nguyens have provided us with several hundred day old steak, cheese and bacon pies, four cartons of Mother energy drink and 3 Ice Breaks. We’ve jammed all this into relatively clean 44 gallon drums with fresh Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces cultures and probably some kind of chilli too. The addition of 18 packs of shredded Winfield Blues just before kegging gives a subtle smoky flavour that will literally keep you coming back for more.
Style: Flannel and paint stained board shorts ABV: 4.20%
Character: Utterly unpalatable yet addictive Festival Glass: $6.75 each or two for ten bucks.
Blunder Dog Brewery
Second Warning Pale Ale
Our usually drinkable pale ale, served up this year with the distinct possibility a lunch-sized portion of lamb madras and rice was added to the mash. Due to a family emergency, key steps in the brewing of this beer were entrusted with assistant brewer, Dane Bolt, who is already on his second warning. Dane remembers ordering the $7.90 lunch special, carting it back to the brewery but swears the curry was never actually consumed. In light of his demonstrably dim-witted nature, we must entertain the possibility he’s actually dropped it into the wort.
Style: Fusion ABV: 4.5-5.3%
Character: Flawed Festival Glass: $6 (comes with a selection of chutneys and mint raita).
Imperial Double Desperation Dessert Stout
Building on the success of our 4th place beer from last year, we’ve added more lactose than ever before! To balance out the sweetness we’ve stepped back from the amount of crystal and specialty malts. Also ale malt. There’s also no hops. In fact, we’ve even managed to do away with need for yeast as well. In what we believe is a world first, we’re pushing brewing to the limit here by adding malt powder, milk, ice cream and chocolate flavoured syrup really late in the boil (approximately 4 hours later). This is chocolate milkshake in a glass!
Style: Vote winner ABV: 0%
Character: An actual chocolate milkshake Festival Glass: Big stainless steel cup.
Just 43 Boys Brewing Co.
Don’t Tell The Missus (she doesn’t listen to me anyway) Signature Pilsner
What happens when 43 very best mates and amateur brewers come together with the singular vision of spending more time away from their families? You heard it, they crowdfunded a brewery each of the 43 can call their own! The result is our signature pilsner: a dangerously easy to drink lager with a lingering, lifetime of bitterness.
Style: Absent ABV: Not enough
Character: Once you start, it’s very hard to stop Festival Glass: Free, we just want someone to talk to. Did you know we own a brewery?