GABS beer list
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1Rotorua (North Island, NZ)CroucherANZUSIPA2.7264A style first brewed in England and exported for British troops in India, this is in the American style, which is a hoppier, ‘bigger’ beer. Having discovered the punchy nose of Australian Galaxy hops, Croucher wanted to make a ‘hop bomb’ combining them with complementary NZ and US hops.
2North Island (NZ)EpicZythosIPA6504To withstand the voyage to India, IPAs boasted more alcohol and hops. Using a new US hop blend, brewer Luke Nicholas’ IPA has an aroma of green hops, a colour of polished copper, juicy malt richness, and late but firm bitterness. Zythos is Greek for beer.
3Taranaki (North Island, NZ)LibertyS!mcoeImperial IPA8100+7An IPA fit for an emperor. It has more of everything... more malt, more hops and higher ABV. Liberty’s Joe Wood has brewed this showcasing heaps of Simcoe hops and tells us to expect ‘cat pee’, dank, skunky and sweaty characters along with sweet passionfruit, bitter orange peel and tropical fruit. Boom!
4Taranaki (North Island, NZ)mike'sHeavy PetalRose IPA5.5356From the moment you get this beer near your nose, the roses leap out at you rendering the hoppy bitterness and flavour that follows as quite unexpected. This hoppy IPA is skilfully infused with home-picked rose petals introduced post fermentation so that none of the aroma is lost or masked.
5Reikorangi (North Island, NZ)TuataraDouble TroubleDouble American IPA5.5356Just like adding ‘Imperial’ to a beer name, ‘Double’ means more of everything. This first brew from the brewery’s new site showcases over-exuberant hop use. The brewers say this is about as big as it gets. Expect extreme bitterness, balanced by big malt sweetness. Beer for those who worship the hop!
6Marlborough (South Island, NZ)8 WiredC4Double Brown Ale with Coffee8.4506While Brown Ales are traditionally lightly hopped with low bitterness, modern versions are often beefed up to include significant hop additions. Last year’s Champion NZ Brewer Søren Eriksen has also included freshly roasted Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Oromia coffee beans. Expect big, bold coffee flavours balanced by malt sweetness and fruity hops.
7Dunedin (South Island, NZ)Emerson'sKashmir PilsnerImperial Pilsner with Chilli71006Hailing from Plzeň, Czechoslovakia, and what most mass market lagers pretend to be, Pilsners are aromatic, subtly malty, crisp and refreshingly bittered lagers. Brewer Richard Emerson saw GABS as an excuse to extract an old recipe and give it a twist! Expect a strong hoppy Pilsner with interesting aromatic qualities.
8Wellington (North Island, NZ)Garage ProjectDouble Day of the DeadStrong Black Lager8405Inspired by the Aztec beverage xocolatl. This lager is rich, dark, yetsmooth and drinkable with a complex mix of spice,smoke, chocolate and restrained chilli heat. Referenced with organic blue agave syrup, conditioned over rawcocoa nibs and another dose of chipotle chilli. A true celebration of the dark side.
9Port Mapua (South Island, NZ)Golden BearManly ImpulseIPA6.5805Owner and brewer JimMatranga was keen to bring to GABS a Californian flavour, which he explains as hops, hops and more hops, and a depth of malt flavour. Expect a clear, orangey-yellow ale with aromas of fruit and forest, citrus and pine notes. The bitterness is strong but balanced.
10Christchurch (South Island, NZ)HarringtonsA Bit of Kiwi WitNZ Witbier5183The brewers were keen to showcase Kiwi ingenuity using Kiwi fruit before Australia could claim the fruit as our own! This Belgian-style Witbier is infused with Zespri Kiwi fruit and has Cascade hop additions for additional citrus fruit influence. Expect a fresh nose of banana, hint of citrus and a mouthful of zesty Kiwi fruit.
11Invercargill (South Island, NZ)InvercargillRed Hot ChocolateChilli Stout5156Stouts evolved from Porters and are fuller and creamier with more body. When a brewery offered a Stout and Porter, the Stout was always the stronger (it was originally called a ‘Stout Porter’). This version of Invercargill’s Pitch Black Stout has a hint of chilli chocolate from red hot chilli peppers.
12Marlborough (South Island, NZ)MoaCocoa WeizenChocolate Wheat Beer5.5n/a4Brewed with a mix of wheat, barley malts and local hops providing low bitterness with no late hop character. The relatively low temperature fermentation with Belgian yeast produces a smooth, low ester level beer with the usual Belgian funk. Smoked bacon, chocolate and coffee flavours enhance the drinkability.
13Golden Bay (South Island, NZ)The Mussel InnSmoking SwineSmoked Manuka Beer5363Smoked beers generally have a distinctive smoke flavour from using malted barley dried over an open flame. In this beer, however, the brewers smoked manuka leaves using manuka sawdust. Expect hints of smoked manuka, ginger and Turkish delight. Plenty of sweet biscuity malt, a spice character and a smooth finish.
14Marlborough (South Island, NZ)RenaissanceStonecutter OakScotch Ale (Oak Aged)7388Scotch Ales are strong Pale Ales originally from 19th century Edinburgh. These beers tend toward sweetness and a full body, with a low hop flavour. This oak-matured version offers caramel, toffee, liquorice, chocolate and roasty flavours balanced by a tart, raisiny fruitiness with a lingering dry finish.
15South Island (NZ)TownshendJanszoon Summer AleUK Session Ale4.2n/a3In the UK golden or summer ales were developed in the late 20th century by breweries to compete with the pale lager market. Brewer Martin Townshend came up with this UK-inspired ale but used 100% New Zealand ingredients such as Canterbury grown Optic malt and locally grown Motueka and Cascade hops.
16No fixed address (NZ)Yeastie BoysGunnamattaTea-leafed IPA6506These crazy cats’ unique and interesting beer was inspired by the instrumental surf rock opening track of Paul Kelly’s 2004 album ‘Ways and Means’. Expect a citrus explosion with grapefruit and lemon hop flavours intermingling with the pungent bergamot orange and leafy aromatics of the ‘Earl Grey Blue Flower’ English tea.
17Burleigh Heads (QLD)BurleighUncle DunkelDunkelweizen5204Head Brewer Brennan Fielding wanted to brew something “distinctly Queensland”. Thinking of suntans and bananas he created a ‘tanned’ wheat beer. While ‘Uncle Dunkel’ boasts a healthy mahogany tan, it still has prominent banana notes with the added richness of toasty accents from the dark roasted wheat malt.
18Manly (NSW)4 PinesBeetroot Belgian AleStrong Belgian Ale8.5305In Belgium sugar beet is used by the brewer for candy sugar to impart flavour and to produce higher alcohol beers. 4 Pines used their own method to extract the sugar from beetroot instead. This ale is moderately spicy, effervescent with a light mouthfeel and a well-balanced alcoholic intensity.
19NSW (brewed in VIC)Barry CranstonBrown DogAustralian Brown Ale5424Why should Red Dogs have all the fame? 2011 Homebrewer of the Year, Barry Cranston, brewed his GABS-sponsored beer at Bridge Road with only Australian malts and hops. Expect citrus, passionfruit and hints of melon, backed with toast and coffee in both the aroma and the flavour.
20Sydney (NSW)Doctor's OrdersPlasmaWhite IPA7704White IPAs are an emerging hybrid beer style. The grain bill is similar to a strong Belgian Witbier which explains the colour but the lack of botanicals, a different yeast and excessive hop use deliver the opposite. US hops dominate the aroma and are backed up with a balanced mouthfeel and lingering bitterness.
21South Nowra (NSW)HopDogChildren of DarknessBarrelled Black IPA6.675-804Black IPAs are one of the new ‘geek beers’. This has been viciously hopped then barrel aged for about 30 days. Expect BIG hops and dark malt characters of chocolate and hints of coffee. The name comes from the Erinyes, the ancient Greek Goddesses of Revenge.
22Wollongong (NSW)IllawarraSaison RougeRed Saison6.5274Saisons were originally farmhouse ales brewed in Belgium’s French-speaking region. They were made before hops became commonplace so other spices were used. This version is darker and more malt driven - rich Belgian specialty malts and stewed dried fruit give a smooth balance and the finish is dry and crisp.
23Port Macquarie (NSW)Little BrewingWicked Elf PorterRobust Porter6n/a4This is LBC’s first ever Porter. The beer is almost black with a tan head and traditional English hops add bitterness to balance the malty character. Think mocha, dark/black chocolate, espresso, dusty, earthy and you have an idea of the considerable depth of flavours. Dangerously sessionable.
24Sydney (NSW)Lord NelsonLast ConsignmentAmerican Brown Ale5264The legendary Lord Nelson usually brews English style ales but for GABS they used five different roasted specialty grains and three different American aroma hops. The result: floral hops lead to a nutty caramel palate with toffee and fruit hop flavours. A smooth drying finish makes this a flavoursome ale.
25Port Stephens (NSW)Murray'sBob's Farmhouse AleFarmhouse Ale9256Shawn Sherlock loves experimenting with farmhouse ales and an oak-aged, higher ABV version "seemed like fun". Expect a dry finish, unusually light body with funky, farmhouse yeast character. The beer was brewed in two halves with extended contact with French and American oak barrels. Very drinkable despite its ABV.
26Sydney (NSW)PinchgutRED PLZRed Lager4.6454Rust red in colour, this lager has a malty sweetness balanced by generous additions of Czech grown Zatec Red hops which create a pronounced floral spicy finish and wonderful herbaceous aroma. Brewer Gerard Meares imported a special Czech yeast strain just for this GABS brew.
27Byron Bay (NSW)The Mash CollectiveAmasiaRumweizen7n/a5Stone & Wood’s new side project has taken a German Dunkelweizen and mashed it together with molasses and finished it off with a splash of rum. Think bananas loaded with rum and raisin ice cream and dark chocolate with the lingering warmth of a fine spirit.
28Sydney (NSW)St. PetersSpruced Up AleChristmas Tree Ale5n/a3Brewer Matt Donelan says this beer is the ultimate recycling project: 1 used Christmas tree = 15 kegs of beer. Tree bark, needles and tips were all added to a Pale Ale rather than hops. The result is a slight ‘spruce’ flavour bitterness with a fresh ‘pine’ aroma.
29Canberra (ACT)Wig & PenThis Beer's Not Real Craft!Sour Blonde565Richard Watkins brewed this because “everybody has had a run in with a sour blonde!” A sour, easy drinking blonde (not Pure Blonde). Gentle phenolics are balanced by lacto sourness and mild spice. 18 month old beer was blended with 18 week old beer blended with 18 day old beer!
30Moorabbin (VIC) / Massachussetts (USA)2 Brothers / Diamond KnottBloody OakEnglish-Style Barleywine9.7n/a5Hop character is not intended to dominate this style but 2 Brothers Brewery’s ‘Guvnor’ was cask conditioned, oaked and dry hopped using Diamond Knott’s techniques. Caramel, vanilla and date malt characters combine with tangerine hop and a peppery alcohol warming that finishes like creamy soda.
31Melbourne (VIC)BoatrockerAotearoa Smash!California Common4.7273Historically, steam beers (or California Commons) were brewed in California from the mid-19th century. Boatrocker’s beer showcases the new Wai-iti hops with this S.M.A.S.H (Single Malt & Single Hop) beer. It’s not a hop monster in terms of bitterness but there is plenty of citrus (mainly mandarin) aroma and flavour.
32Beechworth (VIC)Bridge RoadGod Save the LagerImperial Pilsner7.5404“Lagers are where most of us started drinking beer but these days they often play second fiddle to ales,” according to brewer Steve Matthews. This beefed up Imperial Pilsner delivers lemon peel and tropical notes on the nose backed up by a smooth bitterness and a lingering earthy spiciness.
33Bright (VIC)BrightResistance Red AleIRA7.2505IRAs marry a ruby red colour and rich body with the hop flavours of an IPA. This one’s bready and biscuity character combines with massive fresh tropical and citrus hop flavours. To keep with tradition, the brewer ‘landed’ his paraglider into a mountain (again) the day before brewing.
34Mirboo North (VIC)Grand RidgeSarsaparilla StoutStout4294There are Dry Stouts, Imperial Stouts and Sweet Stouts but Grand Ridge’s Phil Rutjens thought the combination of sarsaparilla flavours in a beer with delicious malt character would work well in his Sarsaparilla Stout. Sarsaparilla and liquorice roots were used to complement the malt flavours in lieu of one of the hop additions.
35Dromana (VIC)HickinbothamHIXFarmhouse Ale5.2283Farmhouse Ales were traditionally made by farmers to feed their workers during summer and harvest. They were nutritious, safe to drink (the water wasn’t) and refreshing. HIX is an Aussie spin on the Belgian classic. New World hops have been used with an accompanying splash of fresh vanilla bean.
36Yarra Valley (VIC)Hargreaves HillLa GrisetteGrisette3.8234Grisettes were brewed in Belgium for the miners to enjoy after a hard day’s work, and served by barmaids who wore grey dresses (grey+gris). Head Brewer Simon Walkenhorst’s GABS beer is probably the first ever Australian-brewed Grisette and is truly thirst quenching, spicy and dry.
37Woodend (VIC)HolgateGruit ExpectationsBelgian 'Gruit' Blonde Style6n/a4In medieval Europe, the church controlled the supply of gruit (a herb mixture used for bittering and flavouring beer popular before the extensive use of hops) and banned the use of the rival hop. Expect a cinnamon aroma with underlying citrus peel and liquorice. The predominant flavours are sweet, but the beer finishes with a peppery bite.
38Heidelberg West (VIC)KooindaKaraka BierFruit Belgian Witbier5154Refreshing Belgian-style Witbiers are brewed by a large number of craft brewers, but not often with fruit. Truckloads of berries from New Zealand Karaka trees have been added here - the only beer in the world that has ever used them before.
39Port Melbourne (VIC)Matilda BayDouble StoutDouble Stout6.8404This is one for the first beers to have been brewed in Matilda Bay’s new Port Melbourne brewery. Inspired by Invalid Stout, this Stout allowed Scott Vincent and his brewing team to play with great dark malt combinations. Expect loads of chocolate, coffee notes and a full rich finish; strong alcohol and bitter balance.
40Abbotsford (VIC)Moon DogMr MistoffeleesPassionfruit and Mango Wild Ale6.7125Sour/wild beers are characterized by an intentionally acidic, tart, sour taste provided by the yeast. The GABS beer from this experimental brewery has been aged for 7 months on Hungarian Oak and offers mild puckering sourness, fresh and bright passionfruit and mango, complex earthy flavours, and funk through the wazoo!
41Mornington (VIC)Mornington PeninsulaGrouchImperial American Amber Ale8425A ‘catch all’ for any ale less than dark in colour, this style of beer tends to focus on malts while hop character can range from mild to strong. Deep amber in colour, with citrus and stone fruit aromas, this beer is named after Grouch from Sesame Street and leans toward the hoppier.
42Richmond (VIC)Mountain GoatTop PaddockSpiced Red Saison6.5225A traditional Farmhouse Ale with a focus on yeast. Having never brewed or tried a Red Saison before, the Goat brewers wanted to make a Saison - Australian style. So they made it outback red, and spiced it with some exotic Australian spices. See if you can pick them!
43Barongarook (VIC)Prickly MosesOtway ChainSAWAustralian Wheat Ale4.8144Luke Scott brewed this as an ultimate cleanser. Australian grown Stella hops contribute floral notes and subtle hints of anise. Rinds from lemons grown onsite are used for tartness and their cleansing nature. The yeast imparts a slight fruity-estery aroma and flavour without the phenolic and clove-like characteristics typical in most wheat beers.
44Camperdown (VIC)Red DuckBumble BeeHoney Amber5.6n/a7A delicious English-style ale to drink while drifting down the Thames or basking in a meadow. Using wild bush honey and a single hop variety (Bramling Cross), this ale is unfiltered, unpasteurised, keg conditioned and has no added chemicals. It’s an all-natural real ale, deep golden amber with rich honey flavours and aromas.
45Red Hill (VIC)Red HillSticke AltSticke Alt5.4405The ‘Secret Alt’ is a hoppier, more alcoholic version of the traditional Alt (or ‘old’) beer style originally from Düsseldorf in Germany. Extended cold conditioning and a cool ferment combine to create a clean, crisp ale with a light hoppy nose, good malt background and a dry finish.
46East Brunswick (VIC)TempleSmoked WeizenHefeweizen & Rauchbier5.2184A crafty combination of two classic German styles. Hefeweizens are unfiltered with plenty of malted wheat and distinctive banana and clove flavours. Rauchbiers are darker and use malts dried over an open fire of beech wood, imparting a unique smokiness (‘rauch’ is German for smoke).
47East Brunswick (VIC)Thunder RoadRichmond PilsnerNew World Style Pilsner5.1355Like a clumsy elephant, a casual staff member put the wrong hops in not once, not twice but three times... and created magic. As modern as any Pilsner ever experienced and as New World as you would expect. Lots of hops. Very refreshing. There’s nothing Czech about this Pilsner. It’s totally Melbourne and deservedly ‘special’.
48Black Rock (VIC)True SouthCoconut Telegraph PorterCoconut Porter6254Sam Füss accepted a dare from her Twitter followers to brew this beer and one Tweeter actually assisted on brew day. Sam simply describes this delicious beer as a porter made with “shite loads of coconut” and WYSIWYG. The beer’s name comes from a Jimmy Buffet song as both Tiff and Sam grew up on a diet of Jimmy Buffet.
49Hobart (TAS)Moo BrewBelgoAmerican/Belgian Ale4.5n/a4This beer style is rarely seen in Australia and has unique characters imparted by yeasts typically used in fruity and big Belgian-Style ales. Moo Brew simply asked us to let the punters be the judge of this.
50Railton (TAS)Seven ShedsBlack ElephantBlack Trappist-style Ale7.8256Beer writer and brewer Willie Simpson brewed a hybrid of two of his regular beers. Expect a complex riot of roasty notes, molasses, rum-soaked prunes, Belgian yeast spiciness and considerable alcoholic grunt. Ebony Elephant and Black Trunk were rejected as names - the first sounded like a Hollywood baby name and the latter a porn site.
51Goolwa (SA) / Lobethal (SA)Steam Exchange / LobethalDouble Dubbel IPADouble Dubbel IPA6.6424These two small SA breweries have come together to produce this complex burgundy ale with the deep sweet malt backbone of a Belgian Dubbel (a rich malty beer with some spicy/phenolic characteristics) overlaid with a hefty smack of IPA dry-hopping. The spicy vinous palette gives a long and expansive mouth-feel.
52Willunga (SA)McLaren ValeVALE/EXPForeign Extra Stout5.5n/a4Foreign Extra Stouts were brewed bigger than normal for a long journey, often to the tropics. The roasted and crystal malt give a perfect combination of coffee and chocolate flavours. American hops give a piney character that balances well with a creamy mouth feel. This is one of the first beers produced out of MV’s new brewery.
53Margaret River (WA)Bootleg BreweryBlack MarketAmerican Black IPA5.8454Bootleg wanted the East Coast to experience a big hoppy dark ale from the South West of WA. With massive use of four US hops - Columbus, Citra, Cascade and Amarillo - aromas of pineapple and pine needle dominate. The use of four dark malts gives body and soul.
54Margaret River (WA)CowaramupSpecial BitterEnglish Style Special Bitter4.5384Bitters are English Pale Ales and they vary in colour and strength. Cowaramup brew a range of English style ales and their GABS beer is a sessionable ale dark copper in colour with a medium body and medium residual sweetness. It has moderate bitterness with a fruity-ester character.
55Swan Valley (WA)FeralWatermelon WarheadBerliner Weisse2.964A Berliner Weisse is a cloudy, sour wheat beer style of around 3% ABV originating in Northern Germany. Brendan Varis and his Feral team have fermented their BW with watermelon juice in used chardonnay barrels. Imagine those warhead lollies in a glass and you’ll have an idea what you’re in for.
56Canning Vale (WA)Last DropDunkelweizenMunich style Dark Wheat Ale5.2144Despite German Weizens being their f lagship beers, Last Drop had never brewed a Dunkelweizen – until GABS. This beer retains some degree of estery wheat beer characteristic but is accompanied by a caramelchocolate like bouquet. Expect copper to dark brown colour and a very rich head.
57Fremantle (WA) / Healesville (VIC) (brewed in VIC)Little Creatures / White RabbitThe Little RabbitBelgian-style Ale6.9374Taking some inspiration from the Belgian Trappist brewery Westmalle’s table beer, which is only consumed by the monks, this collaboration ale (between Little Creatures and White Rabbit) was fermented in open tanks and is dry with a good level of bitterness, backed up by ‘noble hop’ aroma and a subtle dry hop character.
58Henley Brook (WA)MashKoffee StoutDry Irish Stout4.3n/a4The Mash brewers made this Stout with a raw material none of them had brewed with before - Kahava (Indian for coffee) beans. Expect a blend of coffee, cocoa and chocolate flavours and aromas with a dry finish and an approachable roasted acidity from the coffee and the malt.
59Fremantle (WA)The MonkSweet Potato PorterA variation on USA-style pumpkin beer5.8355In the USA, there are plenty of craft breweries putting out pumpkin beers; sweet potato is an extension of that idea. This is a solid English style Porter with sweet potato and cinnamon highlights on both the nose and palette, rounded off by chocolate and roast coffee overtones.
60Perth (WA)NailSledgehammer IPAAmerican IPA5.5554American IPAs closely resemble extra hoppy American Pale Ales usually brewed with North American hops. This version is a collaboration brew between Nail’s Assistant Brewer, Steve Wearing, and Head Brewer, John Stallwood.