What makes a beer or cider eligible?

It’s pretty simple. A GABS Festival Beer or Cider must be a new brew never before released by the brewery or cidery. It can be made in any style, whether it’s something traditional, perhaps with a twist, or a highly creative brew with exotic ingredients and/or brewing processes.


Do I need to have an exhibitor stand as well?

Not at all. You're welcome to submit a Festival Beer or Cider without having a stand at the events.


What do I need to provide now to register?

At registration, all we need is an indicative style for your Festival Beer or Cider (there’s a list you can choose from during the registration process), as well as your contact and banking details. After confirmation, you'll need to provide more information.


Does registering mean my beer or cider is accepted?

Not just yet. Registrations will close on Friday 16 February 2018 (or as soon as all slots are filled). Please understand that there are a limited number of taps available to serve Festival Beers and Ciders. While we consider all registrations on a first come, first served basis, GABS reserves the right to select participating breweries and cideries at our absolute discretion.

Should your registration be accepted, we’ll let you know as soon as possible after 16 February, and ask you to submit further information about your Festival Beer or Cider for use in our Official Guides and App (such as beer name, brewer's note, ABV, etc). At that point, we’ll also ask for your banking details to allow us to pay you for your Festival Beer or Cider. This information is required by no later than Friday 2 March 2018.


How many Festival Beers and Ciders do you accept?

At GABS Melbourne and GABS Sydney, there are now a maximum of 180 taps available for Festival Beers and Ciders. While we welcome all registrations, some preference will be given to Australian brewers and cider makers for the Australian events.  

At GABS Auckland, the number of taps available for Festival Beers and Ciders will be determined by the number of New Zealand breweries and cideries that register to ensure they’re in the the majority.


How much does it cost to register?

It’s absolutely free to register a Festival Beer or Cider. In fact, we pay you for it!


Sounds good! How much do you pay me and when?

GABS will buy between 2 to 6 x 50L Kegstar kegs of a Festival Beer or Cider, depending on which GABS event at which the beer will be served. The price GABS pays for each keg is based on its ABV percentage. Please see the table below for the full breakdown of quantities and prices.

GABS will look after all import/export costs for Australian and New Zealand brewers. Breweries and cideries need only deliver to the specified consolidation point.

For a limited number of breweries and cideries outside of Australia and New Zealand, GABS will pay an additional $60 AUD per keg for freight costs. 

GABS will self generate Tax Invoices for breweries once provided with correct banking and company details, and full payment for your Festival Beer and Cider (after any deductions) will be made within 28 days after your last GABS event.

Any account enquiries can be addressed to accounts@gabs.beer.


What if you don’t use all of the Festival Beer or Cider?

New in 2017, GABS is introducing a sale-or-return model for Festival Beers or Ciders (with some exclusions as outlined below). In line with our vision to introduce people to a large and diverse range of craft beers and ciders from across Australia and New Zealand, this model will allow us to further expand the Festival Beer and Cider experience for our 32,000+ consumers. Here’s how it will work…

  • For Australian businesses. If you’re an Australian brewery or cidery (or have Australian distribution), any full and untapped kegs of your Festival Beer or Cider will be made available for collection from either our Melbourne or Sydney warehouse (at your choice) following GABS Sydney. It is then your responsibility to collect the kegs by no later than Monday 12 June. Should these full kegs not be collected after the collection period, the amount for this keg(s) will be deducted from your final GABS payment. A $10 charge to the brewer will also apply to cover keg uplift and emptying.
  • For New Zealand businesses. The same model will apply if you’re a New Zealand brewery or cidery (or have NZ distribution), and are producing a Festival Beer or Cider for GABS Auckland. Any full kegs will be available for collection from our Auckland warehouse until Monday 3 July. Should these full kegs not be collected after the collection period, the amount for this keg(s) will be deducted from your final GABS payment. A $10 charge to the brewer will also apply to cover keg uplift and emptying.
  • Exclusions. For those Australian breweries and cideries brewing Festival Beers or Ciders for GABS Auckland, or New Zealand breweries and cideries brewing for GABS Melbourne and Sydney that do not have any local distribution in those markets, the sale-or-return model will not apply, and GABS will retain ownership of any unused kegs. In this instance only, please note that GABS reserves the right to on-sell uncollected kegs at its discretion.

OK, so once confirmed… how do I get my Festival Beer or Cider to you?

Good question. We’re delighted again to work with Kegstar as a key logistics partner for all GABS events. As well as providing a great solution for craft breweries across Australia and New Zealand for their own keg needs, Kegstar helps GABS ensure a smooth freight and logistics process for all participating breweries and cideries.

For Australian breweries and cideries:

Kegstar will deliver 50L A-type kegs to each participating brewery and cidery, however if you choose to utilise some Kegstar kegs already at your site you can. Once filled, breweries and cideries are responsible for delivering their own kegs to the Liquex warehouse in Melbourne at their own expense.

For New Zealand breweries and cideries:

Kegstar will deliver 50L A-type kegs or 50L D-Type kegs to each participating brewery and cidery, however if you choose to utilise some Kegstar kegs already at your site you can. Once filled, breweries and cideries are responsible for delivering their kegs to the GABS warehouse in Auckland at their own expense.

For more information on keg logisitcs, please visit Kegstar's portal here.

For international breweries and cideries:

Breweries, cideries or their distributors are responsible for providing their own kegs and delivering them to the Liquex warehouse in Melbourne at their own expense. Please note that for a limited number of breweries and cideries outside of Australia and New Zealand, GABS will pay an additional $60 AUD per keg for freight costs.


How will my Festival Beer or Cider be served?

All Festival Beers and Ciders will be served at GABS events by our staff and volunteers from the GABS ‘Kegtainer’ bars. They will be served in 85ml samples (often in a tasting paddle of five samples) or in our 285ml official GABS glass.


Can I release my Festival Beer or Cider after the event?

We place a strict embargo on Festival Beers and Ciders, where the brews may not be released commercially in any form anywhere in the world until after the GABS event(s) where it is served. Please see the table below for detailed dates on when and where Festival Beers and Ciders can be sold commercially. 

It’s very important that all brewers and cider makers respect the Festival Beers and Ciders embargo. Should the embargo be breached, that Festival Beer or Cider will be scratched from the relevant GABS event.


Any other perks?

All brewers and cider makers who are confirmed to brew a Festival Beer or Cider will receive four general admission tickets (by email) to a GABS event and session of their choice.

If you would like to purchase additional tickets for staff or clients, you can purchase up to another six general admission tickets to a session of your choice for a discounted price of $25 each. This amount will be credited against your Festival Beer invoice.