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Every year, craft brewers and cider makers from Australia, New Zealand and around the world come together to release a new beer or cider all at GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest.

These ‘Festival Beers & Ciders’, served from our distinctive shipping container bars, are a true showcase of craft beer creativity and diversity. Many attract significant media coverage in the lead-up to the events, and all are eligible to win the highly coveted GABS People’s Choice Award at each festival.

Over the years, 870 Festival Beers & Ciders have started their journey at GABS, and many of these have gone on to win prestigious awards and enjoy commercial success. Here’s your chance to be part of the fun!





General Info

  • + What makes a beer or cider eligible?

    • There’s only one golden rule. 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.

  • + How do I register a Festival Beer or Cider?

    • Festival Beer and Cider registrations will open in January 2019 and are accepted on a first come first, served basis. You can sign up to the GABS Trade Newsletter at the bottom of page to receive updates and reminders to make sure that you don’t miss out.

  • + Does registering mean my beer or cider is accepted?

    • Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis, so if you get in early, your registration will very likely be accepted. Once the registration period closes (or until capacity is reached), we will be in touch with further information and to advise the status of your registration.

    • Please understand that there are a limited number of taps available to serve Festival Beers & Ciders. While we will make every effort to accommodate all registrations, GABS reserves the right to select participating breweries and cideries at our absolute discretion.

  • + How many Festival Beers & Ciders do you accept?

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

    • At GABS Auckland, we have a maximum of 120 taps available for Festival Beers & Ciders. The final number of Festival Beers & Ciders will be determined by the number of New Zealand breweries and cideries that register, to ensure they’re in the the majority.

  • + How will my Festival Beer or Cider be served?

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

    • Please note that higher ABV beers (above 10%) may be restricted to being served in Half Glasses or 85mL tasters only due to licensing restrictions.

    • Melbourne & Sydney
      Any beers or ciders at 10% - 14.9% ABV can only be served in Half Glass pours or 85mL Tasters. Any beers at 15% ABV or higher can only be served in 85mL Tasters.

    • Auckland
      Any beers or ciders at 9% ABV or higher can only be served in 85mL Tasters.

    • If a patron is asking for a paddle of five tasters from your stand, only two of those beers or ciders can be 9% ABV and above. The others can be lower ABV drinks.

  • + Can I release my Festival Beer or Cider before 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.

    • 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.