Monday, March 12, 2012

Beer list for the 2012 Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular

This list may be updated but here's what SIXTY of Australia and New Zealand's finest breweries are brewing for the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) in May. ALL of these beers will be brand new and unique:

  1. Barrel aged Scotch Ale (Renaissance, NZ) 7%
  2. Imperial Chilli Pilsner (Emersons, NZ) 5.2%
  3. Taranaki Rose IPA (Mike's, NZ)
  4. Chilli Stout (Invercargill, NZ)
  5. "Tea-Leafed" IPA (Yeastie Boys, NZ) 6%
  6. 'Double Day of the Dead' Strong Black Lager (Garage Project, NZ) 8%
  7. Smoked Manuka Ale (Mussel Inn, NZ) 5%
  8. ANZUSPA (Croucher, NZ) 2.5%
  9. Double Brown Ale with coffee (8 Wired, NZ) 8%
  10. TBC (Epic, NZ)
  11. S!mcoe Imperial IPA (Liberty, NZ) 8%
  12. West Coast DIPA (Golden Bear, NZ) 6.5%
  13. Double APA - TBC (Tuatara, NZ)
  14. Chocolate Wheat Beer (Moa, NZ) 5.5%
  15. 'Zesty Wit' kiwi fruit infused Wit Bier (Harringtons, NZ)
  16. English Pale Ale with 100% NZ ingredients (Townshend, NZ) 4%
  1. Rum Weizen (Stone & Wood's 'Side Project', NSW)
  2. White IPA (Doctors Orders, NSW) 7-7.5%
  3. Beetroot Belgian Ale (4 Pines, NSW)
  4. American Brown Ale (Lord Nelson, NSW)
  5. Red Pilzner (Pinchgut, NSW) 4.8-5%
  6. Pine Needle Ale (St Peters, NSW) 4.6%
  7. Porter (Little Brewing Co, NSW)
  8. 'Bobs Farmhouse Ale' Oak Aged Farmhouse Ale (Murrays, NSW) 8%
  9. Barrel aged Black IPA (Hop Dog, NSW)
  10. Rouge Saison (Illawarra, NSW)
  11. Dunkelweiss (Burleigh, QLD) 5%
  12. "Sour Blonde" (Wig & Pen, ACT) 4.5%
  13. Special Bitter (Cowaramup, WA) 4.6%
  14. Dunkelweizen (Last Drop, WA)
  15. Coffee Stout (Mash, WA) 4.5%
  16. American Oatmeal Stout (Nail, WA)
  17. 'The Little Rabbit' Belgian Pale Ale (collaboration between Little Creatures, WA, and White Rabbit, VIC) 6.2%
  18. American Black IPA (Bootleg, WA) 5.8%
  19. Watermelon Berliner Weiss (Feral, WA) 2.9%
  20. Sweet Potato Porter (The Monk, WA)
  21. Wooded barley wine (2 Brothers, VIC) 9.5%
  22. Farmhouse/Saison TBC (Mountain Goat, VIC)
  23. Imperial Pilsner (Bridge Road, VIC)
  24. Sarsaparilla Stout (Grand Ridge, VIC) 4%
  25. Belgian Karakaberry Ale (Kooinda, VIC) 5.7%
  26. Farmhouse Ale (Hickinbotham, VIC) 5.85%
  27. Pilsner (Thunder Road Brewing, VIC)
  28. Grisette Ale (Hargreaves Hill, VIC) 4%
  29. Russian Imperial Stout (Matilda Bay, VIC)
  30. Aotearoa S.M.A.S.H California Common (Boatrocker, VIC) 5%
  31. Smoked Weisse Bier (Temple, VIC)
  32. Coconut Porter (True South, VIC) 5-6%
  33. India Red Ale (Bright, VIC)
  34. Sticke Alt (Red Hill, VIC)
  35. 'ChainSAW' Stella Australian Wheat Beer (Otway, VIC) 4.7 %
  36. Honey Amber Ale (Red Duck, VIC) 5.5%
  37. Australian Brown Ale (Barry Cranston - Australian Homebrewer 2011 - brewed at Bridge Road, VIC)
  38. Unfiltered Belgian Blonde (Holgate, VIC) 6%
  39. Imperial American Amber Ale (Mornington Peninsula, VIC) 8-9%
  40. Wild/Sour Ale (Moondog, VIC) 5-8%
  41. Double Dubbel English IPA (Lobethal/Steam Exchange, SA)
  42. Foreign Extra Stout (McLaren Vale, SA) 5.5%
  43. 'Cowboy' Belgo (Moo Brew, TAS) 4.5%
  44. Black Elephant Black Belgian Abbey Ale (Seven Sheds, TAS) 6.3%
* ABVs are approx at this stage.


  1. any idea when tickets will be available? would be a grea gift idea for xmas...

  2. I would love to be that organised but tickets won't go on sale before Christmas. Sorry!

  3. May I ask what qualifies a brewery to be on this list?

  4. We have only limited number of taps so have to limit the breweries. In the first year we have 60 taps. Approx 18 slots were set aside for NZ breweries. The balance we tried to apportion to breweries across all states. Ultimately, it was the combined opinion of Taphouse owners, managers and staff. Of the breweries invited, only a tiny handful passed.

    It was very hard to chose but we hope to have many more taps in year 2.

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