5 Craft Beers to Try at GABS This Weekend

Garage Project brewer Carrie McLachlan shares her top picks for the GABS beer and cider festival

There will be more than 300 beers and ciders on offer at the GABS festival. Picture / Supplied

If you're heading along to the GABS beer, cider and food festival at ASB Showgrounds this weekend, you'll be absolutely spoiled for choice. More than 50 breweries will be showcasing 300-plus types of beer and cider at the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular - so where on earth do you begin? We asked Garage Project brewer Carrie McLachlan for her top Gabs picks.

Behemoth Brewing Company Chocolate Fish Milk Stout 
I'm a huge fan of their double chocolate milk stout and I imagine this is a spin-off of that. It's thick, rich, chocolatey and so decadent. The one I am most looking forward to trying for sure.

Pink Boots Grateful Grapefruit 
The girls from The Pink Boots Society do a great job of promoting and supporting women in the beer industry. Their latest collab beer is a sour Berliner weisse with a hefty dose of grapefruit and lime. A clean sour base with a massive hit of zingy grapefruit that's a refreshing palate cleanser after all the hoppy offerings.

Akasha Brewing Company Lupulin Fog 
Dank, sticky resiny goodness: everything you want from an Imperial IPA.

Garage Project Oumou 
My favourite of the Garage Project beers for GABS. It has big hits of ginger and pineapple, and a simple pilsner base that allows the adjuncts to shine. I hope you like ginger.

Choice Bros Purple Rain
I've never seen a purple beer before and I like that Choice Bros have thought outside the box and made a flower tea in order to get the vivid purple colour. 

• 217 Greenlane RD West, Epsom. Friday June 16, 6.30pm-11.30pm; Saturday June 17, 12pm-5pm and 6.30pm-11.30pm

READ: Fun Things to Do This Weekend


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