• Victoria's Top Ten Beers To Try in The Lead Up To The Iconic GABS Festival

The iconic GABS Craft Beer Festival is coming back to Melbourne from June 21- 23 2024 for the 2011 year.

The event originated in Melbourne and has recently expanded into Sydney and Brisbane due to its popularity.

The cornerstone of the event is that we can see what the breweries have been up to for the past 12-months, meet some new breweries that are yet to get on our radar and of course try up to 120 new beers that have been brewed just for the event.

GABS has long been a champion of the craft beer industry, supporting brewers, their creativity, showcasing them at their iconic festival and of course holding the GABS Hottest 100 and Can Art awards. To kick start GABS season, here is a list of the top 10 beer that have been brewed right here in Victoria.

  1. Beechworth Pale Ale - Bridge Road Brewers

First brewed in 2005, Beechworth Pale Ale has earned its reputation as an ‘Aussie Craft Classic’. A new world pale ale brimming with hop aroma and flavour, it strikes a perfect balance between hops and malt.

It was also rated as Victoria's highest-ranked beer on the GABS Hottest 100 List, coming in at 5th overall.

  1. South Coast Pale Ale - Pirate Life Brewing

Expect aromas of citrus and peach. On the palate, tropical fruits pair with sweet malt and a fine hop bitterness. It’s light-bodied, crisp and highly crushable.

This beer came in at number 10 on the GABS Hottest 100 list.

  1. Gipps St Pale Ale - Stomping Ground Brewing Co

An American-style Pale Ale that bursts with citrus, tropical and American hop character. This tasty drop was voted 24th favourite beer on the GABS hottest 100.

  1. Very Enjoyable Beer - Mountain Goat

An uncomplicated, anytime sort of beer with a Mountain Goat twist.

Thanks to a generous allotment of Australian Galaxy and Ella hops and a painstaking fermentation schedule we’ve landed on this clean, balanced lager.

Voted 26th on GABS Hottest 100 List.

  1. Juicy Banger IPL - Blackman’s Brewery

Hopped up like an IPA with the body of a dry lager. It’s big on aroma and juicy flavours with the crisp dry finish of a classic lager

#30 on GABS Hottest 100

  1. Tropical Pale Ale - KAIJU! Beer

A super-clean malt profile with juicy tropical fruit flavours such as citrus, pineapple, mango, and a hint of papaya, all resting atop a crisp and lean malt profile.

Voted #33 GABS Hottest 100

  1. CBCo Pale Ale - CBCo Brewing

A classic golden pale ale showcasing tropical hops from both sides of the pacific. Pine aromatics and gentle bitterness.

Voted #34 GABS Hottest 100

  1. Alpine Lager - Bright Brewery

Crisp, refreshing and as bright as the sun rising over the mountain ranges, our Alpine Extra Pale Lager is a fitting ode to our home town, the gateway to Victoria’s beautiful High Country.

#38 on GABS Hottest 100

  1. One Love Pale Ale - Brick Lane Brewing

One Love is an easy-drinking pale ale bursting with bright hop aromas and layered flavours of stonefruit, passionfruit and citrus.

#39 GABS Hottest 100

  1. Rattenhund Classic Pilsner - Hop Nation Brewing Co

Traditionally brewed using floor malted Bohemian Pilsner Malt, partnered with Saaz and Spalt Select hops.

#51 GABS Hottest 100 (Number $1 Pilsner)