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Beaches breweries’ crafty creations on tap in top beer festival

Several Northern Beaches breweries are participating in the forthcoming Great Australasian Beer Spectacular (GABS), which is taking place at the Sydney International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour on Friday 20 – Saturday 21 May.

Among those appearing at Australia’s biggest celebration of craft beer brewing are Bucketty’s (Brookvale), Dad & Dave’s (Brookvale), Freshwater Brewing Company (Freshwater), and 7th Day Brewery (Brookvale).

These artisans of amber nectar are joining the best brewers from Australia and New Zealand to share their wares.

As is the tradition with GABS, brewers were asked to create a special beer to showcase their diverse talents combining ingredients and flavours, and this year 117 unique brews will be on tap at the two-day event.

According to GABS, “This year’s brews are inspired by breakfast treats, savoury snacks, fruity goodness, delicious desserts, classic cocktails and more.

“The GABS Festival brews are served through our three massive container bars, each with 120 taps. The best way to experience  these wonderful creations is to grab yourself a tasting paddle and order 5 different tasters at a time.”

The individual breweries’ contributions include:

Dad & Dave’s two mango creations: Mango Banana Smoothie Sour and Mango Banana Slushy Sour. While the former will be available in a conventional tap pour from a keg, the latter, as its name suggests, will be served like a slushie that you buy at the cinema when watching a movie – dispensed directly from a chilled slushie machine!

Dad & Dave’s reveal their tropical recipe combines “over 10% pureed fruit (mangoes and bananas), lactose and heaps of oats to give the beer a rich, smoothie-like mouthfeel.”

Bucketty’s are contributing two brews: ADAHDH Hazy Pale Ale and Spa Day West Coast Double IPA. ADAHDH is described as: “This juicy tropical hop bomb will certainly satisfy your hazy hoppy cravings hopped using our groundbreaking ADHD CMFD (trade mark pending) dry hop method.

“Chock full of Centennial, Amarillo, Zamba and Moutere, but please don’t ask me how many times or when it was dry hopped, this is the beauty of ADHD dry hopping, I can’t remember or got distracted or wait what did you ask me again???”

There is an option to enjoy them with a nip of Hang 10 Distillery’s Centennial Hops Moonshine or Amarillo Hops Moonshine, which, according to Bucketty’s, “will blow your mind! You’ll get the hop flavour and aroma in both the beer and the moonshine for the ultimate hop lover’s experience.”

Freshwater Brewing Co. are introducing Pacific Pils, which, after the GABS festival, will be launched on tap at the Stowaway Bar in Freshwater on 26 May, and thereafter available in cans at all Northern Beaches independent bottle shops. Pacific Pils is described as: “An unfiltered New Zealand Pilsner, busting with stone fruit and bright tropical flavours. Hazy, hoppy, refreshing.”

Dropping F-Bombs, which has been chosen for a special limited-edition GABS 2022 mixed 8-pack.

Elite treats

From the individual entries, eight of the most innovative and inspired beers are selected by Manly-based GABS festival director Mike Bray for retail in a limited-edition crafty collection pack, which will retail exclusively at Dan Murphy’s and BWS nationwide.

Manly Observer are pleased to announce that Northern Beaches’ locals, 7th Day Brewery, were chosen for the special 2022 festival mixed eight-pack.

Mike Beresford-Jones, 7th Day Brewery Director and Head Brewer, revealed, “7th Day Brewery have brewed a fruity, double New England IPA called Dropping F-bombs for GABS 2022, filled to the top of the boots with real pineapple, passionfruit, mango and hazy juiciness. Guaranteed to chill out everyone!”

GABS is the biggest craft beer tour event in the Southern Hemisphere and provides a platform for brewers to connect directly with tens of thousands of consumers. Now in the more accessible International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour – at least to Northern Beaches residents – the two-day festival features over 70 beer, cider and seltzer stands.

Great Australasian Beer Spectacular



Bucketty’s Brewing Company


Dad & Dave’s Brewery


Freshwater Brewing Company


7th Day Brewery


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