Attendees of next month's GABS craft beer festival will be have the opportunity to enjoy offerings from Katoomba's Mountain Culture Beer Co, who will be brewing something special for the occasion.
GABS is one of the world's leading beer festivals and it's back in Sydney from May 7-8, bringing together the best breweries from Australia and New Zealand for a whirlwind celebration of craft beer and cider.
It has been described as 'Beer Christmas' or 'Disneyland for beer lovers', and it's back this year for its 10th edition.
Having been put on hold last year, beer lovers everywhere are rejoicing that GABS is back, providing craft beer lovers the opportunity to try out 120 festival beers that have never been tasted on Aussie soil before.
This year, GABS will starts in Sydney at the Sydney Showground on Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, the perfect pre-Mother's Day warm-up for craft beer loving mums. The festival will then travel to Melbourne and Brisbane.
GABS organiser, Mike Bray said the excitement was palpable and that they had already received lots of messages about how excited both visitors and brewers were for the return of GABS.
"People can't wait to get back together and celebrate their love for great Aussie craft beers," he said.
"At the heart of the event are the 120 'Festival Beers & Ciders' made especially for GABS each year by Australia and New Zealand's leading brewers and cider makers.
"Many of these brews go on to be legends in the brewing world, for example Feral's Biggie Juice, Two Birds Taco beer and Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta, which were launched as GABS festival beers, but are now staples in the craft brewing industry.
"We will be celebrating these legends at the 10th Edition as well as the new festival beers."
The Blue Mountain's own, Mountain Culture Beer Co., will be creating one of the 120 Festival Beers that will be on show.
Mountain Culture's head brewer and owner DJ McCready said that they were really excited to be at GABS this year and that it is always an awesome festival.
"This will be Mountain Culture's first GABS and we figured that because we're a really small brewery in Katoomba, most people won't have tried our beers," he said. "So, we wanted to brew something that really represented us and the style we love most, and that our customers love the most, so we're doing a NEIPA (New England IPA).
"We went out on a limb and used a somewhat controversial hop - sometimes it gives a coconut aroma, but if used the right way can impart some awesome citrusy dankness, which we really like."
"It might not have the theatrics of some brews of the past, but we hope it's just a damn good beer."
Despite beers and ciders being the stars of the show, GABS is well known for putting on a spectacular event, complete with roaming entertainers, panel discussions with brewers, cooking demonstrations, whisky bars, beer hall games, the 'house band' The Ale Capones and more.
Additionally, some of the best local food trucks and vendors will be operating at each event, at the GABS street food market.
On the fringes of the beer spectrum, attendees will enjoy creating personalised interactive wine labels at the 19 Crimes Wine Bar, match boilermakers at the Jameson Caskmates bar and boogieing at the silent disco.
"There's so much going on at GABS, but at the end of the day, our goal is simple, we want people to have a great time with friends and family, no matter where they are on their craft beer journey," said Mike Bray.
For tickets and more information visit www.gabsfestival.com.