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Great Australian Beer Spectapular 2012

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A work mate told me, whenever we had a beer after work (every time in fact), his Dad (who was a farmer) always said that if he had been working and came in after a long hard days work, hot and thirsty, nothing went down like that first beer. It was always the best one. He didn't agree with his Dad, but I do.

I know when I've cut the grass on a hot summer's day, I'd go in when finished and the first cold beer would go down a treat without touching the sides. The Great Australasian Beer Spectapular should have some chores for the punters to do before they try a beer. There's plenty of lawns to be mown around the Exhibition Buildings.

This type of festival, for some reason, makes me think of saloon bars with swinging doors, and men launching gob into a spittoon. With busty barmaids and handfuls of pints of beer, with frothy heads.

In actual fact, beer drinking has headed over to more of a wine tasting style, a more cultured sipping, rather than skulling with the slops all landing on the toolshed roof (beer gut) and a gut wrenching belch to follow.

Nowadays we have Craft, Boutique and Micro Brewers who all spend a lot of time brewing up special beers. Some of which will be on show here at the The Great Australasian Beer Spectacular, 60 of them in fact.

It's a wonderful thing the Australian sense of adventure where someone will go off and set up some new idea and bring out a new drinking sensation for everyone to try something new.

Remember 'Two Dogs', not the joke (although it was named after the joke), but alcoholic lemonade? I haven't noticed that recently, so it may have gone belly up. It's great to see stuff like that.
There's a great story behind the original - read all about it here on

I've worked with a lot of people that won't touch Aussie beers, they only go for foreign beers. I've tried a lot of foreign beers (when I say beers, I mean stouts, lagers, bitters - in fact every barrel on a truck load delivery to a pub with all brands on tap. In my opinion the Australian beers are the best, particularly Boag's, Cascade and Coopers - as far as the major breweries go.

It's good to see these sites all have under age protective security, "are you over 18", "yes or no?" "Yes", "go ahead have a gander". "Er, how do you know I'm 18?" "We trust you?" "Oh, that's okay then?".

One of the reasons for the beer being so good must be the pure water in Tasmania for Boag's and Cascade at least. We haven't got as much pollution as overseas - I'm sure this has a lot to do with it.

I've tried 'em all I tell you.

The Great Australasian Beer Spectapular will be held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton from 11th to the 13th May 2012.

They're boasting 60 specially brewed original beers from some of the best Australian and New Zealand Craft Breweries.
Is it at the palace? Swishy.

This is a Youtube video about a New Zealand brewer's effort which is a beer they've called 'Double day of the Dead', which sounds interesting.

There are to be culinary delights from local restaurants and market vendors with live entertainment and free educational seminars. For more information see The Great Australasian Beer Spectapular website here.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster - phone 136 100 or visit the website.

I thought I'd mention the prices because they are not mentioned on the site. Adults: $39 - VIP $99, Groups 10 $35.10, Designated Driver $25.00, Juniors 11 - 17 $25.

VIP - Special bar, Souvenir GAB Glass, Complimentary Finger Food and Soft Drink, $20 voucher for Cider, Beer and Wine. You also get to mingle with the GAB Brewers.

Designated Driver - Complimentary GAB Glass. No alcohol to be consumed by the designated driver.
You can volunteer to work at this festival, there's no pay but you get to go to the festival with out having to pay on one of the other days that you're not working, and you get a free T shirt that is also the uniform. You also get food vouchers, so it sounds like a lot of fun. See the site for more info.
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Why? Australia's Greatest Ever Craft Beer Festival
When: 11th May 2012
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
Cost: Adults: $39 - VIP $99, Groups 10 $35.10, Designated Driver $25, Juniors 11-17 $25.
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