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Lip from the Sip - WA brewers keen on GABS
Lip from the Sip - WA brewers keen on GABS

Long-time beer drinker Ross Lewis casts his eye over the kegs from here and abroad.

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It is that time of the year when the imagination runs wild among Australian brewers.

Entries are open for the Great Australian Beer Spectapular, which will be the great finale to the fast growing Good Beer Week in Melbourne in May.

What sets GABS apart from many brew extravaganzas is that producers are required to deliver a unique beer for the three-day festival.

So the experimentation has been taking place in recent months to find new and exciting ingredients that will set apart the respective beers from their rivals.

That has allowed corn, figs, team beetroot, berries and coconut to become flavours tested in the vats.

WA will again be well represented at GABS. And some of the names and ideas are sure to drag in some of the 12,000 crowd expected to flock to the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton between May 23 to 25.

Up to 100 beers are tipped to be on offer. However, the Good Beer Week, which features exhibitions, tastings, awards and seminars is expected to feature more than 130 brewers, including several international exponents.

Here are the WA brewers that have put their hand up to concoct something special for GABS.

Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery – Belgian Stout (Belgian Stout) 6%

Colonial Brewing Co. – Gary Lives On – (Musk Saison) 5.8%

Ducksteing Brewery – Vanilla Bean Framboise (Framboise) 6%

Eagle Bay Brewing Co – Mulberry Bright Ale (Bright Ale with Berry Infusion) 4.9%

Feral Brewing – Hopfen Fahrts (IPA with German hops) 6%

Gage Roads – A Cure for Mad (Porter) 5.8%

Indian Ocean Brewing – Blonde (Belgian Blonde Ale) 5.8%

Little Creatures Brewing – SS Menno (Sour Beer) 6%

Mash Brewing – Chocolate Mint Stout (Imperial Stout) 10%

The Monk – The Dark Monk (Belgian Black IPA) 7%

Nail Brewing – Copper Hopper (Hoppy Red Ale) 6%

Naked Monkey Brewing – Old Fashion (Barrel Aged Strong Ale) 8.9%

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