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GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2023: Analysis

We've taken a deep dive into the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers to see what trends and insights the 2023 countdown reveals in our annual analysis feature.

Mountain Culture Status Quo Wins GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2023

The votes have been counted, and of the 1,877 beers to receive votes from the 400-plus breweries that entered the GABS Hottest 100 of 2023, Mountain Culture Status Quo has landed in top spot for a second year running.

Temple Top GABS 2023 Can Design Awards

The winners of the GABS Craft Beer Can Design Awards have been revealed, with Temple Brewing's Hello, My Name Is Amber taking out top spot and joined on the podium by Brick Lane and Aether Brewing.

GABS Acquire More Festivals

The GABS team has expanded its festival reach considerably after buying a number of beer and drinks festivals from the Schwartz Family Company. We spoke to GABS owner Mike Bray about the acquisition and their future plans.

Hottest 100 Craft Beers Of 2022: Analysis

Mountain Culture have scored an incredible top spot with their Status Quo in the 2022 GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers poll. Here, we dig deeper into the top 100 to see what it can tell us.

Mountain Culture Storm The GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers Of 2022

We have a new winner in the GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers poll for 2022, with Mountain Culture achieving a staggering result and blasting straight into top spot. Balter XPA finished second ahead of BentSpoke's Crankshaft.

Atomic Whip Their Way To The Top

In a sea of wacky beers, making waves isn't easy. But Atomic have managed to do it, with their flame-kissed Lemon Whip Sour taking out the People's Choice from all the festival beers at GABS 2022.

The GABSiest GABS Yet?

With the GABS 2022 season mere days away, we spoke to main man Mike about pulling it all together, then attempted to navigate our way through what must be the zaniest festival beer lineup to date.

GABS: Making A Stand

Brewery stalls at festivals have gone from spill-spattered trestle tables to interactive experiences as brewers look to cut through the noise. Ahead of the first GABS of 2022, we asked 2021's Best in Show winners how they made a stand.

BecauseWeCAN: GABS 2021 Edition

The Crafty Pint kicked off the BecauseWeCAN series in April as a means of examining some craft beer's weirdest releases. Now, with the a festival that celebrates outlandish beers returning for 2021, we've taken the concept to GABS.

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Brew & A: Currumbin Valley Brewing

As GABS returns after a year of cancellations, we catch up with the duo behind the People's Choice winning beer from 2019, Smokey and Luke of Currumbin Valley Brewing.

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers Of 2020: The Stories

From the beer in top spot via two Queenslanders bursting into the top ten with new entries and a hazy from the Margaret River region, we chat to some of the people at breweries making waves in the 2020 poll.

Hottest 100 Of 2020: The Countdown

The 2020 GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll has a new number one. More votes were case than ever before with Canberra's BentSpoke moving up to top spot after three years in third spot.

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers Of 2020: The Table

The votes have been cast and counted and there's a new winner in the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll. Canberra's BentSpoke have taken top spot for their flagship Crankshaft IPA.

H100 Aussie Craft Beers Of 2020: Analysis

Nearly 40,000 people cast close to 200,000 votes. There was change at the top and a mix of consolidation and surprises below. Here's what we made of it all.

A Summer Of GABS

The pandemic has ensured 2020 became a year of cancellations but the team at GABS is hoping 2021 will look a fair bit different with the festival organisers announcing two new Queensland events for January.

GABS Canned For 2020

After two postponements and the earlier cancellation of their Auckland event, the GABS team has been forced to defer their remaining 2020 events. Instead, they're now looking ahead to their traditional dates in 2021.

Little Bang Top The GABS Can Design Awards

Little Bang claimed the inaugural GABS Can Design Awards title for their Face Inverter beer, designed by Matt O'Connor. Moon Dog and Fixation completed the podium with our designer Jessie Jungalwalla landing two in the top ten.

GABS Announce New 2020 Dates

The team running the multi-city GABS Festivals have announced new dates for their Australian 2020 events, although have had to take the decision to cancel Auckland for this year due to insurmountable logistical challenges.

GABS 2020 Postponed Until August

GABS has announced it is moving its 2020 Australian festivals to August and is working on a new date for Auckland due to measures being taken to halt the spread of Covid-19.


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Hottest 100 Kiwi Craft Beers Of 2019: Results & Analysis

Garage Project and Panhead continue their hold over the top spots in the GABS Hottest 100 Kiwi Beers, with the latter's Supercharger moving back to top spot as their Wellington peers claim second and third.

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers Of 2019: The Countdown

The countdown for the twelfth GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers is done and dusted and Stone & Wood Pacific Ale is back on top. Here's the countdown and a bunch of H100 stats and talking points.

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers Of 2019: Analysis

With the results of the 2019 Hottest 100 now confirmed, it's time for our annual deep dive to see what your votes tell us about the state of the local beer world.

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers Of 2019: Infographic

Time to unveil our graphic designer's favourite job of the year: the annual GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers Infographic. We've added some new sections this year as we head into outer space.

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers Of 2019: The Results

The people have spoken and Pacific Ale is back on top of the pile. We chatted to the new team behind the Hottest 100 to see what they made of the 2019 countdown.

Crafty's Advent Calendar: Steve & Guy

They met across a St Kilda bar in the early years of the century and have gone on to help shape the local beer industry through venues, festivals, a brewing company and more. Behind door 22 are Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone.

Meet The New GABS. Same As The Old GABS

As voting opens for the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Beers of 2019, we introduce the man who took over both festival and poll earlier this year, Mike Bray, and find out where he plans to take the two in the coming years.

GABS Founders Sell Their Festivals

GABS, the beer festival meets circus that has grown into a multi-city extravaganza over the past decade has been sold. Founders Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone have sold it to focus on their Stomping Ground brewing operation.

Making A Stand

From trestle tables and pull-up banners to 50s themed diners and entire breweries made of cardboard, brewery stands at beer festivals have come a long way. Mick Wust asks why it's important to stand out.

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers Of 2018: The Results

Well, what an interesting countdown that has proven to be. The top four might not have changed but there's some big wins for some unlikely newcomers and big drops for the breweries that are now part of bigger brewing companies.

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Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers Of 2018: Infographic

The results of the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2018 have been revealed, which means it's time for the annual Crafty Pint infographic! We pored over the results and made them into pictures for your visual pleasure!

GABS Heads To Brisbane

The travelling circus that is GABS is adding another stop to its itinerary in 2019 when it heads to Brisbane for the first time.

Big. Boozy. Fruity. Stoked.

When they learned their Boozy Fruit beer had taken out the People's Choice at the 2018 GABS festival, there was the odd tear in the house at Big Shed. Matt King called in to their brewery home to share a glass with co-owner Craig Basford.

GABS Champs: Where Are They Now?

The winner of the GABS People's Choice tends to attract a fair amount of attention each year. But what becomes of those festival beers once the hype has died down? We chatted to the past five winners to find out more.

The Big Issue: Ownership Revisited

Back in 2015, we looked at brewing company ownership, which was becoming a topic for regular discussion in the industry. Now, following a slew of acquisitions last year and with the launch of an independence seal, we take another deep dive.

Behind The Hottest 100 Beers Of 2017

There were plenty of stories and talking points to be found in this year's GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers results. Here, we chat to the brewers behind four of them, from Balter, BentSpoke, Black Hops and Hop Nation.

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2017: Infographic

The results of the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2017 are in, which means it's time for the annual Crafty Pint Infographic. Here, we break down some of the stats and trends from this and previous years.

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2017: Analysis

At a glance, there are some obvious stories that leap from the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2017 list. Yet, if you drill down a little deeper and look at how the list has evolved over the years, you find much more revealed.

Voting Open For The Tenth Hottest 100 Beers

We've seen a growing number of breweries celebrate major milestones in recent years. Now even events celebrating the local craft beer industry are growing up. As voting opens in the tenth Hottest 100 Beers poll, we chat to one of its instigators.

Changing The Date

Following the ABC's decision to move the date of the annual triple j Hottest 100 from Australia Day, the team behind the GABS Hottest 100 Beers poll has followed suit. The countdown for the best new beers of 2017 will take place on the fourth Saturday of January, with voting opening mid-December.

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Beer Nuts: Rosemarie Ensink

There are few characters more colourful in the Australian beer community than Rosie Ensink – and not just because of her neon chameleon like hair. Here, Graham Frizzell delves deep into her beery obsession as she becomes our latest Beer Nut.

The Big Issue: Weird Beers

It's that time of year when more new beers hit the market than at any other thanks in part to GABS. A good percentage will be highly experimental or outright odd, with the oddest tending to gain the most media hype. But is all news good news?

The Biggest Week In Beer Is Coming

Good Beer Week has grown into a happening of global stature, encapsulating 270 events, the Australian International Beer Awards and the ever-growing beast that is GABS. The 2017 version promises to be the biggest yet.

Cabal Update – 16.03.17

We're a day early with our fortnightly update, but that's because we've got stuff going on this weekend and news related to Good Beer Week and GABS, which are now on sale. Plus other new news too...

Hottest 100 Kiwi Craft Beers of 2016 – The Results

First, the Orange One takes the White House and now the orange one from Panhead takes out the inaugural GABS Hottest 100 Kiwi Craft Beers, ahead of Epic's Hop Zombie and Garage Project's Pernicious Weed.

Hottest 100 Kiwi Craft Beers of 2016 – Analysis

The first GABS Hottest 100 Kiwi Craft Beers countdown is complete. Panhead, Epic and Garage Project fill the top spots. But what, if anything, does the public vote tell us about the beer scene in New Zealand?

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2016: First-Timers

The 2016 GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll saw nine brewing companies appear for the first time. In the last of our related articles, we speak to the brewers and owners at three of them: Balter, Fixation and Blackman's.

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2016: The Results

The people have spoken and the results of the ninth Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll are in. Stone & Wood Pacific Ale takes top spot again with Pirate Life IIPA and Feral's Hop Hog completing the top three.

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2016: Infographic

In what's becoming a time-honoured tradition, we present a breakdown of the results of the Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll in colourful infographic form. Complete, appropriately, with lots of hops.

Deadline Looming For Hottest 100 Voting

Time is running out to vote for your favourite Australian craft beers of 2016 in the GABS Hottest 100 poll. Already, a record number of votes have been received. Polling closes at midnight on January 20, 2017.