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GABS 2017 Top 9 Asian Inspired Beers

The Festival Beers brewed especially for the Great Australian Beer Spectapular (GABS) always tend towards the more adventurous styles and tastes.

Whilst desert beers have been the trend previously, this year sees quite a few Asian inspired beers.

With the ever growing availability of quality Asian cuisine and its popularity, is this the year that one of these Asian style beers take out the People’s Choice Award?  And will they beat the weirdness of last year’s Batch Brewing’s Marrickville Pork Roll which was a Banh Mi in a glass.

The Top 9 Asian Inspired beers that will be available at this year’s GABS are:

  1. Mountain Goat Beer Quetzalazatenango. Quoted as possibly the “hottest in the world”, it’s an ale featuring tropical fruit and citrus, with the special blend of chillies.  Will anyone opt for a pint?
  2. Big Shed Brewing Concern #63 Thai Green Curry.  A pale style infused with classic Thai curry spices.
  3. 3 Ravens Brewery Little Ravens Mango Lassi IPA. A mildly acidic and fruit forward “Milkshake IPA” inspired by the popular Indian yoghurt drink. This is going to be the first beer we try!
  4. Bright Brewery Yippee Thai Yay.  A fusion of an old fashioned Gruit and a new world Pale Ale, inspired by devouring a red Thai curry washed down with a pint of pale ale.
  5. Morrison Brewery Green Curry & Rice Saison. A saison brewed with coconut, galangal, kaffir lime, lemongrass, coriander & chilli. They’ve also added some rice as you “can’t have a green curry without rice”
  6. Red Duck Beer Lemon, Lime & Bitters. A light saison base, accentuated by additions of kaffir lime, lemon peel, coriander and lemon drop hops, making it zesty, citrusy & aromatic.
  7. CBAHK Brewers Guild Wei(Zen) Of The Dragon. A refreshing citrus spiced weizen with a subtle sweetness from the dried red dates.  The added Sichuan peppercorns should provide a very warm and tingly finish. You may need another beer after this one.
  8. Hong Kong Brewers Guild The Nuts. A malty caramel beast. A “bold and full-bodied ale that has a heavenly roasted aroma and flavour but without an overpowering caramel sweetness”.  Maybe this is the one to help balance the palate from the heat of the rest?
  9. Garage Project Bangh Thandi. A rich, smooth, spiced strong milk stout inspired by the Holi beverage Bhang Thandi.  Another one that’s going to be on our first tasting paddle.

This year’s GABS starts on Friday 19th May in Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, before heading to Sydney  on the 27th at The Dome at Sydney Showground Olympic Park, and finally Auckland on 16th June at the ASB Showgrounds Greenlane.

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