Fes­ti­val beers

Choco­late cherry porter will be just one of the un­usual flavours avail­able at Auck­land’s new­est beer fes­ti­val.

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The GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fes­ti­val is be­ing brought across the ditch for the first time to show­case New Zealand and in­ter­na­tional craft beers.

The fes­ti­val has a fo­cus on unique beers with dozens of ex­per­i­men­tal brews be­ing made spe­cially for the event.

Fes­ti­val co-di­rec­tor Steve Jef­fares says the only lim­i­ta­tions to the fes­ti­vals beers is the imag­i­na­tions of the brew­ers.

‘‘They can sub­mit any beer they like as long as they’ve never brewed it be­fore.

‘‘This year’s fes­ti­val beers in­cor­po­rated ev­ery­thing from peanut but­ter, rice, spiced rocket leaves, blue­ber­ries and apri­cots to straw­berry jelly, with an in­creas­ing num­ber fer­mented and aged in old wine and spirit bar­rels,’’ Jef­fares says.

The brew­ers of the Auck­land­based Funk Es­tate are in­fus­ing blood or­ange, lemon and pas­sion­fruit to cre­ate a pink, hazy, soured fruit beer.

While Ro­torua-based brew­ery Croucher Brew­ing is us­ing mer­lot bar­rels to cre­ate a sea­sonal choco­late cherry porter for the cooler months.

The porter has been left to age for 18 months prior to the event.

The fes­ti­val was started in 2012 by Steve Jef­fares and Guy Green­stone and is run an­nu­ally in Mel­bourne and Syd­ney.

GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fes­ti­val Auck­land will be held on June 18 at the ASB Show­grounds in Green­lane.

Visit gab­s­fes­ti­val.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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