• Last call to vote for the GABS Can Design 2021 winning can.
    Last call to vote for the GABS Can Design 2021 winning can.

Public voting closes on Sunday for the 2021 GABS Can Design Awards for the best craft beer can designs, with prizes from Orora and Opal Specialty Packaging waiting for the craft brewery winners. 

GABS Can Design 2021

Some 140 Australian breweries have entered this year’s awards, which are being run by the team behind the Great Australasian Beer SpecTapular (GABS).

The top 10 designs voted for by the public will then go before a panel of industry brand and design experts, and the winner will be announced on 22 October at gabsfestival.com.

The winner of the GABS Can Design Awards will take home the Orora Golden Can Trophy, and a free set of printing plates for their next print job with Orora. All other finalists will receive a product innovation design and manufacture package with Opal Specialty Packaging.

The winner will be added to the GABS Can Design Hall of Fame on its website. Last year’s winner was a bright, magenta and pink face inverter design from Little Bang Brewery, a fun illustration of how a face transforms when indulging in a super sour beverage.

All voters will be entered into a draw to win a share of the $10,000 prize pool, which includes vouchers from BoozeBud, and tickets to the next GABS Festival season.

Voting is available through gabsfestival.com.

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