About Us

MountainCrafted for adventure

Our Story

Bright Brewery was born in 2005 from a passion for well-made beer, a love for the town of Bright and its pristine alpine environment, and the adventurous outdoors lifestyle that the High Country provides.

The brewery was founded by Scott Brandon, his late wife Fiona Reddaway and their friends David and Julia, driven by a desire to make beer great and to share Bright’s spectacular surrounds and environment with everyone who passes through our town.

Between 2006 and 2011, our humble brewery and adjoining bar was housed in two small tin sheds, with only limited outdoor seating.

In 2012, Bright Brewery underwent substantial redevelopment, transforming the small and simple brewery and bar into an environmentally considered, multipurpose, all-weather venue, with seating capacity for over 250 people.

In 2014, Bright Brewery added a stunning Hop Terrace, providing the most attractive place in Bright to enjoy beers and meals outdoors.

Today, Bright Brewery continues as a independent family business, owned and managed by Scott Brandon with his management team, employing more than 40 local staff.

We are driven by our values to be authentic and sustainable in all that we do, and to embrace active lifestyles, celebrated with great beer.

As a micro brewery, we are able to make more specialised beers using natural ingredients. We are able to have fun experimenting with different flavours. We are particularly lucky in Bright as we have pristine mountain water and are located in a valley renowned for its hop growing. All this adds up to being able to make great beer.

Visit Bright Brewery

Overlooking the river, parks and mountains, Bright Brewery is an ideal destination for a beer and a meal.

Relax with a full flavoured craft beer, either outside on the Hop Terrace looking over the riverside parkland or at the bar where you can explore our Mountaincrafted and Backcountry beers and seasonal brews across 24 taps. Not sure where to start? Try a Tasting Paddle of our six Mountaincrafted beers!

Indulge in delicious beer-matched meals and, if you’re lucky, watch the brewing action unfold right next to the bar.

With plenty of parking for your bike, we are Cycle Friendly and Family Friendly. Kids love the adjacent adventure playground!

Bright Brewery is open daily from 11.30 until evening.
Closed Christmas and Boxing Days.
Open from 12noon on Anzac Day.

Bright Brewery is a three-time Victorian Tourism Awards Gold Winner (2017, 2018, & 2019) and was inducted into the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame in November 2019.

Bright Brewery is a proudly smoke-free venue.

Looking back

This is the second reincarnation of Bright Brewery. The first Bright Brewery was founded during the Gold Rush in 1876. It won numerous awards and was famous for its Ale, Porter and fruit cordials, and operated until 1916 when it had to close its doors. You can see the remains of that old brewery around the corner on Mountbatten Ave, as part of the Bright Big4 Holiday Park.

Remembering Fiona

Following Fiona’s passing in 2014, Bright Brewery’s proactive development and growth continues in her memory, pursuing her strong passion for robust planning. Fiona is remembered by a commemorative plaque and a portrait in the bar, along with Bright Brewery’s charitable giving to local cancer causes, Angel Flight, our Christmas In July fundraiser for community members with health needs and in the name of our production brewery, Fred’s Shed.

In 2022, in honour of International Women’s Day, we released Fred’s Blackberry Pale Ale – a beer created and brewed by the women of Bright Brewery, and named in homage to Fiona, our pioneering co-founder.

To read more about Fred’s Blackberry Pale Ale, head here.

Looking ahead

Bright Brewery’s growth continues! In 2015, we purchased the adjacent vacant block to continue the growth of the venue and visitor experience. Then, in the first half of 2016, we purchased a nearby site in Bright’s industrial precinct to build a production brewery. This facility, ‘Fred’s Shed’ opened in February 2018, tripling our brewing capacity and enabling us to make more beer as we take Bright Brewery to the national retail market! Bright Brewery beer is now available in a range of selected retail outlets around Australia, allowing those who love Bright and Bright Brewery to have a little taste of the mountains wherever they are. To find your closest Bright Brewery stockist, use our Beer Locator.

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