Reid Stratton & David Stokie
Bright Brewery is excited to announce the arrival of our new Head Brewer Reid Stratton. Reid stepped into the role in March 2019, following Richard Chamberlin’s move to Two Birds in Melbourne. Reid joins us from New England Brewing Co, NSW, where he has been Head Brewer since 2014. With experience brewing at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in Michigan and Grand Teton in Idaho, Reid’s brewing experience and qualifications will provide Bright Brewery with valuable expertise as we expand our beer production to meet growing demand.
Reid is joined by assistant Brewer David Stokie. A homebrewer for the past 20 years, David (or ‘Stokie’ as we know him) was inspired to become a commercial brewer after attending Bright Brewery’s Brewer For A Day experience 2.5 years ago. On the advice of our then-brewer, Tom, Stokie headed off to SA to do his brewing qualification and returned to his High Country home to forge a career in brewing. After a stint at Blizzard Brewing Co in Dinner Plain, Stokie has found his way back to Bright Brewery, to where it all began for him!
Together, Reid and Stokie, with the assistance of Jon Bailey, will help lead Bright Brewery’s beers into its second decade, as we seek to take our mountain crafted beers to the national market.