Bright Brewery is excited to announce the arrival of brewer Richard Chamberlin to head our beer production. He steps into the role following Ryan Tyack’s move to Pirate Life in Adelaide. Richard’s brewing experience and qualifications will provide Bright Brewery with valuable expertise as we plan and build a new production facility in Bright to increase our brewing capacity.
Richard was born in Melton Mowbray, England, a small town in the English Midlands famous for being the home of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and Stilton Cheese.
He began his brewing career at Brewsters Brewing Co in Lincolnshire, UK, where he worked for over 8 years and was Head Brewer between 2010-2012. During this time he also completed the Diploma in Brewing at the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.
A long held desire to visit Australia lead him to embark on a “brew around Australia” working holiday in 2012 to gain more experience. He soon found himself working as the Quality Assurance Brewer at Mildura Brewery in north-west Victoria.
“After working in Mildura for only a month I had fallen in love with the town and the country and decided that I wanted to stay longer than the year I had initially envisaged,” Richard explained.
A passion for the science of beer production and quality assurance has made Richard an ideal fit for Bright Brewery.
“I would say my biggest passion is the brewing process itself. There is something very satisfying about achieving a perfect lauter run-off with beautiful clear worts. This early stage of a brew is so fundamental to the final product in the glass, so I love to make each stage of the wort production process the best it can be.”
When asked about his move to Bright, Richard expressed his pleasure to be moving to such a beautiful region of Australia.
“There is no denying the beauty of Bright and its surroundings and it is a privilege to be given the chance to live and work in Bright,” said Richard.
“It has the small, friendly, close community that I am familiar with. Living in Bright will also give me the opportunity to rediscover cycling, something I’ve not done since leaving the UK, and to maybe discover a new outdoor pursuit.“
Richard has been joined by our Assistant Brewer Tom Wood, who has moved to Bright from Adelaide for his first brewing job following brewing study with Institute of Brewing and Distilling and TAFE SA, as well as obtaining a Bachelor of Science at University of Adelaide last year.
The arrival of the two brewers occurs exactly 10 years after Bright Brewery opened its doors on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in 2006. Together, Richard and Tom will help lead Bright Brewery’s beers into its second decade, as the local brewery seeks to take its MountainCrafted beers to the national market.