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COVID-19 UPDATE

SUPPORT LOCAL // Our Bright Brewery Door is now closed until further notice, as we support the global effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

This is our second extended closure this year which, a week ago seemed unfathomable, but now seems absolutely vital.

We have been here in beautiful for Bright for more than 15 years. We will survive this, and we will reopen – hopefully soon, and hopefully to a brighter, healthier new world.

But until then, we will not dwell on what we can’t do, and will instead focus on what we can do. We have so much to be grateful for, and so many exciting things happening…

๐–๐„ ๐€๐‘๐„ ๐Ž๐๐„๐ ๐…๐Ž๐‘ ๐“๐€๐Š๐„๐€๐–๐€๐˜ ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐๐๐„๐‘ & ๐๐„๐„๐‘๐’
With a local workforce, already deeply affected by the 2020 bushfire crisis, we are committed to providing work for our staff however we can.

We also want to continue to support our many local producers, rather than cut them off.

So ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ“-๐Ÿ–๐ฉ๐ฆ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ง๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ (from tonight!) for Takeaway Beer & Dinner.
Choose from the following menu options:

๐๐ข๐ณ๐ณ๐š๐ฌ (all 12-inch; add vegan cheese for $3)
Garlic $17
Margherita $20
Gourmet Garden (Vegetarian) $24
BBQ Lamb Sausage $24
Firecracker Chorizo $24

๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ
Brewhouse Beef Burger (no chips) $20
Hop Terrace Veggie Burger (no chips) $22

๐‚๐ก๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ
Mountain Harvest fries with smoked malt salt $10

๐๐ž๐ž๐ซ
All our packaged beer – cans, bottles, 4/6-packs, and cases – are available to take away!

๐‡๐Ž๐– ๐“๐Ž ๐Ž๐‘๐ƒ๐„๐‘
๐ˆ๐ง ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง
Drop in and see us and place your order. Then take a quick walk in the fresh air, by the beautiful Ovens River, while we prepare it for you.

๐๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ก๐จ๐ง๐ž
We will be taking phone orders from 5pm-7.30pm. You can order by calling ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ.
Please note, our phone will only be manned during this time so please call only during these hours.

๐†๐„๐“ ๐˜๐Ž๐”๐‘ ๐‡๐€๐๐ƒ๐’ ๐Ž๐ ๐Ž๐”๐‘ ๐๐„๐„๐‘
We have worked hard to create a sustainable business, which means – even during these times of crisis, and even when our venue is closed – we can brew and sell our beer for you to enjoy.

Our online Store is running as normal – all our core range Mountaincrafted beers and small-batch/limited-release Backcountry Range and Barrel Series beers are available online with a delivery option to suit you!

www.brightbrewery.com.au/shop

๐…๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž-๐๐š๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ
We are stoked to be able to offer FREE BEER DELIVERY to anyone living in Bright, Porepunkah, Buckland Valley, and Wandiligong.
When you order online and input your address, you’ll be able to select this option.
Orders made before 4pm will be delivered the same night by our friendly staff.

๐…๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐ฎ๐ฉ
Anyone living in Bright and surrounds, or passing through, is welcome to order online and pick up at our Brewery door from 5-8pm. No charge!

๐…๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ $๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ
All online orders of $100 or more will be shipped for free (excluding WA & NT)!

๐๐ฎ๐ฒ ๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐›๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ
Bottle shops have been considered an ‘essential service’ and will remain open. Which means you can still buy your favourite Bright Brewery, and other High Country Brewery Trail, beers wherever you live! Head instore and ask for us.
DM us for your closest stockist.
Even better, DM us and let us know which of your local bottleshops should be stocking our beer and we’ll get in touch with them.

We really are very grateful that we can operate in some capacity during this time. We recognise that some other businesses are not so lucky. Please Support Local as much as you can as we navigate this strange new world together.

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Darker Days 2020 date announced

Winter is coming. Embrace the darkness.

Bright Brewery is thrilled to announce that DARKER DAYS 2020 will set Bright alight on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

DARKER DAYS is a festive celebration of dark beer and the Alpine winter, providing a warming, welcome respite from the mid-winter chill.

Festival-goers will gather around crackling campfires, enjoying live music and warming, wintery brews from the High Countryโ€™s best breweries, as well as local gin, whiskey, wine, and food. And with free entry, kidsโ€™ activities and face-painting, DARKER DAYS is a proudly family-friendly event.

Bright Brewery Marketing and Events Officer Laura Gray said more than 1500 festival-goers are expected to descend on Bright for the weekend, providing a welcome boost to local businesses and tourism operators after a horror start to 2020.

During the Alpine regionโ€™s bushfire crisis earlier this year, most local businesses lost a huge percentage of their revenue when Bright, and its 20,000 visitors, were evacuated in early January.

โ€œBright and the surrounding towns is an absolute tourist Mecca in summer, so the fires had a devastating financial impact on our community,โ€ Ms Gray said.

โ€œBut Bright is spectacular all year round and, here at Bright Brewery, we actively encourage people to visit Bright throughout the rest of the year.

โ€œNow in its fourth year, DARKER DAYS is a highlight of the regionโ€™s winter events calendar and, this year, itโ€™s more important than ever to the local community that itโ€™s a huge success.

โ€œWe had torrential rain and gale force winds last year so weโ€™re hoping Mother Nature is a little bit kinder to us this year but, at the end of the day, itโ€™s a midwinter festival, so weโ€™d love people to come and join us, no matter the weather โ€“ just bring your gumboots!โ€

Joining Bright Brewery at DARKER DAYS will be High Country Brewery Trail bushfire-affected breweries including King River Brewing from Whitfield, and Blizzard Brewing Company from Dinner Plain, both of whom, along with Bright Brewery, had to close their doors and evacuate during the height of the bushfire crisis.

Entry to DARKER DAYS is free but volunteers will be collecting donations for the Bright CFA, which was instrumental in helping protect Bright from the fires.

And, as is tradition, Bright Breweryโ€™s acclaimed Stubborn Russian Imperial Stout will be launched at DARKER DAYS, making festival-goers the first in the country to get their hands on this cult classic.

The full line-up of breweries, live music and other local producers will be announced over the coming weeks.

Event info here.

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Beers for Bushfires

It’s been a long, tough start to 2020 with severe bushfires raging across Australia including in Victoria’s North East.

The High Country region that we call home has been under direct threat with fires still burning and growing, with many communities evacuated for a period of time.

Having closed for five days from January 3-8 due to advice from emergency services, we were able to cautiously reopen on Wednesday, Jan 8. Unfortunately, we had to close again on Jan 10 due to severe fire danger and evacuations of Bright.

We were then able to reopen on Jan 11, and extended our trading hours to near normal on Jan 12.

Bright Brewery status – as at Sunday, Jan 12

We are now open from 12pm for lunch and dinner.

We will continue to monitor conditions in accordance with emergency advice and over the coming weeks.

Visitor Status

The official advice from Vic Emergency for Bright and surrounds wasย  downgraded from ‘Watch and Act’ to ‘Advice’ on Sunday, Jan 12, and the State of Disaster has been lifted, which means visitors are being cautiously welcomed back to town!

Many local businesses are doing their best to get their doors back open as soon as possible and Mystic MTB has reopened, but some businesses still remain closed. People with accommodation bookings should check in with their individual accommodation provider for specific advice.

It’s been a really tough week for local businesses, during what is usually the busiest time of the year for us all. So when you do return, whether it’s soon or in the future, we’d like to ask you to do the following:

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ก๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ฒ, ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ, ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ค๐ข๐ž๐ฌ, ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‡๐ข๐ ๐ก ๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ.

And the Emergency Services have some requests of their own for visitors. The fires are still burning, there is still a lot of emergency management work going on, and conditions may change at any time. So any visitors who do intend to travel are asked to please take note of the following:

– If conditions worsen, visitors will again be asked to leave the region immediately.

– The air quality is still volatile due to smoke from fires and back-burning.

– There will be increased emergency vehicles and heavy machinery on the roads, and there are still road closures in place. Please take care on the roads.

– Please do not ‘rubberneck’ around fire or traffic management sites.

– Stay within township areas; do not go bush.

– Be aware that the conditions may change at any time. Stay informed of local conditions at all times and up to date with the Vic Emergency and EPA AirWatch air quality warnings.

As always, this information is a guide only and all visitors to the region should keep up to date with the Vic Emergency site/app and make their own informed decisions.

Beers for Bushfire Relief

This crisis has had and will have huge impacts on people, businesses, towns and entire regions all over Australia for a long time to come, as well as the heroic emergency services who are battling on our behalf.

Our friends at The Crafty Pint have launched the Beers for Bushfire Relief program – a collective day of fundraisers at beer venues around Australia on January 18, as well as ongoing fundraising initiatives.

Bright Brewery will be donating $10 from every keg sold in January to the Victorian CFA and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

We are participating in fundraising events throughout Victoria this month, including:

* ON NOW: Our pals atย Slowbeerย are donating profits from their Bright Brewery and Sailors Grave Brewing Karma Kegs to CFA & the Vic Bushfire Appeal.

* ON NOW:ย Brewicolo Brewing Coย in Ocean Grove is donating profits from its Bright Brewery Karma Keg of Sweetart Raspbery Sour Ale to the bushfire relief effort.

* ON NOW: Ingrained Culture is donating 30% of profits from all brewery tours booked in Jan (but they don’t have to be taken in Jan) – so book in a tour to visit the High Country Brewers when things settle down.

We will update as more events are locked in.

You can check out all the events and information at The Crafty Pint’sย Beers for Bushfire Reliefย website to get involved.

There are heaps more fundraisers planned for the Beers for Bushfires national day of action on January 18, so pop that date in your diary now.

How can you help?

*ย #supportlocalย #drinklocalย #buylocalย as often as you can! Ask at your local bar, pub, restaurant or bottleshop for High Country beer, head to the High Country Brewery Trail website for more info, use our Beer Locator to find your closest Bright Brewery stockist, or contact us to find a stockist near you!

* When safe to do so, take a High Country road trip and come say hi to one of these fantastic breweries! Eat, drink, be merry – and take some more beers home with you!

* Support the venues that support us! Find a local fundraising event or Karma Keg near you and head in for a drink.

* Buy online: while some breweries and businesses remain closed, many are still able to service online sales and this is a great way to show your direct support. You can find our Shop here.

* If you’re a venue owner or manager interested in supporting High Country breweries by stocking our beers, please contact our Sales Manager Tom Mullane Grant (regional Vic/NSW/elsewhere) on sales@brightbrewery.com.au or 0439 316 600 or our man in Melbourne, Evin Craney at melbourne@brightbrewery.com.au or 0406 262 724.

* Vote for your favourite brewery in the GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beer Poll (closes Jan 17) – itโ€™s an easy, non-financial way to show your support for the industry. Vote here.

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Bright Breweryโ€™s 2019 Barrel Series launches with Spiced Holiday Ale

More than two years in the making, the first of Bright Breweryโ€™s highly anticipated Barrel Series beers have rolled out of the brewhouse.

The 2019 Barrel Series collection launches with an aged Spiced Holiday Ale (11.05), perfect for kickstarting the festive season!

Bright Breweryโ€™s Barrel Series program began under founder Scott Brandon and has been elevated to new heights by Head Brewer Reid Stratton, who started his career at barrel-ageing specialist Jolly Pumpkin Brewery in Michigan, USA.

โ€œSpiced Holiday Ale is inspired by a warming mug of the famous Gluhwein found across Germany and Northern Europe during the festive season,โ€ Stratton said.

โ€œWe aged a rich, malty, and sweet strong ale in Eldorado Winery shiraz barrels to impart some subtle red wine characteristics.โ€

The beer was then finished with a handful of classic Christmas spices, including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, and orange zest.

โ€œThe goal is to bring a cup of holiday cheer to the table this season,โ€ Stratton said.

With their large-scale production facility opening in 2017, Bright Breweryโ€™s original Brewhouse in the heart of Bright has become a showcase for the breweryโ€™s Barrel Series program

Spiced Holiday Ale will be joined by Bright Breweryโ€™s second 2019 Barrel Series beer โ€“ Starward Whisky-aged Barleywine (13.9% ABV) before Christmas, with more releases to follow in 2020.

Bright Breweryโ€™s Barrel Series beers will be available from Bright Brewery, online and from selected retailers.

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Bright Brewery inducted into Vic Tourism Hall of Fame

Bright Brewery has been named the stateโ€™s best Tourism Brewery/Winery/Distillery at the Victorian Tourism Awards for the third year in a row.

The independent brewery, which was established in 2005, last week won its third consecutive Gold Award and was also inducted into the Victorian Tourism Hall of Fame.

The Awards, which were held at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre on November 28, 2019, recognise tourism business excellence and performance. Bright Brewery was one of just six leading tourism businesses to enter the Hall of Fame in 2019.

Bright Brewery founder Scott Brandon said he was thrilled with the Gold Award and immensely proud to have been inducted into the Victorian Tourism Hall of Fame.

โ€œTo win this award for the third year in a row is great recognition of all the hard work weโ€™ve put into building our business and helping drive tourism to our region,โ€ he said.

Entrants into the awards are required to write a 12,500 word submission showing their commitment to business excellence in areas including Sustainability, Marketing and Customer Service, and proving how their business contributes to the local, regional and state tourism industries. This is then confirmed through a site visit by the judges.ย 

Mr Brandon said Bright Brewery is a proud sponsor of dozens of local and regional events, festivals, and organisations, including the Alpine Cycling Club and the Bright Autumn Festival (plus many more) which attract visitors to the region. The Brewery is also a founding member of the High Country Brewery Trail, which drives beer tourism to Victoriaโ€™s North East.

โ€œWe believe what is good for Bright is good for Bright Brewery and vice-versa,โ€ Mr Brandon said. โ€œWe are really proud of our contributions to the tourism industry and continue to champion our area through delicious beer, unforgettable adventures and embracing everything our region has to offer.โ€

With a 520-seat venue on the Great Alpine Road in the heart of Bright and a new, large-scale production facility, Bright Brewery is continuing to forge into the wholesale craft beer market, with more than 250 stockists throughout Victoria, New South Wales, and the ACT.

โ€œThrough our wholesale business, we are reaching a new demographic of customers which broadens our brand exposure and helps drive additional visitation to the region,โ€ Mr Brandon said.

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Applications open: Bright Brewery Bursary for Bright Coworking

Bright Brewery and Bright Coworking haveย  announced a $500 bursary to help a local community member enjoy Brightโ€™s new community coworking space.

The Bright Brewery Bursary for Bright Coworking is open to any candidate living in the Alpine Shire who would benefit from the community facilities provided by Bright Coworking, is willing to give back to the local community, and who aligns with the Bright Brewery Values.

The Bursary can be put towards a Bright Coworking membership or casual-use fees, and is open to new and existing members.

Bright Coworking, a non-profit organisation run under the Bright and District Chamber of Commerce, opened in Ireland Street, Bright in June and provides a fully-furnished office space, with NBN, for those who need, or want, to work away from home.

Bright Coworking president Ally Wilson said Bright was a magnet for โ€˜tree-changersโ€™ looking to enjoy the outdoors lifestyle while working remotely, and Bright Coworking gave people the opportunity to work in a supportive, innovative environment.

Bursary applicants must demonstrate how they, or their business/project/job, meets at least one of the Bright Brewery values of Active, Sustainable, and Authentic.

Bright Brewery Marketing Officer Laura Gray said Bright Brewery was proud to support an innovative community initiative that provided such a valuable service to locals.

โ€œOne of our key values is Sustainability and we see Bright Coworking as an important step in helping Bright retain a sustainable economy and community,โ€ she said.

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate how they will give back to the Bright community and/or Bright Coworking through their work.

Applications for the Bursary close at 5pm on Friday, August 23, 2019 and the recipient of the Bursary will be announced at Bright Coworkingโ€™s Official Opening Night at Dumu Balcony Cafe on Thursday, August 29.

Applications can be made at: https://forms.gle/mSgWsDFzHV5r3m4p6

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5Zero bike challenge: EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW ON SALE

GREAT COURSE. GREAT CAUSE.

Ride the best of the High Countryโ€™s gravel trails and feel good doing it!
Bright Brewery’s 5Zero gravel bike challenge is back for its second year! We’ll hit the gravel on Saturday, October 26!
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WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

5Zero is a non-profit, totally-sustainable, zero-environmental-impact social grave bike challenge for all ages, abilities and bikes. Choose a 36km or 53km route and enjoy riding at your own pace, with your mates, around the spectacular trails of Bright and surrounds.
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WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

All profits from 5Zero go to the non-profit Alpine Community Plantation to help build and maintain our local bike trail network.ย ACP is the community-led not-for-profit body that manages recreational activities within the HVP pine plantations of the Alpine Shire, where 5Zero takes place.
After raising $1000 to help ACP with some urgent repairs to Mystic Park’s Hero Trail in 2019, we’re aiming to raise the bar even higher this year.
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WHY SHOULD I DO IT?

Do you love riding in Bright?
Do you want to help keep the trails in tip-top shape?
Do you want to have a super fun day out, knowing you’re doing your bit for the environment and the local community?
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HOW DOES IT WORK?

Same great format. Same great cause!
Grab your friends and sign up for the 36km or 53km course. There’s no racing, no timing, just fun social rising for a great cause!
Zero impact – no paper maps, no single-use bottles, no packaged food, no gels, no vehicles, no signage, and no footprint!
Enjoy unpackaged, chef-cooked food at aid stations throughout the course and, once you’re finished, head back to the Brewery for food, drinks, live music and a festival vibe thanks to All Terrain Cycles Bright‘s eBright eBike festival.
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HOW DO I ENTER?

36km: $56.25 (full price $75)
53km: $75 (full price $100)
Early-bird finishes September 30.

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New beer alert: Sayonara Yuzu Sour

Every year, during the Winter Solstice, the Japanese bathe in yuzu baths. The oil and juice of the yuzu fruit is said to warm the body and relax the mind.

So when Bright Brewery head brewer Reid Stratton walked into the Brewhouse with 36kg of freshly-picked and locally-grown yuzu from Eurobinโ€™s Mountain Yuzu, we were a little concernedโ€ฆ

But Stratton had other plans for the yuzu โ€“ an oddly-shaped, lemon-like citrus that originated in China but is now mostly grown in Japan. Instead of bathing in it, he packed it all into a brand new brew โ€“ Sayonara Yuzu Sour (4.3% ABV).

The result is a seductively sour ale with a zesty yuzu aroma, a tantalisingly tart citrus flavour and a dry finish, which follows on from Bright Breweryโ€™s hugely successful Sweetart Raspberry Sour earlier this year.

While winter is in full swing in Bright Breweryโ€™s High Country home and darks, stouts and porters are the more common tipples, Stratton said Sayonara Yuzu Sour would sit apart, in a refreshing contrast to the heavier dark beers filling our taps and fridges.

โ€œItโ€™s the perfect season to harvest and use our fresh local yuzu, and itโ€™s ideal for those drinkers who are after a lighter beer this winter,โ€ he said.

Sayonara Yuzu Sour is available on tap and in 330ml bottles from Bright Brewery and selected retailers, as well as online in our Shop.

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Silver and bronze medals for Bright Brewery at world’s largest annual beer competition

Bright Brewery has been awarded two medals at the 2019 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), taking home a medal in each of the two categories it entered.

Bright Breweryโ€™s Alpine XPL (Extra Pale Lager) was awarded a Bronze Medal for Best International Style Lager, while the recently-rebranded Mountaincrafted Range took home a Silver Medal for Label Design.

Alpine XPL is the newest addition to Bright Breweryโ€™s Mountaincrafted Range – six โ€˜best-of-breedโ€™ core range beers which are available all-year round at both Bright Brewery and retail outlets.

Bright Brewery founder Scott Brandon said he was thrilled with the results and the feedback from the judges.

โ€œEntering the awards gives us valuable feedback about our beers and our brand from industry experts, which helps us improve the quality,โ€ Brandon said.

Bright Brewery marketing officer Laura Gray said the awards confirmed that the brewery was making the right moves, as it continues to push into the competitive craft beer wholesale market.

โ€œAlpine XPL will be a mainstay of our Mountaincrafted Range from now on so itโ€™s really encouraging to hear that the judges believe itโ€™s a worthy addition,โ€ she said.

โ€œAnd weโ€™re exceptionally proud of our rebranded Mountaincrafted Range, which includes bottle labels, six-pack carriers, and cartons. These vibrant new designs represent the brewery and our beautiful region perfectly and will really connect with craft beer lovers when they see our beers outside of Bright.โ€

The AIBA, run by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, is the worldโ€™s largest annual beer competition, with more than 2500 beers from 400 breweries from Australia and around the world competing this year.

To find your closest Bright Brewery stockist, check out our Beer Locator.

To shop for Bright Brewery beers, including Alpine XPL, online, visit our Shop.

To become a Bright Brewery stockist, or to discuss our range, get in touch with our Sales Manager Tom on sales@brightbrewery.com.au

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