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DARKER DAYS IS COMING

Bright Brewery announces Darker Days – a new High Country dark beer and mid-winter festival

Embrace the darkness of winter in Bright. Taste the High Country’s best winter beers.
Warm your soul by the flames. Feast on the finest winter treats.
Hear, see and dance to the mountain’s songs.
Play in the dark, thrive in the night!

A new festival celebrating Victoria’s Alpine winter will set Bright alight on Saturday the 1st of July this year.

DARKER DAYS will bring together High Country producers and operators, entertainers, beer lovers and families to toast the season and welcome the return of lighter days following the Winter Solstice.

The family friendly festival will be centred around locally produced dark beers and warming foods, along with live music and winter activities. After the sun sets, Bright Brewery’s riverside lands will truly come alive with a spectacular ceremonial burning of a giant wooden structure in the shape of the brewery’s logo, which was revealed at the recent Bright Autumn Festival Gala Day parade.

Bright Brewery Marketing Manager, James Davidson, says that Darker Days will be “a diverse celebration of winter in the mountains.”

“Darker Days will revolve around themes of winter, fire and togetherness, with a range of food, drink, entertainment and activities to warm and inspire everyone during the dark days of the High Country winter,” explained Mr Davidson.

“We’re inviting local brewers to showcase their dark and winter beers. There will be no pale ales or lagers available, unless the beer has a specific winter twist.”

“We’ve also lined up a delicious selection from local wineries and a cider maker to serve mulled cider, plus gourmet winter foods and treats from local producers. We’ll be gathering around multiple fires to make damper and to roast marshmallows and chestnuts, with local wordsmiths and poets to tell campfire tales and maybe even a ghost story or two. It will be a full day of mid-winter fun!”

Darker Days will begin at 1:00pm on the 1st of July and run through until 10:00pm. The festival is free to attend and all ages are welcome.

Darker Days wooden hash

 

DARKER DAYS essentials:

Event: Bright Brewery presents DARKER DAYS – a dark beer & mid-winter festival.
Location: Bright Brewery’s block, 123 Great Alpine Road (a very large marquee to ensure rain or snow do not affect the event).
Date & Time: Saturday 1st July, 1pm to 10pm.
Cost: Free entry!
What: Dark/winter beers from the High Country, local wines & cider, food vendors, live music & entertainment, fireside activities, campfire stories, dancing and more!

Confirmed featured brewers: Black Dog Brewery, Blizzard Brewing, Bridge Road Brewers, Sweetwater Brewing Co, Nightingale Alpine Cider.
Darker Days will also mark the 2017 launch of Bright Brewery’s annual winter brew Stubborn Russian Imperial Stout made with Bright Chocolate, and will see the return of a winter favourite from last year – Black Diamond India Black Ale.

Confirmed featured performers: Hillbilly DJs, Mcrobin, and more to be announced soon!

 

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Bright Brewery Easter Hours 2017

Enjoy a hoppy good time at Bright Brewery this Easter

Bright Brewery is open every day across the coming Easter weekend, our normal hours of 11am until late!

Please be aware that no more bookings are available across the Easter weekend – all our allocated Reserved tables have been booked.

We still leave plenty of room for walk-ups, so feel free to come in and grab any unreserved table. There’s loads of space at Bright Brewery for everyone to have a hoppy good time!

Bright Brewery Easter bunny, eggs and beer

Bright Brewery Easter Egg Hunt

BRIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT

We’ll be holding an Easter Egg hunt for the kids at 11:30am on Easter Sunday.

All welcome, come along and enjoy the fun!

NEW BEER

Fill yourself with HOPS this Easter by enjoying our 2017 Hop Harvest Ale.

Each year during the hop harvest we select a unique variety of hop from the nearby Rostrevor Hop Gardens and set about showcasing its flavour in this “wet-hopped” beer. The 2017 edition of our Hop Harvest Ale reveals the fresh green hop and soft fruit flavours in an easy drinking, crisp and refreshing Australian style pale ale. A light body of pale malts allow the hop flavours to shine through, which a touch of wheat malt to fill out the mouthfeel. It’s available now, on tap and in bottles at Bright Brewery.

EASTER WEEKEND LIVE MUSIC

Come share your talent with us this Friday for a special Good Friday edition of Open Mic Night at Bright Brewery! Hosted by the super versatile man of song, Rudi Katterl, and kicking off at 6:30pm, Friday 14th April, this is a chance to let your talent shine bright in Bright!

Bright Brewery Open Mic Night poster

Come to Bright Brewery, grab a beer, and kick back on Easter Sunday afternoon with an upbeat session of alt folk, roots, bluesy cruise and rasta featuring Chango T’Ree.

From Mornington Peninsula’s deep-south, Chango T’Ree plays roots blues cruise raga, funky folk and global grooves. With a fluid touring line up that has been a vehicle for many creative musicians to share the journey, there’s always mainstay “bus driver” Ian Treloar and Ree Liddell on vocals, acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, mandolin, and stomp box!

Catch this free live gig from 2pm – 5pm on Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017.

 

 

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Sustainable Living Festival

Sustainable Beers Pouring in Melbourne this weekend

As we continue our journey to become a carbon neutral brewer, we’re delighted to be joining with Australia’s social enterprise beer company, The Good Beer Co, to showcase our beers at the National Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne!

Get down to the Festival Bar at Birrarung Marr, Federation Square, during the Big WeekendFriday 10th to Sunday 12th February 2017 – to check out our fresh MountainCrafted beers brewed at our solar powered brewery.

You can also enjoy a cold one for the reef with two fresh Great Barrier Beers from The Good Beer Co that help fund the work of the Australian Marine Conservation Society to help find ways to protect our national icon.

Both Bright Brewery and The Good Beer Co are passionate about brewing beer for good – so naturally, we’re delighted to be running the Festival’s Good Beer bar and serving up both our beers at the 2017 Sustainable Living Festival. We hope to see you there!

At Bright Brewery, our sustainability mission is:

  • to make our beer production as close to carbon neutral as possible, 
  • to minimise our overall environmental footprint on Bright.

Solar powered brewing

The Good Beer Company

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Bright Brewery Christmas Hours 2016

Merry Christmas from all the crew at Bright Brewery!

We hope you have a fantastic festive season with much cheer and good craft beer (…hopefully that includes a MountainCrafted Bright Brewery beer or two!).

As always, Bright Brewery will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25th & 26th December 2016), as we rest and enjoy this special time with our family and friends.

Bright Brewery will reopen on Tuesday 27th December, and be open every day after (including New Year’s Day) from 11:00am until late. We hope you can drop in for a beer!

And don’t forget our big New Year’s Eve party featuring International Party Band, TRAINWRECK TRIO! Tickets are $15 and available to purchase HERE.

Father Christmas taking photos with a family at Bright Brewery

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Bright Brewery boosts Alfred 6 Hour as naming rights sponsor

At Bright Brewery we love finishing a thrilling day of riding by sharing a great beer with friends. Combine that with the opportunity to raise vital funds for life saving equipment and we think you have an ideal way to spend any Saturday!

Bright Brewery is excited to join the Alfred 6 Hour as naming rights sponsor to help provide a fun day of mountain bike action that will contribute valuable support for Emergency and Trauma care at the Alfred Hospital.

The Alfred 6 Hour is a charity mountain bike race raising funds in support of Emergency and Trauma care at the Alfred Hospital. Join us in beautiful Bright for a fun Saturday of MTB action around Mystic MTB Park, followed by presentations at Bright Brewery.

The target for this year’s Alfred 6 Hour race is to raise $15600, which will assist with the purchase of a high resolution x-ray monitor for emergency and trauma patients.

We hope everyone who enjoys mountain bike riding can join us for the Alfred 6 Hour on Saturday 17th September to ride for glory, earn your beer and make a great contribution to the important work of The Alfred Hospital.

For more information and to enter the race, check out www.alfred6hour.org.au

Here’s some highlights from the 2016 Alfred 6 Hour race:

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10 Years of Bright Brewery

June 2016 marks the 10 year anniversary of Bright Brewery opening our doors at 121 Great Alpine Road, in the heart of beautiful Bright.

The anniversary marks a new era for Bright Brewery, with the purchase of a second site in Bright to build a production facility, as well as welcoming 2 new brewers.

Bright Brewery owner and founder, Scott Brandon, said that there has been plenty of challenges and changes since opening for the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend in 2006, but overall the business has exceeded expectations.

“Probably the first five years were the most challenging, when we were trying to do everything on a shoestring,” Mr Brandon said.

“And then I guess we achieved a bit of a turning point when we secured the funds to build the new restaurant and extend the building, allowing us to improve our offering.”

Scott Brandon and David Cocks behind the old brewery bar

Scott Brandon and David Cocks behind the old brewery bar

“Before the new building it was an outdoor venue so we were limited in what we could do, so to have a warm and cosy environment regardless of the weather, has made a massive difference to the business and now we are able to build on that,” he said.

Bright Brewery’s story began as far back as 2003, when the land was first purchased for the location of the brewery. The first beers were brewed at Jamieson Brewery near Mansfield from late 2004 and served at a temporary bar in Wills Street, Bright, until the building construction and brewery commissioning was completed at the current Great Alpine Road site in mid 2006.

scott-and-fiona-behind-bar

Scott and Fiona in the early years

The initial desire of Scott and his late wife Fiona Reddaway was to create a cellar door experience that provided great beer and celebrated the outdoor lifestyle of the surrounding high country region.

This “brew-pub” model has provided Bright Brewery with healthy business that has a reputation as one of the region’s best destinations, highlighted last year by winning Silver at the Victorian Tourism Awards and being named Business of the Year at the Alpine Shire Awards.

With the focus on providing an excellent hospitality and tourism experience, the vast majority of Bright Brewery’s beer production is sold through our own bar – limiting the amount of beer that’s been sent out to the wider market.

Now the business is in a positive position to focus on its wholesale operations to further secure its future.

The development of a second brewery, also in Bright, will allow for a significant increase in production levels so that Bright Brewery can make its mark on the national retail market, as well as creating new jobs for Bright.

“The new facility also provides us with the perfect opportunity to achieve more of our sustainability goals, to make our beer as carbon neutral and sustainable as possible,” noted Mr Brandon.

Also, we’ll be able to use our existing brewhouse to experiment more and produce some really interesting limited releases, which will help keep the brewery bar an exciting and enticing destination for beer fans.”

10 years on, Bright Brewery remains a 100% independent family owned business.

Read more about Bright Brewery’s 10 year journey via articles on The Crafty Pint and Australian Brews News.

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