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Bright Brewery Brings Home 7 Medals at the Australian International Beer Awards

Bright Brewery celebrated a triumphant performance at the 2024 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), the world’s largest beer competition, held in Melbourne on May 16. In a testament to their brewing excellence, Bright Brewery took home a medal for every single beer they entered.

Celebrating Classic Australian Styles

The judges recognised Bright Brewery’s commitment to classic Australian beers, awarding Silver medals to their Hellfire Amber Ale (American Style Red Best Amber/Dark Ale), Alpine Lager (Modern Lager – Best International Lager) and Bright Pale Ale (Australian Style Pale Ale). These wins highlight Bright Brewery’s dedication to crafting exceptional core range beers. Additionally, their core range brought home Bronze medals for the MIA IPA (West Coast Style IPA), and Any Day XPA (Reduced/Low Alcohol Ale).

Barrel-Aged Innovation Takes Bronze

Pushing the boundaries of flavour, Bright Brewery’s Stubborn Imperial Rye Stout 2024 secured a Bronze medal in the British Style Imperial Stout category.

Furthermore, their Infinite Whisky Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, the first release in their premium Barrel Works Project series, was also awarded a Bronze medal. This innovative brew signifies Bright Brewery’s commitment to exploring new frontiers in beer creation.

A Record-Breaking Competition

The Melbourne Royal AIBA program is a rigorous competition, attracting over 2500 entries from a record-breaking 400+ breweries across 23 countries this year. Judged by a panel of 84 international beer experts, these awards represent the pinnacle of brewing achievement.

Discover Award-Winning Beers from Bright Brewery

Explore Bright Brewery’s core and seasonal range of medal-winning beers here.

To become a Bright Brewery stockist, or to discuss our range, get in touch with our National Sales Manager Evin Craney

We’re hiring: Chef de Partie

What are we looking for?

Are you looking for a new challenge and are keen to join one of Australia’s longest running and most respected Independent Brewers?

Bright Brewery are on the hunt for a Chef de Partie to join the team in our vibrant Brewpub venue in the heart of Bright.

Who is Bright Brewery?

Bright Brewery has been established for almost 18 years in the heart of Victoria’s beautiful High Country. We are a 100% family owned independent brewery which values a “Authentic, Active and Sustainable” lifestyle and brand.

Our mission is to make the best of beer whilst living the best life possible. Our culture is our strength as we highlight the importance of healthy work life balance to ensure the best for our people.

Our Values

Authentic: We pride authenticity in our actions and people. All our decisions are made with an authentic approach, and we pride our business on being positive custodians to our beautiful home and community. We incentivise our team to be them true selves and relish in supporting all aspects of living their best lives.

Active: Bright Brewery is active not only in our wider community but also industry as a whole. Our team are encouraged to work with local support programs in the North East and afar as well as industry led groups as the IBA and Pink Boots Society. We also acknowledge the positive power of being active through both social engagement but physical movement for the health and wellbeing of our people.

Sustainable: Since our inception in 2006, Bright Brewery has always had an eye on our planet and not just the big but also the small things we can do every day to help maintain our beautiful environment for generations to come. We are highly engaged in sustainability measures within our brewing process but also seek to deliver benefits to our staff and wider community through sustainable business decision making

So, what is the role?

The person holding the role of Chef de Partie will lead by example and be competent in all areas of cooking and cleaning, maintaining a high level of Food Hygiene Standards & HACCP controls. They will take direct responsibility for the preparation and presentation of food consistent with food safety standards and Bright Brewery guidelines.

This role reports to the Head Chef and, in the absence of the Head Chef reports to the Sous Chef, whoever is rostered on shift. During a shift when the Head Chef and Sous Chef are not present, all kitchen staff report to the Venue Manager.

This role requires:

Flexibility with your position (i.e. help in other departments when required)

• Flexibility with your roster

• Providing a high level of customer service

• Punctuality with a well-groomed appearance at all times

• Dealing with customer questions and complaints where appropriate and in line with company policy

• Becoming familiar with Bright Brewery, its services & events and being able to advise guests accordingly

• Reporting all accidents and hazards in your work area and complete all paperwork as required

• Other duties as directed and an ability to work without direction or supervision.

Hours

The Chef will be expected to work weekends and public holidays (as per conditions set out in individual contract), and evenings as required.

Uniform

You will be required to maintain a clean, neat & professional appearance at all times. It is your responsibility to supply your own uniform and knives.

The responsibilities

The key tasks that the Chef performs are:

Develop and bring to life Bright Brewery’s food service:

• Work with the Head Chef & Sous Chef to implement Bright Brewery’s food service guidelines

• Assist with the planning of exciting menus and specials in liaison with Head Chef & Sous Chef.

• Assist in coordinating preparation for any off-site catering functions with Head Chef & Sous Chef.

• Liaise with Head Chef on all matters relating to the business

• Clear communication with Head Chef and other managers and staff

• Ensure all communications between bar and kitchen run smoothly and with respect

Develop and implement Bright Brewery’s food safety program:

• Preparation and service of food-to-Food Hygiene Standards

• Ensure proper stock rotation in all food storage areas

• Maintain all work areas in accordance with Food Hygiene Standards

• Maintain a regular cleaning schedule for kitchens and storage areas

• Manage delivery and storage of goods (heavy lifting involved) within WorkSafe guidelines

Manage food service team:

• Ensure kitchen staff receive the right training and optimum guidance

• Assist in management of each staff member to maximize each person’s potential

• Kitchen supervision (assist staff in the role to learn):

• Managing stock intake

• Receiving goods

• Managing staff hours during breaks

Manage food service costs:

• Ensure that all dishes are prepared to the correct recipe and quantity

• Control and record all wastage and breakages

Bright Brewery Policies:

• Understanding of Bright Brewery policies and implementation of same

Culture:

• All staff are responsible for fostering positive culture towards workplace, business and fellow employees

Who are you?

You will have/be:

• Passion and imagination for food

• Interest in local produce and beer matching

• Qualified Chef

• Food Safety Supervisor certificate

• Demonstrate excellent communication skills

• Ability to work well within a team

• Must have prior experience in a high-volume environment

• Ability to manage Food Service costs

• Knowledge of relevant laws and regulations relating to the hospitality industry • Proven leadership skills and lead by example

• Be able to identify problems and attend to them without supervision

• Mature attitude, honesty, loyalty and exceptional work ethic

• Proven ability to supervise and lead staff with respect and fairness

• Comply with all company policies and procedures.

The perks of the gig!

Beyond the expected bells and whistles; Bright Brewery also offers:

· Subsided memberships that encourage active lifestyles (gym/sport/yoga, etc)

· A Green Transport initiative

· Bright Brewery staff account

· Access to mental health services and support

· Encouragement and paid support to join local and industry related associations and groups

· A generous ‘Time Off In Lieu’ system for overtime and event work

· Continuous training and professional development

· Numerous team and business social events

· Of course, access to some of the best beers a person could drink!

To Apply

Please email a current CV and cover letter addressing the skills and experience required to the Venue Manager: venue@brightbrewery.com.au

For more information or a confidential chat, please call the Venue Manager on 03 5755 1346

Celebrating the Dark Arts of Barrel Aging: Introducing INFINITE Barrel Works By Bright Brewery

Emerging from deep in the heart of the High Country comes an exciting new range of beers from one of the country’s pioneering craft breweries.

Infinite Barrel Works by Bright Brewery will celebrate the dark art of barrel aging, with only the most exclusive beers seeing the light of day.

Whilst Bright has released highly-acclaimed barrel-aged beers before, like it’s 16th anniversary Pioneer Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, a formal barrel-aging program has long been on founder Scott Brandon’s wishlist.

And now, under the watchful eye of Head Brewer Lewis Kerr, Infinite Barrel Works sees a curated selection of hand-picked barrels reserved only for Bright’s most premium beers.

“Barrel aging is something quite special that all brewers love to work with,” Kerr said. “There’s a bit of black magic to it, and you have to give up a bit of control of the beer that you’re working with to the elements and to nature and to the barrel.”

THE STORY
The first Infinite Barrel Works release will be a Whisky Barrel Aged Imperial Stout – but it wouldn’t do the beer, or the barrels, justice, to just stop the explanation there…

In fact, we have to go way back in time to that peaceful pre-COVID and pre-Russian War on Ukraine period of 2019 when we were blissfully unaware of how the world was about to change.

“This beer was derived in the depths of the High Country with our good friends at Backwoods Distilling,” Kerr said.
“In 2019, we sent off a batch of our Stubborn Imperial Stout (then called Stubborn Russian) to Backwoods for distillation into a whisky. That whisky was then aged in these barrels, and both the whisky and the barrels were given to us when the whisky had matured.

“We then aged another round of imperial stout and whisky in those barrels, and the cycle continued, creating a closed loop of barrels that are infinitely used.”

To be more specific, the beer in barrel is Bright’s 2023 Stubborn Imperial Stout – the notorious 16-percenter brewed by Kerr and his team in the Autumn of 2023. So what has a year in a whisky barrel done for it?

THE BEER
“It’s definitely still boozy, as you’d expect from a 16-percenter, and it’s picked up a lot of the whisky characteristics – a lot of deep plum, raisin and prune characteristics, and the heat has mellowed out,” Kerr said.

Due to its high ABV (16% and 5.6 std drinks per can), this beer is definitely designed to share with other beer lovers, not to consume solo.

“Practice responsible drinking and share it with some mates. Take it to can-share night, take it as a gift, open it with a couple of friends, sit down and take your time,” Kerr advises. “When you finish the beer, you will see it evolve and become a new beer when it’s warmed up to room temperature.”

THE BARRELS
So what can beer lovers expect from future Infinite releases? Kerr is excited but he isn’t giving away all his secrets. “We’ve got an incredible array of barrels, like Madeira, coconut rum, cognac, mead, banana brandy so there’s some exciting things on the cards,” he said. Infinite Barrel Works beers are expected to be scarce and extremely limited in quantity, due to the small-batch nature of the style.

They will be available exclusively online from Bright Brewery.

THE ART
Bright fans will notice that Infinite beers look remarkably different to the rest of its very distinctive, colourful cans. “This beer is so special to us and so unique to Bright that we wanted the can art to reflect that,” Kerr said. The can artwork for Infinite Whisky Barrel Aged Imperial Stout features a beautiful photo of Mount Buffalo, Vic, captured by local photographer Sam Walklate.

“I’m pretty lucky as I live just down the road from Mount Buffalo,” Walklate said. “And from where I live, I can see the conditions up on the mountain. On this day, I saw the cloud sort of dancing around the mountain and I decided to just drive up the road and grab a shot. I just stayed there for about 20 minutes while the clouds danced around the mountain and I came out with this image.”

Subsequent Infinite releases will feature equally beautiful High Country landscapes and photographers keen to see their work on an Infinite can are invited to lodge an Expression of Interest to have their art featured on future beers. There is more information on that process here.

THE DETAILS
Infinite Barrel Works Whisky Barrel Aged Imperial Stout will be available by pre-sale to Bright Mash Club members from Wednesday May 1 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday May 3.

To join the Mash Club and get early access to the beer, head here. Or join Bright’s Brew Crew mailing list to be the first to know when Friday’s release goes live.

Bright announces Major Sponsorship of Canberra Brave Ice Hockey Team

It’s a brave new world for Bright Brewery, which is proud to announce its support of the Canberra Brave, two-time premiers of the Australian Ice Hockey League, as a Major Sponsor for season 2024.

As the Brave lace up their skates for another shot at glory, we are thrilled to be joining them on the ice.

With two premiership titles under their belts and a chilling 0-1 loss in the Grand Final in 2023, the Brave are poised to conquer the ice once again, fuelled by our support.

“We’re thrilled to break the ice and partner with the Canberra Brave in this, their 10th anniversary year,” said Bright’s national business development and brand manager Evin Craney. “We can’t wait to raise a glass to the Brave’s continued success and share our love for the game with Brave fans both on and off the ice.”

But this partnership is just the tip of the iceberg.

Thirsty Brave fans will be able to quench their thirst and celebrate their victories with Bright Brewery beers available at the ‘Brave Cave’ AKA the Phillip Ice Skating Centre in Canberra, throughout the season, as well as with a specialty, limited-edition Brave Lager at selected ACT craft beer venues.

The Delta Riggs: Headlining Darker Days at Bright Brewery

Fresh off collaborations with Dope Lemon, Gold Fang, and Dante Knows, and electrifying live performances with Hayley Mary and Dan Sultan, The Delta Riggs are set to headline Darker Days at Bright Brewery.

Over their stellar career, The Delta Riggs have solidified themselves as Australian indie-rock royalty. Their infectious energy and captivating sound have earned them a loyal following. Multiple singles have received heavy airplay on Triple J, and their album “Dipz Zebazios” received the coveted feature album treatment.

The band is no stranger to packed houses, having sold out their own headline tours. They’ve also shared the stage with legendary acts like Foo Fighters, Kasabian and the Eagles of Death Metal.

So get ready for an epic day of 10+ hours of live music as The Delta Riggs bring their high-octane live show to headline Darker Days on Saturday June 15.

What to Expect

  • Friday, June 14: The festivities kick off with guided brewery tours and tastings (tickets required) followed by a free welcome party featuring live music by Since We Kissed (6pm).
  • Saturday, June 15: Festival Day! Immerse yourself in a full day festival with over 10 hours of live music, headlined by The Delta Riggs and supported by Steph Strings, Nicky Bomba, Benny & The Big Wheels and Matt Sier.  Hot Dawg Eating Competition at 4.15pm (pre-registration required).
  • Sunday, June 16: Wind down after a weekend of revelry at the Recovery Session with live music starting at 12pm (free entry).

Early Bird tickets are on sale now at  www.darkerdays.com.au . Now’s the time to gather your friends, book your accommodation, and get ready to embrace the darkness at Darker Days!

Darker Days to set the night alight on June 15, 2024

Winter IS officially coming! The popular Darker Days festival is back at Bright Brewery this June with a full weekend of beery fun in store.

From June 14 to 16, Darker Days will transform Bright Brewery into a celebration of everything dark and decadent. Indulge in dark beers from some of Australia’s most innovative, exciting and highly skilled brewers (and a very special international guest brewer for 2024!), groove to live music across the weekend, and soak up the mid-winter festival atmosphere.

What to Expect

  • Friday, June 14: The festivities kick off with guided brewery tours and tastings (tickets required) followed by a free welcome party featuring live music.
  • Saturday, June 15: Festival Day! Immerse yourself in a full day festival with over 10 hours of live music (artist lineup to be announced April 18).
  • Sunday, June 16: Wind down after a weekend of revelry at the Recovery Session with live music starting at 12pm (free entry).

Plan Your Dark Adventure

Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 19 at  www.darkerdays.com.au . Now’s the time to gather your friends, book your accommodation, and get ready to embrace the darkness at Darker Days!

Hop into Easter Fun! What’s on at Bright Brewery

Looking for a place to refuel and catch up with friends and family after the day’s adventure in Bright and surrounds? We’ll be open every day from Good Friday to Easter Monday (and 7 days for the school holidays), serving up lunch, dinner, and everyone’s favourites – pizzas and fries – throughout the day.

Here’s a breakdown of our Easter hours and offerings:

Good Friday

12:00pm-late

Easter Saturday
11.30am-late
11am: Easter Egg Scramble ( Details here.)

Easter Sunday
11.30am-late
3-6pm: Sunday Session with The Bad Knees.

Easter Monday
11.30am-late

Lunch: 12pm-2:30pm
Dinner: 5pm-8pm
Pizzas & Fries: 12pm-8:30pm (all day!)

Booking Update:
Our online reservations for lunch and dinner are already filled from Good Friday to Easter Monday, but we’ll have plenty of tables available for walk-in customers throughout the day and evening. So come on down, see our host, and we’ll do our best to find you a seat.

Check availability / making a booking here.

Check out our menu here.

Bright Twilight Markets – Thursday April 4 and Thursday April 11, 3-7pm

Following the fantastic turnout in January, our popular Bright Twilight Markets will return for the Easter school holidays, on Thursday April 4 and Thursday  April 11.

Enjoy a delightful autumn evening under the stars, browsing unique wares from local artisans and savouring delicious treats from a variety of food vendors. Whether you’re seeking handcrafted gifts, fresh produce, or simply a vibrant atmosphere, the Bright Twilight Markets will have something for everyone.

Stay tuned for further details on the exciting line-up of market stallholders coming soon.

Hoppy Easter!

We’re hiring: South/East Melbourne Bright Ambassador

What are we looking for?

Are you looking for a new challenge and are keen to join one of Australia’s longest running and most respected Independent Brewers?

Bright Brewery are on the hunt for a South/East Melbourne Bright Ambassador.

Who is Bright Brewery?

Bright Brewery has been established for almost 18 years in the heart of Victoria’s beautiful High Country. We are a 100% family owned independent brewery which pillars itself behind the values of “Authentic, Active and Sustainable”.

Our mission is to make the best of beer whilst living the best life possible. Our culture is our strength as we highlight the importance of healthy work life balance to ensure the best for our people.

Our beers can be found both nationally throughout Australia as well overseas. In 2023, Bright Brewery was awarded the 8th most popular brewery in Australia along with retaining its title as Number 1 Independent Lager in Victoria in the GABS Hottest 100 vote.

Our Pillars

Authentic: We pride authenticity in our actions and people. All our decisions are made with an authentic approach, and we pride our business on being positive custodians to our beautiful home and community. We incentivise our team to be them true selves and relish in supporting all aspects of living their best lives.

Active: Bright Brewery is active not only in our wider community but also industry as a whole. Our team are encouraged to work with local support programs in the North East and afar as well as industry led groups as the IBA and Pink Boots Wociety. We also acknowledge the positive power of being active through both social engagement but physical movement for the health and wellbeing of our people.

Sustainable: Since our inception in 2006, Bright Brewery has always had an eye on our planet and not just the big but also the small things we can do every day to help maintain our beautiful environment for generations to come. We are highly engaged in sustainability measures within our brewing process but also seek to deliver benefits to our staff and wider community through sustainable business decision making

So, what is the role?

A Bright Ambassador is more than just a sales rep! It’s someone who can carry the torch for our town as well as our beers.

Your duties involve the development and maintenance of both existing and new accounts in the South and Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Working closely with our sales and marketing team you will be collectively working together to further spread and grow the name of Bright Brewery in Victoria. This role is ideal for someone passionate about people, place and of course beers!

Working Monday to Friday on a 38 hour contract with flexibility around starting and finishing time. Occasional after hours or weekend work may be required but are covered via our TOIL arrangement.

You will report directly to our National Business Development and Brand Manager.

The responsibilities

– Develop and support the wholesale of Bright Brewery beers to bottleshops, restaurants, bars and venues, and other retail and hospitality outlets across Victoria and allocated regional areas.

– Be an excellent Ambassador for our brands, values, and lifestyle

– Achieve budgeted sales targets and KPIs.

– Identify and capitalise on market opportunities to build sales and profitability

– Work under the direction of our National Sales Manager to support and grow accounts, as well as brand awareness and reputation

– Relationship management, including prioritisation of key customers and new customer development

– Providing a superior level of service to our customers

– Deliver reports to National Sales Manager as required and requested.

– Utilise Bright Brewery CRM system as designated by Sales Manager

– Travel to, and manage, further sales areas as allocated by business

– Organise in-store tastings and promotions and point of sale displays

– Identify realistic opportunities to increase sales

– Activate or host events both on and off premise, including festivals

– Manage relationships and communication with sales accounts in line with role expectations

– Always uphold a high standard of professionalism with both colleagues and customers

– Flexibility with working hours, including readiness to work after hours in a sales capacity as well as on weekend events at events, festivals, and brand activations

– Follow direction from National Sales Manager in line with duties and work responsibilities

Who are you?

We are looking for a lover of all things people, hospitality and hopefully great beer! Our business is all about the people in it so we if you are a:

· A motivated solo operator who also loves being apart of a tight-knit team. Who can communicate with the best of them and doesn’t mind a bit of a soft sales pitch.

· Ideally someone who understands what it means to be on the other side of the counter. Experience and contacts in hospitality are big bonuses.

· You have a full driver’s licence and your own full-time vehicle .

· Someone who loves connecting with people over the joy of great drinks.

· Holds a Victorian RSA

· A pre-existing career in sales is even better.

The perks of the gig!

Beyond the expected bells and whistles Bright Brewery also offers:

· Subsided memberships that encourage active lifestyles (gym/sport/yoga, etc)

· A Green Transport initiative

· Bright Brewery staff account

· Access to mental health services and support

· Encouragement and paid support to join local and industry related associations and groups

· Potential for subsidised professional development

· Occasional travel and lifestyle rewards

· A generous ‘Time Off In Lieu’ system for overtime and event work

· A genuine seat at the table helping shape the brand and future of Bright Brewery

· Continuous training and professional development

· The support to take initiative and cultivation of ideas and aspirations

· Numerous team and business social events

· Of course, access to some of the best beers a person could drink!

Wondering if you have the right stuff to apply?

We pride ourselves on hiring the person, not the resume. If you are keen to pursue a career in sales and feel like this could be the perfect job, you’re encourage to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to inclusion, diversity and equality across our entire business

To Apply

Please email a current CV and cover letter addressing the skills and experience required to the National Business Development and Brand Manager: evin@brightbrewery.com.au

Picnic in the Paddock Rocks with Sunshine, Music, and Katy Steele

Bright Brewery’s Picnic in the Paddock returned for its third year on Saturday, March 16th, and it did not disappoint!

Under sunny skies with a perfect 25 degrees, over 200 attendees soaked up the good vibes in the Paddock, the grassy park next to Bright Brewery. The afternoon unfolded with a fantastic lineup of local and national artists, culminating in a performance by the ARIA-nominated Katy Steele, who brought her “Broken Tour” to Bright, the only regional Victorian town to host the tour.

From Tahlia Brain’s powerful acoustic set to the infectious energy of JC and the Tree, Chloe Jade, and the sweet pop vibes from Katy Steele Duo, the music provided the perfect soundtrack to a warm autumn’s day.

The Bright Brewery bar was a popular spot, while local producers Reed & Co Distillery and Backwoods Distilling were slinging refreshing cocktails and boutique spirits.

Whether you brought your own picnic spread or opted for fresh flavours of Tu Vietnamese or a Bright Brewery loaded hot dog, Picnic in the Paddock offered a delightful way to spend a Saturday afternoon. It was a true celebration of good vibes, community, and top-notch Aussie music.

You can catch all the fun from the day on our social media pages.

Save the date for our next music event, our mid winter craft beer festival, Darker Days, on Saturday June 15, 2024. Tickets and info coming soon.

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