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 Eurobin’s Mountain Yuzu, we were a little concerned…
But Stratton had other plans for the yuzu – 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 – 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 Brewery’s hugely successful Sweetart Raspberry Sour earlier this year.
While winter is in full swing in Bright Brewery’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.
“It’s the perfect season to harvest and use our fresh local yuzu, and it’s ideal for those drinkers who are after a lighter beer this winter,” 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.
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 Brewery’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 Brewery’s Mountaincrafted Range – six ‘best-of-breed’ 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.
“Entering the awards gives us valuable feedback about our beers and our brand from industry experts, which helps us improve the quality,” 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.
“Alpine XPL will be a mainstay of our Mountaincrafted Range from now on so it’s really encouraging to hear that the judges believe it’s a worthy addition,” she said.
“And we’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.”
The AIBA, run by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, is the world’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 email@example.com
Get egg-cited – we have two new beers on tap at Bright Brewery, just in time for Easter!
Every year, we send our brewers 10 minutes down the road to one of the world’s original, and Australia’s largest, hop gardens – HPA’s Rostrevor Hops – to explore and discover new hop varieties to use in our handcrafted beers.
This year, they came back with freshly-picked Experimental Hop 016 (so new it doesn’t even have a name!) and used it to brew our annual wet Hop Harvest Ale.
Each vintage of our Hop Harvest Ale differs from the previous year and, at 6.3% ABV, Hop Harvest Ale 2019 certainly packs a whole lotta punch with citrus and tropical fruit notes and a tasty malty backbone.
Hop Harvest Ale 2019 is now available on tap and at selected retailers; bottles will be available shortly.
And to add to the Easter treats, we’ve been down to our cellar and dusted off our 2018 English Barleywine, which has been ageing for the past 12 months.
With an impressive ABV of 14.4%, Barleywine (so called because its ABV is closer to wine than beer) has aged to perfection, allowing the rich, malty flavours to mellow into a sweet, warming brew with flavours of dried fruit and toffee – perfect for an adult sweet treat over Easter!
Barleywine is only available on tap and at selected retailers.
For wholesale enquiries, please contact Tom Mullane-Grant on 0439 316 600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter is coming. Embrace the darkness.
Bright Brewery is thrilled to announce that DARKER DAYS 2019 will set Bright alight on Saturday, June 29, 2019.
DARKER DAYS is a festive celebration of dark beer and the Alpine winter, providing a warming, welcome respite from the mid-winter chill.
With kids’ entertainment including stories and music under the Children’s Teepee, face-painting, wooden toys, and ghost tours, DARKER DAYS is a proudly family-friendly event.
The event will kick off at midday, with live music and entertainment throughout the day and evening, culminating in the lighting of a ceremonial bonfire after dark.
As is tradition, Bright Brewery’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.
Bright Brewery Head Brewer Reid Stratton said Stubborn Russian had an incredibly loyal following and beer-lovers should be excited for the 2019 vintage.
“We’re doing things a little bit differently this year and the stout will be steeped in oak after fermentation to give it a lusciously roasted finish,” Stratton said.
The 2017, 2018 and 2019 vintages of Stubborn Russian will be pouring from Bright Brewery’s taps during DARKER DAYS, giving visitors the chance to “collect” all three beers.
And many of the High Country’s best breweries will be on hand to serve their best warming, wintery brews, as well as local gin, coffee, whiskey, and food producers.
Now in its third year, DARKER DAYS has already become a hugely popular event in the depths of winter, drawing visitors to Bright outside of the traditionally busy tourist seasons.
Bright Brewery Marketing Officer Laura Gray said interest in DARKER DAYS had already started to build and the brewery was planning for 2019 to be the biggest and best event yet.
“As soon as DARKER DAYS finished last year, we had people asking when it was happening in 2019. We’re thrilled that people love this event so much and we’re working very hard to ensure 2019 is better than ever.”
Entry to DARKER DAYS will be via donation to the Bright CFA and beer-drinkers will be able to buy a collectible, limited-edition Darker Days tasting glass from which to enjoy beers from High Country brewers.
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Bright Brewery is thrilled to announce the arrival of our new Head Brewer Reid Stratton.
Reid officially stepped into the Brewhouse on March 21, 2019, to join assistant brewer David Stokie.
Reid joins us from New England Brewing Co, NSW, where he has been Head Brewer since 2014. With prior experience brewing at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in Michigan, USA, and Grand Teton in Idaho, USA, Reid brings a wealth of craft brewing experience with him.
“I really enjoy the transformative process of fermentation,” Reid, a former baker, says. “It’s about taking those raw materials that, on their own, aren’t very exciting and turning them into something beautiful and nuanced.
“I love the craft, the science, and the art that goes into that.”
A recreational cyclist and skier, Reid says he is planning to take full advantage of Bright’s High Country location and its proximity to natural attractions like Mystic MTB Park and the Alpine skifields.
“The natural beauty of the area and the outdoor activities on offer are amazing,” he says. “And I am also really impressed by the culture of Bright Brewery and I really identify with the values of being Active, Sustainable and Authentic in what we do.
“If I had to sum up my own values in what I’d want in a workplace, that is it.”
Bright Brewery Founder Scott Brandon said Reid’s local and international brewing background provides Bright Brewery with valuable expertise as we continue to expand our beer production to meet a growing national demand.
“Reid’s passion for brewing and experience at the genesis of the craft brewing movement in the USA is a huge asset for us,” Scott says. “And his experience in brewing very specialised beers such as sour, wild, and barrel-aged beers is particularly inspiring. Having him on board to help take Bright Brewery’s beers into the future is really exciting.”
Easter has come early at Bright Brewery, with the release our new Bunny Hop Hoppy Wheat Ale.
Packed full of Azacca and Denali hops, Bunny Hop really lives up to its name with a huge hop punch and bold, strong flavours.
With a pleasant bitterness, and creamy mouthfeel, Bunny Hop uses crisp, clean US-05 yeast which really allows the hops to shine through, with hints and aromas of citrus and tropical mango.
A limited-edition, Brewer’s Choice beer, Bunny Hop Hoppy Wheat Ale was lovingly brewed as part of our Brewer For A Day experience in February 2019 with home-brew aficionados and Bright Brewery’s Head Brewer.
Bunny Hop Hoppy Wheat Ale was launched at North East Food and Wine Festival, Wodonga, Vic, on March 16 and is now available on tap at Bright Brewery and for selected retailers (keg-only).
Bright Brewery is incredibly proud to welcome the inspirational, energetic, and all-round legend Samantha McMahon as Bright Brewery’s first ever Ambassador.
Sam, or Sammy 9.5 as she’s known (ask her why!), is already a beloved member of our staff as a Cook in our kitchen team, an accomplished mountaineer with an Everest summit under her belt and her sights set on K2 later this year, and a keen MTBer, trail runner, and paraglider. She is a familiar sight around Bright, where she uses the hilly terrain to train for her incredible mountaineering efforts.
Bright Brewery marketing and promotions officer Laura Gray said Sam personified exactly what the Brewery values – living and working in Active, Sustainable and Authentic ways.
“Sam is the perfect ambassador for our brand and we can’t wait to see what heights she hits next,” Laura said.
A Lager inspired by trail runners, a Pale Ale paying tribute to mountain bikers, an Amber Ale dedicated to skiers, and a hearty Porter in homage to hikers are just some of the newly rebranded Bright Brewery beers dedicated to the adventurers who live and play in the High Country.
Bright Brewery is thrilled to announce that our Core Range of MountainCrafted beers has been completely rebranded, making each beer easier to identify and creating a stronger link to the beautiful region which inspires them.
The redesign includes bottle labels, six-pack carriers, and cases for all six Core Range beers, which consists of Alpine XPL, Blowhard Pale Ale, Razor Witbier, Hellfire Amber Ale, Fainters Dubbel, and Staircase Porter.
It’ll now be easier than ever to find your favourite Bright Brewery beer in the fridge, with each beer featuring a bold, bright new look paying tribute to outdoor adventurers and iconic local spots.
Blowhard Pale Ale (5.0% ABV) is inspired by the intrepid mountain bikers who tackle Victoria’s iconic High Country trails and is named after nearby Mount Blowhard. Alpine XPL (4.5% ABV) is a new Core Range beer, which replaces Bright Lager, and is dedicated to the trail runners of the region. Razor Witbier (5.0% ABV) features an homage to the road cyclists who frequent the Alpine hills and valleys and is named for the infamous Razorback Ridge on Mount Feathertop. Hellfire Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) pays tribute to the skiers who tackle the mountainous terrain in winter, such as Hellfire Gully off Mount Hotham. Fainters Dubbel (8.5% ABV) is one for the paragliders which are synonymous with Bright and the Fainters, the remote peaks beyond the town; and Staircase Porter (5.7% ABV) recognises the hikers who tread amongst the mountains, such as Staircase Spur – the steepest track to Victoria’s highest peak.
Bright Brewery Sales & Marketing Manager Tom Mullane-Grant said the new packaging was inspired by the Alpine Valley and mountains in which it was brewed, represented Bright Brewery’s values of Active, Authentic & Sustainable, and would give beer lovers a true ‘Bright experience’ wherever they happened to be drinking it.
“We’ve listened to the feedback from our customers, both beer drinkers and beer sellers, and we’ve made our branding brighter, bolder, more colourful and more iconically Bright Brewery,” Mullane-Grant said.
The new-look Blowhard and Alpine XPL are now available, with rebranded Razor and Hellfire to follow on April 1 and, finally, the new Fainters and Staircase from June 1.
For wholesale enquiries, please contact Sales Manager Tom Mullane-Grant.