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BRIGHT BREWERY SHINES BRIGHT AT 2023 IBA AWARDS: EVIN CRANEY NAMED YOUNG GUN OF THE YEAR

Bright Brewery’s National Sales Manager Evin Craney has won the prestigious Young Gun Of The Year Award and six Bright Brewery beers have been awarded medals at the 2023 IBA Awards held on the Gold Coast on Wednesday 23 August.

With the help of 50 stewards, 65 of the best and emerging judges from Australia, New Zealand & Indonesia spent three days tasting and evaluating some of the best quality beers in the industry.

Head Judge, Justin Fox said: “We are blown away this year at the quality of beers entered. 229 beers were awarded gold, and an incredible 85% of all beers entered received a medal.”

Bright Brewery received the following awards:

Evin Craney, National Sales Manager- Young Gun Of The Year Award
Modern Pale Ale: Bright Pale Ale (Gold)
Amber-Dark Beer: Black Diamond Black IPA (Silver)
Modern Lager: Alpine Lager (Silver)
Modern Pale Ale: POW Pale Ale (Bronze)
Traditional India Pale Ale: MIA IPA (Bronze)
British Style Ale: Hellfire Amber Ale (Bronze)

An elated Craney remarked on his win, “It’s a truly and completely unexpected honour to have been named the 2023 IBA Young Gun of the year. Whilst this award was given to me, it’s also a representation of the Bright Brewery team that I am incredibly grateful for. Receiving this award after over a decade in the craft beer industry is incredibly humbling and was only made possible by the inspiring and supportive Bright Brewery team.” He further added, “A huge thanks to all of those who have helped me so far with a special mention to the Grand Poobah of Bright Brewery himself, Scott Brandon, for the opportunity to give back to this amazing industry.”

The Independent Brewers Association’s (IBA) conference is one of the biggest events in Australia’s beer calendar and was held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre. The conference concludes with the Independent Beer Awards (the Indies), held to celebrate and support the quality of independent beer in Australia.

Celebrate NYE 2023 at Bright’s Biggest Party with Smoke Stack Rhino!

Bright Brewery is excited to announce that tickets to Bright’s Biggest New Year’s Eve Party, are now on sale. Get ready to rock into 2024 with the electrifying sounds of SMOKE STACK RHINO, one of Australia’s most exciting up-and-coming blues and roots rock bands.

Smoke Stack Rhino, renowned for their high-energy performances and infectious festive vibes, will be headlining the night. Their unique blend of blues, funk, heavy rock, psych, grunge, and roots influences, aptly dubbed ‘The Mojo Funk,’ guarantees a musical experience that will make sure you are dancing right into 2024!

The festivities kick off on December 31st at 8:30pm and will continue until the early hours of January 1st, 12:30am.  With a lively line-up of live music including a DJ to kick start the evening and a late liquor license to keep the spirits high, Bright Brewery is undoubtedly the place to be this New Year’s Eve!

Indoor and outdoor bars will be at your service until 12:15am, ensuring you’re never far from your favourite drinks.

Tickets include complimentary finger food until 11pm, with drinks available at bar prices.

But the festivities don’t end on New Year’s Eve! Join us on  New Year’s Day for a recovery session like no other. Ease your way into 2024 with laid-back acoustic covers and originals performed live by Ash King, setting the perfect tone for a relaxed start to the new year. Ash King will be playing from 1pm to 5pm. This is a free event.

Secure your tickets now and get ready to ring in 2024 with the best party Bright has to offer!

Event Details: 
Date: December 31, 2023 – January 1, 2024
Time: 8:30pm – 12:30am
Tickets: $40 (16+ years)/ $15 (Under 15). Children under 5, free. Group discounts available for 4 or more people. Tickets can be purchased online here

Voting open now in the 2023 GABS Can Design Awards

Voting in the much-anticipated GABS Can Design Awards, presented by Orora, have officially kicked off on Friday 4th August.

These awards applaud the industry’s most inventive ‘outside-the-tin’ thinkers and shine a light on the artistry in craft beer can design. And guess what? By casting your vote, you stand a chance to win one of 100 tickets to a 2024 GABS Festival session. How’s that for a sweet deal?

We’re incredibly excited to announce that our Mecharoo Yuzu Sour Hazy IPA is among the entrants this year. The design, created by the gifted Clint Weaver of Pocketbeagles Studio, embodies a unique blend of Australian and Japanese elements.

Drawing inspiration from our collaboration with Japanese brewery Coedo, the can’s design pulsates with cultural synergy and animated vivacity. The design brief sought an “anime-inspired” illustration style that marries Australian kangaroos and Japanese Yuzu fruit. The outcome? A visually stunning “Mecharoo” – a colossal robot kangaroo that’s as spectacular as it sounds, set against a backdrop that clearly nods to the Yuzu inclusion.

Voting remains open until Sunday, August 20.
To vote, simply click here and search for Bright Brewery. You have 3 votes available.

Wanna try the Mecharoo? You can shop for it online here.

 

We’re hiring: Bar Manager

We are on the hunt for a Bar Manager to join our amazing team!

Bright Brewery is a local-family-owned business and fiercely independent brewery, bar, and restaurant, located in the heart of Bright, Victoria, which has been established for over 16 years.

Our key values of ACTIVE- SUSTAINABLE -AUTHENTIC are the cornerstones of everything we do at Bright Brewery. From brewing beers that reflect the bold and wild environment in which they are crafted, to embracing the outdoor lifestyle that our region offers, Bright Brewery helps form the heart of our vibrant community.

Bright Brewery serves lunch and dinner 7 days a week, which helps showcase our beers to our fantastic customers.

The Position

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic Bar Manager to lead our bar and front of house operations and team.

We require a team player who can help lead our Brewery Door staff and ensure customers always have a positive experience when visiting our venue.

The successful applicant will work closely with the Food & Beverage Manager and Head Chef and will be responsible for ensuring product and service standards are met, maintaining procedures for maximising operating efficiency and cost-effective purchasing and control of beverage and retail stock.

This is a full-time position and will involve evening and weekend hours, as well as working across public holidays.

In addition to a salary, Bright Brewery provides rewards and recognition programs to all staff, including active lifestyle subsidies, food & beverage discounts, equitable tip sharing and venue points program. All staff are supported with training and advancement opportunities.

This position offers a chance to live in a truly beautiful place, with world class mountain biking, cycling, hiking, camping, paragliding, snow and river sports. We encourage broad and active lifestyles, and flexible working arrangements may be negotiated to accommodate this.

Your Key Responsibilities

Provide leadership to the Brewery Door team

Set and monitor quality and service standards

Provide excellent and efficient customer service

Train junior staff and ensure smooth daily operations of the bar

Represent our values of authenticity, sustainability and active lifestyles.

Your Skills & Attributes

  • Prior experience in a high-volume hospitality environment
  • Experienced at leading a team
  • Demonstrated skills in high standards in customer service
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to spot and resolve problems efficiently
  • Ability to effectively prioritise, delegate tasks and manage time
  • Set and monitor quality and service standards for staff and direct and manage staff members to meet standards and objectives
  • Proven stock control skills
  • Ability to maintain consistency of friendly and efficient service
  • Ability to develop and document operating systems and procedures and comply with all company policies and procedures
  • Mature attitude, honest, loyal and exceptional work ethic
  • Computer savvy (POS systems, E-mail, MS Word, MS Excel)
  • Current Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate
  • A knowledge of, and passion for, craft beer and brewing are a bonus.

What We Offer

The opportunity to secure a position with one of Australia’s pioneering craft breweries

Employee Benefits Include:

Green Transport bonus
Subsidised Bactive lifestyle benefits
Regular staff social events and gatherings
Accrual of Brewery points for hours worked to spend in-venue
Training and development opportunities
Genuine work-life balance

To read and hear more about working at Bright Brewery, please click here.

To Apply

If this position sounds like you, or you have an interest in finding out more about working with us, then please get in touch!

A full Position Description can be supplied on request by emailing: venue@brightbrewery.com.au

Applications can be made confidentially by sending a covering letter and resume to venue@brightbrewery.com.au

For more information please contact:Alan DavisonFood & Beverage Manager
03 5755 1301
venue@brightbrewery.com.au

Applications close at 5pm, Monday July 17, 2023

Darker Days 2023 – It’s a Wrap!

The Darker Days Festival has come to a thrilling conclusion after three days of non-stop excitement, filled with unforgettable moments of music, delectable food, craft beer, spirits, wine, cider, bonfires, dancing, and even a hot diggity dawg competition!

With all tickets sold out, we welcomed 1200 beer and music lovers who immersed themselves in the vibrant midwinter festival atmosphere.

It all kicked off with our Welcome Party on Friday night where Benny Williams played to a packed Hop Terrace.

Then for the main event on Saturday 17 June, Mother Nature was on our side as the festival unfolded, creating the perfect backdrop for an winter experience that wasn’t too cold (or wet)! The energy was electric as renowned artists such as DJ Saucy Soph, Raging Moby, The Maes, Nicky Bomba, Vaudeville Smash, and the Pierce Brothers took the stage and delivered unforgettable performances that left the crowd in awe (head to our Facebook and Insta pages to see all the action!).

The line up of guest breweries and beers on tap meant that you could quite easily not drink the same beer twice! It really was a remarkable showcase of Australia’s independent beer scene. Special thanks go to One Drop Brewing Co., Sobremesa Fermentary & Blendery, La Sirène Brewing, Co-Conspirators Brewing Company, and the High Country Brewery Trail. Additionally, our local boutique cidery and distilleries, Alpine Cider, Reed & Co Distillery, and Backwoods Distilling Co., who added their exceptional spirits and cocktails to the mix, enhancing the festival experience.

But the party doesn’t have to stop there! Relive your fave festival moments at home with our Darker Days collab beer “Frost Fire Australian Strong Ale”, brewed between Bright Brewery and esteemed guest brewers Co-Conspirators Brewing Co, One Drop Brewing Co., and Sobremesa Fermentary & Blendery. 

This beer, as well as our official Darker Days merch (hoodys and tees) will be available online soon.

In the mean time, mark your calendars for the third weekend in June, because Darker Days 2024 is already on the horizon. Stay tuned for exciting updates as we brew up something truly incredible for next year. We can’t wait to welcome you back for another unforgettable celebration.

The Stage is all set for Darker Days

Bright Brewery is gearing up to host the highly anticipated Darker Days Festival on Saturday, June 17 – an immersive celebration of all things dark and decadent in the heart of the Alpine winter.

With the festival due to sell out today, a crowd of 1200 enthusiastic attendees will converge on the brewery to revel in a night of unforgettable music, art, and unique craft beer experiences.

Taking centre stage at Darker Days will be Australia’s hottest indie-folk duo, Pierce Brothers. This exclusive appearance at the festival is part of their headline tour across the country this year. Joining them on the line-up are an impressive array of Victorian artists carefully curated to enhance the festival’s vibrant atmosphere:

– Vaudeville Smash
– Nicky Bomba
– The Maes
– Raging Moby
– DJ Saucy

With such an exceptional line-up, festival-goers can expect a night filled with exceptional musical performances spanning various genres, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

In addition to the captivating live music, Darker Days will feature an enticing collaboration between Bright Brewery and esteemed guest brewers Co-Conspirators Brewing Co, One Drop Brewing Co., and Sobremesa Fermentary & Blendery. This collaboration will unveil a limited-edition beer exclusively brewed for the festival: the Frost Fire Australian Strong Ale. Crafted with care and passion, this special release promises a unique flavour profile that captures the essence of Darker Days.

Bright Brewery’s Darker Days Festival is about showcasing the diverse talents of Victorian artists and providing a platform for the region’s thriving music and craft beer scene. As the Alpine winter sets in, Bright Brewery invites attendees to embrace the allure of the darker side and indulge in an evening that promises to be unforgettable.

Darker Days kicks off on Friday 16th June with a Welcome Party (free event, all welcome) from 7pm.
Gates open for the festival 12pm, Saturday June 17.
Please see below for full event schedule or visit our Darker Days website for more information.

Available Mon 12 June: GABS Drinkin’ Donuts Imperial Jam Donut Golden Ale

After run away success at the 2023 Great Australian Beer Spectapular (GABS) Events In Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, Bright Brewery is excited to announce that their highly anticipated creation, the Drinkin’ Donuts Imperial Jam Donut Golden Ale, will be available to purchase online and at indie liquor stores from Monday June 12.

At 8.0% ABV, this playful toasty imperial golden ale was infused with 400kg of sweet, sticky raspberry puree, and 250 freshly cooked hot jam donuts made by the Bright Brewery chefs.

Originally brewed exclusively for the GABS Festival in May, festival-goers were treated to the Drinkin’ Donuts Imperial Jam Donut Golden Ale at the dedicated ‘Bright Brewery Bakery’ stand. Served with a cinnamon sugar rim and garnished with a donut, this sugar and spice concoction transported drinkers to a true fusion of beer and dessert!

Fans of this indulgent ale (or donuts in general!) can also complement their beer with stylish Drinkin’ Donuts Tees, featuring the striking can artwork design.

Bright Brewery’s Mash Club members will enjoy exclusive presale access starting Friday, June 9. If you’re not already a member, click here to learn more about the Mash Club and take advantage of this exclusive opportunity.

Drinkin’ Donuts Imperial Jam Donut Golden Ale will be available in 440ml cans from the Bright Brewery online store (4 and 16 packs) and pouring fresh from the venue from Monday June 12. 

 

Bright Brewery Shines with Multiple Medals at Australian International Beer Awards

 

The best beers in the world have been tasted and judged at the prestigious 2023 Australian International Beer Awards, with Bright Brewery being awarded two silver and five bronze medals.  

The Staircase Porter, a decadent blend of dark roasted and caramel malts, once again asserted its dominance in the Porter and Stout category by retaining the Silver medal, showcasing its consistent quality and rich character.

Also awarded a sliver medal was the limited release Kveik King Konge Hazy IPA in the Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale category.

In addition to the Silver medals, Bright Brewery secured Bronze medals for their iconic Stubborn Imperial Stout, a standout in the Other Strong Ale or Lager category; and The Cold and Wet Cold IPA, an American-style India Pale Lager, (Best International Lager category).

Bright Brewery’s commitment to producing classic Australian beer styles for their core range was celebrated with the Bronze medal awarded to its Bright Pale Ale in the Classic Australian Pale Ale category and the M.I.A IPA was acknowledged in the American Style India Pale Ale category. The Hellfire Amber Ale, an American-style Red ale, also secured a Bronze medal in the Best Amber/Dark Ale category.

Bright Brewery’s founder, Scott Brandon, expressed his elation over the results at the AIBA. “We are incredibly proud to receive these prestigious medals, which reflect the hard work and passion of our entire team. These accolades motivate us to continue pushing the boundaries of brewing and creating exceptional beers that delight our customers across Australia and abroad.”

Celebrating 30 years in 2023, the Australian International Beer Awards are the world’s largest annual beer competition judging both packaged and draught beer. It is conducted by Melbourne
Royal, who also conduct the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards and Melbourne Royal Wine Awards.

Over 80 industry experts assessed more than 2800 entries across four days in May, with beers received from Australia and around the world.

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

To shop for Bright Brewery beers, explore our core and seasonal range here.

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

Stubborn imperial stout 2023 lands at a mighty 16%

Bright Brewery is proud to announce the release of its most highly sought-after annual release – Stubborn Imperial Stout 2023.

Stubborn Imperial Stout, which has been brewed continuously for the past 13 years, is one of Bright’s most iconic and beloved beers. It has become a firm favourite amongst dark beer lovers around Australia and, with a hefty 16% ABV, this year’s vintage is guaranteed to make its mark.

Named for its stubbornness during fermentation, Stubborn is, historically, a challenge for Bright’s brewers – a situation that has become known as the ‘Stubborn Curse’.

“Whenever we brew this beer, something unusual, unexpected and unpredictable happens,” Bright Brewery’s marketing manager, Laura Gray, said. “Over the years, our brewers have learnt to expect the unexpected with this brew.”

But this unpredictable set of circumstances is what sets every vintage of Stubborn Imperial Stout apart from the rest, and imparts its own distinct flavour and character.

“No two years are the same. Each year, we hold our breath, wondering what the brew will bring,” Gray said.

The 2023 vintage of Stubborn Imperial Stout is the first for Bright’s Head Brewer, Lewis Kerr, who joined the team in late 2022. And while his first Stubborn was not without its challenges, Kerr is proud to continue the Stubborn legacy, which started with Jon Seltin back in around 2010.

“This year, we used a yeast we had never worked with before, and the beer fermented at a higher temperature than usual,” Kerr said. “In previous years, there has been equipment failures, illness, brewing failures, Russian war, and missing ingredients – but every year, the beer turns out amazing, albeit different, from all the others.

“The ABV of this year’s Stubborn is well hidden for something that sits at 16. It is more reminiscent of something around the 12% range. It has a silky mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, strong hints of banana and fruit bowl that open up into cherry and caramel, and heavy notes of molasses.”

With a nose that is a combination of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon, with deep, rich port-wine notes, Stubborn 2023 will pair well with hearty comfort foods like succulent slow-cooked meats or can be enjoyed as a dessert beer alongside a rich, decadent dessert.

“We are thrilled to be able to share this unique and exciting beer with beer lovers,” said Gray. “We know that the Stubborn Curse only adds to the allure of this beer, and we can’t wait for beer enthusiasts to experience it for themselves.”

Stubborn Imperial Stout 2023 will be launched at a special Vertical Tasting in Bright on May 15. It will be available for purchase from May 15 at Bright Brewery’s online shop, direct from the Brewery, and from selected retail outlets across Australia.

Dark beer lovers attending Bright’s Darker Days midwinter festival will also be able to enjoy a vertical tasting of three past vintages of this infamous brew.

So, get ready to embrace the darkness of winter with a glass of Stubborn Imperial Stout in your hand!

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