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Darker days 2020: back from the ashes

Darkness has come. Winter is here. And so, too, are Bright Brewery’s Stubborn Russian Imperial Stout and annual DARKER DAYS event.

But, unfortunately, so is COVID-19 and, which means we’re not able to host our annual DARKER DAYS midwinter and dark beer festival in its usual format.

So DARKER DAYS 2020 has risen from the ashes and will take on a new look in 2020.

Bright Brewery Marketing Manager Laura Gray said while DARKER DAYS 2020 would look quite different to previous years, all the things that make DARKER DAYS such a special event would be retained.

“We were devastated when we had to cancel our festival due to COVID,” Gray said. “But we’re excited to be able to now be able to resurrect it, with all the best bits still in place.

“There’ll be plenty of dark beer on tap, including our 2020 Stubborn Russian Imperial Stout, delicious, warming food, live music, a fire, and a fundraiser for the Bright CFA.”

“So while we won’t be crowding together under a marquee or dancing in the mud, the spirit of the event will be the same. And the good news is, because it’s inside this year, you’re guaranteed to stay dry!”

In order to comply with government regulations, DARKER DAYS 2020 must be both ticketed and seated, so will transform to a seated, set-menu dinner created by Bright Brewery Head Chef Alan Davison.

Bright Brewery will run two DARKER DAYS dinner events 2020:

  • Saturday, July 25 @ 6pm
  • Saturday, August 1 @ 6pm

Book tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/BKBNF

Under current Victorian Government restrictions, tickets are extremely limited, with only 20 seats available at each event.

“However, we are hopeful that if restrictions are eased in early July, we’ll be able to release more tickets,” Gray said.

“But those wanting to experience DARKER DAYS 2020 are advised to book as soon as possible so they don’t miss out.

“We are also hoping to host some DARKER DAYS-inspired Tap Takeovers in Melbourne in late July, however, planning has been shelved until restrictions are eased.”

A DARKER DAYS beer pack, featuring Bright Brewery’s highly acclaimed Stubborn Russian Imperial Stout, is now available for pre-sale online for those who can’t make it to Bright for the event.


Coinciding with DARKER DAYS 2020 is the launch of Bright Brewery’s highly acclaimed annual Stubborn Russian Imperial Stout.

Tipping the scales at a hearty 12.0% ABV Head Brewer Reid Stratton said the 2020 edition of Stubborn Russian, his second for Bright Brewery, featured a rich blend of dark roasted malts, sweet layers of vanilla, chocolate and strong hits of espresso typical of this strong, warming brew.

But just as winter shrouds the mountains around Bright in darkness, this 2020 vintage of Stubborn Russian has new, dark secrets waiting to be discovered.

A very limited amount of Stubborn Russian 2020 is now available for online pre-sale (shipping July 4), and will be available at Bright Brewery and selected stockists throughout July and August.


Saturday, July 25 or Saturday, August 1: 6pm

Join us for an exclusive and intimate sit-down, Darker Days-themed dinner at Bright Brewery for an evening of dark delights, including:

  • Darker Days Beer Tasting Paddle (six dark beers including our Stubborn Russian Imperial Stout 2020 and two past vintages)
  • A dark and decadent two-course meal (main & dessert)
  • Live music
  • CFA fundraiser ($5 from each ticket direct to Bright CFA)
  • Ceremonial bonfire

In accordance with COVID-19 regulations, the events will be ticketed and seated within Bright Brewery with full table service provided. Also due to COVID-19 restrictions, ticket numbers are extremely limited, so don’t delay!

Tickets are $85 each.

Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BKBNF


Can’t get to a DARKER DAYS event, or just want to take the party home with you? Jump online and grab an official DARKER DAYS MIXED 6-PACK, featuring:

  • Stubborn Russian Imperial Stout x 2
  • Banana Split Stout x 1
  • Black Diamond Black IPA x 1
  • Red XPA x 1
  • Staircase Porter x 1
  • Stubborn Russian 2020 T-Shirt
  • Bright Brewery ‘Hash’ Beanie

Available here: https://brightbrewery.com.au/product/darker-days-2020-mixed-pack/

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