Bright continues to expand with new brewer
After another record year of beer production and sales, Bright Brewery is proud to announce the appointment of a new Assistant Brewer to its Brewing team.
Madi Bruce has joined the team at Fred’s Shed – Bright’s production facility – in her first full-time role as a brewer.
Madi is no stranger to Bright, however, having led the brewery’s customer service team as a Front of House Supervisor for the past three years.
During that time, Madi – who has long had a passion for brewing beer – completed her brewing qualifications, and worked as a trainee in the brewhouse as well.
“To be asked to be a brewer here in Bright is so incredible,” Madi said. “The team is so small so it really focuses on that passion I have for craft beer and learning about how it’s made.
“I’ve loved working behind the bar pouring beers but my real love is producing the beer so I’m excited to be heading in that direction.”
Earlier this year, Madi championed a new initiative for the brewery – leading the development of Bright’s first all-female beer, in honour of International Women’s Day.
That beer – named Fred’s Blackberry Pale Ale in homage to Bright’s late founder Fiona Reddaway – was created by Madi, and brewed by the women of Bright Brewery, including Fiona’s mother and three daughters.
Advocating for, and encouraging, women in the brewing industry is a passion for Madi, who is an active member of the Australian chapter of the Pink Boots Society.
“The female brew day here at the brewery was so exciting and such an incredible experience for all the staff,” Madi said.
Madi joins Head Brewer Reid Stratton and Assistant Brewer David Stokie who, together, create and brew more than 35 unique beers a year.
“Madi has brought such a spark into the brewery,” Reid said. “She’s come in with all these incredible ideas and all this enthusiasm and it’s really infectious.”