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.

DARKER DAYS festival returns for 2019

Darker Days midwinter festival highlightsWinter 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.Darker Days midwinter festival highlights


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.Darker Days midwinter festival highlights

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.”Darker Days event bonfire

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.


Harry Jamieson

Liv Cartledge

Seth Henderson

Since We Kissed

Baby & The Kicks

DJ Maverick Gold


Bright Brewery

Bridge Road Brewers

Blizzard Brewing

King River Brewing

Black Dog Brewery

Wrong Side Brewing

Billson’s Brewery

Malt SHed

Backwoods Distilling

Reed & Co

Alpine Cider

Billy Button Wines


Full line-up revealed for DARKER DAYS 2018

Brewers, bands, bites, banter and a ceremonial burning are the foundation of the second annual DARKER DAYS festival in Bright this winter. Discover here the full line-up for brewers, vendors, bands and more that will be featured at this family friendly mid-winter event…

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