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Bright Brewery

No one should need an extra reason to visit Bright, a true four season destination in the Victorian High Country: winters perfect for snowsports; springs and autumns that explode with colour; year round adventure sports and gourmet food and wine trails. But if you did need another reason, the Bright Brewery fits the bill...

Set in the heart of the Alpine town on the edge of the crystal clear Ovens River, it's the perfect spot to unwind. On offer is everything from their citrusy Blowhard Pale ' ideal after a hard day's hiking or cycling the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail ' to a full-bodied Staircase Porter ' as comforting as a warm blanket on cooler winter days.

Set up in 2006 by Scott Brandon and Fiona Reddaway who had left Melbourne behind for a change of pace, Bright has gone on to pick up a swag of tourism awards; pint in hand, gazing on the tree-covered surrounding mountains as the river burbles nearby, you'll soon understand why.

The brewery plays host to regular live music on Sunday afternoons, while anyone keen to find out more about their Mountaincrafted beers can sign up for one of Bright's monthly "Brewer for a Day" packages: spend a day behind the scenes with the brewer making a full 1200 litre batch all the way from mashing the grain to decanting it to the fermenter. Just don't forget to return a few weeks later to taste the result straight from the tap.

In late 2012, the brewery completed a million dollar expansion program. This tripled the venue's size, introducing much-needed additional indoor seating, resulting in one of the most impressive microbrewery bar / restaurants in the country. There's a long bar pouring their full range of beers, massive dining area lined with wooden tables, outdoor seating front and back and cool use of old kegs for everything from lights to sinks in the toilets. The expansion has continued, with a terrace now stretching out towards the river.

The expansion means more place for the brewers to play in. From 2011 until late 2014, this fell to Jon Seltin, the young brewer who set about filling it with his range of specialty releases and barrel-aged experiments that turned heads among craft beer aficionados wherever they landed. Since Jon moved to take on another head brewer role in Melbourne, the brewery has been taken over by former Southern Bay and BrewDog brewer, the massively bearded Ryan Tyack, whose first creation was the brewery's Alpine Ale.

Name
Bright Brewery
Address

121 Great Alpine Road
Bright
VIC 3741

Phone
(03) 5755 1301
Website
Regular events

Sundays: Live music in the beer garden

Hours

Daily: 11am to evening

Tours

Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm
$18 for full tour and tasting of all beers
$10 for just the tour

Current Crafty Cabal offers

Two for One Tour & Tasting

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The Regulars

Bright Brewery Pilot

Back in the summer of 2012/13, Bright decided they should add a light beer to their offering. Then brewer Jon Seltin came up with Pilot Light, a beer inspired by low ABV English IPAs. On our last visit to the brewery in the heart of the Victorian High Country, it had been joined by a sibling. Pilot II still had the same low alcohol content, 2.9 percent, but used a paler malt bill and Aussie instead of English hops for flavour and aroma. The new Pilot, designed by Jon's successor Ryan Tyack, has now ··· Read more
Style
Light Beer
Strength
2.9%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Tulip Bar & Restaurant, Geelong

Cellarbrations at Warilla

Gapstead Wines, Gapstead

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Bright Brewery Alpine Ale

Tapped Tue Jan 13 2015
New head brewer at Bright Brewery, Ryan Tyack, is wasting little time putting his own stamp on things. He's created his own take on the brewery's popular M.I.A. IPA (posted elsewhere on this site) and has also created this, a new Australian Pale Ale that the brewery's marketing manager and resident beer writer / beer geek James Davidson is calling as "exactly what the brewery has been needing to satisfy old and new beer lovers alike." Apparently, the name "Alpine Ale" is one long ··· Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
Strength
4.4%
Stockists

Bright Brewery (tap and bottle)

Cellarbrations at Warilla

Sovereign Liquor, Wangaratta

Great Alpine Produce & Trading, Porepunkah

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Hellfire Amber Ale

An aromatic and moderately bitter amber ale, Hellfire is all about the malt. Layers of sweet toffee and caramel, even a touch of nuttiness, lead the way with hops and bitterness just there to provide balance. ··· Read more
Style
Amber Ale

Blowhard Pale Ale

This American-style pale ale was always one of the most popular drops for visitors to Bright, with its gentle citrus characters making for a refreshing choice on hot days or after indulging in the region's many outdoor pursuits. Then, during Jon Seltin's time there it was reinvented, with the Cascade hop replaced by a blend of punchy New World varieties and the malt bill beefed up a little too. We were at the brewery the day he was due to keg the first batch of the new beer, had a sample, and instantly ··· Read more
Style
Pale Ale
Strength
4.5%

Razor Witbier

Belgian witbiers are known for their dry finish and spicy aromas and flavours. And the Razor, made with unmalted triticale wheat grown as the base of nearby Mount Buffalo, is no different, with a light, refreshing flavour displaying hints of coriander. ··· Read more
Style
Witbier

Staircase Porter

A fantastic, full-bodied dark ale in the traditional British style, the Staircase Porter is a true winter warmer. Bursting with dark chocolate and coffee flavours, it's topped off with the aroma of scorched almond. One of the stars of the Bright Brewery right from the early days. ··· Read more
Style
Porter

Fainters Dubbel

The Fainters Dubbel is a Belgian Abbey style beer, meaning it's not one for the fainthearted. Displaying a flurry of malt flavours accentuated with raisins and spicy cloves, it comes in at 8.5 percent ABV. As the brewers warn: "Treat it with reverence, lest it smite you down!" A freeze distilled Super Dubbel version of has also been played with on occasion. ··· Read more
Style
Abbey Dubbel
Strength
8.5%

Bright Lager

A fresh, natural easy drinking lager, Bright Lager's a true product of its environment. It's made with grain grown on a farm just down the road from the brewery and hops from the surrounding Alpine Valleys. ··· Read more
Style
Lager

The Specials

Bright Brewery Hop BLEVE

Tapped Sat Mar 19 2016
Living in the Victorian High Country has its advantages – lots of them. It's a beautiful part of the world, there's a full four seasons of cool stuff to do, particularly if you're of an active bent, there's a bunch of breweries, wineries and other local producers and, of course, it's one of Australia's key hop growing regions. It's the last of these that's now celebrated each March with the High Country Hop festival, launched in 2015 by Bridge Road Brewers and attended by all of the region's small ··· Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

High Country Hops

Others TBC

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Bright Brewery Oktobifest

Tapped Thu Sep 24 2015
As welcomes to a new job in a new brewery in a new country go, this is one of the best. German brewer Tobi Dankert responded to an ad for a new brewer at Bright in the Victorian High Country that he'd spotted on The Crafty Pint, was signed up and moved to the Alpine town a few weeks ago. He was invited to brew a beer and opted for a style that was both timely and offered a nod to his home country. In return, the brewery not only named the beer after him but put his smiling face on the label too. Oktobifest ··· Read more
Style
Vienna Lager
Strength
5.0%
Stockists

On tap at the brewery and via their online store

Cellarbrations at Warilla

Olinda Cellars

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Bright Brewery Smoko Rauchbier

Tapped Sat Aug 8 2015
You don't see too many smoke beers around Australia, despite their unique charms and suitability for pairing with such a wide range of foods. As the success of 3 Ravens Dark at the 2015 Perth Royal Beer Show shows, done well they can excite even the toughest critic's palate too. Whether Bright's decision to brew one was sparked by a love of the classics originating in Bamberg, Germany, or the fact there's a small town nearby called Smoko we don't know. What we do know is that Smoko is the beer that's ··· Read more
Style
Smoke Beer
Strength
6.66%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Cellarbrations at Warilla

Bright Brewery Stubborn Russian 2015

Tapped Mon Jul 13 2015
Bright's annual winter release, Stubborn Russian, has been an evolving beast since its first appearance four years ago. Former brewer Jon Seltin liked to tweak the recipe each year and even released a small batch of one vintage that was aged in whisky barrels, rising to 13.5 percent ABV. That beer looks a little like a session Russian Imperial Stout compared to this year's as new brewer Ryan Tyack continues to put his stamp on things in the Victorian High Country. Given he spent much of his formative ··· Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
Strength
16.0%
Stockists

Draught and bottles from Bright Brewery and direct from them online

Bright Brewery Lord Helmet Schwartz

Tapped Mon Jul 6 2015
Tis the season for imperial schwarzbiers. Or at least, following the release of the Good Beer Week Masterclass collaboration, Inappropriate Touching, last week, it's the season for two of them. Lord Helmet Schwartz was Bright Brewery's entry for this year's GABS and also appears to be a reference to Spaceballs, the Mel Brooks spoof that a young Crafty Pint was taken to by his grandfather, who swiftly proceeded to honk throughout with laughter akin an excitable, ticklish seal being given a work over ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Schwarzbier
Strength
6.9%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Bright Brewery Hop Harvest Ale 2015

Tapped Sat Mar 28 2015
Here they come: the 2015 hop harvest, fresh hop, wet hop beer brigade! There will be a few on display this weekend (March 28) when Bridge Road hosts the first High Country Hops Festival, among them this from Bright. The story behind the beer is as follows... "At Bright Brewery we are very lucky to be only a few minutes down the road from one of Australia’s major hop farms, run by Hop Products Australia (HPA). Over the last couple of years the HPA Rostrevor Hop Garden in Eurobin has produced ··· Read more
Style
Harvest Ale
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Keg:

Bright Brewery

High Country Hops Festival

And limited bottles online and over the Bright Brewery Bar

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Bright Brewery M.I.A. IPA II

Tapped Tue Jan 13 2015
The M.I.A. IPA was the first beer to notify those paying attention that, in Jon Seltin, Bright Brewery had unearthed a young brewer of great potential. A few years on, the potential realised, Jon is off to soon-to-be-revealed pastures new and has taken the exact specifics of the M.I.A. recipe with him but the new incumbent of the head brewer role at Bright, former Southern Bay and BrewDog man Ryan Tyack, has set about giving the beer a new (and not too dissimilar) lease on life. And given he played ··· Read more
Style
American IPA
Strength
7.0%
Stockists

Available in bottles and on tap at Bright Brewery

Very limited number of bottles available from the Bright Brewery web shop too

High Country Brewers Rule 47 Collaboration 2014

Tapped Tue Oct 21 2014
The beauty of a beer writer joining a brewery in a marketing role: they love the opportunity to exercise their writing talents. Case in point is James Davidson, former Beer Bar Band blogger and Brews News contributor now ensconced happily at Bright Brewery in the Victorian High Country, which hosted the second High Country brewers collab brew earlier this year and sent us through the story of the day. He tells us: "Last year the High Country Brewery Trail started a new initiative by collaborating ··· Read more
Style
India Pale Wit
Strength
6.6%
Stockists

On tap at all four breweries

Good bottleshops (where you'd expect to find Bridge Road limited releases)

Bright Brewery Stubborn Russian 2014

Tapped Wed Oct 22 2014
The quality of beers he was releasing pretty much from the start of his time at Bright suggested young brewer Jon Seltin was one to watch. But it was on a visit to the brewery a couple of summers ago and a chance bumping into Jon (who was supposed to be on holiday but clearly couldn't keep away) that the attention to detail, creativity and ambition became apparent. Among the toys and experiments he unveiled was a barrel filled with a "stock ale", a type of beer originating in 18th century ··· Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
Strength
8.9%
Stockists

Bright Brewery (draught & bottle)

Slowbeer

Grape & Grain

Olinda Cellars

TRU BRU

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Bright Brewery Saison de Varleí¨ (plus variations)

Tapped Mon Mar 31 2014
We make little secret here at Crafty Towers of our love for saisons and accompanying belief that they are a wonderful beer for the Aussie climate. So it's always nice to see another one appear, especially it's one that is being released in three different formats. On our last couple of visits to Bright in the Victorian High Country, we've been lucky enough to have a nosy around the back of the brewery where head brewer Jon Seltin has all manner of experimental programs underway. He has involved a ··· Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
Various
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Others TBC

Bright Brewery Spiced Cloudy Apple Ale & Pilot Light

Tapped Fri Feb 28 2014
Just recently, we had our first experience of cult Aussie classic, Billy B's Golden Malted Apple Beer from Thorogood's in South Australia. We've been foisting it onto all and sundry ' heck, The Alehouse Project has even gone and ordered some to pop in its fridge. And now a Victorian brewery has announced an apple beer collaboration too. Bright brewer Jon Seltin has joined forces with craft cider producer Batlow Cider to create an experimental apple ale, the Spiced Cloudy Apple Ale. Using a Strong ··· Read more
Style
Spiced Apple Beer & English IPA
Strength
6.45% & 2.9%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Bright Brewery Oktoberfest

Tapped Thu Oct 3 2013
Having released the likes of a massive Barleywine and a tiny midstrength along with a fruity sour in recent months, the latest release from Bright is rather more middle of the road. Being October, it's an Oktoberfest style beer, aka a Vienna Lager, and ticks all the boxes of the style. It's a bright, copper-hued affair with biscuity, bready aromas and a touch of subtle German hop too, with those bready characteristics following through in the mouth with some soft toffee flavours in a beer that has ··· Read more
Style
Oktoberfest Vienna Lager
Strength
5.1%

Bright Brewery Little Brother

Tapped Thu May 2 2013
There's a very strict rule in place for any brewer taking part in this year's GABS - your beer must not be released anywhere before GABS is over (so we'll keep schtum about the US entry we sampled at the Craft Brewers Conference in March - was bloody delish though!!!). However, that doesn't mean you can't have offshoots of your GABS beer, which is what the team at Bright has done, creating a "parti gyle" brew with the left over grain from their epic entry. "Parti gyle" beers use ··· Read more
Style
Partigyle Ale
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Bright Pinky Framboise 2013

Tapped Tue Apr 9 2013
It's time to get fruity and funky with Bright Brewery as they bring their raspberry sour out of retirement, with the 2013 version having enjoyed a rather lengthy gestation period. The base beer has spent a year in tank with 100kg of locally sourced raspberries, during which time it's been fed with all manner of funky yeast strains: Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Brettanomyces lambicus and two Saccharomyces strains for good measure. According to Bright's head brewer Jon Seltin: ··· Read more
Style
Fruit Lambic

Bright Brewery MIA IPA 2013

Tapped Mon Feb 25 2013
This was a beer that really excited us here at Crafty Towers when it first appeared, being the beer that announced Bright's then new brewer Jon Seltin as one to watch (and watch out for overhead if strapped to his paraglider...). He's backed it up with many a fine release since and now is back with the latest take on the hoppy-as-hell IPA. It's not quite the same beer as last time around. Why? Because Jon "couldn't help ratcheting it up a couple of notches". Ah, good old temptation got ··· Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
7.4%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

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Bright Brewery Pilot Light

Tapped Thu Jan 24 2013
With the expansion complete and brewing operations back up and running again at Bright Brewery, the new beers are starting to flow from Jon Seltin. The first one to grace the taps of the brand spanking new Alpine set up is the Pilot Light, a sessionable English IPA. John tells us: "The Pilot IPA is a single batch release [at] 2.9 per cent crafted to taste like something much bigger. It was actually a really fun beer to brew, and quite a balancing act - it can be difficult to make a really full ··· Read more
Style
English IPA
Strength
2.9%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Bright Stubborn Russian 2012

Tapped Thu Jun 21 2012
Among last year's impressive haul of Aussie brewed Imperial Stouts was Bright's Stubborn Russian. It was actually one of the lower ABV offerings of the haul, something that has been seen to for this year. In the words of brewer Jon Seltin, it's "black, bigger, badder" stands at 9.6 pr cent yet "is smoother and more integrated than the last release - a good sign that it's a winner is the fact that it's now the go-to beer for all our beer-geek bar staff," he says. This year's contains ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
Strength
9.6%
Stockists

Bright Brewery (bottle and on tap)

Slowbeer

Bright Mystic Mild

Tapped Fri Dec 2 2011
The latest seasonal from Bright Brewery sees them reining in the alcohol content after unleashing an Imperial Stout and punchy IPA in recent months. The Mystic Mild rocks in at just 3.0% but, that said, it's no flavour free zone or lager-like light. Nope, it's a beer that appears to look to the milds of the UK for inspiration, a deep amber / brown beer that, according to the brewers, is characterised by "raisin toast, dark bread and cigar box/cedar". It's on tap at the brewery now; we'll ··· Read more
Style
Mild
Strength
3.0%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Bright M.I.A. IPA

Tapped Fri Oct 21 2011
This beer was very nearly its creators final gift to the world. The day before it was due to be debuted to the world at the Victorian Microbreweries Showcase, brewer Jon Seltin went paragliding and had to do an emergency landing atop of Mt Feathertop. It took him six hours just to hike down, meaning he didn't return to the brewery until around 10PM (after being MIA since 2pm), by which stage brewery owner Scott Brandon had called the police to retrieve his body. Thankfully, he was only MIA, not DOA, ··· Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.9%
Bitterness
70 IBU

Bright Stubborn Russian

Tapped Fri Aug 5 2011
Anyone who follows Bright's new brewer Jon on Twitter will be aware that he's been getting rather giddy in recent weeks, first at the prospect of brewing a Russian Imperial Stout, then at naming it and now at releasing it. The last of these happens at the brewery today (Aug 5), with the brew at the heart of his excitement described as "intensely roasty and very full-bodied Russian Imperial Stout. Loads of dark fruit and mocha aromas, with a viscous, velvety mouthfeel." Sounds delightful. ··· Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
Strength
7.5%

Bright Topaz Mí¤rzen

Tapped Sat May 14 2011
One of a rash of unique hop harvest beers to come out of Victoria's breweries this year, this saw Bright take the Topaz hop, a variety that's been around for years, and try something different with it. Traditionally used to make a beer bitter, here Bright decided to add it late in the brewing process after they were told that the guys that developed the hop at neighbouring Rostrevor Hop Farm reckoned it had previously untapped potential for aroma and flavour. It would seem the guys knew what they ··· Read more
Style
Hop Harvest Lager

Bright Pinky Framboise

Tapped Sun Mar 6 2011
They've been feeling fruity up in the Victorian mountains, it seems, with Bright deciding to mark the end of the summer with a Raspberry Lambic. Brewed using 60kg of locally grown raspberries from Bright Berry Farms, the brewers tell us it pours an "eye-catching red/pink colour" and has a "distinct berry aroma" that "leads into a tart upfront flavour which is instantly recognisable as raspberry". It's the first time they've made the beer in three years but still get ··· Read more

Winter Warmer

Tapped Thu Jul 22 2010
There's a series of TV ads in the UK that's been running for decades with the tagline: "It does exactly what it says on the tin." It could equally apply to Bright's winter warmer, which comes complete with a seriously thick mouthfeel and a fiercely dark brown head. They serve as an omen of what's to come: big mocha aromas with a touch of dark fruit and alcohol, which make way for a palate-smothering wave of rich chocolate, a roast coffee hit and a bitter finish. Get it before it's gone. ··· Read more
Style
Export Stout
Strength
6.2%

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