When darkness comes this winter, be in Bright. The eponymous brewery in the Victorian High Country town will be hosting the Darker Days festival which has been designed as a homage to dark beer, warming food and winter activities.
Expect to see a plethora of local High Country brewers like Black Dog, Blizzard, Bridge Road and Sweetwater, plus Nightingale Alpine Cider and several local wineries. For their part, Bright Brewery will be using the occasion to launch the 2017 version of the Stubborn Russian imperial stout, as well as bringing back last winter's Black Diamond India black ale.
Being an all-inclusive event, you'll find plenty of food, treats from local producers, live music and a lot of fire – how else will you toast your marshmallows, roast your chestnuts, cook your damper, listen to poetry while huddled under a blanket or have the right ambience to tell scary ghost stories?
It promises to be quite the unique occasion, topped off by a ceremonial burning of a giant wooden structure in the shape of the brewery's logo.
Being winter, there'll be a giant marquee to ensure the event goes ahead, rain hail or snow. Entry is free and families are most welcome.