Brewery brightens up winter
BRIGHT Brewery will hold its second Darker Days festival on the last day of June.
The event centres around dark and winter beers produced by the High Country brewers and also brings together local producers, operators and entertainers for a family friendly day celebrating winter in the alpine valleys.
Bright Brewery marketing manager and festival director James Davidson said after a good response to last year’s inaugural Darker Days festival, event-goers can expect an even better second edition.
“We learned a great deal from our first crack at running a festival last year, including the need to provide more food and warming drinks, more fire and just more of everything,” he said.
“We started planning early to ensure that Darker Days is bigger and better this year, adding new vendors while also maintaining the relaxed atmosphere of a mid-winter festival surrounded by mountains, fire, food, stories and song.”
Some exciting additions to this year’s festival include the crew from Beechworth’s Asylum Ghost Tours who will be telling ghost stories around the fires and leading a unique ghost tour around Bright, as well as Backwoods Distilling Co, the new whisky producers from Yackandandah.
Local musical acts are set to be an- nounced in the weeks leading up to the event to join a host of food vendors.
There will be plenty of kids activities again, along with damper making, roasting marshmallows and chestnuts, and a ceremonial burning of a giant wooden Bright Brewery logo after sunset.
For beer lovers, Black Dog Brewery, Blizzard Brewing Company, Bridge Road Brewers, King River Brewing, Rutherglen Brewing, Social Bandit Brewing Company and Sweet Water Brewing Company will all be there.
Darker Days will also mark the 2018 launch of Bright Brewery’s annual winter brew, Stubborn Russian Imperial Stout, and the return of their other limited release winter favourite, Black Diamond India Black Ale.
“We loved providing the opportunity to showcase the region’s best dark and winter beers while surrounded by a festival that turns winter dreariness into a fun, fire-filled and delicious day out,” Mr Davidson said.
“Most of all, I can’t wait to taste the dark beer delights that the other brewers of North East Victoria create for Darker Days 2018.”
The festival will run from 12pm to 9pm on Saturday, June 30 on Bright Brewery’s vacant block. Entry is a gold coin donation for the local CFA.
More information can be found on Bright Brewery’s website and Facebook page.