Brew­ery bright­ens up win­ter

Alpine Observer - - Alive - By JUSTIN JENVEY

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.

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