Small Brewery Update: A bright new future has started to take form for Bright Brewery, with the commencement of construction on a new production facility.
Located on Churchill Ave in Bright, at the site of the former Bright Dairy which the brewery purchased mid-last year, the development is a key part of Bright Brewery’s multi-million dollar expansion.
The new building will be known as “Fred’s Shed”, named by owner and founder Scott Brandon during Bright Brewery’s 10th Anniversary celebrations last year, in honour of the late Fiona Reddaway.
Following a tender process to find the best team for the job, Bright Brewery has engaged Albury builders Southern Cross Developers to construct the new building. All works and commissioning of the new brewhouse are due to be completed in September this year.
Bright Brewery’s increase in production capacity aims to help the business brew the volume of beer required to support a national product.
“After 10 successful years of growing Bright Brewery as a destination and hospitality offering, we now want to see a little bit of Bright at bars and bottle shops around the country,” said Marketing Manager James Davidson.
“Our initial focus is to wholesale our bottled products across North East Victoria and in the thriving craft beer market of Melbourne. Eventually we will have the resources that will allow us to sustainably make and distribute enough beer to nationwide.”
“The heart and soul of our business will always be at our existing venue on Great Alpine Road, where we will continue to brew new and experimental beers.”
“While the new facility will purely be for beer production, administration and logistics – and therefore won’t be open to the general public – we hope that it will add plenty of value to the local community through jobs, brewing capabilities and sustainability initiatives.”
During an exclusive Industry Night at Bright Brewery on Tuesday night, the brewery’s project coordinator Marthijs Heuperman revealed that a strong focus on sustainability will ensure the new brewing facility delivers an improved level of energy and water efficiency.
“Sustainability has been a key focus point during the whole planning and design process,” explained Mr Heuperman.”
“We’re looking to reduce our water usage in the brewing process as much as possible, as well as ultimately ensuring our waste recycling, procurement, transport and administrative processes at the new site all align to assist in reducing our environmental footprint.”
Bright Brewery hopes to have the new brewhouse ready to be making beer for next summer.
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