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Darker Days Festival 2019

June 29, 2019


Winter is coming. Embrace the darkness.

Bright Brewery is thrilled to announce that DARKER DAYS 2019 will set Bright alight on Saturday, June 29, 2019. DARKER DAYS is a festive celebration of dark beer and the Alpine winter, providing a warming, welcome respite from the mid-winter chill.

The event will kick off at midday, with live music and entertainment throughout the day and evening, culminating in the lighting of a ceremonial bonfire after dark.

With kids’ entertainment including stories and music under the Children’s Tipi, face painting, wooden toys, and ghost tours, DARKER DAYS is a proudly family-friendly event.

As is tradition, Bright Brewery’s acclaimed Stubborn Russian Imperial Stout will be launched at DARKER DAYS, making festival-goers the first in the country to get their hands on this cult classic.

Bright Brewery Head Brewer Reid Stratton said Stubborn Russian had an incredibly loyal following and beer-lovers should be excited for the 2019 vintage.

“We’re doing things a little bit differently this year and the stout will be steeped in oak after fermentation to give it a lusciously roasted finish,” Stratton said.

The 2017, 2018 and 2019 vintages of Stubborn Russian will be pouring from Bright Brewery’s taps during DARKER DAYS, giving visitors the chance to “collect” all three beers.

And many of the High Country’s best breweries will be on hand to serve their best warming, wintery brews, as well as local gin, coffee, whiskey, and food producers.

Now in its third year, DARKER DAYS has already become a hugely popular event in the depths of winter, drawing visitors to Bright outside of the traditionally busy tourist seasons.

Bright Brewery Marketing Officer Laura Gray said interest in DARKER DAYS had already started to build and the brewery was planning for 2019 to be the biggest and best event yet.

“As soon as DARKER DAYS finished last year, we had people asking when it was happening in 2019. We’re thrilled that people love this event so much and we’re working
very hard to ensure 2019 is better than ever.”

Entry to DARKER DAYS will be via donation to the Bright CFA and beer-drinkers will be able to buy a collectable, limited-edition Darker Days tasting glass from which to enjoy beers from High Country brewers.

The full line-up of breweries, live music and other local producers:


  • Bright Brewery
  • Bridge Road Brewers
  • Blizzard Brewing Co
  • King River Brewing
  • Black Dog Brewery
  • Wrong Side Brewing
  • Billson’s 1865
  • Malt Shed

Other drinks

  • Backwoods Distilling
  • Reed & Co
  • Alpine Cider
  • Billy Button Wines

Live music

  • Harry Jamieson
  • Liv Cartledge
  • Seth Henderson
  • Since We Kissed
  • Baby & The Kicks
  • DJ Maverick Gold

For more information, visit Darker Days.


June 29, 2019
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Bright Brewery
(03) 5755 1301


Bright Brewery
123 Great Alpine Road
Bright, Victoria 3741 Australia
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(03) 5755 1301