We are excited to have Good George, master crafters of beer, as our official beer of the reunion. They will be on tap at both the Friday and Saturday night events.
If you haven't yet heard of Good George, here is the good news of Good George
If we told you that Good George was the best thing to come out of Hamilton, you’d probably think for a minute then make a joke about how we don’t have much competition. That’s okay, we can handle it, we don’t take life too seriously. We’re serious about brewing though.
Good George came to life after a bunch of friends got together and decided, after years in hospitality and brewing, it was time to create their own craft beer brand. Their main motivation was to show people what great beer can be, convert drinkers from the norm and show them how to enjoy fantastic beer.
Their belief was that beer can be so much better and more rewarding. It shouldn't be bland, full of chemicals, mass produced and boring. Nor should it be hard, pretentious or scary. Exploring and drinking beer should be enjoyable, simple and really rewarding.
Small problem, they had no idea how to brew beer. Not put off lightly, they decided to open Hamilton’s first independent pub, dedicated to craft beer from New Zealand brewers. The idea gathered momentum in 2011 when a site in the industrial heart of Frankton was discovered. It was the perfect mix of location, character and potential. The former St George’s Church was in need of much love and attention; however it provided an awesome space and backdrop for the creation of a Dining Hall and Brewpub, which would eventually expand into the future brewery. Most importantly, it helped give Good George its brand name.
Impressed with the set up and focus on craft beer, good customer and international Beer Judge Brian Watson, asked if he could brew beer for them, and the brewery was born. The brewery equipment is fully open to the bar and dining areas and showcased to the expansive garden bar through huge windows. The idea was to demystify the brewing process – to educate and share the love of beer to all who come to visit the bar & dining hall.
A few years on and the Brewery has expanded outdoors from the original premise – with 14 new tanks and 81,500L of capacity being added. All bottling, canning and packaging is done on site as well. Brewery tours are available, and the Dining Hall serves brunch, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Good George is more than just a brewery, it is a complete hospitality and beer lover’s experience.There are now a number of Good George venues around the countryside, a core range of award winning beers and ciders, plus seasonal brews.
Good George: World-class beer and cider, fresh and original, and proudly brewed in Hamilton.