Good George Beer and Cider


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 are 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 brewery. 

Their main motivation was to show people what great beer can be, convert drinkers from the norm and have a bit of fun along the way.

Their belief was that beer and cider 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 beers and ciders should be enjoyable, simple and really rewarding.


Batch brewed craft beer and cider by Good George Brewing. 
Award winning beer and cider in our classic 946mL squealers, and six pack cans. 
Order online for delivery to your door, or sign up for regular deliveries of your favourites.



Fog City Hazy IPA


Hazy Pale Ale

Extreme Chance of Haze

Brain Fog Hazy IPA

Fruit Crate Hazy IPA


Good George was founded by Jason Macklow, Darrel Hadley, and Brian Watson, and began trading in 2012 from their brewery Frankton, Hamilton. To date they’re still involved with running the show.

We own 5 bars outright, and have several partnerships with independent owner operators around New Zealand. We’re also involved with the Craft Beer Kitchen group of restaurants. There are also dozens of craft beer and independent bars and restaurants around NZ that have our beers and ciders on their rotational taps.

The first venue we opened was the Good George Dining Hall in Frankton, Hamilton. We opened our doors in September 2012, and have been brewing and serving here ever since.

At last count we’ve made over 180 different beers and ciders – according to our Untappd page.  These are releases that have come and gone over the years, often seasonal, and often in small batches. At any given time we’ve normally got 20 beers and ciders available on tap, in bottles, and in cans. 

Yes, Good George brew all their beer, cider, spirits, cocktails, and tonics

Yes, since 2020 we’ve been making gins and other spirits in our distillery. It’s located next door to our brewery, and has been running hot ever since it was installed making gin, whiskey, and rum. 


An Espresso Martini traditionally combines Vodka, coffee, and coffee liquer, and is shaken and strained into a martini glass. We make our own blend, and bottle it as part of our Neat range of small batch cocktails. We also make our cold brew coffee with Raglan Roast coffee.