When the original Waikato Brewery closed down in
1987 and production was moved to Auckland, there was a resentment in the
Waikato that OUR beer was being brewed in Auckland. As the smaller local
breweries were swallowed up by the national brands, the distinctive character
of local brands disappeared to be replaced by national brands that had
to appeal to the widest possible market.
Brian Ronson, who was the Production Manager and
Head Brewer of the original Waikato Brewery in Bridge St., Hamilton, promised
himself that he would recreate a local beer for the Waikato. In partnership
with Kevin Gouge, a Process Engineer and Hamilton resident for 18 years,
the brewery was born.
The brewery started production in September 1995
as the result of a perceived lack of good quality naturally brewed and
additive free beer in the Waikato.
Visit us at the Brewery to sample and purchase at
BEST BITTER 4% v/v
A traditional golden coloured draught. Full
bodied and well hopped with a long crisp finish.
KAHIKATEA DRAUGHT 4% v/v
Brewed at full strength with a light hop bitterness
to give a very drinkable session beer.
DARK ALE 4% v/v
Medium sweet and very mild. Full malt flavour
with coffee and chocolate notes and a mild smoky finish. Dark in colour
but ruby red when held up to the light.
COLD GOLD LAGER 5% v/v
A European style lager with a clean crisp finish.
Straw coloured with a good hop finish.