Good George Dining Hall

Monday11:30 am – 9:30 pm.

Tuesday11:30 am – 9:30 pm.

Wednesday11:30 am – 9:30 pm.

Thursday11:30 am – 9:30 pm.

Friday11:00 am – 9:30 pm.

Saturday11:00 am – 9:30 pm.

Sunday11:00 am – 9:30 pm.

32A Somerset Street, Frankton

07-847 3223

In September 2012 a few good mates moved into the St George Chapel on Somerset Street to start brewing their own beer (if they were going to worship the drink, they may as well do it in a church). Calling the company ‘Good George’ after the Saint himself, they began with a conservative pale ale in an effort to convert the people of Hamilton to the taste of craft beer.

Five years later, these modern beer saints have gathered a colossal congregation of enthusiasts and offer a wide range of beers and ciders, from their most popular IPA to Doris Plum Cider that has proved a massive hit. Their beer is on sale in most supermarkets (although to get the Lord of the Rings themed flavours requires a trip to Hobbiton and the pub there).

Their brewing apparatus are on site, and true fanatics can go for a tour of their dozens of tanks and taste a variety of flavours. Highlight of the tour has to be the giant beer fridge, installed with techno disco lights that flash in time with old ‘70s rock hits. They have a lab where they put their beer under the microscope to ensure the taste is kept consistent and reliable.

With a large outdoor area in amongst the brewing tanks, the Dining Hall is the perfect spot for enjoying a glass of beer in the sunshine. Good George’s menu is crafted to match the beers, and their award winning ‘Blue Me, I’m Irish’ burger has gone on to receive popular acclaim.

Proudly Hamilton, proudly Waikato - these enthusiasts are local favourites and community heroes. People gather a few times a week for confession, under the stained glass windows depicting hops and beer.

Words by Abbey Egden & Photography by Anna Briggs

32A Somerset Street, Frankton

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