Golden Bear Brewing Company

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Thursday4:00 – 8:30 pm.

Friday3:00 – 9:30 pm.

Saturday12:00 – 8:30 pm.

Sunday12:00 – 8:30 pm.

501/6 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf, Māpua

03 540 3210

Golden Bear Brewing Company opened its doors back in 2008 and quickly became a hub of great beer, honest food, and regular live music. The brewery and bar sit right on the Māpua Wharf with water views and outdoor seating aplenty.

The building was once an apple crate storage shed, but these days it’s a state of the art brewery where every detail has been thought of. Owner-operators, Los Angeles couple Anne and Jim Matranga, came from architectural and woodworking backgrounds and their expertise shows in every corner of the space. The Golden Bear, a symbol of Anne & Jim’s hometown, is displayed on stunning murals and occasionally stamped onto burgers and burritos.

Talk about food, the kitchen offerings here showcase LA inspired Mexican food: tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and burgers – any of them go oh-so-well with a cold craft beer. The focus of the beer brewed at Golden Bear is on California pales, IPAs, and New England Hazys.

Sustainability and supporting local is second nature to everything done within these premises. Beer is only sold in kegs locally to avoid bottle waste and even wine is sourced from local vineyards in kegs for the very same reason. 

Golden Bear Brewing Company is a happening place with a good vibe, which is supported by locals and visitors alike.  Some would say it’s Māpua’s best hidden secret.

Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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501/6 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf, Māpua

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