From the Golden Bear Brewing Company website:
Golden Bear Brewing is the creation of Jim and Anne Matranga. Born in Los Angeles CA., Jim worked as a cabinet maker and ran his own millwork company for over twenty years. Anne worked as controller for a large architectural firm for more than 5 years. After meeting in 1992 the couple traveled to NZ for the first time in 1994. Jim says "We fell in love with the land but found the available beer to be uninspiring. I half jokingly suggested I would learn to brew beer when we got back home and after mastering the art we could move to NZ and raise a family". They moved to NZ in 2005 and stumbled upon the Golden Bear building - a rotting steel shed full of stored junk. After a two and a half year renovation Golden Bear Brewing opened in October 2008.
Custom made for us by CLE Brew Systems, the Golden Bear system has a brew length of 1200 litres. It has a water-jacketed mash/lauter tun, 2 stage heat exchanger, PLC controlled glycol cooled fermenters and 10,000 liters conditioning capacity. The all stainless steel plant is one of the most efficient and beautifully constructed systems in the country.
Golden Bears Range of Beers:
Our selection of beers varies as we develop our recipes. Styles under development include IPA, several pale ales, Belgian ales, porters and stouts, bitters, German style lagers, Czech pils, light alcohol ale, winter ale, and seasonal beers.
Our American wheat beer was a standout from the moment it first went on tap. It continues to outsell all other styles we produce.
New beers will continue to appear as new recipes are put together and brewed.
Some of the recent editions are:
Our Bear Trappe Belgian, a hand bottled, limited release of golden Belgian ale, brewed with black-boy peaches was released in late June.
The latest edition of Seismic IPA went on tap in early November.
Tic Toc pils; a low alcohol lager came out in early July.
Other brews in the works are India black ale, and a new pale ale brewed with a focus on highlighting a single hop variety.