Speight's encapsulates the needs of thirsty yet discerning Southern Men. Probably the least sweet of all New Zealand mainstream brown beers, this characteristic allows the full flavour of the malt and hops to shine through. Speight's Gold Medal Ale is a great accompaniment to any meat dish and is superb with gamey Southern dishes such as venison, duck and rabbit.
Waikato draught was first brewed in 1925  and has been one of the biggest selling beers in the region ever since. Willie the waiter, a cartoon character used to promote the beer was created in 1945. At this time Waikato Draught was selling 400,000 gallons of beer each year and was being brewed from the Innes Family Waikato Brewery. In 1961 New Zealand Breweries(later to become Lion Nathan) acquired Waikato Breweries from CL Innes. The brewery stayed open in Hamilton until 1987 when it was closed down. From this time production of Waikato Draught was moved to the Lion Breweries in Newmarket, Auckland.
The manufacturer claims that Waikato Draught has a strong malty flavour with a well-defined bitterness. They refer to a smooth and clean texture, and a hoppy and spicy aroma. The manufacturer also suggests that the robust ale flavours are a good match with hearty meat and potato meals.