About Us

Our mission:

To contribute to a socially, economically, and ecologically thriving community, and to foster a sense of pride, ownership and a deeper connection to home through truly GOOD NATURED BEER.

Who are we?

Good Nature is a homegrown family-owned craft brewery & Tap Room. Founded as a 2BBL Nano-Brewery in 2010, we are our county’s first brewery and are among New York State’s first Farm Breweries. Sustainability and building a beer culture in our rural NY home have always been central to our company’s mission. We now operate our Farm Brewery and Tap Room in Hamilton, NY.

What is our specialty?

As a Farm Brewery, we are committed to sourcing the ingredients in our beers from NY State Farmers. Our all-natural, unfiltered ales are unpasteurized, and contain no artificial additives or adjuncts. Because we believe our beers and our actions can enrich our community and our region, we aim to apply the farm-to-glass ethos to all aspects of our company. We make a point of sourcing locally whenever possible from the hops & grains in our beers, to the food in our restaurant, to packaging materials and beyond.

Our Story

Co-Founders, and now husband-wife team, Carrie Blackmore & Matt Whalen, established Good Nature Brewing in 2010. They set out to open the first nano-brewery in their region with the goal of bringing truly local, farm-to-glass beer to the area. The couple developed GNB’s original recipes out of various kitchens, from old farmhouses to studio apartments, to Carrie’s mom’s house, over the course of about a year.  In 2011, relying on friends, old and new, to help, Carrie and Matt renovated the original brewery space themselves, installed a 2bbl brewhouse, and began producing GNB’s first official brews. GNB’s original 300ft2 tasting room in front of the brewery opened in January 2012 and could only offer customers samples, growler fills & kegs.

For the first 6 months, Matt & Carrie could only make enough beer to supply GNBs tasting room and a single retailer—the Colgate Inn in Hamilton—so they embarked on an expansion after just a few short weeks. It was at this time Carrie and Matt found GNB’s first hire—a full time brewer with more brains & patience than the both them, and at least as much creativity and passion.  Our new 7bbl brew house arrived the day before Carrie and Matt were married in June 2012. Two days after the wedding, the team of three, again with help from friends, installed the system and started brewing as quickly as we could.  Shortly thereafter, we began self-distributing our beers, in a beat up old van, to about 40 retailers.

In February 2013, we became one of NY’s first Farm Breweries and, in May 2013, we opened our Tap Room in downtown Hamilton where we could now offer our beer by the glass. Just two months later, we increased production yet again and partnered with our first distributor. By December 2013, we had partnered with a second distributor and hired our first sales representative. Less than a year later, by June 2014, the brewery had increased its production by another 85%, had a team of about 10, and over 200 retail accounts. Between Spring 2014 and Summer 2015, with the addition of new tanks, we officially maxed out our little brewery’s production capacity and officially embarked on our expansion project to build our Farm Brewery at 1727 12B in Hamilton.

In January 2017, we officially closed the original Milford Street Brewery and moved operations to our new Farm Brewery Facility. The Farm Brewery is now home to our our production facility, our offices, and an onsite Tap Room featuring a unique farm-to-table kitchen and outdoor Beer Garden. The Broad Street Tap Room remains open in downtown Hamilton. The Good Nature family and our operation has grown a lot in a short time. We are proud to be able to welcome you to our home, and show you all the exciting things we’re up to.