MAC’S HOP ROCKER
A spirit of determination and pushing the boundaries is evident in New Zealand’s culture and this is reflected in Māori legends too. Demigod Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga was a noted challenger of boundaries, who upon discovering his brothers planned to exclude him from a fishing trip, hid in their canoe and only revealed himself when they were far from land. It was on this trip that he caught his biggest fish ever, the North Island. Its East Cape, Mount Hikurangi, is said to be the first part of the fish that appeared from the sea and remains a sacred place for the local tribe.
Embodying this determined approach to life is Terry McCashin, a publican who was disappointed with the beers available for his pub, so in 1981 decided to brew his own. Easier said than done, Terry persevered and Mac’s was born. His new range of craft brews went from strength to strength, inspiring others so that today Terry can proudly take a bow for playing a key part in creating New Zealand’s thriving craft beer scene. Hop Rocker is one of the quality brews in the Mac’s stable, and is bitter in a good way with a full complement of Cascade and Nelson Sauvin hops for well-rounded complexity.