Beervana Road to Beervana

Today, New Zealand has one of the best brewing scenes in the world. Breweries big and small regularly win international awards, and Kiwi beer lovers are spoilt for choice. This wasn’t the case in 1981. Back then, the word craft was only used to describe the crocheted socks your nana churned out for the church fair.

Then, in 1981, a man called Terry changed all that. He was a publican, and didn’t think much of the beer he could get for his pub, so he thought: ‘What if I brewed some myself?’. No-one had applied for a brewing licence for 50 years, and no-one could even remember what forms you had to fill out. But he persevered, and he got his forms, and he got his licence, and he brewed his beer, and what he brewed was Mac’s. It didn’t get any easier. Finding a brewery to brew in, and some bottles to put the beer into, and bottle caps to seal it with was equally hard.

Being a pioneer is hard work, but beer drinkers liked what they tasted, so the hard work began to pay off as Mac’s started to make a name for itself. A few of those beer drinkers also thought ‘What if we brewed some ourselves?’, and soon, a few more of those brewing licences got filled out. Thirty-odd years down the track, Mac’s is proud to have played a key role in kicking off our thriving beer scene, and even prouder to still be brewing award-winning naturally brewed beer that Kiwis love today.

Terry himself has moved on, but the spirit of ‘What if’ still runs through everything we do in our beer range, our ciders, our non-alcoholic sodas, or the Mac’s Brewbars around the country. The ribbed bottle and the rip cap are symbols of Mac’s pioneering history, and we look forward to carrying on in the same imaginative and passionate way for many years to come.

What really gets us excited though, is where we’re heading next.

Mac's Beer


Taranaki St Wharf 4 Taranaki Street
phone 04 381 2282

Mac's Gold 4.0% 15 IBU Lager Mac’s Gold is the talisman of the Mac’s family, an all malt lager brewed naturally with hints of citrus and sweet malts.
Mac's Super Sassy 6.0% Red IPA Super Sassy is the suped-up big brother of Sassy red, extra sass=extra hoppy punch. Super Sassy is higher ABV at 6.0%, boasts bigger hops and packs in red caramel malts.
Mac's Cloudy Apple 4.7% Apple Cider Crisp apples from the Hawke’s Bay provide both the clouds & the silver lining in this refreshing cider from Mac’s.
Mac's Miss-Conduct 5.2% 30 IBU Dry Hopped Pilsner Not every lager is as straight laced as it looks. Just like the librarian who's an inked-up roller derby queen, this crisp pilsner packs an unexpected hoppy punch.
Mac's Interstate 5.0% 40 IBU American Pale Ale Interstate is Mac’s take on a classic American Pale Ale. Brewed to bring out the punchy citrus and pine notes of the Citra and Mosaic hops.
Mac's Three Wolves 5.1% 40 IBU Pale Ale Amarillo, Simcoe & Nelson Sauvin hops dominate this elaborate Pale Ale, bursting with citrus & tropical notes and a well-balanced bitterness.
Mac's Green Beret 5.4% 47 IBU IPA Brewed to produce flavours of citrus, pine & tropical fruit. This India Pale Ale is then dry hopped for an explosion of hop aroma & flavour.
Mac's Hop Rocker 5.0% 31 IBU Pilsner Hop Rocker is Mac’s own Pilsner, with a full complement of Cascade & Nelson Sauvin hops for well-rounded complexity. Bitter, but in a good way.
Mac's Sour Puss 4.6% 8 IBU Blueberry Sour Ale The cat's out of the bag, our latest limited release is a sour! We tried loads of fruits with our Gose base, but tart and juicy blueberry beat the rest by a whisker.
Mac's Love Buzz 5.5% Honey Mead Kamahi, Clover and Manuka Honey. Sweet and sparkling.
Mac's Birthday Suit 7.6% 65 IBU Double IPA Now Mac’s has turned 35, we’re letting it all hang out. Loads of malt, double the hops and nothing to hide behind. Who says you can only wear your birthday suit on your birthday? Not us.