McCashin’s Brewery was started in 1981 by Terry McCashin, the same year as the infamous underarm bowling incident. The only beer available in New Zealand at the time was sweet and bland and brewed by Lion or DB. This period was termed the “beer drinking dark ages”. Terry has been credited as starting the craft beer revolution in New Zealand when he opened the Brewery and introduced New Zealander’s to Real Ale. Lion Nathan purchased the Macs brand from the family in 1999 and leased the Brewery in Stoke until 2009 when McCashin’s Brewery was re-opened by Terry’s eldest son Dean. The Brewery still is housed in the historic Rochdale Cider Factory and Rochdale Cider is still brewed on site as well as Stoke Beer, 26000 Vodka, Frute and other products. A great tourist destination offering daily brewery tours, free tastings, cafe, bottlestore and bar.