Nelson craft beer pioneer Terry McCashin dies

Dean McCashin, left, and Terry McCashin with glasses of two of the new Stoke beers produced McCashins' Brewery (Martin de Ruyter, STUFF).

Former All Black and craft beer pioneer Terry McCashin will be remembered as a humble gentleman who took on the big brewers from a small Nelson factory.

The founder of the Mac's beer brand and former All Black hooker died suddenly on Tuesday morning. He was 73.

McCashin is credited with starting the craft beer revolution in New Zealand, while competing with the brewing duopoly of Lion Nathan and Dominion Breweries.

The McCashin family took over the the Rochdale Cider factory on Main Road Stoke in 1980 and continued to brew cider before the first batch of Mac's beer was brewed in 1981.

In 1999 the Mac's brand was sold to giant brewery Lion.

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