Your guide to events in Nelson, New Zealand
McCashin's Brewery is the largest family owned (independent) brewery in New Zealand. Housed in the historic Rochdale Cider Factory in Stoke, attractions include a family friendly cafe, bottle store, bar and art gallery.
There are daily tours at 11am and 2pm Monday to Saturday ($10), free tastings, free wi-fi, garden bar, live music every Saturday 1pm-5pm and Sunday 2pm-6pm, Thurs Night Quiz Night, Holdem Texas Poker Friday nights, Saturday afternoon market every week 12-4pm (stalls are free), bouncy castle Wed and Sat, local products to sample and load more.
Brewery Tours are held at 11am & 2pm daily (except Sundays) No bookings are required. Allow at least 35 minutes for the tour and 15 minutes for the free tastings. Closed-toe shoes required. Children welcome. Tours cost $10, children 12 and under are free and 13-17 year olds are $5
Nelson is the Craft Brewing Capital of New Zealand, and it is little wonder given that this is the only place in New Zealand where hops are grown commercially. Ten craft breweries and thirteen brands of craft beer are brewed in the area, and you can visit most of these by bike on the Great Taste Trail, including McCashin's Brewery which can be accessed via the Railway Reserve.
McCashin’s Brewery founder Terry McCashin can be given high levels of credit for the craft beer culture that exists today. Back when Terry started this craft beer revolution in 1981, the only beers available in New Zealand were made by two major breweries and were lacking in the subtle and distinctive flavours that Nelson craft beers are now famous for.
The historic Rochdale Cider Factory in Stoke is the home of McCashin's Brewery and Rochdale Cider is still brewed on site, along with Stoke Beer, Palaeo Water, Stoke Ginger Beer, Lemon Lime & Bitters. The Brewery is a ‘must visit’ while in Nelson and even better if you can fit in a tour.
Nelson & suburbs
03 547 0329
660 Main Road, Stoke