"Quite nice beer"
– Colin McRobertson
Moon Breweries Awards 2013
Established more or less in 1648, Wakachangi is probably New Zealand's oldest and most trusted beer! Legend has it the first batch was brewed by nymphomaniac monks in Portugal. They were keen to make a beer that could be used to treat colour blindness and the effects of asparagus wees. They also wanted to make a beer that didn't taste like badger piss thats been put through a 16th Century soda-stream. By all accounts they were successful, but once the Catholic Church got word of it they wanted the beer for themselves.
In an act that many people feel inspired Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code', the monks went to go into hiding with the recipe. It was lost for nearly 400 years until inexplicably it turned up just outside of Greymouth, New Zealand, whereupon it was found by Great Uncle Kenny, one of New Zealand's most prolific inventors, adventurors and philanderers.
He spent many years perfecting the recipe. He wanted to make a truly national beer that could be enjoyed by everyone, also, most importantly, one that didn't taste like wees that had been put through a soda stream. Luckily he achieved this and in the process made the first South Otago beer with North Canterbury flavours, brewed by a West-Coaster with the ol' misty waters of the Waikato!
The rest as they say is history!
"Beer, it's the best damn drink in the world!" - Jack Nicholson