Macs Sassy Red Beer (24 x 330mL), New Zealand. Crown Seal. Alcohol: 4.3% Sassy Red is a Best Bitter, a style of beer that has a real balance between Malt body and Hop bitterness. The hop character comes through on the nose with aromas of tropical fruit, grassy, resinous and pine notes while the malt is evident on the palate with caramel, biscuit, nutty and roasted flavours. On the palate, the bitterness is quite apparent up front with the malt body balancing it out at the end. This is where the malt character really kicks and the finish has a nice roasted note, adding another dimension to the beer. Food matches: Being a full flavoured beer, it is great to match with food, especially food with some big flavours. The roasted finish goes great with red meats, especially off the BBQ or grill when you get the char on the meat and some caramelised flavours. The fruit aroma from the hops go well with fruit chutneys and sauces.
Mac’s came into the world in 1981 when the beer market was as about as competitive as the average government department. Former farmer and All Black and Picton publican, Terry McCashin, decided to enough was enough when told by a particular brewery rep that his pub’s customers would pretty much have to drink what his bosses were making now. Why did he have to put up with this crap? Why couldn’t he find a beer that he wanted to drink himself and would be proud to serve to friends? And what was stopping anyone from making that beer? Apparently six months of red tape was the answer to the last question. (No one has asked for 50 years for a licence to brew beer and the guy who knew what forms to fill out had died.) Terry, however, persisted in the face of adversity and so Mac’s Beer was born and has been a national favourite ever since. There are only four things that go into Macs beer- water, yeast, malt and hops. (we’ll allow an exception for the odd bit of wheat or coriander) The brewing of Macs beer works hand in hand only with natural elements and processes. Macs brewery should mean a load of good things to our customers and our own people. For instance, we embrace individuality. We have only one target market- people who appreciate good beer.