Monteith's is berloody good beer. First had it on our initial drive down the west coast, South Island. One of those tourist buses mashed a cyclist (alas!) and traffic was halted for the investigation.
So we diverted to a roadside pub that had Monteith's on tap, and downed a few handles (in memoriam).
One great thing about the Godzone is that there's a strong local identification with beers. In Greymouth, Hokitika, and Westland, Monteith's is the favourite.
Bloody good beer!
In the Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay, all the pubs fly signs for Tui:
Bloody good beer! (Yeah, right.)
In Auckland we lived just uphill from the Domain, about four blocks from the biggest brewery in NZ, on Khyber Pass Road. I'd wake up and smell the mash cooking and the vats. Walk right by it to do our shopping in Newmarket. There are worse things in this life.
Lion Red, DB— even the corporate canned beer is tasty. In fact, the worst beer I had in NZ was Steinlager, which I wouldn't pour on my cat. Although one credits their sponsorship of racing sail, etc.
I miss being there, for other reasons as well.