Fresh Snapper Burgers & Moa Five Hop

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Fresh Snapper Burgers & Moa Five Hop

There is not a lot we like more than a fresh snapper burger at the beach.  This is the perfect recipe Summer or Winter!

Fresh snapper fillets (1 per burger)
Panko crumbs
Herbs of your choice (we used a pre-madeTuscan mix)
Salt & pepper
2 x eggs
olive oil

For the burger;
Burger buns
Rocket or lettuce
Tomato/tomato sauce
Hot sauce
Sliced beetroot & carrot

1. Catch and fillet your snapper (Discard remains in compost for ultimate garden nutrients!)
2. Make your rub using the Panko crumbs, herbs, salt & pepper and mix together with your hands
3. Beat eggs on a separate plate
4. Heat your pan to a med/high heat with a dollop of olive (or coconut oil for a sweeter taste)
5. Dip fillets into egg mixture then into crumb mixture and set aside until pan is hot
6. Cook your fillets until the crumb is golden brown, it should only take a couple of minutes in total!
7. Prepare your burgers however you like using fresh, seasonal produce and bun of your choice
8. Pair with a Moa Five Hops for the ultimate belly comforter in the cold weather!

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Moa Cider Drunk Cihicken Pie


Moa Cider Drunk Cihicken Pie


You will need:
1 Tbsp Olive oil
400g Skinless, boneless chicken breast or thigh
1 large leek roughly trimmed and sliced
60g Butter
2 heaped Tbsp plain flour plus extra for dusting
300mls Milk, plus extra for brushing
200mls Moa Cider
salt & pepper
170g Broccoli, cut into small pieces
handful chopped fresh parsley
Tin sweetcorn, drained
320g frozen pastry sheets


1.    Preheat the oven to 180 Degrees C Fan bake.
2.    Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, add olive oil and chicken & cook until meat is sealed all over. Add the leek and cook for 5-6 mins more, stirring now and again until it has softened and the chicken is starting to brown. Turn off heat & set aside.
3.    Now make the saucey stuff. Melt the butter in a separate saucepan over a low heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring as it thickens to avoid any lumps, for 2 mins. Slowly add milk and cider, a little at a time, mixing as you go. Once fully mixed add salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 3-4 mins until thick.
4.    Tip the sauce, broccoli, parsley and sweetcorn into the chicken pan, stir well, then simmer gently for a further 5 mins. Season the sauce with a good grind of salt & pepper, the set aside to slightly cool
5.    Line a floured baking dish with your pastry (you can just put pastry on the lid but we went the whole hog and made it a fully sealed pie) and pour in your slightly cooled mixture. Cut off any excess or fold it over, or make funny patterns on top of the pie for added conversation pieces at the dinner table.
6.    Brush the pie with leftover milk, stab a few holes in the lid with a fork and bake for 25-30 mins until golden and puffy.


Sharkman's Semi Famous Popcorn Cray


Sharkman's Semi Famous Popcorn Cray



2 x eggs Panko crumbs Chilli


Herbs + spices of your choice Salt + pepper to taste

Canola or sunflower oil for frying


1. Pre- Boil your crayfish for one minute to make for an easier peeling process

2. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk until smooth

3. Make up your panko crumb mixture using your chilli (finely chopped), rind of the lemon, herbs and spices, salt + pepper

4. Cut and peel your cray and chop into small, bite-size pieces.

5. Dip the cray bits into the egg, then into your panko mixture making sure to cover every bit generously.

6. Boil a centremeter of oil in a pan and throw in your popcorn cray for about 5 minutes or until they are a nice golden colour on the outside.

7. Slice up some lemon to garnish

8. Crack open your Moa Cider, enjoy!





This recipe is super easy, it requires ZERO cooking and only a few fresh ingredients.  We managed to throw ours together in a caravan before wandering up to the neighbours for a BBQ.  

Instead of heading to the supermarket to collect your plastic wrapped fish (where trevally can be $35/kilo!) consider catching your own. Not only does it give you a sense of achievement but you learn the ecological surroundings of the fish, its behaviours and what environment it is best caught.  If we only take what we need – there is no waste! 

Fresh, sustainably sourced fish (Trevally and Kingfish are best for raw dishes)
3/4 can Coconut cream
1/2 a Red onion
1 x Green capsicum
1 x Fresh Chilli (you can use chilli flakes but fresh is best)
1 x Lime / Lemon
A handful of Coriander & cracked pepper to taste.

Clean/fillet your fish and slice into thin strips
Squeezed lemon, cover at least 90% of your fish
Chop all your dry ingredients into small bits
Throw it all into a bowl and cover with the coconut cream, make sure all the ingredients are completely soaked in cream with a small amount of leftover liquid around the bottom.
Get your hands in there and toss the ingredients around until everything is mixed nicely.
Season with cracked pepper and coriander

Grab our Gerwurz IPA or Southern Alps IPA and you’ll be the star of your summer barbie!


Five easy weekend getaways from Auckland


Five easy weekend getaways from Auckland

A stone's throw
from Auckland

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Great Barrier Island

Head to the largest island in the Auckland region, great forests, beaches and bays providing scope for all kinds of wilderness adventures. The flights aren’t too expensive and can be considered an experience in itself.


Wine tasting on Waiheke Island

The ultimate island retreat with its many vineyards and wineries, only a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland. Rent a bike and discover everything Waiheke has to offer!

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Bay of islands

The turquoise waters of the bay and its 150 undeveloped islands is bound to provide you with that holiday feeling. There are tones of things to do, including incredible boat tours and water sports.



With some of the North Island’s best white-sand beaches and amazing walking tracks, there is somthing for everyone. Only 2 hours drive from Auckland, you will find yourself enjoying the splendid isolation in no time.


Surfing in Raglan

New Zealand’s most famous surfing town is known for its relaxed atmosphere.  Cool down in the waves after spending time on the beautiful black sand beaches.  If you don’t feel like surfing, you can hike Mount Karioi (an ancient volcano), which has amazing views on a clear day (you might even see Mt Taranaki!).


Beer Can Chicken


Beer Can Chicken


Beer Can Chicken Recipe
Only 5 ingredients

–     Moa Session Pale Ale Cans

–     Lemon

–     Cracked salt and pepper

–     Panko crumbs

–     Free range chicken

–     Olive oil


1.   Make sure your chickens’ stuffing is removed.

2.   Prepare your chicken with any rub of your choice

3.   Pop the rear of the chicken on top of the beer can (which should be 3/4 full of beer, if it’s too full it boils over the side)

4.   Cook for about an hour or two at about 170 degrees Celsius

5.   Serve with a salad & chips and another couple of Pale Ale cans!