Captain Cooker Beer seems to be doing rather well.
As an update I had a pint of Manuka Beer down at Mapua Wharf yesterday. And actually it was really good - I was expecting something - I guess herbal and bitter - but it was very palatable. You get that oily manuka tea like - flavour coming through - but in a balanced way. Captain Cook was definitely not roughing it - when he drank Manuka Beer - a fine drop. By the way - dam it is lovely down at Mapua Wharf.... some guys were catching Snapper off the wharf (at low tide!!) - there was a band playing... it really is a magic spot.
Seems like the are doing really well overseas - particularly in Belgium.
Captain Cooker is made from New Zealand Manuka - as opposed to hops. Manuka is also known as the tea tree - and indeed makes a lovely cuppa.
Captain Cook - used to drink Manuka Tea.
Captain Cook also made a beer from Manuka thus Captain Cooker.
Captain Cooker - uses his original recipe.
As for the "Cooker"... a captain Cooker is a small dark pig thought to be introduced to the pacific by Captain Cook.