Waikato has a new beer and it's been given the thumbs up.

Willie's Pale Ale is an offshoot of the district's staple Waikato Draught beer.

It could be seen as Lion trying to dip its paws into the craft beer market, but Lion beer ambassador Kurt Gross says its more about offering its loyal Waikato Draught beer drinkers something different.

"It's not trying to be a craft beer," he said...