That got your attention, didn't it?
There has been a plethora of intelligent questions over the last few days about one of the most important aspects of tropical life, the art of beer drinking.
By popular demand I am now making available to you my much sort after treatise on the beers of Phuket. All the ones that matter anyway.
Which is a much more sensible thing to talk about than the price of handbags and where can we get Prada shoes?
My illuminating advice will no doubt have the rabble of second rate beer guzzlers barking at my heels with claims of superiority for whatever muck they drink, pay no attention. Herewith is the gospel according to Saint Hop, as passed down to him by the angel of intoxication at the gates of the Temple of Perpetual Hangover, and thence to me by divers routes involving Knights Templar, nights toppling, days tippling and days squandered. In high fashion.
Herewith is the truth....
Beer Chang is commonly sold in the bars. It is awful beer fit only for tourists. High alcohol content is about its only useful feature. Also it is cheap, some places sell it at 100 baht a pint, on tap. 25 baht a small bottle in a 7/11.
Singha beer is also commonly sold in bars, better than Chang, has a sharp taste to it that I don't really like however. Not expensive.
Beer Tiger is a good beer, found in most bars. Very drinkable, but I find it a bit 'soapy'. Not expensive, better than Singha and Chang.
Heineken is available, but while being not a bad beer it is usually a lot more expensive than the others, and so I dismiss it as a poser's beer. O/k if someone else is paying or you want to impress a ladyboy.
Beer Leo......aaaaggghhhhhhhh. Full taste and smooth but watch out because it still has a fairly high alcohol content. Sadly, not many tourist bars sell it, however it is available in stores, 7/11's, and some of the smaller Thai restaurants. This is my beer, it is what I have on the Sakai and it has disapointed very few, if any, passengers so far. And if it has they obviously don't know anything about beer anyway, so who cares? About the same price as Tiger, Chang and Singha. Ladyboys are not impressed.
You had better print this off and put it in your wallet. Then you can rate the beers while you are here and let me now how I got on.
By the way, in a lot of the Thai places the beer is not so cold, it is not such a bad thing to put some ice in it. I know it sounds like sacrilege, but you get used to it. It is better than the alternatives.. warm beer or drinking fast before it gets too hot.
People will think you are a local.
Now that you know this stuff, you can save a lot of time by not having to drink so much, and you can spend more time looking for that perfect handbag to go with your new shoes.
Chock Dee! (Good luck, what you say when you drink beer in Thailand.)