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Beer!

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Beer!

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.)

Mark.

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1. Re: Beer!

Apart from you being COMPLETELY wrong about Chang (which is nice) and Heineken (which is pish), this is an invaluable guide to beerage.

Chuck D! (A member of rap posse Public Enemy)

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2. Re: Beer!

Nice one captain, you should do one on the whisky sets.

BUMP for gaza100.

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3. Re: Beer!

I personally like Chang beer, i am a real ale drinker in UK so i know my beers. Anyway has anyone tried beer Lao as i think it is Great.

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4. Re: Beer!

Hubby says he can't wait to try it on the Sakai in May. Do you know where he an get Leo in Kata? At home we make our own beer and you never get a hangover from it and trust me in footy season he has really put it to the test.Bez

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5. Re: Beer!

The gospel of 'Saint Hop'

The 'Gates of the Temple of Perpetual Hangover'

WOW !!! There is Light at the end of the Tunnel!!!!!

Bless your cotton socks Captain

Chock Dee ka !! Cheers!!

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7. Re: Beer!

Well if that is the case Katoeys must drink a lot of the stuff, the brewery owner is one of the richest men in the country. His house in Bangkok is stunning, with large elephants guarding the gates. (Chang means Elephant).

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8. Re: Beer!

I correct my last post - he's just made the Forbe's Billionaires list. This from a newspaper website a few minutes ago:

Of the world's 1,125 richest people, the most affluent person in Thailand is Chaleo Yoovidhya, 76, who ranked 206 in the list. With assets of $4 billion, Mr Chaleo is the founder of an energy drink company Red Bull.

The second richest person in the country is Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, 63, who ranked 307. Mr Charoen, who has assets of $3.5 billion, is the founder of the country's top-selling Chang Beer.

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Well done Mark! lol. I liked what you said about the beers not always cold. Ross and i would walk past our place where we would go for happy hour and get them to put a slab in the freezer for when we canme back an hour later. they thought us mad but hey we were paying lol.

I liked all the beer as long as it was cold.

We were even bringing some chang back with us but silly Ross hadn't checked where he packed it and yes you guessed it, they took it from his carry on luggage. Didn't matter, we got home and the local sells it. Pity they don't charge at home what they did in Thailand.

Wen

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