Good things are brewing in the heart of Patong
It’s been almost seven years since the Full Moon Brewwork—Phuket’s one and only microbrewery and restaurant—first opened the doors of their flagship brew pub, but it’s been only recently that their fantastic craft beers have been available widely in Bangkok. And anyone who has already sampled any of their delicious brews will agree that making the pilgrimage to the mothership would be a worthwhile diversion while in Phuket.
Brewmaster Sukij Thipatima, a Bangkok native originally, is the man behind these interesting blends. His Chalawan Pale Ale, which features a jaunty crocodile on the label (inspired by a tale from Thai folklore), blends Pilsner malt with roasted Munich malt, and delivers a malty caramel note offset by tropical fruit and floral aromas. It’s light and refreshing, but carries a long finish. I was immediately impressed.
Equally impressive is his Chatri IPA which, inexplicably, has a Muay Thai koala bear on the label. This award-winning brew blends pilsner hops, rye, and Australian hops—together with some specialty hops—to create a smooth, mellow, but still complex ale with hints of floral and grapefruit aromas. It delivers a bold IPA character, but it’s not one of those super IPAs that overwhelms the average palate.
Another refreshing, easy drinking brew is their Phuket Lager (not to be confused with the widely available Phuket Lager with the cartoon hornbill on the label). This classic pale gold lager features a blend of German pilsner malt and Thai GABA rice from the King’s Royal Project. Another brew which utilizes rice is the lovely Andaman Dark Ale, which combines German caramel malt, chocolate malt, pilsner malt, and Thai black sticky rice from the Sao-Hai paddy fields. Inspired by classic British bitters, this smooth and slightly sweet amber-coloured ale carries with it a distinct dark chocolate and coffee flavour on the finish. At 5.5 percent alcohol it’s also one of the stronger of Full Moon’s original concoctions, but don’t let that stop you from ordering a second.
All the beers under the Full Moon label are brewed on the premises (without filtering or pasteurization)and thanks to his eight stainless steel fermenters Sukij is capable of producing approximately 500 liters of beer per month. The home-brewed beers available on tap tend to vary—both the Wild Honey Coffee Stout and the Bussaba Wit Ale were sold out during my recent visit—but that’s just testament to the freshness of the product being served. And it’s affordable too, with prices for a goblet glass (576 ml) ranging from B181 to B246.
Of course, beer isn’t the only thing on offer here. The restaurant itself, which comfortably seats about 70 persons—indoor and outdoor seating available—also serves up some novel nibbles, including the Ramen burger with cheese (B199) in which pressed, cylindrical patties of crisp ramen noodles are substituted for the bun. It’s weirdly delicious!
Full Moon Brewwork
GF, Jungceylon Shopping Center, 181 Rat-U-Thit, 200 Pee Rd, Patong
Tel: 07 636 6753 | Open daily: 11am-11:30pm | www.fullmoonbrewwork.com