Did you know that Full Moon Brewworks, Phuket’s one and only micro brewery and restaurant, first opened the doors of their flagship brew pub almost eight years ago?
Chances are you haven’t even heard of this humble brewery unless you’re a dedicated beer geek who has been actively following the craft beer scene in Thailand. Head brewmaster Sukij Thipatima—a Bangkok native originally—is the man behind the interesting blends created here, and his impressive Chalawan Pale Ale, which features a jaunty crocodile on the label (inspired by a tale from Thai folklore), has been making quite a name for itself this past year, appearing in many a distinguished specialty beer fridge in Bangkok and beyond.
Equally impressive is his Chatri IPA—an award-winning brew that blends pilsner hops, rye, Australian hops, and some other specialty hops—which, inexplicably, has a Muay Thai koala bear on the label. For a more easy drinking brew try his refreshing Phuket Lager, which 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, inspired by classic British bitters, which combines German caramel malt, chocolate malt, pilsner malt, and Thai black sticky rice from the Sao-Hai paddy fields.
Anyone who has already sampled any of Sukij’s delicious brews will no doubt want to make a pilgrimage to the actual brewery and restaurant while in Phuket. It’s located in Patong, on the ground level of the popular Jungceylon Shopping Center (181 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd), and is open daily from 11am till 11:30pm.
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 litres 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 a recent visit—but that’s just testament to the freshness of the product being served.