Chiangmai German Microbrewery

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

345 Moo 4, Chiangmai-Lampang Road, Nhongpakrang
Muang (behind Carefour)
Chiang Mai, 50000

+66 (0) 53 244588

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

I'm rather biased in my review since this was the one place that gave me regular retreat from my 6 month wandering in Thailand's beer wasteland. The brewmaster also covered my tabs just because I was the first American he met who knew the difference between a lager and an ale. If you find yourself suffering a "Changover" in Northern Thailand be sure to pay a visit here.

Hidden behind the Carrefour supermarket on Asia Highway 1, and with no signs on the highway, this place has to rely on word-of-mouth to make business. Quite a shame because they make a far better beer than any other brewery in Thailand (Thai or otherwise). The brewmaster has explained that the lack of publicity is due to Chang Beer and Singha Beer's shady connections. Apparently the large brewers hand money to the government to write rules that prevent smaller breweries from expanding. There's Mafia involvement, but that's typical with Thai government. Just ask the police...

The brewery offers Weizen Bier, Helles Bier, Dunkel, Weizen Bock, and a seasonal Oktoberfest. They all are light, clean, fruity, and highly carbonated. The ingredients, including Cara Munchener and Saur, are imported from Germany. The brewmaster intentionally makes the alcohol content higher as he says it is more towards Thai taste. Not a fault. Just be sure to take a 'tuk-tuk' back home. Anything here is better than Thai beer, but the best of the bunch would be the Lager. I pushed the limits of "sessionable" with this one.

All beers are served in 0.3, 0.5, and full Liter glasses. You can also order the beer towers which are a Thai phenomenon that has to be seen. Order your beers early, since the prices increase every 2 hours (clever). The place is rarely busy even on weekends, so ordering isn't a problem. The waiters do have a habit of disappearing sometimes.

The food is hit and miss German/Thai cusine and too pricy for the quality (not if you're just a tourist). There's entertaniment nightly on the large stage. Acoustics are impressive due the the building being modeled after the classic cavernous German beerhalls. The band performs modern and traditional Thai songs. They also sing English language hits...if you can't take the singing, just focus on the dancing girls on stage. Or drink on the porch.

I drove 2 hours every weekend just to visit this spot, so clearly I didn't have much to complain about. The beer is good, the staff is friendly, and there's always entertainment (not always on stage). Cheers!/Chok-dee!

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Chiangmai German Microbrewery in Chiang Mai, Thailand
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