You can get great beer just about anywhere these days. But where’s the adventure in staying close to home? Earn your suds at one of these seriously out-of-the-way craft breweries, and explore new places while you’re at it.
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Chit Beer, Koh Kret, Thailand
Due to Thailand’s antiquated 1950’s Liquor Act it is unlawful for individuals to brew and distribute their own beer in the country. This makes Chit Beer, located on Koh Kret, a small island 12 miles north of Bangkok, even more of an anomaly. The open air, riverside brewery founded by an active Colonel in the Royal Thai Army is standing up to the defunct law and training a legion of home brewers while they’re at it. Chit Beer is also a “Beer Academy” where Thai students learn about the art of brewing while creating their own home brews. The crisp, golden weizen is Chit’s go-to beer, unless you’re keen to try some homebrew.
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Manta Ray Bay Hotel and Stone Money Brewery, Yap, Micronesia
The tiny island of Yap, located on the eastern edge of the Federated Sates of Micronesia, roughly halfway between Japan and the northern tip of Australia, is known mostly as a remote scuba-diving hub. The region’s only craft brewery, Stone Money Brewery, began in a kitchen, then moved aboard an anchored ship and is now located in the lobby of the Manta Ray Bay Hotel. Two fresh beers greet guests, a darker Hammerhead Amber and lighter Manta Gold. Both are true European Lagers (The Brewmaster is Swiss) and feature imported hops.
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Khmelnoye Podvorye Brewey, Irkutsk, Russia
North of Mongolia in Russia’s far eastern territory near Lake Baikal, Irkutsk is on the banks of the Agara River. One of the area’s few cities, the Khmelnoye Podvorye Brewery and Brewpub is right off the main drag and serves up a tantalizing collection of their beer as well as other Russian craft brews. We hear their pancake and caviar dish goes great with the house ale.
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The Barking Deer Brew Pub, Mumbai, India
The Barking Deer Brew Pubis famous for their Indian style nachos with six house beers including a, you guessed it, India Pale Ale. The place is notoriously hard to find at the end of a deserted street but centrally located in the heart of Mumbai with a lively mix of locals and expats enjoying Mumbai’s only in-house brew.
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Les 3 Brasseurs, Papeete, Tahiti
The only craft brewery in all of French Polynesia, Les 3 Brasseurs offers up to six different beers including a blonde, IPA, and an amber, along with a lighter wheat beer. The reviews of the beer are middling, but it’s still a nice change from the lukewarm Hinano Beer served everywhere else.
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Beer House Bavarius, Atyrau, Kazakhstan
Near the northern shore of the Caspian Sea, in the town of Atyrau on the Ural River sit Beer House Bavaria, a two-story brewpub with local food and a selection of house made beers. None of them have received any awards or accolades, but hey, you’re in Kazakhstan drinking craft beer.
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Matutu Brewing Company, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
This small brewery in the town of Titikaveka on the island of Rarotonga gets their malt delivered by ship every couple of weeks or so, whenever the ferry makes its rounds. Once you get to Rarotonga, the town and brewery are hard to miss; there’s only one main road that circles the island. All you have to decide is whether to go clockwise or counterclockwise. The two beers on tap at Matutu, the Mai Lager and the Kiva Pale Ale, are well regarded by locals and visitors alike.
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Hernando de Magallanes, Punta Arenas, Chile
The southern-most craft brewery in the world, Hernando de Magallanes Brewery in Punta Arenas, Chile, is less than a block from the mighty southern ocean and historic Strait of Magellan. Offering three different beers, a golden ale, a red ale, and an imperial stout, the beer culture of Punta Arenas runs deep, dating back to the early 19th century, when German immigrants settled on this southern edge of civilization.
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Fuego Brew Co, Dominical, Costa Rica
A hidden jewel of a craft brewery located on the southern pacific coast of Costa Rica in the tiny town of Dominical, Fuego Brew Co came by way of a brewmaster whose previous jobs included making beers for San Francisco’s Anchor Steam Brewery and Maui Brew Co. The result is hands-down the best craft beer in Costa Rica. Look for it on the banks of the Barú River, a stone’s throw away from playa Dominical’s powerful waves. Their most popular brew is a Guanabana Hefeweizen and should not be missed.
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Tofino Brew Co, Tofino, British Columbia
A no frills brewery on the beach at the end of the road, Tofino Brew Co is located in the quaint Canadian surf town and fishing village of Tofino on Vancouver Island. Known for their diverse selection of award winning brews like Tuff Session Ale, Kelp Stout, and Spruce Tree Ale, there's no better scene in B.C. for post-surf suds.
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Les Bieres de la Lezarde, Guadeloupe, Caribbean
Les Bieres de la Lezarde,located on the banks of the crystal clear Lezardé River on the Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe, draws in a devout group of patrons. Come for the beer, stay for the beaches.
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MB Beer Plus, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
There are a surprising number of craft breweries in Mongolia. But for consistent quality (and modern amenities), MB Beer Plus is your best best. Located on Chinggis Khan Avenue in Ulaanbaatar it is relatively easy to find — that is, once you make it to Mongolia.
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La Santisima Flor de Lupulo, Oaxaca City, Mexico
La Santisima Flor de Lupulomight not look like much, but this small brewery and brewpub in the center of Oaxaca City has a lot going for it. Wash down some of its house made Mezcal with a Chocolate IPA or Mango Wheat beer and some fresh bread and other baked goods along with house-cured meats from Gourmand, just next door.
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Invercargill Brewery, Invercargill, New Zealand
On the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island sits the town of Invercargill and The Invercargill Brewery. Craft to the core, the brewery has a wide selection of local favorites and seasonal beers on tap. The award-winning beer includes the Wasp Honey Pilsner and delicious Pitch Black Stout.
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Okkara, Faroe Islands
This by-appointment-only brewery on the Faroe Islands is definitely one of the furthest flung, and certainly the most picturesque. Perched on a cliff, overlooking the rough sea, and surrounded by sheep pastures, Okkara brews over 20 different small batch beers. The Okkara Portari, an Imperial Porter, is consistently rated as their best.
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Yanggakdo Hotel Brewery, Yanggakdo Island, North Korea
You can count yourself among the truly dedicated hopheads if you visit Yanggakdo, a craft brewery in Pyongyang, North Korea. Housed in the largest hotel and second-highest building in the country, The Yanggakdo Hotel Brewery only offers one type of beer on tap, a malty brown ale served directly from the fermenters that are behind the bar.
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Cervesa Alpha, Arinsal, Andorra
The best craft beer in Andorra — that tiny country in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain — comes from Alpha Cervezeria. Owned and operated by its brewer, the tasty beer is served onsite in a stylish and warm tasting room. Try the Alpha Sant Cornelli IPA.
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Torpedo Tej House Lalibela, Ethiopia
The Torpedo Tej House doesn't actually have beer — instead, they brew a stiff honey mead, the favorite local Ethiopian brew called Tej. Add in delicious local food, music, and dancing and by all accounts it all adds up to a must-see spot for world travelers.
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Montañita Brewing Co, Montañita, Ecuador
Located on the beach in front of the surf break in up and coming Ecuadorian hotspot, Montañita, this brewery has a wide variety of offerings including a honey wheat, pale ale, chocolate stout, and whiskey distilled on the premises.
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Abashiri Beer Brewery, Hokkaido, Japan
Located on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, Abashiri Brewery is known for its experimental brews like Bilk, a mix of beer and milk, or Okhotsk Blue Beer (which is, yes, blue).
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When it comes to searching out small-batch craft breweries, Bavaria is a beer-lovers paradise. Centered on the outrageously photogenic town of Bamberg, a UNESCO Heritage city, this region boasts the densest craft-brewing scene in the world. Bamberg is home to legendary breweries like Mahr’s and Spezial, along with nearly 300 other traditional village breweries and beer bars, all within a few miles of the town’s center. The area is also home to Wevermann Maltings, the renowned grain used in many of the world’s best beers.