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Phuket Beer Drought? Not here, Say Venues, Suppliers and Drinkers

Friday, November 11, 2011
UPDATE

Phuket's bar proprietors, beer suppliers and drinkers scoffed today at reports of a 'Beer Drought' as Phuket's shelves were largely restocked after flood alert panic buying. As with most items, some brands of beer remained available virtually everywhere. Tesco-Lotus in Phuket City was very different this afternoon to a week ago, when hoarders were stripping shelves. With the exception of bottled water, the supermarket was fully stocked, although with different brands for some items.

Original Report

PHUKET: Fresh food prices have mostly returned to normal on Phuket after the increases of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival earlier this month, market stallholders in Phuket City say.

The news will come as a relief to authorities concerned about the pressure on supplies and prices caused by the floods in Bangkok.

In a Phuketwan survey at the fresh market in Phuket City yesterday, stallholders said that pork, chicken and other meat remained at ''sensible'' prices.

Seasonal supplies of some vegetables had inflated prices a little, but most of the staples were actually cheaper now than during the Vegetarian Festival.

Supplies of eggs and chicken for Phuket mostly come from Phang Nga, so these had not been affected by floods or supply line problems, vendors said.

Much of Phuket's other vegetable produce was grown north of the floods zone, and that too had not been a problem to source so far.

One basic that the Phuket market stallholders said was difficult to come by and rising in price was milk, which is used locally in drinks and the making of roti.

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I am still seeing large bottles of Singha on sale, it seems to be that its the small bottles that are invisible. Same with Chang. 7/11 near me got re-stocked with beer this afternoon- if you look around you wil find it. Still some taking advantages of the shortages though unfortunately, with the bottle shop behind jungceylon charging well over the odds for a slab. Take it or leave it - I left it!! Big C in Patong seems to be having no problems stocking Leo, but other brands non-existent.

Posted by Mister Ree on November 11, 2011 17:07

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@Mister Ree: Leo comes from the brewery near Khon Kaen, which has not been flooded, so no problem.

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on November 12, 2011 10:21

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Cheeky place it is, the bottle shop behind Jungceylon. Always think I'm stupid and try to charge me 50 Baht for a Leo. I bought a carton for 510 the other day when it should be 495 like in Big C. Better use the one on Bangla Road if you have a motorbike. They are generally 6-8 Baht cheaper per bottle than 7-11 and even stock Phuket Beer.

Posted by Ron Smith on November 14, 2011 05:51

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alcoholics !

Posted by alcoholic on November 14, 2011 20:01


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