A Genuine Microbrewery in Paradise

Typically, when you visit a tropical paradise one expects that the “local brew” is always a little less than satisfying, lacking in taste/richness and even sometimes down right undrinkable.

Not so in Yap!

Enter Stone Money Brewing Company, Yap’s own genuine microbrewery. We even have a swiss brewmaster! With it’s climate controlled brewing facility and high-quality ingredients, you would be hard pressed to find a better tropcal microbrewery.

The History of Stone Money Brewing Company

toast-at-table-mThe idea for making fresh beer in Yap came about because Bill Acker wanted to do something special for guests of Yap Divers. Thus entered Greg Wilson, a good friend of Bill’s who has been brewing beer in the Cook Islands since 1978. Greg is the owner of Cook Island Divers and one of the highlights of guests’ dive days in the Cooks is to come back to the shop and sample Greg’s home brew.

In 1999, Greg visited Yap for the 3rd time and brought all the necessary equipment and supplies for Bill to begin brewing beer in his kitchen, much to the chagrin of Bill’s wife Patricia who didn’t like the smell of fresh beer throughout the house. Bill began making beer and “bottling” it in plastic 2 liter “Coke” bottles. From this inauspicious start, the Stone Money Brewing Company was born.

Mr. Ian Ward of Brewvisions, Ltd. (headquartered in London, England) was hired to develop a mini-micro brewery which was located on the S/V Mnuw and operated by Mr. Fredy Gull of Zurich, Switzerland. From those humble beginnings, a 600 liter Micro brewery currently located in the lobby of the Manta Ray Bay Hotel began. Fredy is still the Brew Meister and the island of Yap will never again be caught without truly fresh beer.

The Beers

Hammerhead Amber

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Our dark beer is also a true Lager but with more of an American West Coast flavor. Biya is the Yapese spelling for our favorite beverage.

The ingredients are:

Triple filtered pure aquifer water, a blend of Harrington and Triumph variety Pale Malts, 60 L° Crystal Malt (to give color and a caramelized flavor), Cascade Hops (a moderately bitter hop with a fragrant, flowery aroma) and Northern Brewer Hops (these hops have a mint-like evergreen flavor).

Hammerhead Amber, being a true Lager, is also fermented for one week and kept at a constant temperature of 15 degrees Centigrade and then cooled to 3° C and transferred slowly to a maturation tank that is held at a constant temperature of 6° C for a minimum of 7 days. After maturation, the beer is transferred to pre-pressurized kegs and held at 6° C.

Hammerhead Amber tends to be slightly clearer than Manta Gold but it is also meant to be naturally cloudy and it too takes a while to dispense properly.

 

Manta Gold

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Our original beer is a true European Lager made from the finest malted grain and European Hops.

The ingredients are:

Triple filtered pure aquifer water, 2 Row Moravian Malt, a small amount of Rice Flakes (used for coloring), Hallertau Mittelfrueh German Hops and Czech Saaz Hops imported from the Czech Republic.

Manta Gold is fermented for one week and kept at a constant temperature of 15 degrees Centigrade and then cooled to 3° C and transferred slowly to a maturation tank that is held at a constant temperature of 6° C for a minimum of 7 days. After maturation, the beer is transferred to pre-pressurized kegs and held at 6° C for up to 4 months.

These temperatures are critical to maintain the natural CO2 content of this fine Lager. Manta Gold is naturally cloudy and takes a bit of time to dispense properly but we think you will agree that the painstaking efforts used to brew this beer and the time that it takes to dispense properly, with just the right amount of head, is well worth it.

Availability & Reservations

Jim Reilly
Jim Reilly
11:27 21 Mar 18
We stayed at the hotel and dove with Manta Ray divers in early December 2017. The hotel is very comfortable, well run and staffed with wonderful employees. During our visit my wife came down with an illness and the consideration and support from the hotel and dive staff could not have been better.read more
Sandy Stinson
Sandy Stinson
16:03 03 Mar 18
The staff couldn't be more friendly and accommodating. Food is good, (worth upgrading to include all meals). Diving is good too.read more
Alex Divinsky
Alex Divinsky
17:24 01 Jan 18
The best place to stay in Yap. The resort is really nice and clean, the scuba diving is great, and the docked ship that houses the bar, restaurant, and movie screen is very cool. I really enjoyed my stay here.read more
ASALI
ASALI
10:44 01 Jan 18
Offers one of the best accommodation service. It also has a uniquely designed restaurant.
Yi-Hsin Lin
Yi-Hsin Lin
00:53 21 Feb 17
The whole place centers around the scuba diving operation. Probably better to find somewhere else if you're not a diver. The dive operation was generally good, but a little too laid back - schedules weren't always clear, and sometimes would change without any notice. Sometimes it was hard to tell if this was really because of changing tides/weather or because of the island pace of life. Pizza is a surprisingly good option at the restaurant.read more
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
Daniel Granzer
Daniel Granzer
11:40 23 Aug 18
We were from 11.08 to 18.08 at the Manta Ray Bay resort and had unforgettable days there 😍In total we made 12 dives with wonderful encounters. Highlights were, of course, the manta rays in the Goofnuw Channel and many white tip reef sharks in the Shark City 🦈 But also we saw eagle rays, turtles 🐢 and buffalo head parrotfish. The hotel is beautiful and the whole team does a great job there. The food on the ship Mnuw, as well as the home-brewed beer are excellent. Thank you again to the whole team of Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers 👏🏼We also did a one-day land tour to explore the many beautiful places of this unique island. The beach is like in paradise🏝, stone money and relics from the second world war very worth to see! You find there also culturally typical houses with different meaning and use! It would be nice if more visitors would come to this great island and appreciate the great work that is done there! Anyway, we really enjoyed it and would come back anytime 🙏🏻✌🏼read more
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
Rene Sten
Rene Sten
04:06 12 Oct 18
Bill and his family run a great dive resort, rooms are spacious and comfortable. Restaurant and bar provide good range of food and drink. Bill and his dive guides know the reef intimately and the diving is spectacular. Bill and his family make for a very friendly and rewarding experience in Yap.read more
Ms. Malinda
Ms. Malinda
13:52 14 Oct 18
Great place to stay while visiting the island. Lots of activities to do with places to see & people to meet.read more
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
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