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    ^ Correct, but they stopped brewing it when they moved location.

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    Sweet thread, thanks for info. Finally I will be drinking decent beer next time I'm in BKK. Keep those suggestions coming!

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    CRAFT BEER MOVEMENT ARRIVES IN THAILAND AS BARS POP UP ALL OVER BANGKOK

    On my first trip to Thailand, I spent the obligatory night on Bangkok’s Khao San Road, drinking Singha beer in the backpacker-filled bars, while outside, dreadlocked travellers spun flaming fire pois around their heads.

    Five years later, I was back sinking beers once again, though this time at the Tawandang German Brewery and Bar in the southern Yan Nawa district, wedged between the financial district of Sathorn and the Chao Phraya river.

    Opened in 1999, it’s Thailand’s first microbrewery and is surprisingly vast. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal shiny brass brewing vats, and waiters deliver a constant flow of beer towers – large, self-dispensing tubes of beer – to the masses. German flags hang from the ceiling and the long tables heave under huge plates of spicy pigs’ knuckles.

    A Thai rock band roared from the stage, stopping occasionally to bellow out drinking songs which had punters waving their steins in unison. All that was missing were the lederhosen.

    Operating a brewery in Thailand isn’t easy. The country imposes the highest taxes on the brewing and importation of beer in South-east Asia – between 300 and 400 per cent. However, after years of domination by Singha and Chang (the brewery behind Singha has a royal warrant), the craft scene is gaining traction here too, prompted by a growing demand for a wider range of beers. In recent years, underground home brewing for private consumption has taken off, despite it being illegal – and outfits such as Chit Beer, Sandport and Team Alpha are rapidly gaining credibility.



    For those keen to sample alternatives to Singha and Chang in a more intimate space than Tawandang, there are now bars specialising in imported craft beers in the Thai capital, such as Brew Beers and Ciders in the Watthana district. This bar serves more than 200 beers and ciders – which it claims is the largest selection in Asia – and now has five branches throughout Thailand.

    “At first, the majority of visitors were Thai,” explains Cardiff-born owner Chris Foo, who’s lived in Thailand for 30 years. “However, the number of foreign visitors is definitely increasing.” He adds that there isn’t just a growing appetite for lesser-known brews, but for venues which offer an education too. “I started importing Belgian beer but nobody was interested, and I realised the only way to sell it was by enlightening people about good beer – where it’s from and how to enjoy it. So I opened Hobs House of Beers, to introduce people to Belgian beer – why the glasses were shaped this way, and what food to pair the beer with. Later, I sold Hobs and opened Brew, to showcase beers and ciders from around the world.”

    With its wood-panelled interior, Brew feels like an English country pub. Outside, the tree-dotted patio recalls a German beer garden. The effect is intentional. “Here, winter is known as ‘beer season’ because the big brands set up beer gardens and everyone lives outside. Until now, you had one choice of beer and the décor was minimal,” explains Chris.

    He’s not the only person who noticed more than Bangkok’s beer selection was in need of an update. At nearby Mikkeller, which was opened last year by Canadian Mike MacDonald and Danes Jakob Morkenborg Rasmussen and Mikkel Borg Bjergso, bean bags dot the garden and fairy lights hang from trees. The customers are diverse – a mix of businessmen and women, locals and backpackers (albeit smart ones). There are 30 craft beers from around the world on tap at any one time and the bar has launched Bangkok’s first beer delivery service.

    Mike arrived in Bangkok as a telecoms worker and met his partners through a love of beer. “I wanted access to great beers. The bar was an ideal vehicle to change the scene and give us that access.” He admits that the hefty taxes push up prices. “Our prices start at 180 baht [£3.80], but people are willing to pay.” Mike isn’t just driven by a desire to bring the world’s beers to Bangkok – like Chris Foo, he’s on a mission to change the way Bangkok enjoys beer. Staff are trained to understand which brews complement which food (the menu majors in pizza and cured meat platters) and Mikkeller is one of the few bars which doesn’t offer table service. “Customers order at the bar. I want my staff to have the opportunity to recommend beers or advise what to drink with your food,” says Mike. It’s certainly a world away from the cheap, Chang-filled towers of Khao San Road.

    Craft beer movement arrives in Thailand as bars pop up all over Bangkok | The Independent

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    https://www.radissonblu.com/en/plazahotel-bangkok/bars

    Craft beers on tap on top off Bangkok.

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