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    Thai Beer: A Drunkard's Guide

    Firstly, we note that the four most prominent lager beers in the Kingdom are synonymous with animals.

    Beer Archa (The Thai language is governed by a rule which insists the noun must precede the name) is symbolized by a horse; Beer Chang literally translates into ‘Beer Elephant’; Beer Leo is represented by a leopard and lastly Beer Singha which translates into ‘Beer Lion’.

    Archa Beer

    Archa is ThaiBev’s (one of the largest alcohol companies in South East Asia) most recent product and was introduced to the market in 2004. Weighing in at a comparatively humble 5.4 % volume, the beer won a gold medal at the 2007 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), but after sampling several large bottles of this award winning nectar I came to the conclusion that the judges may have been indulging in some extracurricular inspections prior to the contest. For me it was benign of any real flavor and at one point I even mused that the horse wasn’t only representing the beer but also supplying its principal ingredient.

    However, at a mere 35 baht (70 pence Sterling) per 640 ML bottle it is an economically viable supplement to a packet of pork scratchings and definitely not to be sniffed at by those travelling on a shoe-string budget.




    Chang Beer

    ThaiBev’s most embraced blend comes in the form of Beer Chang or 'Beer Elephant'. The bottle, sporting two white elephants (a white elephant once being the centre piece of Thailand’s or then Siam’s national flag) again comes most commonly in 640 ML measures, although cans and smaller bottles are available.

    At a head-banging 6.4 % volume, this 40 baht (80 pence) beverage has a sharp taste which is really quite acceptable for its low price, although drinking this particular brew in moderation is very wise; waking up to remember how you performed an impromptu version of Bon Jovi’s' Livin’ on a Prayer whilst swinging your newly purchased Beer Chang vest in the air, tends to intensify even the most acute of hangovers. Moderation, dear squires! Moderation!



    Leo Beer

    Boon Rawd Brewery was the first of its kind in Thailand and is the maker of another of the country’s most popular lagers, Beer Leo. Slightly more costly than the aforementioned drinks, Leo is 6 % in volume and has a crisp, malty flavor which is perfect company for a light pub lunch. Once again most commonly offered in 640 ML measures, this lager can be found at most food and beverage outlets around the country for a modest 50 baht (one pound Sterling).



    Singha Beer

    Possibly the most established and preferred of the beers in Thailand is Beer Singha. This high-end brew is another of Boon Rawd Brewery’s creations and has been on the market since 1934. Praised by locals and tourists alike, Singha, which proudly boasts a gold lion on its label (the Boon Rawd logo), is an extremely flavoursome and invigorating tipple. Whether drinking for thirst quenching purposes or to complement a gourmet seafood platter, Beer Singha ticks all the right boxes leaving the consumer feeling contented if a little merry due to weighing in at fairly authoritarian 6% alcohol. At 60 baht (one pound and 20 pence) for this high brow bottle of lager, sampling should be etched in stone on your itinerary.


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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    This high-end brew is another of Boon Rawd Brewery’s creations and has been on the market since 1934.
    .... and due to it allegedly containing a fair helping of formaldehyde to assist prolonging it's shelf life, some of the original stock is probably still on the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    and due to it allegedly containing a fair helping of formaldehyde
    I thought that was just Chang..but it could well be all of them.

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    I'll vote for Leo, they've the least clothing on.

    But someone should really inform these dumb fucks that Leo is lion, not leopard.

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    I thought leo was 5 %.

    Is cheers Thai ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabaii sabaii
    Is cheers Thai ?
    "Cheers" can barely be described as beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sabaii sabaii
    Is cheers Thai ?
    "Cheers" can barely be described as beer.
    Yes, not really worth a mention, like Thai Beer and Issan Beer..all quite disgraceful, if truth be told..

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    Great beers with decent enough intoxicating %'s . At affordable money , not to forget being served up by sexy Thai sorts . Some of my best drinking sessions. Gawd do I miss those.

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    I quite enjoy the red cheers, an acquired taste I know

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    My preferences in order

    1 Leo
    2 red cheers
    3 Chang
    4 singha
    5 blue cheers
    6 meths
    7 archa
    8 hong thong
    9 sangsom
    10 blend 33


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    11 gilbeys vodka
    12 Lao Lao
    13 that red stuff
    4 methylated spirits
    Last edited by sabaii sabaii; 22-09-2011 at 07:41 PM.

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    Fukkin stupid iPhone.

    Can some mod delete that link pls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabaii sabaii
    Can some mod delete that link pls.
    1 Leo
    2 red cheers
    3 Chang
    4 singha
    5 blue cheers
    6 meths
    7 archa
    8 hong thong
    9 sangsom
    10 blend 33
    11 gilbeys vodka
    12 Lao Lao
    13 that red stuff
    4 methylated spirits



    Done.

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    Haha. Busted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree
    I'll vote for Leo, they've the least clothing on.
    erm, there is probably something you should be told, those blokes aren't wearing any clothes, its paint.

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    ^^^^Yeah 4 & 6 are the same too. Meths is just short for methylated spirits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabaii sabaii
    that red stuff
    I'm intrigued...not Ya Dong is it? Like Lao Khao with a smoother after taste..

    My list:

    1. Chang
    2. Ya-Dong

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    Last time I lend my mate my phone, the twisted fuk

    That's it ya dong, I think I drank it from a sangsom bottle in the on nut beer garden at 4 am

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    Most of beers in Asia display lots of gold medals on the label

    If you watch well, even with a zoom lens, it can't be read, just fake gold !

    But gold looks good !

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    Federbrau has not got a mention yet. Thought I would throw it in the mix and see what somtams response is to it.
    Not too many of those mom 'n' pop stores that host a concrete table with a chessboard incorporated into it sell the stuff, so am not holding my breath for a decent review.



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    Brau rhymes with Frau.

    It must be a queers drink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon
    Federbrau has not got a mention yet.
    You need 50 to feel slightly tipsy. You also need to march to the shop to purchase them:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon
    so am not holding my breath for a decent review
    I'll buy one tomorrow..but I fancy it is best imbibed accompanied with saur kraut and sausage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon
    so am not holding my breath for a decent review
    I'll buy one tomorrow..but I fancy it is best imbibed accompanied with saur kraut and sausage.

    Federbrau is a brew best drunk after the contents of the bottle have been spilled.
    Named after a not well known Bavarian bullshitter who spoke mostly from his arse, Federbrau can lay claim to having a unique shaped bottle - one that is designed for ramming up the jacksy of Fritz and his ilk, to prevent them from cacking on your furniture.


    Herr Feder.
















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    My new favourite is Tiger Light. At 4.1% it's bang on the button as to how strong a beer should be and it doesn't give you a hangover like most beers here.

    Failing that, I often have a few Singha Lights when I have work the following day. At 3.5% it reminds me of the weak piss I used to drink back in the UK, minus the taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFree
    I'll vote for Leo, they've the least clothing on.
    erm, there is probably something you should be told, those blokes aren't wearing any clothes, its paint.
    I'm not used to the twilight zone. Please expand.....

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