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    Thai Craft Beers - still not legal - but ...

    Just reading this post by Nev reminded me of a related news story ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Chiang Mai Red Truck red ale. Brewed and bottled in Cambodia.




    Not bad.

    I've tried some Thai craft beers. I didn't really like them much; drinkable but that's about it. This one is much better.
    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Yep. I like it. I will buy some more. Here's the back of the bottle.

    News Story below ...

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    At a riverside bar just outside Bangkok, a delicious revolution is underway.
    Every Saturday, Chit Beer microbrewery opens for beer lovers and those who want to learn the craft of craft beer.



    "It's getting very very popular now because when people know more about the concept, that yeah, we can make beer ourself
    at home, [they're] excited," said Wichit Saiklao, better known as Chit.


    But these weekly classes are an act of rebellion.
    Home-brewing is illegal in Thailand.
    To get a beer-making licence, Thais must be able to produce 100,000 litres a year and have $400,000 in the bank, which effectively shuts out small players.


    The 1950 Liquors Act also protects the two giant conglomerates that dominate the cheap lager market ThaiBev with its Chang (and the infamous "changover"), and Boon Rawd Brewery's Singha and Leo beer.

    Thai craft brewers are forced to take their recipes to breweries overseas and then import their bottles back into Thailand, paying hefty tax.
    Most brew in Asia, but not all.

    Phuket's Full Moon Breweries makes its fruity Chalawan Pale Ale in New South Wales and the logo for its Chatri IPA is a Muay Thai fighter with a koala head.

    Melbourne's Red Dot Brewery produces oddball flavours from the Lamzing brewery, including Sticky Mango (pale ale), If You Like Pinacolada (saison), Morning in Monsoon (stout).


    But the "imported" Thai beer is sold at premium prices.
    So for the maverick of Thailand's rebel brew scene, defying the law is not just about tasty beverages, but freedom and self-sufficiency.


    "When people feel they are empowered to do something, to rely on oneself, then I think many many good things will come after we can make beer ourselves at home," Chit said.
    "That's my vision."

    Balance of the story is here

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    Home-brewing is illegal in Thailand.
    To get a beer-making licence, Thais must be able to produce 100,000 litres a year and have $400,000 in the bank, which effectively shuts out small players.



    The 1950 Liquors Act also protects the two giant conglomerates that dominate the cheap lager market ThaiBev with its Chang (and the infamous "changover"), and Boon Rawd Brewery's Singha and Leo beer.
    So change the damn law- it's ridiculous. The complacent duopoly that controls the Thai beer & alcoholic beverage market via rigged laws does not even have the individual or joint nous to brew a stout, an ale/ bitter, or a dark lager between them.

    Isn't this sort of thing what S.44 was meant to be about?
    Last edited by sabang; 17-01-2018 at 06:37 AM.
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    Just because it is "craft" whatever that means. Doesn't mean it is any good.

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    Appears to be a craft beer revolution in the making, Singha and Chang monopolies won't be happy. ..
    http://teakdoor.com/bangkok-forum/16...n-bangkok.html (Drinking Thai Craft Beer in Bangkok)

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    I go out to Koh Kret and enjoy Chit beer a few times a year. Wish it was more, a very fun place indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Just because it is "craft" whatever that means. Doesn't mean it is any good.
    True, but it's pretty obvious that the dismal quality of beer brewed in Thailand and decades-long protectionism constitutes a vicious circle. The law that says you have to brew x hundred thousand litres per year can only be there for one reason, and it's not one you'll drink to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Appears to be a craft beer revolution in the making, Singha and Chang monopolies won't be happy. ..
    http://teakdoor.com/bangkok-forum/16...n-bangkok.html (Drinking Thai Craft Beer in Bangkok)
    Cute bump for your thread, but there will be no revolution unless the law is changed.

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    Same kind of thing with tobacco and vaping companies

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    Absolutely...resulting in a similarly shit local product.

    Imagine how much that lao and cambo weed would cost if it were legalised!

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    That beer looks really tasty. I love craft beer. I like to swing by the 'Shanghai Brewery' that crafts its own micro brews. I'll look for it next time I'm in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Just because it is "craft" whatever that means. Doesn't mean it is any good.

    can't be as bad as Chang or leo though, they are too expensive so I'll stick to cheers extra or ya dong

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai3 View Post
    I'll stick to cheers extra
    Yeah, that's drinkable, actually...the best of a bad lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Cute bump for your thread, but there will be no revolution unless the law is changed.
    Have a bottle of Cheers

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    Daddy G's, Rama 9, Soi 53 has craft Thai beers...I had an IPA that was very, very tasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Yeah, that's drinkable, actually...the best of a bad lot.

    Cheers Riceberry is a nice dark one, only 5% though.

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    You want the dark go with Beer Lao dark, a damn nice beer at 6%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    You want the dark go with Beer Lao dark, a damn nice beer at 6%.

    Drank that a lot but had a few duds from 7/11, maybe they were old, some have dates on them and some do not.

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    ^^Don't drink much beer these days but when I do it's dark beer lao.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    ^^Don't drink much beer these days but when I do it's dark beer lao.
    Great minds......

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    Bit of a price increase now though...a case at Makro now works out at 63 baht per bottle.

    Still that's great value compared to some of the 'craft' beers.

    Hence I'm supping one on the balcon right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    a case at Makro now works out at 63 baht per bottle.
    Another case (no pun intended) of protecting the big two Thai brewers. Slap a huge tax on Beer Lao.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Bit of a price increase now though...a case at Makro now works out at 63 baht per bottle.
    Is that for the big as individually they are 62 at 7/11 here in BKK, but that is the small size. Foodland wants 66

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    No, small bottle here in CM.

    Cheaper at 7-11 you say?

    Well that's probably my last trip to Makro. I haven't actually been in a 7 for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Cute bump for your thread, but there will be no revolution unless the law is changed.
    We should be expecting such regulations to be usurped or ignore, as such markets are already being overwhelmed and conquered.
    Keen observations will conclude that such free, open, and competitive markets are already underway - unlimited and available.

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