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    Beer In Thailand

    You hear it here, you hear it there, "The beer in Thailand's shit." Mostly true. before i came to this country anybody put ice in my beer woulda got a face full of the shit. Now? The Thai beers are so shit and full of alcohol, addng ice is a way to keep from drinkin' 'em so fuckin fast you fall off the stool.
    There are imports. Asked our resident beer expert and he gave me some decent information on importing beer. Mainly that it's a fuckin' pain in the ass. Could be profitable but the governemtn makes tough to profit from a decent beer. Gotta be careful what you bring in. Make sure it's got "name recognition."

    Some of the best beers in the world got "name recognition" in their home country or maybe just locally, So What to do?

    Today I hit the local farang market and they've got a selection of imported beers. Now at 88 - 200 baht for a bottle of beer a dude's gotta be selective and careful, unless, of course, he's one o' them rich bastards. So I selected ONE BOTTLE of ONE BEER that had an interesting name. Any of you other fellas got any secret brews in your neck of the woods think we'd all appreciate you sharing you thoughts on 'em.

    Today i bought one bottle of Coopers Brewery original Pale Ale.


    Now i'm a sucker for a good pale ale. Love 'em, crisp and clean, slighty bitter with a decent taste of hopp. This one said somewhere on the label "Bottle fermented" This means they fermented the beer then toss in a bit of malt of sugar before cappin' the bottle so it builds a natural head of steam. Pouring the beer in nice glass rendered a weak head but the beer had planty of fizz. Pale ale is not supposed to have that "creamy head" but this one looked like colored soda water.


    I sat and admired the light golden-amber tint to the brew and savoured the aroma of the first "Pale Ale" I was to ingest in quite some time. I then tried a sip or two. The Ale has definite Pal ale flavor, albeit a tad light to my tastes. Wouldn't call it watery, just weak. It has good alcohol content and the taste was great, just not enough of it! To be prefectly honest I'd prefer a bit more weight to it.

    The beer is sold by the bottle only and They Brewery is represented well at the RIm Ping Market on Chaang Pueak Rd. here in chiangmai, they have a "Sparkling Ale," sounded a bit fem to me, and a "Stout." I'll be tryin the stout later this week, and might slip on the pink tuu tuu just to give the "Sparkling Ale" a try. But at 88 baht a bottle I am not so sure I'll be buyin many of the Pal ales. A pale ale will usually gain some flavor as it is allowed to come up in in temperature and this one just failed to provide the satisfaction I expected. Nope folks looks like the Beer Chaang in the refer is gonna a bit more attention, till I can find that ne brew that makes me want to spend the premium price we ahve to pay for a decen beer in this country just cryin out for a decent bitter, or pale, ale.
    When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty -- T. Jefferson


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    I brought a slab of German Weatbeer from Nong Kai a month ago smooth creamy beer made from wheat. Very nice one of the best beers I think I have had. A little pricy at 1000bht for 12 600ml or 500ml cant remember after drink them all.
    I made a home brew a while back the Thai loved it a few mate came over to try it all got so blind no one could walk straight must have being the extra 1/2 kilo of sugar I put in. While drinking it they all told me it was the best but next day when they woke up with cuts and bruises and then changed there tune told me it was fucking shit. Ungreatful barsteds

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    the problem with paying a lot for beer is it goes down just as fast regardless.

    I'd prefer to stay cheap, so long as it's vaguely drinkeable.

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    When bak in the states a 6 pack of my favorite brew would last me about a week. Don't drink every day. I do miss a decent brew now and again. I rarely drink beer here. And at 88 bhat per bottle I do belive i will continue my near teetotal ways...
    I have given thought to brewing my own, though. how was it getting the ingredients?

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    I get the guys at work to bring in coopers home brew cans for me from Oz I havent seen it for sale in Thailand I think it is ilegle here to brew beer

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    You can brew it but There's a tax, even for home consumption. or so I've been told..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    the problem with paying a lot for beer is it goes down just as fast regardless. I'd prefer to stay cheap, so long as it's vaguely drinkeable.
    Start with the Good stuff, then whatever - by the end of the night\day who gives a shit what they are drinking?

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    The 'live' beers are often hit & miss. It sounds like the Coopers IPA was a bit young. I reckon if you bought some now and left them for a year or so, it would gain a bit of weight and be more to your liking. A bit like a reserve wine.

    But who wants to wait a year for an average beer to get slightly better?
    Last edited by Marmite the Dog; 30-04-2006 at 09:35 AM.

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    This thread is making me farking thirsty and the Mrs is away. Right, fark it, I'm off to the boozer. L8R

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    Stunned buds know no difference. One bottle of gud stuff, then off the counter to klong brew!

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    As you can see I have rather low standards.

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    I drank a lot of beer last night, and my guests and I are still trying to figure out where a lot of our Leo beer went. It dont have legs so we must have damn well drank it, along with a lot of Heineken and Chang!!

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    I did import a nice big bag of beer lao back the other day. Took it out of the backpack and into the kitchen where the bottom dropped out of the bag. So instead of a fridge full of nice beer, I ended up with a foot full of glass. Stupid cheap Laotian plastic bags.

    Whats the deal with the new Chang and Singha light beers ? I know most lights taste like crap, but these really take the biscuit.

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    Seeing this thread late last night I decided to hit the supermarket and buy some differant beers, the last 15 years has been mainly carlsburg, heiniken and chang for me.

    Anyway tonites offering will be Victoria Bitter, yep the stuff all the Aussies rave about, I have never drunk it before and haven't had a bitter in over 20 years, we shall see this evening.


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    Never much liked VB. Of the Aussie beers I prefer XXXX (how do you spell that again), but you rarely see it outside of Queensland.

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    What a good boy you are being, saving the beer for the evening!!

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    I tried a couple of those in the Harley bar a couple of weeks ago, and was surprised, it's crap!
    Australians - please keep this to yourselves!

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    While in Fiji I had one of them Victoria Bitters. Not bad, almost exactly the same as a Fiji Bitter. Imagine the Victoria Boys just set up shop in Fiji and slapped new label on it. The flavor is not as god as the coopers but it is more robust.
    Drinkable stuff. Nothin to write home about, nice bitter flavor. Shame really, all the bitter but a tad light on the flavor of the Hopp. Never could drink enough of 'em to work up a decent drunk. Thank goodness for Bounty Rum. That, neat or with a splash of soda, was second only to Pussers IMO.

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    VB is NOT a bitter. It's just the usual insipid piss that Aussies think is beer.

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    VB is crap

    Best beer I had in OZ was Carlsons Cold.

    Or the imported Newcastle brown I was drinking on and off.

    Korea had something called Becks Dark which was lovely, only ever saw it in one bar though.

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    This is my favourite:




    Never seen it in Thailand, and the only company that used to import it in England - Oddbins - stopped selling it about 5 years ago.

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    I was on the Chang, Thai Beer and Mekong (distilled horse piss) last night.

    The shit you have to put up with when you're skint...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDN
    This is my favourite:




    Never seen it in Thailand, and the only company that used to import it in England - Oddbins - stopped selling it about 5 years ago.
    There used to be an official importer, A thai guy had a bar on Thonglor called Tasman bar. Obviously a bit of a Ozzyphile, anyway he brought bin a few containers of it but think the tax killed it. Pity its good beer as is Cascade, both from Tasmania I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colourful-era
    I was on the Chang, Thai Beer and Mekong (distilled horse piss) last night. The shit you have to put up with when you're skint...
    Quit bitching and go home if ya dont like our piss!!

    How many days mate?

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