Papa Tods – Thai Craft Beer Review

I’ve run into beers from Papa Tods Brewing a few times before and been finding them pretty decent. It’s a craft beer that can be found around Bangkok but it’s increasingly difficult to find these beers because of them being brewed without a license. If you’re not familiar with the illegal Thai craft beers then this is because it’s pretty much impossible for Thai craft beer brewers to get a license because of ridiculous requirements.

This time I actually had time to sit down and reflect over these beers a bit and write this review. The beers I had were Solomon City Newengland, NE Victoria, Lemon Witbier Plum, and a Stout with a name written in Cyrillic, Попойка (Popoika) which I could not figure out what meant.

Anyways, here are my thoughts on these unique Thai Craft Beers from Papa Tods.

Papa Tods – Solomon City Newengland – ABV 7%

Papa Tods Solomon City NEIPA

As can be seen from the picture this beer has a typical hazy NEIPA look. Smells heavy of hops and it might actually be dry-hopped, possibly with cryo hops. The same I could say about the flavour and there’s some hop burn to it, possibly a very fresh batch.

The aroma is quite simple but flavour is more complex with pineapple, tangerine and apricot flavours, it’s even a bit herbal. Balanced with a nice bitterness that is actually a lot more powerful than in most New England IPAs. It feels like the beer is a bit all over the place so it’s definitely a very interesting beer and not a very typical NEIPA.

Papa Tods – Victoria Single Hop – ABV 6.6%

Papa Tods Victoria Single Hop

Victoria single hop, tropical aroma compared to the Solomon City Newengland which smelled like hops and weed. This one is more true to the style as there are a lot of soft tropical notes in the aroma. Not much bitterness, medium mouthfeel and quite low on carbonation.

Papa Tods – Lemon Witbier Plum – ABV 5.8%

Papa Tods Lemon Witbier Plum

I was looking for a sour beer but I couldn’t find one at the craft beer bar in Bangkok I was at. This was a great second choice though as I wanted a fruity beer. I had drunk only Papa Tods for the whole evening and I was fairly satisfied with the beers I have had. I got very strong notes of wine in the aroma. Even the flavour is very much like a non-dry white wine although not sweet. Plum. A bit tart. A very odd experience but I quite enjoyed it.

Papa Tods – Попойка (Popoika)

Papa Tods Popoika Stout

Very light in the aroma, a bit of chocolate – a bit of coffee. The same applies to the flavour and because of the inoffensive nature of the beer the alcohol pushes through too much. Feels like artificial chocolate flavouring. The taste isn’t bad in itself but a bit unbalanced considering it is supposed to be a big beer at 8.5%, flavour-wise it’s not. A very light body and the flavours are way too weak. Supposedly it’s barrel-aged which surprised me quite a bit.

Conclusion

If you are looking for this specific Thai craft beer brewer you will have the biggest chance of finding some of the cans or bottles in Bangkok. It’s not very easy to find but it can be done if you ask around a bit. Of these beers, I probably liked the Solomon City the most although it was more bitter than a NEIPA should be. Anyways I enjoyed my few cans of this particular Thai craft beer and I can definitely recommend seeking them up.

The Fat Cow – Bang Wa Branch

I have been a regular customer to legendary Bangkok craft beer place Fat Cow at Lad Phrao almost since the beginning. It was in one way or another one of my local hangouts and I have always enjoyed going there for a drink or five. There was the short story of Fat Cow on the roof that quickly got sold but now there’s finally a second branch in Bang Wa. This place opened at the end of 2019 and I’ve been meaning to check it out for a long time.

I went there in February 2020 and the first impression was that there are many similarities between the original one at Lad Phrao. It only took me a few seconds to start seeing and feeling the difference though. Whereas Fat Cow Lad Phrao always has been beer oriented they eventually got really popular for their food. Fat Cow Bang Wa seems to be a bit more about the food than the beer but craft beer is still very much in focus. I was a bit confused in the beginning where to find the beer list. Eventually, and ironically, I found the tap list at the exact same place as it is in Fat Cow Lad Phrao, above the entrance.

When I visited they had 8 different beers on tap including the Fort Gypsy Moth from Eleventh Fort and Behemoth Brewing, beers from Hophog, TwoTwen, and Paul’s beer. A decent list and the first time I walked through the premises I couldn’t find a beer fridge like in the Lad Phrao branch. A little later I walked through the place again and I found a fridge filled with beers from several different brewers, including Happy New Beer and Papa Tods. I have no idea how I could have missed it in the beginning. Unfortunately, they do not really have any of the difficult-to-find beers anymore that Fat Cow Lad Phrao was famous for.

Fort Gypsy Moth Eleventh Fort and Behemoth Brewing

Fat Cow Bang Wa is located in a very deep shophouse as opposed to the small corner spot of Fat Cow Lad Phrao. This makes it a bit less intimate and perhaps also a bit less social. I went in the afternoon so not sure how the atmosphere would be later in the evening. The decor is still very similar to the Lad Phrao branch. The small bricks on the wall, wooden tables, and a very similar menu.

Although the Lad Phrao branch will always the one and only original Fat Cow, it’s nice to have a Fat Cow even in this part of town. It’s a very nice spot to have a few Thai craft beers if you’re in the Bang Wa area.

The beers I had at Fat Cow Bang Na were the Fort Gypsy Moth from Behemoth and Eleventh Fort and a double dry-hopped IPA from Maelameird.

Fort Gypsy Moth – Behemoth x Eleventh Fort

I thought I would be too slow to get my hands on this beer as it was already a few months since it was brewed when I finally found it. I wasn’t sure how big of a batch they had brewed so I thought there might have been a possibility I would never have gotten the chance to try it. I did manage to find it and at the same time, I got the chance to try out Fat Cow’s Bang Wa branch, the new branch of the legendary Bangkok craft beer place. Don’t forget to check our article of Fat Cow Lad Phrao as well.

This is the collaboration beer the blog Cambodian Craft Beers wrote about in the interview with Eleventh Fort. Eleventh Fort is a popular Thai craft beer brewer and Behemoth Brewing Company is from New Zealand.

The Fort Gypsy Moth is an IPA with an ABV of 6%. It pours clear golden. The aroma is passionfruit, pineapple and tangerine. It has low carbonation and the flavour is not intensely bitter but there is some bitterness to it. The flavour is of a random fruit cocktail with some pine. Not very highly carbonated, could use some more. Still, a pretty refreshing beer and I did definitely enjoy it. Get it while it lasts!

Outlaw Brewing – West Coast IPA – Thai Craft Beers

Outlaw Brewing West Coast IPA

As the name states, his beer is Outlaw’s take on the West Coast IPA. It has been widely available in supermarkets in Thailand for the past few months, as has Outlaw’s Gateway and Showdown IPA. I picked this one up at the mall Bang Kae for 109 baht, a steal in comparison to other beers of similar quality.

A west coast IPA is a style that is usually quite hoppy, has a relative bitterness to back it up, and usually isn’t very sweet. Outlaw’s West Coast IPA pours a golden colour. It has a very creamy mouthfeel. I get a lot of Mango which makes the beer feel a bit sweet. Apart from that, there’s plenty of tropical fruit that is usually the case with this style of beer.

While it doesn’t need it, I couldn’t help to think that some more carbonation would have been very interesting to see in this beer. Outlaw Brewing has previously been brewing at Kingdom Breweries in Cambodia, but I think this version of the West Coast IPA is brewed in Vietnam.

Outlaw Brewing is a Thai craft beer brewer based in Loei. It’s run by a Canadian and his wife. If you are interested in reading more about them I have previously written articles like the review of the Mosaic IPA, something about their first craft beer bar in Loei, and their second branch in Khon Kaen.

ABV: 6%
IBU: 40
Outlaw Brewing’s Facebook Page

Beer Republic – Craft Beer Bar in Bangkok

Beer Republic Logo Craft Beer in Bangkok

Beer Republic is located very much in the heart of Bangkok, close to the Ratchaprarop intersection and Bangkok’s largest shopping mall, Central World.

The location is huge and features an indoor area and another area that is semi-outdoors (smoking allowed). The inside area is quite cosy, whereas the outdoors reminds me a bit of an Irish Pub, in their own words it’s a 1920’s European industrial warehouse inspired bar.

Staff was very attentive and friendly, and they have over 70 different craft beers and serve both Thai & European bar food. Beers are not cheap (a lot of the pints were around 300++), but I guess this could be expected from such a huge place in such a location as Beer Republic.

If you’re looking for some Thai Craft Beers, they have several options including Lamzing and Bootleg Brothers Brewing. They also seem to be offering live music for most of the nights. Football also seems high on their agenda, sometimes maybe even more so than craft beer. I’m also not sure how knowledgeable the staff is about the beer they’re selling, but It’s an alright place to go for a quick fix of Belgian beers or Thai craft beer if you’re in the hood. It is, however, not an intimate place for the true beer lover.

Visited mid-2018 so this article a throwback.

Opening Hours: 11:30 – 01:00

Beers: Thai craft beer, American craft beer, Belgian beers, some commercial lagers (Budweiser)
Food: Thai & European

Pictures from Beer Republic’s Facebook Page.

Mikkeller opens new spot at Siam Discovery

Mikkeller Discover Craft Beer in Bangkok

Mikkeller probably doesn’t need much introduction nor do they need help with spreading their name but I still thought I’d write a bit about their new venture which is Mikkeller Discovery. As could be imagined from the name of the place their newest bar can be found at the shopping mall Siam Discovery.

The grand opening was on the 20th of April. It’s basically a bottle shop selling their beers but it’s also part craft beer bar. That of course means it’s a great place to sit down and have a cold one while you’re girlfriend is shopping in one of the shopping malls around Siam.

Mikkeller Discovery has a selection of over 50 bottles but also 10 different taps. People say it’s quite difficult to find behind interiors, pillows and clothing but has generally received good reviews.

Don’t forget to check out their original bar in Ekkamai which already has been up and running for more than 5 years and the newer Mikkeller Ari.

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If you’re looking for more craft beer in Bangkok you can always check out our craft beer bar guide.

Outlaw Brewing – Mosaic IPA Can – Thai Craft Beer Review

Mosaic IPA Can Thai Craft Beer

Outlaw Brewing has, without a doubt, been making its mark on the Thai craft beer scene with their great beers. Recently they have also tried to make their beers more easily available (read “not so outlaw”) to the craft beer lovers of Thailand.

Mosaic IPA – Short Story

Initially, this beer started selling at Family Mart. It sold for only 99 baht a can, which is to date the most affordable Thai Craft Beer, except Bannok’s two beers, Kiss me Deadly & Honey Bomb. Outlaw’s time on the Family Mart shelves was unfortunately short-lived and the Mosaic IPA disappeared from the shelves after the first order.

The brewer Mike, however, continued to work hard and shortly thereafter managed to get a few of his beers stocked at places like Makro, Villa Market and Tops Market. Currently, you can find the Mosaic IPA, Gateway IPA, and the Showdown IPA at these locations.

Closeup Mosaic IPA Outlaw Brewing

Tasting Notes

The Mosaic IPA is a single malt hop brewed with the, you guessed right, Mosaic Hop. The first thing I realized when I poured the beer was that the beer must be quite heavily dry-hopped because I didn’t even have my nose close to the glass and I could feel the peculiar aroma of the mosaic hop. Mango and Pineapple is especially prevalent in this one.

I proceeded with drinking the beer and initially recognized an intense sweetness. Another thing I realised was the lack of carbonation, which to me was a bit of a surprise. The flavours are in line with the aroma and there’s a substantial bitterness to round off the sweetness and the drinking experience. It leaves a nice bitter aftertaste which was very appreciated. Medium body, amber in colour.

It’s fantastic to start seeing great Thai Craft Beer being readily available at a bit more affordable prices. This will surely not be the last craft beer we’ll see in stores like Makro, and we hope this trend will explode as a case of over-carbonated Chang bottles.

This is a write-up about the can, not the bottled version that has been around for a longer time.

ABV: 6,5%
IBU:
50
Brewed by:
 Phnom Penh Brewery (Can), Kingdom Breweries (Bottle)
Also won the Chairman’s Selection in 2018 Asia Beer Championship

Sivilai Lager – Thai Craft Beer Profile

Thai Craft Pilsner Sivilai Thai Craft Beer

Finally, there’s a proper Craft Lager available in Bangkok. There are a few people that have made the attempt to bring craft beer to the masses, Bannok Beer has unfortunately not been up to par, and Outlaw has done a good attempt of getting the beers out there, but seem to face some struggles.

Sivilai is the answer for so many craft beer lovers that like Lagers, but hate the stuff from the gigantic commercial breweries. It’s the first Lager made to represent the constantly changing, cosmopolitan tastes of Bangkok and the rest of Thailand.sivilai-thai-craft-pilsner-3

The malt bill consists of premium Pilsner malt and no adjuncts or additives are used. The simple malt bill brings a refreshment seldom seen in commercial lagers in the country, or elsewhere.

For hops, they have used popular varieties like American Simcoe and Australian Mosaic, which brings notes of tropical fruits, pine and citrus forward. In the picture below you can find the different hops used and their flavour profiles.

It’s without a doubt a bold new venture for Thai beer to be trying to fill the gap between commercial and craft beers with this much attention to detail. According to the people behind Sivilai the beer is, “as playful, innovative, and explosively flavorful as the city that inspires it”.sivilai-thai-craft-pilsner-1

The cool thing about Lagers, which is also why they are difficult to brew, is that there is nowhere to hide. It’s one of the most popular beer styles in the world, but it’s also a style where every mistake shows very easily. It also uses a totally different yeast strain to ales, and precision, technique and purity of the ingredients is crucial. If you manage to brew this beer perfectly, it is one of the best beer experiences to be had.

Distribution will begin at modern trade outlets such as Central, Tops, Gourmet Market,  Villa Market, Foodland, Makro, as well as bars across the city. Retail price is set for 69 baht / can. Extending into convenience stores 7/11 and Family Mart in the following months.

BaanBangkok – Craft Beer Bar in Bangkok

BaanBangkok Craft Beer Bar in Bangkok

BaanBangkok has opened on its new location on Sri Ayutthaya Road. This Craft Beer Bar is huge but very homely. They have different games like Fussball and Beer Pong scattered around the bar, and of course plenty of Craft Beers from Thailand and also international ones. It’s without a doubt a place that makes you feel home, hence the Baan (house) in their name. Last time I visited they had the Outlaw Imperial Stout and Hop Hog’s Yellow Hog on tap, in addition to quite a few bottles.

Location: 253/1 ถ. ศรีอยุธยา แขวง วชิรพยาบาล เขต ดุสิต 10300 Bangkok, Thailand

Phone:+66 89 178 4887

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BaanBangkok-local-Craft-Beer-Bar-112296382744052/

Thai Craft Beer Events – Week 50

There’s a bunch of pretty cool Craft Beer Events in Bangkok the rest of the ongoing week. From Belgian beer and 2 birthday parties to Christmas parties. Check it out.

13th of December

The 13 Taps of Christmas – Hair of the Dog

Hair of the Dog Christmas Event

Hair of the Dog is starting their celebrations early with events at both their locations. This event actually goes on until the 25th of December. Every day a new tap will be sold with a 20% discount and on the 25th all 13 taps will be discounted to 30%. They are trying to get everyone to wear the Christmas Sweater your gran knitted, doubt anyone actually brought their winter clothes to Thailand.

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14th of December

La Chouffe PARTY @ Le Café des Stagiaires

La Chouffe is a legendary Belgian beer that has been seen around Bangkok for quite a few years now. On the 14th Le Café des Stagiaires is hosting an event where beers from La Chouffe can be had for 130 baht+ for 25 cl and 250 baht+ for 50cl. On the event page, it doesn’t specify which of the La Chouffe beer’s they are talking about, but I guess we can assume it’s their classic Belgian Strong Ale. DJ SAARI will be the DJ, whoever that is.

Event page

15th of December

Beer Republic’s 1st Birthday

Beer Republic Birthday Party

Can’t believe it’s only 1 year since Beer Republic opened. During this short time, they have already become an institution in the Thai Craft Beer scene. During their birthday celebrations, you will get a free flow of more than 50 different draught beers for only 1000 baht. They’ll also give you a special birthday glass. This promotion is only available for the 460 first RSVPs. They have over 1400 litres of beer, wanna bet that they run out?

The Thai Craft Beers they’re offering are, among others, the following:

– Outlaw Mosaic IPA 6.5%
– Eleventh Fort IPA 6.9%
– Bootleg Brothers Island Hopper Dry Hopped Lager 5.0%
– Beat Brewing A-Go-Go IPA 5.7%
– Yaksa Pale Ale 5.5%

Event page

6 Years for the Beer, 2 Years for the Bar at Goldencoins

Goldencoins Anniversary Craft Beer in Bangkok

Two birthday parties at once, Goldencoins Craftbeer is turning 6 and the bar with the same name is turning 2. If you haven’t heard about these guys before, you have been living under a rock, but you can check them out here. With that being said, they brew some good Thai Craft Beer so you should definitely check them out at their location on Ekkamai Soi 10. Freeflow of beer from 5 to 7 pm, but not sure about any other promotions on their big day.

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