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.
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”.
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.