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%

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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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List of Craft Beer Bars in Bangkok

Yo! This list is still under construction. We decided to make two different lists for beers within Bangkok and craft beer bars outside of Bangkok, that’s how big the craft beer scene in Thailand is right now, isn’t that fantastic? Maybe in the future, we will still have to divide this article into articles like craft beer in Isaan and craft beer in Northern Thailand, but for now, these two are enough. This list tries to gather all the craft beer bars in Bangkok into the same place, it will take some time to finish it, but we’re doing our best to make it as comprehensive as possible.

Craft beer bars marked with * indicate that they are also brewing their own beer.

A

aBeer Home Bar Ratchada

B

BaanBangkok

Baan Dok Kaew House

Bottles of Beer

Brewski

C

Changwon Express*

Chit Beer*

Craft Intersect

D

Daddy G’s smoke & brew*

Dogstep

G

Garden 52 Craft Beer and Bistro

Group B Bar

H

Hair of the Dog

Hoppy Hrs. by Craftpital

M

Mad Moa

P

Pink Tender Restaurant & Catering

PintR2 CRAFT

S

Splash Craft Beer

T

Taproom

The Three Musketbeers

W

Where Do WE Go

Where Is My Beer? – Craft Beer & Beertails

Wishbeer

Y

Yolo Craft Beer Bar

123

127 Craft Bottles

Thailand Brew Fest

Thailand Brew Fest

It’s here! Thailand Brew Fest is back, and it’s bigger than ever. If you want some Thai Craft Beer, all in one place, then this is the event you should check out. The third instalment of this previously very successful event will take place this Friday and Saturday (30th & 31st November), and it’s something that should not be missed. If it requires that you skip Christmas, then do it. This will be a lot cooler!

The profits from this year’s event will go to a charity called Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT). The organizer of the event is the popular craft beer importer Smiling Mad Dog, which import beers like Evil Twin, BrewDog, & Ballast Points. If you did not know Evil Twin from before, it’s founded by one of the brothers behind Mikkeller, that fell out and wanted to start his own brewery.

This year’s event will have more than 80 taps of beers from Sweden, Australia, USA, Korea, Canada, and more. As we already said, Smiling Mad Dog is the organizer, and they will be bringing a dozen taps from Ballast Points and around 9 different beers from BrewDog. If you are looking for Thai Craft Beer there will also be beers from brewers like Outlaw Brewing, Bannok, & Bootleg Brothers.

Visit the event page to get your ticket for 399 baht, otherwise, you can get it at the door for 500 baht.

List of Craft Beer Bars in Thailand (Outside of Bangkok)

Welcome. You have just entered the dark realm of the most extensive list on Thai Craft Beer Bars outside of Bangkok. We all know the feeling of travelling to another city being unable to find a place to get a good Craft Beer. This list will be simple, there will not be a huge number of pictures or descriptions, basically, it will just be a long list of where you can find Thai Craft Beer all around Thailand. From Khorat in Isaan, to Chiang Rai in the north, and Yala in the south of Thailand.

I have left out Bangkok is simply because of there being too many to list. I also have a list called The Best Craft Beer Bars in Bangkok. The places with * also brew their own beer.

Craft Beer Bars in Central Thailand

Naturally, the Thai Craft Beer scene has spread from Bangkok to the regions just outside of it. It is still arguably the hottest region for craft beer in Thailand, but other provinces are slowly catching up.

Ayutthaya

Brown Ale Ayutthaya

Hua Hin

Tree House Café

Lopburi

Tasala Bar&Bistro

Nakhon Nayok

E.A.T. at Khao Yai* (Khao Yai)

Ratchaburi

Tapster Craft beer & Bar

Saraburi

Ale Loco

Sukhothai

Fong Bear Sukhothai

Craft Beer Bars in Eastern Thailand

The Eastern Craft Beer Scene in Thailand has been one of the strongest ones from the beginning. With popular Craft Beers as Triple Pearl, Wizard Brew, CupG Brewing, and Brewrapha all coming from the region, it’s no surprise that there will be plenty of good bars as well.

Chonburi

The Six Taps*

Ale’s College

The Red Taps Bangsaen*

Teab Ta at Sri Racha

Chantaburi

Garage Cafe’

Rayong

Kuad Beer

Trat

The White Elephant (Koh Chang District)

Craft Beer Bars in Northern Thailand

The craft beer scene in Northern Thailand is booming. There’s plenty of places you can find some good Thai Craft Beers, and they also have their own brewers.

Chiang Mai

My Beer Friend Market*

Craffity Craft Beer & Home Bar

Ugo Restaurant & Thai Craft Beer Bar

The Craft Beer Factory

Beer Lab Chiang Mai

Namton’s House Bar – Local Craft Beer Bar

Chiang Rai

Hungry Wolf’s

OK!@Chiang Rai

Sanfran Burger & Bar

Lampang

Where Do WE Go Lampang Taproom

Mae Hong Son

Jikko Beer (Pai)

Nakhon Sawan

Benny’s Café

9-Pints – The Gastro House

Craft Beer Bars in Southern Thailand

Hat Yai

Have A Good Beer

Phattalung

Lay Donyor Sea Food Good Beer

Songkla

Homeless House

Surat Thani

Mouth 2 Mouth

Phuket

Full Moon Brewworks

Satun

Corner Bar (Koh Lipe)

Trang

B.I.T Cafe and Bar

Yala

Nibongbar*

Craft Beer Bars in Isaan

One of the best beer trips I have made in Thailand was in Isaan. Thai Craft Beer is definitely making waves in this region, and you can find both good beers and good bars.

Buri Ram

NECROMANTIX

Chaiyaphum

Coffee Tree & Bar

Kalasin

Amuse Cafe’

Khon Kaen

Monsakod Tap bar (Former 24 Taps)

Outlaw Brewing (2nd Branch)*

Loei

Outlaw Brewing*

Tap Loei

Jo+ Beer (Chiang Kan District)*

Khorat (Nakhon Ratchasima)

Must So Kiss

Some Might Say

Udon Thani

The Udon TAP Taste House

Ubon Ratchathani

Saloon Coffee and Bar at Ubon

Ubon Tap Taste House

If you’re travelling to Cambodia, why not take a look at the list of Craft Beer Bars in Cambodia.

 

Stone Head – Hazelnut Stout – Thai Craft Beer Reviews

Stone Head Hazelnut Stout

The label on the bottle readsGreat Things Take Time“, the guys from Stone Head seems to be needing some more time with their Hazelnut Chocolate Stout. Not a very impressive work at all.

There’s a small head to the beer when poured which disappears very quickly. The aroma is so faint that I could hardly get any sense at all what they are trying to achieve.

When I took my first sip of the beer I thought to myself, “Have they mistakenly dropped a bunch of limes in their fermentation tank?”. A weird sour taste took me aback like there’s no tomorrow. What the hell have they been trying to do?

After a few more sips I kind of got used to the sour flavour, but it was still no pleasure to the palate. I start feeling some chocolate flavours but it´s all overpowered by the sour taste. Slight hint of hazelnut but there’s no depth to the flavours and they disappear as fast as the beer went down my throat.

The hazelnut chocolate stout has a medium body and could be quite easily drinkable if the taste was better. Although I’ve had way worse beers, I see no particular reason why anyone would prefer this stout over others.

Stone Head

Stone Head is a Thai Craft Beer brand that operates their own brewery in Koh Kong, Cambodia. Like many other Thai Craft Brewers, they escaped the country to pursue their passion and with the intent of selling their beer legally in their home country. As you might know, brewing beer is illegal in Thailand and getting the necessary licenses to do so is near to impossible. Currently, their brewery in Cambodia has the capacity to produce around 3000 litres a day. One of their passion is also to include traditional Thai ingredients to their beer.

You can read more about these Thai Craft Beer Brewers and their beers at:
https://stonehead.beer

Sandport Beer – Thai Craft Brewer Profile

Sandport Beer Logo

History

Back in 2014, there were not many brewers around in Thailand. The year 2014 was also the years the guys from Sandport Beer decided to start their brewing seriously. Today Sandport Beer is a partnership between 12 brewers all passionate about the Thai Craft Beer Scene.

The name Sandport comes from the name of the Ta Sai district in Bangkok where it all started from. Ta Sai is literally translated to Sandport.

Brewing

It is said that Sandport Beer was one of the first Thai Craft Beer Brewers to go fully legal in the country’s harsh legal environment regarding homemade alcohol. Unfortunately, also they had to move their production abroad. They started brewing at Redpoint Brewery in Taiwan, but now brew at Kingdom Breweries in Cambodia.

Beers:

One particular beer to keep your eyes open for is Sandport’s Bang Bang IPA. The beer won a bronze medal in Australian International Beer Awards, in 2017.

If you want to read more about Sandport’s beers, have a look at out beer profiles that list the best Thai Craft Beers on the market.

Bang Bang IPA – A typical American style IPA.
Wheat Boom – A wheat beer spiced with coriander seeds and kaffir lime leaves.

If you are interested in sampling Sandport’s beers, they have a bar in Lak Si district of Bangkok called The Fellowship of Beer by Sandport. The bar is open every day from 17:00 to 01:00.

Address: 345/22 Soi Ngam Wong Wan, 47 Yaek 42, Khwaeng Thung Song Hong, Khet Lak Si, Nonthaburi

Sandport Beer Facebook Page