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
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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.

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

Happy New Beer – Pilsner – Thai Craft Beer

Happy New Beer Pilsner Thai Craft Beer

Got Happy New Beer’s pilsner at The Fat Cow on Ladphrao Road.

First, I need to say that the beer looks fantastic. It pours with an impressive frothy head and it looks a bit hazy like many Pilsners do. I do, however, like my Pilsners crisp, and while Happy New Beer’s pilsner is smooth, it lacks the crispiness of the Czech-style pilsner I normally like. That should mean it’s definitely made in the way the Dutch make their pilsners.

The mouthfeel of this Thai pilsner is a bit heavier than usual. It feels like they have overdone the hopping because it is very hop-heavy for a pilsner. The same applies to the aroma. Happy New Beer is otherwise one of the best Thai Craft Beers on the market, but their pilsner is a bit of a letdown. Having said that, pilsner is not an easy style to brew. It seems like they have made the hops more important than the pilsner malts that should be the main focus in this kind of beer.

If you’re interested in their other beers you can check out the Grapefruit New England IPA.

Happy New Beer is one of the Thai Craft Beers that is brewed abroad. While most Thai Beers are brewed in Asia, this brewer actually brews this beer in Australia (the 500ml cans are brewed in the US). They also operate a bar in Khao Yai called E.A.T. At Khao Yai.

Beer Profile:
Name: Happy New Pilsner
Brewer: Happy New Beer
Brewed in: USA
Style: Pilsner
ABV: 5.0%
IBU: N/A

 

Sandport Beer – Bang Bang IPA – Thai Craft Beer Review

Sandport Beer Bang Bang IPA Thai Craft Beer

Bang Bang IPA is a classic IPA by Thai Craft Brewer Sandport Beer. This is the flagship IPA of these brewers, and the hops used in the beer are Columbus, Amarillo, Mosaic, and Cascade. This mixture of hops results in a flavour and aroma that is typical of a tropical American style India Pale Ale.

The Bang Bang IPA won a bronze medal for Best IPA at Australia International Beer Award 2017.

Beer Profile:
Name: Bang Bang IPA
Brewer: Sandport Beer
Brewed in: Kingdom Breweries, Cambodia
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6%
IBU: 53
Flavour Profile: Tropical, Citrus, Floral

Who is Sandport Beer?
Sandport Beer is one of the original Thai Craft Beer brewers and they have been brewing since 2014. There’s a total of 12 brewers brewing for Sandport, most of their beers are brewed at Kingdom Breweries in Cambodia. They also have a bar in Lak Si district of Bangkok, the bar is called Fellowship of Beer by Sandport.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sandportbeer/

 

 

Happy New Beer – Grapefruit New England IPA – Thai Craft Beer Review

Happy new beer grapefruit IPA thai craft beer

When I saw the label of the Grapefruit IPA for the first time, I thought, “fair enough”, but when I read it is supposed to be a New England IPA it really raised my interest.

Happy New Beer is one of the Thai Craft Beers that have been around for a very long time. I have written a few articles about them before, and if you’re interested you can, for example, look at my writeup about their Pilsner by clicking here.

I had the Grapefruit IPA in a can the same week they released it. There is not much of a head, but with a New England I’m expecting haziness. There is none…

New England IPA’s are still quite rare in the Thai Craft Beer Market, and it kind of feels like the fad was over before it even arrived. However, I might be wrong and it might well be that Happy New Beer will reinforce the trend with this beer.

Compared to every other single New England IPA I’ve had, this beer pours very clear. Medium head. The aroma is very hoppy as expected, and although it, according to me, doesn’t really look like an IPA, it kind of tastes like one. It has this flavour of hop residue, with a hint of grapefruit as promised.

Beer Profile:
Name: Grapefruit New England IPA
Brewer: Happy New Beer
Brewed in: USA
Style: New England IPA
ABV: 6%
IBU: N/A

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CupG – Newbie IPA – Thai Craft Beer Review

CupG Newbie IPA Thai Craft Beer

The Newbie IPA is a beer from Ayutthaya based Thai Craft beer brewer CupG.

The Newbie IPA pours with a nice head that disappears relatively fast.  It has the aroma of tropical fruit which is balanced out with some alcohol which can be expected from a beer with 7.2 ABV. Flavour is also full of tropical fruits and hops, notable lack of bitterness and no lingering aftertaste which makes the beer very smooth and easy to drink. Amber colour.

Medium to high carbonation and medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. Slight hints of roasted malts and pine.

Quoting from someone on Untappd: “This ogre’s alluring voice rasps with ear-pleasing alliteration and rhyme, an unlikely lass who lingers in the land of the typically bland.”

Do you agree?

The Fat Cow – Craft Beer Bar Review

The fat cow thai craft beer bar

The Fat Cow is a small corner bar at Lad Phrao in Bangkok, that has received notable success for a few different reasons. Part of the success is because they are serving Thai Craft Beers that come in “limited editions”, but also because they have no international craft beers and, of course, for their delicious burgers.

It’s a small place so it can get very crammed at times. It’s a bit of a place that is either too busy or too quiet. Nevertheless, I have always enjoyed my time at the Fat Cow, the owner Manuel is also very friendly. If you’re looking for staff that are very knowledgeable about Thai Craft Beers, you should maybe not visit when Manuel isn’t there, but even his regular staff are slowly learning the drill.

Dutch Bitterballen At The Fat Cow

Prices at this place are very reasonable for Bangkok standards. Most Thai Craft Beers on tap can be had for 160-200 baht.

Manuel, the owner of The Fat Cow has also recently opened a Thai Craft Beer bar at Petchaburi road, called The Fat Cow on the Roof (Update, it has changed owners since of October 2018), it has a similar selection of food and beers, but a rooftop view is always a nicer view than looking at Lad Phrao road in rush hour. The Fat Cow is truly one of the OG bars staying true to the craft beer scene in Bangkok. I highly recommend.

Location: Corner of Ladphrao soi 15
Fat Cow’s Facebook Page