Beer was originally introduced to Thailand by European visitors, but since 1933, Thais have been brewing their own. Here’s a guide to the best beers to drink in Thailand.
Singha is probably Thailand’s most popular local beer, and the flavor profile is well above average. The pale lager has been around since the 1930s and is still going strong. It’ll cost you more than many other brands, but it’s still dirt cheap compared to the prices you’re probably used to back home. Whatever you do, don’t insult it if it’s not to your taste—the Thai people are pretty proud of it.
Lamzing Morning in Monsoon
Monsoon is in the name, and the chocolate Bounty bar-esque flavour of this stout is perfect and comforting for those monsoon downpours that happen in Thailand’s rainy season. With strong flavours of coconut – a popular ingredient in Thai cuisine, it’s inexplicably Thai despite remaining worlds apart from the mainstream Thai beers, with chocolate and coffee notes also coming through to complete a slightly bitter, slightly sweet flavour profile.
Boon Rawd Brewery, the maker of Singha, also offers a premium beer called Leo Super for those looking for something that might help put them on the floor a little bit faster – it clocks in at 6.5 percent ABV. It’s also the more sophisticated, better tasting brother to the original Leo beer, which is not nearly as strong or tasty.
Full Moon Phuket Lager
Made from Thailand’s fragrant jasmine rice, Phuket Lager is a little different to the four-packs you might pick up in 7-Eleven. With a typically golden-lager colour, it has a deceptive range of flavours – pineapple and passionfruit are prominent to make it a lager worthy of its tropical surroundings, while it’s also slightly hoppy and citrusy. Available all over Thailand, it’s popular and another graduate of Phuket’s successful Full Moon brewery.
Nectar Amber Ale
A product of Bangkok’s Nectary brewery, Nectar Amber Ale is a pleasant, hoppy amber ale that’s perfect for any occasion. It’s a feast of mediums; medium sweet, medium bitter, medium body and medium carbonation, it works together to create a treat of a beer that’s certainly above average. With citrus and exotic mango notes coming through, it’s perfect for the climate of Thailand and a beer that you’ll want to revisit again and again.
Eleventh Fort Sweet Child O’Mine
An opaque porter that’s equally smoky as it is sweet, it’s equally as welcome in an American smokehouse as it is on the beach in Thailand. With an almost-black colour and flat carbonation, it embodies the molasses which are prominent in its flavour profile, along with chocolate and liquorice to create a beer that’s perfect for a sweet tooth and despicably moreish. There’s much more to Thailand than commercial lager, and this is living proof.
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