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Re: beer prices

Post by Doggles » Thu May 24, 2012 12:13 pm

richard wrote:Soi 80 has some happy hour bars. There are girls but if your reading a newspaper they will leave you alone
Thanks again for all your advice. Just about got accommodation, beers and food sorted for my little stay in HH.

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Re: beer prices

Post by Pleng » Thu May 24, 2012 1:38 pm

Doggles wrote:
Pleng wrote:
A good bar to watch the world go by is Retrophillia, above the night market. But it's not particularly cheap. Montri, on the Hilton stretch, has decent prices of Chang beer (just be wary of the big glasses; they work out more expensive bt for bt than the small ones!)
Thanks will look out for them, is Chang beer still crazy strong? If so I don't think I'll be watching for long :o
I think it's 6.something% these days. I seem to recall it was 7+% when I first came here, 8 years ago?

Singha is weaker at 5% but, unfortunately, also usually a fair bit more expensive.

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Re: beer prices

Post by Doggles » Fri May 25, 2012 10:48 am

Pleng wrote: I think it's 6.something% these days. I seem to recall it was 7+% when I first came here, 8 years ago?

Singha is weaker at 5% but, unfortunately, also usually a fair bit more expensive.
Yes 7+% sounds right. The urban myth on Khao San Road all those years ago was that it contained amphetamines too, which is why they apparently cannot sell it back in Europe.
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Post by Pleng » Fri May 25, 2012 10:59 am

I think that was Red Bull.

Chang and Singha are both readily available in Europe. I'd imagine that the reason they weren't available 7 years ago (well they just started gaining presence around that time) was a much more boring reason to do market size and margins! :)

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Post by PeteC » Fri May 25, 2012 12:34 pm

With all the great beers in Europe, why would anyone choose to drink Singha and/or Chang? Perhaps a tourist reminiscing about a fun vacation, or a loyal farang with a Thai family. They're indeed a conversation piece to have on hand at a party, but I can't understand anyone making it their beer of choice there. Pete :cheers:
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Re: beer prices

Post by Pleng » Fri May 25, 2012 1:35 pm

If you're a lager drinker, they're all pretty much the same. Singha and Chang are just about as good as any other brand and, yea, nice to reminisce with.

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Post by Winkie » Fri May 25, 2012 2:14 pm

Chang Classic 6.4%
Export 5%
Draught 5%
Light 4.2%
Only the crumbliest, flakiest Winkie....

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Post by STEVE G » Fri May 25, 2012 3:14 pm

prcscct wrote:With all the great beers in Europe, why would anyone choose to drink Singha and/or Chang? Perhaps a tourist reminiscing about a fun vacation, or a loyal farang with a Thai family. They're indeed a conversation piece to have on hand at a party, but I can't understand anyone making it their beer of choice there. Pete :cheers:
Yes Pete, here they're sold in Thai restaurants and cafes and in Asian supermarkets and the main reason that people buy them is to go with Thai food in the same way that Indian restaurants sell Cobra beer.
I was in a Thai cafe here a couple of weeks ago and they even had a bottle of Mehkong behind the bar but I noticed it was still nearly full!

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Post by PeteC » Fri May 25, 2012 3:23 pm

I haven't looked at a bottle of Mekhong in ages but it used to have a date printed on the inside of the label that you could only see by looking through from the back face of the bottle. I forget if it was a bottle date or a use by date. I've been told the stuff can get toxic if left too long, especially if opened. One whiskey that doesn't age well. :D Pete :cheers:
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Re: beer prices

Post by STEVE G » Fri May 25, 2012 3:34 pm

I'm hoping that it was more decor than a serious attempt to sell me a drink!

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Post by bajm » Fri May 25, 2012 4:03 pm

prcscct wrote:With all the great beers in Europe, why would anyone choose to drink Singha and/or Chang?
When we have a Thai diner party, we like to serve Singha beer for the atmosphere.
I can buy Singha beer in an oriental shop for € 0,95 (38 Baht), which is still 3 times more expensive then e.g. Heineken.
Of course I also have several Dutch and Belgian beers in my fridge as well. (except Heineken)

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Re: beer prices

Post by Pleng » Fri May 25, 2012 5:10 pm

Pleng wrote:If you're a lager drinker, they're all pretty much the same to the taste. Singha and Chang are just about as good as any other brand and, yea, nice to reminisce with.

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Re: beer prices

Post by Doggles » Fri May 25, 2012 7:29 pm

Pleng wrote:I think that was Red Bull.

Chang and Singha are both readily available in Europe. I'd imagine that the reason they weren't available 7 years ago (well they just started gaining presence around that time) was a much more boring reason to do market size and margins! :)
Had also heard the same story about Sangsom, I admit you do have crazy dreams after a night on the buckets.

Only really drink lager on holiday and Singha is my weapon of choice after realising I cannot take the Chang.
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Post by Doggles » Fri May 25, 2012 7:33 pm

STEVE G wrote: Yes Pete, here they're sold in Thai restaurants and cafes and in Asian supermarkets and the main reason that people buy them is to go with Thai food in the same way that Indian restaurants sell Cobra beer.
I was in a Thai cafe here a couple of weeks ago and they even had a bottle of Mehkong behind the bar but I noticed it was still nearly full!
The Cobra is all marketing, I think its all brewed in the UK. Best thing for a spicy curry is either a flat ale or a glass of wine. The fizz in the lager makes the spices worse on the tongue.
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Re: beer prices

Post by johnnyk » Sat May 26, 2012 12:23 am

Doggles wrote:
Pleng wrote: I think it's 6.something% these days. I seem to recall it was 7+% when I first came here, 8 years ago?

Singha is weaker at 5% but, unfortunately, also usually a fair bit more expensive.
Yes 7+% sounds right. The urban myth on Khao San Road all those years ago was that it contained amphetamines too, which is why they apparently cannot sell it back in Europe.
doggles,
I don't think Chang would have splashed out big money to advertise on Everton shirts if the brew was not available in the UK.
I was a Chang drinker but like many of my friends, have switched over to Leo. Singha has a nasty taste (to me) reminding me of Labatt's (Canadian) which is a filtered version of weasel piss.
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