The Beer Thread

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Re: The Beer Thread

Post by Vital Spark » Tue May 22, 2018 9:04 pm

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When back in the UK VS please don't be one of those out and about shopping for Thai beer! :laugh: Pete :cheers:
Absolutely not! I'm a real cask ale fan - so I'll hopefully get my fix at the local pub. We'll also have some home-brew I guess. I never drank lager until I came to Thailand, and am quite happy to go back to ale.

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Post by Big Boy » Mon May 28, 2018 10:22 pm

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He says the new(ish) 7-11 on Soi 94 just past the old Saxaphone Bar and before the old Khun Oy restaurant. He confirms not many places sell it.

[Edit] He's just sent another message:
Last time I was there they didn't have any
It's back in stock again - he;s sat beside me, necking one now.
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Post by 404cameljockey » Tue May 29, 2018 10:08 am

Snowy Weizen - I finally got two cans to try it. The second one went straight down the sink. It frothed incredibly, definitely looking like snow as it went down the plug hole but I don't think that's the manufacturers intended use.

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Post by Big Boy » Tue May 29, 2018 11:40 am

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Post by Pleng » Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:17 pm

I tried a can of Snowy last night. Tasted ok; a watered-down Hoegarten clone for 55bt can't be considered bad. I just wish that they'd priced it at 80bt and given it a bit of a fuller flavour - it'd still be a lot cheaper than any of the competition.

I kind of hope it does well; then perhaps Tiger will consider brewing their white beer over here. It amazes me it's taken this long for one of the big breweries to start producing white beer, considering the relative popularity of Hoegarten; despite the very high price.

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Post by Dannie Boy » Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:23 pm

Yesterday Makro were stocking Bulmers cider at 49 Baht, same price as 7/11, but no Snowy!!

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Post by STEVE G » Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:50 pm

With regards to the availability of Snowy Weizen, can you buy retail from the Singha distributor? At the Chang distributor out in Mon Mai, they'll sell to anyone as long as you buy by the case.

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Post by Big Boy » Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:36 pm

You heard it here first........

Just arrived, available in 7-11 soon priced 58 Baht/can. No idea how it tastes - a friend works at the wholesaler.
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Post by buksida » Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:40 pm

STEVE G wrote:
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With regards to the availability of Snowy Weizen, can you buy retail from the Singha distributor?
Where we live (not in Hua Hin) you can buy cases of Snowy for 550 baht (12 tins) at any time of day.

Kopper looks promising, finally some selection beyond three chemical tasting lagers!
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Re: The Beer Thread

Post by 404cameljockey » Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:53 pm

buksida wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:40 pm
STEVE G wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:50 pm
With regards to the availability of Snowy Weizen, can you buy retail from the Singha distributor?
Where we live (not in Hua Hin) you can buy cases of Snowy for 550 baht (12 tins) at any time of day.

Kopper looks promising, finally some selection beyond three chemical tasting lagers!
Yes looking forward to trying Kopper a lot.

But I have to admit, I am hooked on the taste of really cold draft Chang, Thai style (with ice). So maybe I'm a chem addict? :/

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Re: The Beer Thread

Post by caller » Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:07 pm

How can 'Kopper' be a craft beer if it's brewed by Singha?

Other Thai / Cambodian low volume micro brewery beers are now widely available. In Hua Hin, they are at Gourmet and Villa Markets and I'm sure there will be others selling them.
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Re: The Beer Thread

Post by 404cameljockey » Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:06 pm

The term 'craft beer', which I always despised as a 'marketing' americanism anyway, has been devalued since it has slowly been coined to mean almost anything.

US brewer Yeungling (one of the largest breweries by volume in the US) now also qualifies as a craft brewer.

https://vinepair.com/beer-101/what-is-craft-beer/

To my mind 'craft' now only means brews that are produced in less than the huge volumes associated with the well known beers (and can be by any brewery).

So, Kopper a craft beer, why not? :(

If you can't be bothered to read the whole of the above linked article:

"“Craft Brewer,” on the other hand, is a term that can earn a brewery certain rights, marketing cachet, and even tax breaks, so defining what qualifies as a craft brewery is pretty essential. And that’s what the Brewers Association does, with three words: small, independent, and traditional.

Of course, what these words refer to has actually changed over time, and for good reason: the craft industry is growing. But let’s take a look:

Small, for instance, used to mean a production output limited to 2 million barrels per year. By 2014, it was 6 million. And in their update, the BA added an alternative percentage measure—basically a “craft brewery” could only produce 3% of the market, meaning if the market output grows, a craft brewery can grow right along with it.
Independent means basically the same thing—only 25% of a brewery can be owned by anyone not identified as a craft brewer.
But traditional definitely changed in 2014, with the BA now defining it has having a “majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients in their fermentation.”"
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Re: The Beer Thread

Post by Pleng » Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:07 pm

caller wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:07 pm
Other Thai / Cambodian low volume micro brewery beers are now widely available.
Are any of them brewed locally? Or are all of them brewed abroad an imported?

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Re: The Beer Thread

Post by STEVE G » Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:54 pm

buksida wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:40 pm
STEVE G wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:50 pm
With regards to the availability of Snowy Weizen, can you buy retail from the Singha distributor?
Where we live (not in Hua Hin) you can buy cases of Snowy for 550 baht (12 tins) at any time of day.

Kopper looks promising, finally some selection beyond three chemical tasting lagers!
I'm back soon so I'll just try and get a case of each from Singha if it's hard to find them in the shops.

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Re: The Beer Thread

Post by caller » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:25 pm

Pleng wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:07 pm
caller wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:07 pm
Other Thai / Cambodian low volume micro brewery beers are now widely available.
Are any of them brewed locally? Or are all of them brewed abroad an imported?
I'm no expert, but it's my understanding the corporate interests of Singha and Chang are protected by law and the tax imposed on small independents, so some have crossed the border to brew their beer then import it back in. Happy to be corrected on that.

As for the craft beer nonsense, the UK had it right initially, when such places were known as micro brewery's. There were three near me where I lived in West Berkshire, one just two villages along and if you visited to buy a bottle or three, the guy brewing had to stop what he was doing to come and serve you.
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