Local Beers, Bangkok
We were in Bangkok recently when the elections were held. We were struck into a state of complete indecision when we attempted to order our evening drink(s) on the eve of the election. No alcohol is to be sold between 6.00pm the night before or until 6.00pm on the day of the elections! I guess thats when the polls close.
We did manage to find a little restaurant off the streets, and immediately sussed out some bottles of beer about - and had an interesting "ceramic cup" of wine at our friend's hotel!
San Miguel Beer is now making major inroads into South East Asia and is now being brewed locally here in Thailand. It is available at convenience stores, supermarkets and even at the bars. lounges, hang out places here in bangkok! They have 2 products here, the pale pilsen and the San Mig Lite. The more popular beer of the two is the San Mig Lite and they always give a lime wedge with it when serving. San Mig Lite Beer is The lighter on Calories Version of San Miguel Pale Pilsen, brewed by the San Miguel Brewing Group and is being gulped by 90% of Beer Drinkers in the Philippines. also popular in Hong Kong and China and is sold in Vietnam, and is present here in Thailand, Indonesia. A Regional Competitor of Tiger beer and heineken.
A Bottle costs 33 baht (330 ml) amd aluminum can is 36 baht (330 ml), at the bars and supermarkets and 80 baht to 150 baht at the bars. the alcohol content is 5.5% (Pale pilsen is just 3.5%) and has 1/3 less the calories of Pale Pilsen.
The Number one beer Company of Thailand, the Boon Rawd Brewery, the makers of thailand's number one domestic beer, Singha, has a lower priced version to counter the major inroads of the Thai beverage Company's Chang beer! The Beer is Called LEO Beer (it taste better than SINGHA!) it maybe a cheaper and non premium version but still it taste better than Singha hehehe. it has a 5% alcohol content and is not readily available at major bars (except hard rocK bangkok) but it can be seen everywhere like in supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants and more.
a 330 ml bottle of leo beer costs 33 Baht at convenience stores and a 330 aluminum can cost 36 Baht, way cheaper than singha beer by 6 baht. It costs 80 to 120 baht at bars and lounges.
Beer Lao is not a thailand beer original, it is manufactured in nearby Laos by the Lao Brewery Company, but it is imported in large quantities from laos as it is becoming popular as a beer drink with tourists and western expats in thailand and also in the Thai Northeast Region (Isan) as the people there are mostly ethnic Laotians, as it was annexed by thailand in the 18th century. beer lao is made from jasmine rice, hops in yeast (it can considered as a rice beer) and is available in regular lager, light and dark beers and it has 5% alcohol volume.
Beer Lao can be bought at convenience stores and supermarkets and at the pubs and bars frequented by western tourists and costs 40 baht in convenience stores and 90 baht at bars.