All brands of thai beer, which you can find on sale in Thailand, can be divided into two major groups: local brands and global brands. Here it should be noted that all the beer in Thailand produced in modern plants under strict control of western management, so the quality of any kind is at a high level, and the choice of thai beer depends more on the taste preferences of the individual. Personally, I really like thai beer (i mean local varieties), so I decided to describe the most common and popular brands that are most popular with tourists, and which I personally very like.
I think, to describe the world-famous brand of beer does not make sense, because the taste is almost always the same (in the airplane i usually must choose between Foster’s, Heineken and Carsberg), but in Thailand I drink only local varieties. Due to the fact that beer in thai language sounds like “beer” problems with acquisition usually not occurs. Cost of beer depends on the place of purchase and size of bottles (cans). In Thailand beer is usually available in bottles of 0.33 and 0.64 liters. Price of small bottles or jars starts from 35-40 baht. More profitable to buy a big bottle, but not very big beer drinkers often alone can not overpower this volume, the more that local beer has a fairly high percentage of alcohol.
Thai beer “Singha”
One of the most popular varieties of local beer called «Singha» (Thais say “Sing beer”, which means “Lion Beer”). This beer have a fortress of 5%. On the white label stylistically figure of the Golden Lion, the top and contains the inscription Singha, made the same golden letters. Beer of the brand with a lower alcohol content – Singha Light with fortress 3.5%. Aforementioned brand of thai beer produced for over 80 years (since 1933) with using of local barley and German hops. This is the first Thai beer, which I tried, but I sometimes think it is slightly bitter, and sometimes – with a slightly sour aftertaste, so I drink it not very often, and only with beer snacks. However, the volume of consumption of beer in Thailand show that beer is even nothing, so I advise to be sure to try, especially since it costs only a little more expensive than other brands of thai beers.
Thai beer “Chang”
The second popular brand – Chang beer with two white elephants on the label, which is dominated by various shades of green color (depending on the variety). “Chang” means elephant, as you probably already know, especially if you read the article “Koh Chang” – Bounty Island in the Siam Gulf”. Brand there is a relatively recent (about 12 years) and was founded by beer company with a worldwide reputation – Carlsberg. Classical Chang beer has 6.4% alcohol; Chang Draught contains 5% alcohol, and the weakest is the beer Chang light, which contains only 4.2% alcohol.
Personally, I like the most easy thai beer Chang and Chang Export, which also contains 5% alcohol. I think not lie if I say that in my beer diet the share of beer Chang (especially varieties “Light” and “Export”) not less than 50% of the total volume of alcohol consumed thai beer. And a few cans of this beer, I prefer to take when i drive home from Thailand. Updated: now my preferences have changed and I more prefer Leo beer, when i stay in Kingdom of Smiles.
Thai beer “Leo”
One of the cheapest brands of Thai beer, but little bit less popular and prevalent than the two described above, it is considered thai beer «Leo». On the label with a predominance of red color depicts spotted leopard, and in the the center – three distinct large white letters forming the name of the beer «LEO». Interesting enough beer, which has a 3.5% percentage of alcohol. Beer Leo is not different pronounced taste. This thai beer is not bitter and not sour, so it’s perfect to quench your thirst. I personally after one bottle for a long time do not want to drink even a hot day in the sun. Since I am a fan of these beers, I find this interesting brand. Especially because when meeting with the locals (thai girls) i call my name how Leo, showing this bottle. Had noticed that it turns much easier than called full my name (Leonid) that local persons remember and pronounce the difficult (and maybe they just lazy :)).
Thai beer “Tiger”
Apparently, because thai peoples have a true love to large cats , and may as a tribute to tradition, the stores you can found and thai beer «Tiger», which miraculously translated as Tiger. Beer is easily distinguished by a bright blue label, which shows at the top of sneaking through the jungle tiger, and bottom – in large print orange is written the name of the brand – Tiger. In general, the Thai beer Tiger is a soft and perfectly refreshing, but in the aftertaste is slightly felt bitterness. The cost of this brand slightly more expensive than Leo, but cheaper Singha and Chang, although in some shops the price of beer Chang was identical.
It is worth noting that if you travel to other countries in South-East Asia, you can try this beer in Vietnam, Laos, Malasia etc. (I drank Tiger beer from Malasia – same taste). Of course, you can try in Thailand and other local beers (Cheers, Archa, etc.), but now to be honest I do not remember very well their taste, which is not very impressed, so I will not give them a description, that no one entered misleading. Will be able to – try other varieties. If you want, you can try others thai beer and to give them a brief description in the comments to this article.
Beer in Thailand: where to buy and how to drink
Due to the fact that the classic Thai beer has a sufficiently high content of alcohol and use it, you’ll not only for dinner, but often at the beach should be some caution, because in a hot climate, alcohol can affect the body very quickly. Buy thai beer can be almost anywhere, but most often it is done in chain stores SevenEleven and Family Mart. As a rule, you can find a beer at the far end of the hall, in the refrigerator. In supermarkets, Tesco Lotus, Big C and other large stores beer (and other alcoholic drinks) is cheaper at 8-12 thai baht for a large bottle, so if you take a lot – get substantial savings – enough to pay for city transport in Pattaya to this store and come back and save money.
During some holidays in Thailand and other important events (eg, elections), alcohol (including beer) can not be sold for all of buyers. If you really want and you live in a hotel room with a mini bar, you can always take it the next day to make up stocks bought in the store (if you, of course, has the meaning of the fact that in the mini bar prices for drinks above somewhere in the 2 times). Pretty funny to watch how in these days close to midnight near the sealed fridges with thai beer begin to accumulate “hungry”, looking at the clock. Also remember that alcohol in Thailand is not sold from 14-00 to 17-00 on a daily basis. But if you stay in the popular resorts of Thailand, you can not worry on that score.
Many locals prefer to add ice in beer so that it stays cold longer. Here it should be noted that the usual ice still melts quickly in a hot climate, so the beer becomes watery and loses its taste. A good way out of this situation – a special ice, which is characterized by an increased melting time and does not cost much more than usual. Buy this ice can be in the same 7/11. Another good way to keep the thai beer cold – the use of special holders, in which is inserted a bottle or can. These bottles-holders keep the temperature of thai beer because the bad skip warm air and heat from hands. And these beer holders – a great souvenir from Thailand, which can be used for other purposes at home or you can give to your friends like original thai souvenir.