Beer in Thailand
Brewing beer in Thailand began in 1933 with the granting of a brewing license to 57-year-old Phya Bhirom Bhakdi, or "Boon Rawd" Sreshthaputra. His company, Boon Rawd Brewery would produce Thailand's oldest and best-known lager, Singha (pronounced "sing"). Singha is also sold in Thailand in light (3.5% ABV) and draught versions.
Today, Singha has been challenged by Chang beer, made by Thai Beverages. Chang is noted globally for its sponsorship of Liverpool's Everton football club, as its name and logo have appeared on the team uniform since 2004.
Boon Rawd Brewery also makes Leo, a standard lager, and Leo Super, a 6.5% alcohol beer. In addition, Thai Beverages sells Archa, a mass-market, non-premium lager. Boon Rawd Brewery also sold a global brand Mittweida, but this was replaced by a beer brewed in partnership with InBev, Kloster. It also sells a 6.5% lager called Thai Beer.
Other locally brewed Thai beers are Phuket Beer and Siam, in Pathum Thani Province; the latter brewery exports Bangkok Beer abroad, but does not sell it in Thailand. Phuket Beer and Federbrau are the only Thai beers brewed in accordance with the German purification law or Reinheitsgebot. Phuket Lager received the first gold medal ever for a beer from Thailand at the 2006 Monde Selection Awards.
Klassik beer is another local beer brewed in Pathum Thani Province.
Although foreign beers are popular within the country, the Thai government seeks to shelter its domestic breweries through the imposition of import duties; in addition, all imported beers must bear an import sticker on their bottle caps. As a result, Thai brewers have struck partnership deals with Western brewers, such as Carlsberg's partnership with Thai Beverages (agreement since abrogated).
There are two major local beer producers: Thai Beverage PCL and Boon Rawd Brewery Co Ltd. These companies offer both standard and economy lager for domestic and overseas consumption.
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