Praya Bhirom Bhakdi received a license to brew beer from the Thai government. In May 1933, the construction of a brewery began. August 4, 1933 is the official founding date of the Boon Rawd Brewery. In March 1934, production was started. Three beers were brewed: Golden Kite, Singha and Stupa.
The royal warrant was given on 25 October 1939. Boon Rawd is the only brewery permitted to display the royal Garuda on the bottleneck. The Singha is a powerful mythological lion, found in ancient Indian and Thai stories.
Boon Rawd bought two German breweries at Hartmannsdorf and Mittweida, Saxony in 1994. Some Singha beer is brewed in Germany by Schlossbrauerei Au-Hallertau under licence from Singha Corporation Co., Ltd..
Beginning in September 2007, a 5.0% (abv) version of Singha replaced the 6.0% (abv) original. This new version, while still brewed in Thailand by Pathmthani Brewery Co Ltd, states on its label to have been brewed under the supervision of Singha Corporation Co. Ltd., instead of Boon Rawd.
Singha is one of the best selling beers in Thailand and beer production capacity has been described at "1 billion litres per year".
Singha has been available in a range of UK supermarkets since 2010 (Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsburys, Asda and Morrisons) and also in Thai restaurants. There are growing sales of Singha in bars in the UK, following the launch of draught Singha in 2011.
From 2013, some Singha beer has reportedly been produced at Carlsberg's Russian plant for distribution in some markets, but even in 2016, bottled Singha on sale in the UK had a label stating "Brewed exclusively in Thailand since 1933". Singha is also said to use eight Carlsberg plants in Asia for production, as part of an agreement to share each other's production facilities and markets.
Singha was the title sponsor of Francesco Cantando's Formula 1 Powerboat team from the mid 1990s up until the end of the 2013 season, making it one of the longest partnerships in the history of the sport. For 2014, Motorglass.it replaced Singha as Cantando's team's new title sponsor.
In 2018 Singha became the official sponsor of Oxford United Football Club.
In popular culture
The Pogues recorded a song, House of the Gods, on their 1990 album Hell's Ditch about a man relaxing on Pattaya Beach with Singha. The song's refrain repeats the line "Singha beer don't ask no questions; Singha beer don't tell no lies".
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