The beer brewing industry began in Thailand in the 1930s. Although locally produced beers face big competition from international brands, they seem to have found their niche audience and are standing strong. Lager is the most popular type of beer in Thailand and is usually around the 6% mark. Unlike in Western countries, in Thailand they serve their beers in a glass with ice, to keep the contents cool in the hot climate.
Thai alcohol rules
The sale of alcohol is actually banned in Thailand between 2pm and 5pm every day. It is also banned between midnight and 11am. This rule is usually followed by supermarkets and large chain stores, however not so much by local independent family run shops. The Thai government have also been known to ban the sale of alcohol on election days and during religious holidays.
Drinking etiquette in Thailand
In Thailand you should never pour your own alcoholic beverage. It is always a good idea to keep an eye for other people with half full or empty glasses on your table so that you can top them up. If you are the honoured guest at an event, you are required to make a toast after the host or at the end of the celebration before the other guests leave.
Other popular Thai beverages
Although beer is a very popular alcoholic beverage in Thailand, spirits are also becoming more and more popular. Rice whisky is a particular favourite with the nationals. It is known as being more affordable than beer for the average Thai person and has a sharp sweet taste, a little like rum. It is fairly strong at 35%.
If you are looking to treat yourself to your favourite Thai beer, then you have definitely come to the right place. Here at Beers of Europe we pride ourselves in offering the best selection of Thai beers to our customers.