JMT International Beer Tour Goes to Thailand
Finally OOK (out of kingdom), which is what every company employee here wants to be. Ten days in Bangkok/Koh Samui will give me ample time to see what the local brewers have in store.
Five samples to report on today, here's the grand tour initial report.
Entry #1 Singha Lager – Bangkok
I have to say that this is the first beer that I have sampled since starting this thread that I won’t drink again. We spent the better part of the day on a private tour with the kids and when I saw a drink vendor with beer, I thought this was going to be a great start to the afternoon. What can I say about this…think of a Budweiser but only more bitter and not in a good way. The palette also detected a hint of muddy water. Refermented camp near beer is better. Save your Thai baht on this one. The wife also concurred.
Entry #2 – Not sure what the hell it was but it was hard to swallow.
At the end of the temple tour, the guide pulled into a jewelry workshop and retail center that was very posh (a directive from her boss she said). I should have known I was in trouble. They take you to see the goldsmiths at work, let the kids view the very nice salt aquariums, and lead the husbands into the free drinks area. The draft beer they brought me seemed to taste like Singha but I can only guess what it was. Maybe I was a bit distracted by the view through the glass of my wife trying on sets of earrings. Every time I tried to slam it, get up and see what the hell was going on in there, they refilled the glass. By the time I was able to approach the jewelry area, it was too late. The card had just been approved and no one was answering my questions. One thing I’m sure of. These were the most expensive beers on the planet. They should have been pouring me 30-year-old single malt at the price I’m sure I paid.
Entry #3 – Tiger Lager
After recovering from the earlier shock, I went straight to the hotel bar. Tiger Lager is a decent choice. At least I have found a dependable staple and learned that there are more beers to come. Although this one isn’t dubbed a light beer, it sure did go down smooth. I will have to admit it was nothing very special but I was getting a little frog faced by this point anyway.
Entry #4 – Chang Classic Lager – Ayutthaya
Another light lager goes down the hatch. It’s pretty standard fare here. There is nothing good, bad, or unique to report about the taste. I’d get another one if I had to and it ranks about the same as a Tiger.
Entry #5 – Leo Beer
Not sure what town it actually comes from. All of the other print is in Thai. It had some year 2000 seal of approval (should be mediocrity) from München so I gave it a go. I think it is a pilsner but it just didn’t have much flavor. It is drinkable and does contain alcohol so I guess it can do the job. I’d still rather have a Tiger…barely.
…and thus ends this Thursday night edition of the JMT beer tour. I’m sure hoping I’ll find something better then I have so far. Maybe I should do an Alienator International Massage Parlor Tour starting tomorrow instead. I’ll be at Lisa’s Massage across the street on Friday so we’ll see. You have to be careful over here…lots of she males running around.
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