Where To Drink (Illegal) Thai Craft Beers In Bangkok

Aren’t you bored with the Singhas, the Changs and the Leos? If you have been posing with the typical Thai beers in your travel photos in the Kingdom, you should totally check out the local Thai underground craft beers.

Illegal beers
Thai craft beers

Before you go nuts with the underground craft beers, you need to know that brewing your own wine and beer in Thailand is illegal. But looks like it ain’t stopping these passionate local breweries, which you can read more here. We were told that some even bottle their beers overseas, and then import back to Thailand with proper permits. Nothing said about people consuming it; should be alright on the consuming end.

The Fat Cow
The Fat Cow

The Fat Cow mooooo …. is located at the corner of Lat Phrao Road and Lat Phrao Soi 15. It was packed on a Friday evening when we passed by. Bf and I made it a point of visiting it the day after. And there ain’t no turning back.

Filled with illegal beers
Filled with illegal beers
Lined with beer bottles
Lined with beer bottles

We walked into The Fat Cow for lunch, but succumbed to the temptations of trying one of these local craft beers. Especially when they have dark stout in their beer line-ups. His weakness.

Descnob
Descnob
About Descnob
About Descnob

Decsnob Luscious Dark Stout (180 baht) was bf’s choice. Decsnob = DEC + SNOB. The word “DEC” is derived from brewer’s shared school: The Faculty of Decorative Art or “DEC”, while “SNOB” is derived from “Beer Snob”. On their FB page here, I found out that Descnob won two awards at the recent 1st Siamese Craft Beer Competition: “Gold medal of Amber Ale” and “Gold medal of Stout”.  Kudos Decsnob!

Ingredients
The ingredients
Dark deep-licious
Dark deep-licious

It says “witness distinct notes of Latte, Dark Chocolate, Roasted Malt, Vanilla and Dark Oakchips.” Definitely dark, deep-licious taste of dark stout! Deeper and darker than Guiness back home.

Mexican Beef Burger
Mexican Beef Burger
Yumz!
Yumz!

The beer goes very well with their The Mexican Beef Burgers (220 baht): roasted bell peppers, pickled jalapenos, cheese slice and chili mayo. We also added fries for 20 baht, and the fries was superb!

Bitterballs
Bitterballs
Bitterballs
Bitterballs

Bitterballs or bitterballen in Dutch (150 baht) is a Dutch croquette: made with beef and Thai Craft Cup-G Hippie Porter Beer, and is a popular Dutch snack.

Food menu
Food menu
Beer menu
Liquor menu

Here is their food and liquor menu, but their beer menu is on daily changing inventory; so do check their fridge.

If you still have not tried local craft beers, whatchya waiting for?

 

Update Oct 2017:

The Fat Cow - Eleventh Fort and Baileys
Eleventh Fort and Baileys
The Fat Cow - Eleventh Fort
Eleventh Fort

We finally went back for our 2nd visit – a late night Eleventh Fort (220 baht) and a glass of Baileys on the rocks (200 baht).

 

The Fat Cow 
Address: Lat Phrao Khwaeng Chom Phon, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand (Corner of Lat Phrao Road and Lat Phrao Soi 15)
Tel: +66 92 556 2876
Business Hours: 11AM–11PM
Nearest MRT: Lat Phrao, Exit 3

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Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.