Today I’m keeping things lighthearted. While I’ve got plenty more stories about how food shapes our experience of cultures and landscapes, they will have to wait because this post is all about the fun, silly topic of brands of beer in Southeast Asia!
A Locavore’s Guide to Beer in Southeast Asia
Truthfully, I’m not much of a beer drinker but somehow at the end of a hot, humid, busy day exploring Southeast Asia, I often craved a cold one. As it is often the most affordable, easily accessible and safest alcoholic drink in many places, it isn’t uncommon for travellers to gather over a meal and a local beer.
In each of the countries I visited I quickly became aware of a ubiquitous national brand that truly defined the beer market. While there are some other brands available, the five beers below are symbolic of each country. Take it from me, once you lay your eyes on one of these bottles, you’ll know you’ve arrived.
1. Thailand – Chang
Whether you are dancing the night away on Khao San Road, chilling on the beaches of Railay or enjoying a spicy bowl of curry in Chiang Mai, a bottle of Chang Beer is never hard to find in Thailand. Capital: Bangkok. Currency: Baht. Don’t miss: The Food!
2. Laos – Beerlao
After a day of cycling the red dirt roads of Si Phan Don, floating down the Nam Song River or motorbiking around the Bolaven Plateau, enjoy a Beerlao, the go-to drink throughout Laos. Capital: Vientiane. Currency: Kip. Don’t miss: The Great Outdoors!
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3. Cambodia – Angkor
Best enjoyed while soaking up the sun on Otres Beach or strolling along Pub Street in Siem Reap, Angkor Beer isn’t fancy but it sure is affordable when travelling in Cambodia. Capital: Phnom Penh. Currency: Riel. Don’t miss: The History, recent & ancient!
4. Philippines – San Miguel
Whether partying at an all night karaoke bar or quietly watching the sunset on the beach, San Miguel is the beer of choice in the Philippines. Capital: Manila. Currency: Peso. Don’t miss: The Friendly People!
5. Singapore – Tiger
In a city known for its diverse and delicious food culture, a Tiger beer can be enjoyed at a hawker food centre or a five star restaurant (although more likely the former!). Capital: Singapore. Currency: Singapore Dollar. Don’t miss: The shopping!
Are you a fan of beer? What other beers of Southeast Asia would you recommend?
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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post nor did I receive any drinks free of charge. The photos in this post are not mine and full credit goes to the individual Instagram accounts.