Travelling the world in a bottle is made easy when you really get down to it. Actually, you might well have already done some of it without realising. Ever had a Kirin beer at the Japanese place? What about a Tsingtao at the Chinese? Or perhaps a Kingfisher with spicy hot Indian cuisine? You clearly get the idea. With that in mind, what better complements a classic spicy Thai entrée than a glass of Singha Beer?
In fact, it wouldn’t matter so much that Singha comes from the Land of Smiles if it wasn’t such a great beer. But it truly is a decent beer. Boon Rawd Brewery claims that Singha is the authentic original Thai beer since the early 1930s, which makes it a bit of Thailand in a beer bottle as far as many are concerned.
Boon Rawd is both the first and biggest brewer in Thailand. Bangkok is undoubtedly a major tourist attraction and most tourists love their beer. Singha Beer fills the bill very nicely, with Boon Rawd Brewry doing a handy export trade equally well with it.
Singha pours to a fantastic golden colour with a fizzy and thick head which swells to the very top of the long glass and rapidly subsides. As a result, the nose really promises sweet and drooling malt goodness, with the palate nicely delivering it. The beer has a fresh and surprisingly biscuity malt character with a rather gentle nudge of Thai sweetness.
The finish is perfectly balanced with a pleasant touch of grassy hops. The stuff doesn’t finish with excessive bitterness for the typical beer drinker, but it surely does have enough balance. You might hoppier beer with a hot and spicy Thai entrée but you should still enjoy this quaffable and refreshing brew with a plastic plate of Pad Thai every now and again.