Thailand is a very popular tourist destination. Some people think of a cold beer on the beach when traveling to one of the many beaches in the country. What about non alcoholic beer in Thailand?
We’ve taken a look at where to find non alcoholic craft beer in Thailand, how much they cost, and the history of craft beer in Thailand.
Where to find non alcoholic beer in Thailand
Thailand might be great for tourism but for non alcoholic beer drinkers it’s not that great. We’ve looked around in the major tourist cities like Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket, and unfortunately, we could not find any non alcoholic craft beer.
Danish craft brewer Mikkeller has a few branches in Bangkok and there is a small chance they can have some NA beers.
However, you can still find some non alcoholic beer from macro brewers.
Where to buy beer online in Thailand?
If you want to order nonalcoholic beer online in Thailand you can visit Wishbeer. It’s a reputable online store for craft beer that has been around at least since 2017. They don’t have a big selection of NA beers but they have Heineken 0.0%, Gerstel Non-Alcoholic, and Krombacher Weizen Non-Alcoholic.
Thailand bars with non-alcoholic beer
Many bars don’t serve non alcoholic beers but it’s easy to find lime juices and other tasty non alcoholic drinks. Heineken is brewed in the Thai Asia Pacific Brewery in Nonthaburi so Heineken 0.0% is available in some bars. It has gotten easier to find NA beers and here are some of the bars where you can find non-alcoholic beers in Bangkok.
Fatty’s Bar & Diner
Fatty’s Bar is a brilliant place in so many ways. They have one of the best open mic nights in Thailand, if not all of Asia. Here you can listen to some of the best indie artists in Bangkok performing their original songs. They also serve some of the best burgers in Bangkok and they have done that for more than 10-years.
The roots of this bar is in Wisconsin which is a state famous in the US for their heavy drinking. Surprisingly enough, they have two different choices when it comes to non-alcoholic beer. They sell both Heineken 0.0 and Budweiser 0.
The Fat Cow
The Fat Cow is actually a real Bangkok craft beer bar. They have one of the best selections of craft beer in Bangkok including several taps and a fridge. They serve delicious burgers and as the owner is Dutch, it might come as no surprise that they also serve Heineken 0.0. Today they have three locations. Fat Cow Yaowarat, Fat Cow Bang Wa, and the original Fat Cow Lad Phrao.
The Sportsman is a perfect place if you want to play pool or enjoy a typical British Pub Vibe. They have decent food and on Tuesdays they have a pub quiz. Heineken 0.0 is available here.
Other places to find non-alcoholic beer in Thailand
If you prefer buying beer in a grocery store you can find a decent selection alcohol free beer at Villa Market. This is a popular store among expats and can be found in the following cities:
When we visited we found several brands like for example Hite 0.0%. We could also find a similar selection at Foodland which is another popular store in Thailand.
How much does non alcoholic craft beer cost in Thailand?
The cheapest option for non alcoholic beer in Thailand would be the Heineken 0.0%. Online you can buy it for about 50 baht which is less than $2. In a bar it would probably be about double.
If we would ever see any non alcoholic craft beer in Thailand it would probably be over 150 baht, which is at least $5.
History of craft beer in Thailand
If you also drink low alcohol craft beers or normal strength beers, Thailand has a very interesting history.
There were some small brewers already back in 2015 but because of the draconian Thai alcohol laws, they were not allowed to produce beer legally. To get a license you need to be brewing millions of liters and even if you have the money, the chance of you getting a license is still very slim.
That didn’t stop the local Thai brewers who have created a bustling scene with many restaurants and bars serving Thai craft beer. There are some illegal beers floating around if you know where to look, but the Thai brewers have managed to circumvent the laws by brewing abroad and then importing the beer to Thailand.
It’s a great scene with many cool brewers but unfortunately they’re not making any NA beer at least yet. Low alcohol beers are also not very common from these Thai brewers but they exist.
Best Craft Breweries in Thailand
Here are some of our favourite local breweries.
- Outlaw Brewing
- Bannok Beer
- Udom Suk Brewing
- Lamzing Beer
- Eleventh Forth Brewing
- Chit Beer
Don´t forget to have a look at our Map of Non-Alcoholic Craft Beer Bars to see where you can find NA beers in Thailand.