Steve Sykes

Steve Sykes

steve@indo-siam.com
The Bangkok Beer Guru is Steve Sykes, an American who has lived in Bangkok since May of 2000. He runs a business services company that helps foreigners incorporate businesses in Thailand (see https://www.thaistartup.com), and has Permanent Residence status in Thailand. A graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, he served for ten years as an active duty Infantry Officer in the US Army, with time spent in the Southeastern US, Panama, and Germany. After leaving active military service in 1988, he went into technical sales of high-purity chemicals, and later of chemical process equipment, mainly to manufacturers in the semiconductor and disk drive manufacturing sectors. In that sales role, he first visited Thailand in 1995. In the early 1990’s, Steve began home-brewing beer while living in New York State, some 60 km northwest of New York City. Serving at that time as a national sales manager, he also made a practice of visiting brewpubs and craft beer bars throughout the United States. Upon arriving in Thailand, he was dismayed at the meager alternatives available to anyone interested in anything other than German lager style beers. When Chris Foo eventually opened the first House of Beers on Thonglor Soi 16, and when Dana Caron brought the first craft beers into the Roadhouse on Surawong Road, things in Bangkok began to look up. Steve first became a regular consumer of O’Hara’s Irish Pale Ale – until the distributor discontinued importing that brew into Thailand. Then Steve discovered Brewdog Punk IPA – upon its appearance at the original Brew Beers & Ciders bar at Seenspace on Thionglor Soi 13 – and he was then once again a happy man. Now – the craft beer scene in Thailand is exploding. The choices available to an adventurous beer drinker are almost limitless. But – it has not been easy keeping up with all the new beers and venues. So – to make things easier for those following after him, The Bangkok Beer Guru decided to launch this directory. Hopefully, some folks will find it helpful. The Bangkok Beer Guru may be contacted at steve@bangkokbeerguru.com

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The Ned Kelly Bar

Beacon Square, Soi Luea Suk and Sukhumviit Soi 50, Prakhanong, Bangkok 10260

Open daily, 5:00 pm until midnight

First opened on 31 July 2019, Ned Kelly’s is a small neighborhood bar, located in a community food plaza, just off Sukhumvit Soi 50, opposite and just…Read more…

The Ale – Craft Beer and Sport

093-661-6466

Whizdom 101, The Third Place, Unit 115, 1st Floor, 101 Sukhumvit Road, Bang Chak, Phra Khanong, Bangkok, Thailand

Open daily, 10:00 am until midnight

This bar was opened in January 2018.  It is located at street level, at the exterior of The Third Place 101, which is next to True Digital…Read more…

Duke of Beerington

092-887-7141

75 Sukhumvit Soi 38, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok

Open every day except Monday, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and from 5:00 pm until 11:00 pm.

Duke of Beerington, newly opened in late December 2018, is a craft beer bottle shop, tasting room, and beer garden located in the space previously occupied by…Read more…

Wishbeer -Silom

089-669-6946

Soi Silom 2/1, Silom, Bang Rak Bangkok, Thailand 10500

Open daily, serving alcohol 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and from 5:00 pm until midnight.

Newly-opened in December 2018, this is the fifth Wishbeer branch overall, and the first branch opened by a franchisee.  The bar is co-located with a hotel called…Read more…

Hoppy Hrs

086-664-4433

1040/47 Soi 44/2 Sukhumvit Rd. Phrakhanong Klongtoey Bangkok, Thailand 10110

Open daily, except Sunday, 4:00 pm until 11:30 pm.

Newly opened in November 2018, this venue is the sister bar to Craftpital at W District – see Craftpital.Read more…