Bangkok Beer Guru Hosts Visit By Founder of Finnish Brewery Stadin Panimo

From 9 to 12 November, Bangkok Beer Guru hosted a visit to Thailand by the founder and President of the Stadin Panimo brewery in Helsinki, Finland.   Mr. Timo Konttinen and his wife Anne brought with them about 30 bottles and cans of sample beers from their brewery, which Timo had founded back in 1998.

On Friday evening, after linking up over draft Belgian beers at the  Monsoon restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 8, the Bangkok Beer Guru (BBG) returned with the visitors to their hotel, for an introductory tasting of several of their breweries offerings – including a lager, a Pilsner, a couple of pale ales, and a barley wine.  We then mapped out a game plan  for Friday night, and the visitors retired to catch some sleep after their long flight from Finland.

Friday afternoon, we kicked things off with an early evening visit to Mikkeller Bar off Ekkamai Soi 10, where Timo and Anne met with Bar Manager Albert Bergado, who graciously agreed to participate in a tasting session.  Here are Timo and the BBG sampling a Stadin Panimo American Lager at Mikkeller:

We also sampled some of the beers on tap at Mikkeller bar – of particular note wee the Lervig Supersonic Session Ale, the 8 Wired Semiconductor Session IPA, and the Devanom IPPO Pale Ale.

Our next stop was at the recently opened Caveman Base, on Soi Ekkamai, just 75 meters north of Sukhumvit Road.  There we were hosted by the owners and operators – Mr. Danny and Ms. Boat.  We enjoyed some good steak dinners – a dry-aged rib-eye, and a Wagyu strip loin – both of which were excellent.  We accompanied the meat with Stone Ruination Double IPA, and Gypsy Inc Pale Trail American Pale Ale and Gypsy Inc Hidden Gem IPA.

Ordering food at Caveman base:

Next stop was Changwon Express at the Flow House, near the intersection of Sukhumvit Soi 24 and Rama IV Road.  Before long, Timo was leading a tasting session of select Stadin Panimo beers with founder and principal owner Ted Ahn:

We also spent some time sampling some of 30 craft beers on tap behind Ted:

Next stop after Flowhouse was Hair of the Dog – Phrom Phong, off of Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, near Phrom Phong BTS Station.  We walked into a boisterous crowd, celebrating the birthday of long-time bartender Pooky.

With the night growing blurry after many beers, we called it a night, and headed home to prepare for the next day’s exploits.

On Saturday afternoon, we launched an expedition to visit Chit Beer  up on Koh Kred.  Traveling via BTS, then MRT (hello Purple Line!), then Taxi, then Ferry Boat, and finally ending with a short trek on foot – we finally reached our goal:

We sampled various offerings, and both agreed that the X-Beer IPA was top-notch – and we proceeded to drink that tap dry!

We did make the acquaintance of Khun Chit, the :Godfather” of Thai craft beer.   He helped us depart via “fast boat” from the pier adjacent to the bar – here are Timo (front) and BBG (at rear) headed to Pakkred pier via fastboat:

Once ashore, we decided to pay a visit to Taopiphop Bar Project, given that it was close to an MRT Purple Line station (Nonthaburi Civic Center Station) that we would use to return home.

Timo and Anne enjoyed the “eclectic” atmosphere:

BBG introduced Timo and Anne to a couple of his preferred beers – Tuatara Double Trouble Imperial IPA, and Knee Deep Tahoe Deep Imperial IPA :

We had hoped to meet up with bar namesake Khun Tao, but he was evidently elsewhere on this Saturday night. So – we pressed on to our next destination, near Ladphrao MRT Station:  The Fat Cow

We were welcomed by the owner Manuel, and Timo and Anne tucked into some of Manuel’s excellent menu items:

We also tried some bottled Thai craft beers:

We were fading somewhat at this point, and I frankly do not remember what we were drinking. We eventually had to depart – to get back to Sukhumvit before the MRT and BTS closed at midnight.  WE figured – hey, there is always tomorrow!

On Sunday, we headed out to Wishbeer Home Bar, near Phra Khanong BTS Station – where we enjoyed a tap takeover featuring a selection of beers from Heart Of Darkness brewery in  Ho Chi Minh City.  Timo and Anne enjoyed a beer flight of samples of Heart of Darkness beers:

Meanwhile, the BBG stuck with a Brewdog IPA, followed by an 8-Wired Hopwired IPA.  We also snacked on calamari, chicken strips, and chicken wings, accompanied by some bottled Thai craft beers:

While at Wishbeer Homebar, our group visited the adjacent inventory stockroom for Wishbeer’s home delivery service for craft beer (see: Wishbeer Home Delivery )

Timo and Anne needed to prepare for their trip the next day to Hua Hin, so we decided to visit just one more bar – and that led us to take the short BTS Ride to Onnut Station, and then a short jaunt through Tesco Onnut to get to Sukhmvit Soi 50 – which we then crossed, in order to reach Dog Step .  This small bar was doing a roaring business on a Sunday night – the lone waitress (Khun Kob) was  working furiously, and had to bring out an extra folding table and folding chairs, so that we could sit down.  Their normal complement of six craft draft beers was down to four choices – the other two taps had been drunk dry.   We tried all remaining offerings, and were close to leaving  when the bar’s owners – Khun Dream and his wife Khun Kaimook showed up.  We stayed to enjoy “one more round” with them – ending with an impromptu photo session:

It was a three-day whirlwind of bar-hopping and craft beer tasting.  A lot of fun, but a tad bit expen$ive.