Mikkeller, Bangkok – Gypsy brewbar

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We’re in Bangkok again! After Songkran in April, this has been the longest travel draught I’ve had in awhile (almost three whole months in one place!). So we’re back in Bangkok for four sweet days of eating and shopping, and Mikkeller was one of my partner’s finds. It’s a Danish self proclaimed “gypsy” brewbar. What that means, I’m not entirely sure, but it’s based on the fact that it’s not an official brewery, but rather one built on collaborations with brewers. Further non-conformist, the bar is styled out of an old 1960′s house, one of many in the Ekkamai area, parked in a little hard to find spot shaded amongst trees and shielded by other residents’ homes. It is a teal and light wood fantasy with 30 craft beers from around the world. That customised strip of taps is what I’d love to have in my house.

So to be honest I’m not that big into beers anymore, for at least a year or so now. At home, I’ve been way more into whiskey and soda, and beers are what I seem to have when I’m not home, nor am I in the vicinity of any kind of decent cocktail concoction. Still, I couldn’t pass up one of these.

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Obviously Mikkeller specialises in niche craft beers. You know, not the kind that got its start in beerfests, got bottled and then seemed to have gone commercial and sold in a dozen eateries while being labelled “craft”. Most of the beers on tap at Mikkeller’s I’ve never heard of (no Dead Guy Ale here). Theirs are specialised brews the likes of IPAs, pilsners, and even barleywine. Not really wanting anything new in this arena, I stuck to my favourite bitter brew, the trusty IPA, and sampled the pretty tasty Spaceman. My partner loved the Chill Pils Orange, and Sukhumvit Brown (ale).

Having just had a bloody mary at lunch, lips singing from tobasco, I’m not sure if my lips burned from the Spaceman or no; either way it was a good experience. Mikkeller operates quite unlike a bar serving beer – its entire ethos is built with the roots of craft in mind: one of a kind and constantly innovative.

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