While its name might conjure up images of a low-lit, low-ceiling beer cellar, BeerVault at the ground floor of Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15, a short way into Sukhumvit Soi 15, is anything but dark and moody. The décor here is colourful and the bar has a bright and cheerful ambiance thanks to huge floor-to-ceiling windows and clever lighting.
This is a beer drinker’s paradise with 104 different imported bottled beers from around the world and six on tap. Although we arrived early in the evening, the bar was already doing brisk business, the happy clientele, a surprising number of whom were ladies, unwinding over a pint in the comfortable surroundings.
For our visit BeerVault kindly laid on a selection of beers for us to sample. We started with Weihenstephan (B330) a light and fruity German wheat (or ‘blond’) beer, followed by an intriguing and slightly sweet Hitachino Nest Red Rice beer (B350) from Japan. The drinks menu, as one would expect, has a number of very good Belgian beers on it and we sampled Kwak (B340) and Orval (B380), two satisfyingly thick and heavy brews. We also tried a bottle of Fuller’s London Pride (B320) because we couldn’t resist a taste of the old country.
For those not necessarily into beer, a selection of aperitifs and spirits is available. Naturally, if you’re going to sample a few of these choice beers, it is wise to have some food to soak up the suds and BeerVault has a good selection of toothsome bar snacks at friendly prices. We tried Chimichangas (B260) with sour cream, salsa and guacamole dips plus jalapenos, a trio of mini pies (B240) including chicken in Thai green curry, shepherds, and spinach and cheese, and a very good beef and bacon burger as part of the mix and match beer burger combo set (B450/set).
To round things off we enjoyed a beer cocktail called a ‘Dirty Hoe’ (B300/pint), a mix of Hoegaarden and Guinness, and another BeerVault special, the Beer Affogato, vanilla ice cream topped with hazelnut beer (B300). It was a suitable end to a pleasant evening sampling some very fine beers.
Four Points by Sheraton, Sukhumvit Soi 15 | 0 2309 3201
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