Drink like a local
Craft beer has finally reached a fever pitch in Bangkok. Although European brews were available nearly a decade ago, and in the last five years top-selling craft brands like Deschutes and Mikkeller have gradually risen in popularity, it wasn’t until 2015 that honest, independent, experimental beer truly became a “thing” here. Today, craft has gone local, with Thai home brewers staging an underground rebellion against draconian regulations that had limited creativity in the industry for decades. And thanks to Let the Boy Die, Thailand’s brewers now have a platform—a really cool one, at that—to share their beer with the masses.
Set in a renovated shophouse on Luang Road, Let the Boy Die is the product of beer-geek business partners, including LA-born Avi Yashaya and Pieak Pipattanaphon, a former architect who turned to home brewing under the Goldencoins label. The bar is slick. The walls are finished with faux patina, plants hang from the ceiling, and a low-lit, dive-y moodiness describes the atmosphere. Two long, wooden tables on the ground floor, as well as an intimate second-floor patio space, are intended to foster discussion, preferably about the beer each person is drinking. Likewise, plates of food made to share (and pair with beer) encourage chatter. It’s easy to see how the bar’s originality could have made it an attractive haunt under any circumstances—bonus points for the “Game of Thrones” reference in the name—but its charm has gone far beyond trendy design elements.
Six local beers appear on tap each night. The day’s offerings, ranging from B160 to B200, are written in chalk above the taps. Compared to the B300-and-up price tags of much of the imported craft beer in town, the cost of a beer on draft here is a steal. And deliberately so. The craft movement is defined by intense, fearless creativity—and, more importantly, access. Its central figures lift themselves up by the bootstraps, try out new methods, and share their brews with one and all, effectively cultivating a community and refining the quality of the beer that comes from it. Let the Boy Die captures the essence of craft by putting locally brewed beer—from Goldencoins, Mahankorn, X Beer, Soi Beer, Look-Krung, and more—into the hands of those who may never have tried it otherwise, uniting two sides of a circle.
Although home brewing remains illegal, Let the Boy Die doesn’t so much flout the law as it does stake the claim that Thai craft beer is here to stay. And we should all drink to that.
Let the Boy Die
542 Luang Rd | 08 2675 9673 | FB: Let the Boy Die | Tues-Sun 6pm-midnight