Hopshubbkk.com

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This is one of the newest additions to the small number of homebrew shops now operating in Thailand.
Just think,five years ago,there were none!

There tends to be very little to set one shop apart from the others.
That is until you come to hopshobbkk.com

They have the biggest selection of hops ; 49 kinds of pellet hops,all in 2oz increments, starting at 180Baht, and 2 kinds of plugs.

They offer discounts on multi-packs of dry yeast, of which they have 47 choices from Fermentis,Mangrove Jack’s and LallemandDanstar.

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But the real difference in choice is that you can pre-order liquid yeast from them. They can obtain 49 strains from Wyeast and 29 strains from White Labs, for a flat charge of 690Baht.
They are not the only shop to offer pre-order,but they are THE only shop to offer liquid yeast.

Now,if you do the maths, the price is WAY above that paid by lucky brewers in the US,even in the UK the price hike is not so much.
But I believe these yeasts are sourced in Australia and if you take into acvount the very expensive postage from the relatively close country,it is not all that expensive.
So,over-sized starters and stored yeast are the way to go.

Hopshubbkk do use a site that is difficult to order from,but the staff are super helpful and will reply to email(the same cannot be said for one other site!) as quick as a flash.
Takky,the young lady that I contacted there by email was very good at keeping me up to date with my order status and even introduced me to Udomsak and helped set up my recent beer swap.

I will be giving preferance to this shop for sure.
Thank you very much Takky of hops hub.

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Thai underground craft beer: Udomsak

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This is one of the reasons I was at NamTon’s house bar. I got another two bottles of reason. The Eleventh Fort and Red Truck were just plesant surprises. I had arranged for a beer swap, set up by Takky at HopsHub BKK.

This is Udomsak Saison IPA, 6.5%a

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Colour; deep murky copper,almost light brown, with deep orange shining through like the sun from behind a dense layer of cl

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Aroma; light citrus fruit,cider,white wine. Maybe Nelson?
Not much else on the nose.
I did not expect much at this point and was about to be
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tounded.
Taste; slight smokiness/roast beautifully balanced with citrus and a hint of white grapes.
A little mixed pepper and cinnamon.
There is a little tartness that clings very pleasingly to the palate.
On the out-breath,the smoke/roast returns along with a smidgen of toffee on the palate.
Whilst the body feels quite full and creamy, it is perfectly balanced by the bite from a good level of carbonation  and the smoke.
The finish is quite dry!

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There is a very firm bitterness that,whilst not “in your face”, does coat your gums and cheeks(inside of course).
I had thouth I may be in for more hops,but had no idea as to the age of this bottle and was quite relieved that the yeast character was not covered too much

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As the beer warms,the pepperiness becomes more prominent.
Thank you very much Nitee and great job on this beer.

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I loved this beer right down to the last sip.

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Thai undeground craft beer; Eleventh Fort

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Eleventh Fort IPA
6.4% abv from Samutprakan.
This beer poured with lots of yeast sediment and a bit of trub material.
Lively with a four finger head.

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Colour; old,stained brass/copper,near brown but with hints of orange. Some haze that never cleared.
The head receded to a moussey two and a half fingers with small tighly packed bubbles.

Aroma; resinous hops and toffee,some crystal malt and intense Chinook/Columbus hops(a guess on my part).
Faint cracker-like malt aroma creeps out from behind the hop nose.
As the beer warms,a little diacatyl?

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Taste; medium-full body with some crystal malt sweetness.
Pine,dank and Cascade like taste on the tail end.
A touch of alcohol warmth.
The bitterness is not huge by any stretch of the imagination,but just enough to balance the malt and body.
The bittering charge clings to the palate a little,but the aroma and taste are quite short lived. The flavour of the hops is almost teasing in it’s quick dissapearing act.

I never thought I would see the day that a Thai brewer put out such a good attempt at an IPA,even if it is an illegal underground one.
As far as I know, Eleventh Fort only started up,selling, in 2015 and I eagerly await more from them.

Big thanks go out to NanTon’s house bar in Chiang Mai for this bottle.

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Chiang Mai craftbeer

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This is Chiang Mai Beer’s Red Truck IPA,bought from NamTon’s House bar.
They are kind of one and the same.
This beer weighs in at 5% alcohol,is brewed in Laos by CMB and then imported to Thailand by Mountain Brewer,who are also CMB under a different name.
It is Chiang Mai’s first craftbeer and the brewer could not be more proud. Rightly so!

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Colour: pours deep golden with a one finger head and a little haze.
It seems to be force carbonated. The head dissipates quite quickly,but clings to the glass.

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Aroma: a hint of peach/peach melba yoghurt and lychee.
Reisinous hops,reminding me of Simcoe and Chinook.
A hint of freshly cut grass.

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Taste: very clean,slightly bready,grainy malt backbone.
Nice smooth,yet assertive bitterness,with citrus,peach and a little hop dankness.
Mouthfell is very smooth,with  low-ish carbonation,in the style of an English IPA,rather than a US example.
There is a hint of ginger mid-palate,which is quickly washed from the tongue along with the hops.
The finish is VERY clean, with only a little bitterness clinging to the back of the palate and sides of the tongue.
As the beer warms and I get further down the glass,the ginger and lychee become more prominent and the clarity improves.

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This is a very enjoyable and crushable,lower alcohol IPA, that has a VERY clean fermentation profile(US-05?).
I feel it lacks a little in aroma hops,but only as compared to the flavour.
Well done CMB and NamTon’s House bar.

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