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On 10/25/2020 at 5:01 AM, vogie said:

When there's very little competition the breweries can charge what they like.

If there is one thing I hate it is capitalism, I do not mind any business making a fair profit, but some just go way over the top. Although I am not a drinker, going by what I read, some, only some, bars, restaurants etc, are very guilty of this.

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Its a simple asnswer. Sin tax.    The government taxes alcohol heavily.   Imported alcohol even more so.   Surely this is obvious?

You could always quit drink, that would save a lot of money. It takes about 4-5 years to reset, after that you won't think about beer anymore and lose all taste for it. Beer in Thailand has preve

Why so expensive? Ever heard of excise taxes? Pretty high, in TH.

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14 hours ago, Kwasaki said:

Well as for taxing sin towards drinking beer being mentioned,   lao khao is more life threatening than beer in my book.

True, but you can also start your car with Lao Khao   🙂

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3 minutes ago, n00dle said:

Enjoy, we will not be competing for the last box on the shelf.

 

Fruit wine is not really my thing. 

 

Forgive me if ignore any other opinions you may have based on the quality of this one 

Up yours too. 

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4 minutes ago, possum1931 said:

If there is one thing I hate it is capitalism, I do not mind any business making a fair profit, but some just go way over the top. Although I am not a drinker, going by what I read, some, only some, bars, restaurants etc, are very guilty of this.

 

Oh ok. 

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14 hours ago, Kwasaki said:

Well as for taxing sin towards drinking beer being mentioned,   lao khao is more life threatening than beer in my book.

Obesity can be too.Way too much sugar !

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1. Taxes.

2. Manufacturing license cost. Requirements to to produce beer are ridiculous. Have to produce giant amount of beer to  obtain the license.

     It lets craft beermakers  stay out from idea to do business in Thailand and let several families empty folk pockets.

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We were in  a street bar in Sukhumvit Soi  2 Bangkok last week, i ordered  1 small Chang,  and one small Singha light beer, having  checked the drinks menu and saw 95b, ok its Bangkok, received the bin and saw  280b, after asking why, i was told to  read the (very) small print  that says happy hour stops at 5pm, that is more expensive  than i have paid  Central London

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there is a sort of cartel/monopoly in the beer manufacturing trade in Thailand. Although it is just about possible to have a micro-brewery (where the brew is consumed on site), it is virtually impossible to be an independent craft brewer in Thailand. That is the reason they do their brewing in Cambodia.

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On 10/25/2020 at 5:24 AM, RichardColeman said:

Unless the Thai relatives are visiting, I cannot say the price of beer really effects me. 

 

I don't really drink alot. A couple of 50-60 baht large chang/singha light or whatever for watching the football on a Saturday or Sunday night and i'm done. Unless the wife wont wake up for her daily dues, in which case i'll go back have another 🙂

Poor, henpecked guy!

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39 minutes ago, actonion said:

We were in  a street bar in Sukhumvit Soi  2 Bangkok last week, i ordered  1 small Chang,  and one small Singha light beer, having  checked the drinks menu and saw 95b, ok its Bangkok, received the bin and saw  280b, after asking why, i was told to  read the (very) small print  that says happy hour stops at 5pm, that is more expensive  than i have paid  Central London

I would expect naked dancing girls for that price.

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7 hours ago, tgw said:

I too wish Thailand would significantly lower taxes on beverages with low alcohol content (i.e. up to 14%), so that wine becomes more affordable and also, especially beer.

Maybe cut the tax by 50% from 5 to 14% of alcohol content and do away with it completely for under 5.5% alcohol content, so light beers can be a cheap relaxing pleasure again.

 

Furthermore, I'm unsure what the time restrictions for purchasing alcohol are supposed to achieve. Someone suggested it was to prevent youth's access to alcohol, but this would defy basic logic: 12:00-14:00 - alcohol allowed for sale, children are on lunchbreak. then, allowed again after 17:00, when children have come out of school already...

This whole subject of limited hours for the purchase of alcohol is absurd. Supermarkets and 7-11s are well controlled with CCTV, cash registers, receipts etc.  Yet, I can send our 12 year old nephew down to the little old lady that lives down the lane, any day of the week, and he will return with whatever number of bottles of cold beer. No questions asked. BTW he hates beer. 

The best answer to this problem is to plan your alcohol purchases to times that are convenient or available.  The booze barons are members of the elite who run this country, and they can all afford to drink the finest wines and alcohol in the world. They aren't interested in the ability of the plebs to buy booze.

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