You may not have heard of it, but Est. 33 is one of the coolest microbreweries Bangkok has to offer. It’s the perfect blend of Thai & Western cuisine, with kickass craft beers and a hip young vibe that makes you feel like hanging out all night. The food is head and tails above what you get at most typical beer gardens, and the live band which features the majority of their performance in English is a breath of fresh air. The entertainment is great, but at this trendy microbrewery the focus is on flavorful food and fresh brewed beer.
The Venue & The Brew
Not to confuse you, but there are two locations for EST. 33. The original is located in Crystal Garden in Ekamai, but I visited the second location at The Nines, which is an outdoor community shopping center on Rama 9.
Est. 33 is owned by Singha (a local Thai beer conglomerate) and they are a functioning beer brewery. The venue is rustic and dark, with a super causal and youthful energy. The concept is industrial chic and the venue is decorated with actual machinery that was reclaimed from the original Singha factory in Sam Sen that opened in 1933.
The beer comes in three unique flavors Copper, Lager & Black. The Copper is made with GABBA rice and is very smooth with honey notes in the background and a copper color which gives it its iconic name. The Lager is a very traditional beer which tastes most like the original Singha beer. Its perhaps a little lighter and a little sweeter, and is by far the most familiar. The Black brew is perhaps my favorite. It is made with black sticky rice and is full bodied and rich, with a slightly sweet foundation and hints of coffee and chocolate. The beer comes in three sizes including the ever popular beer tower. They also have some interesting and tasty beer cocktails worth trying.
The food is designed to complement the beer and features Thai fusion with lots of spicy bold flavors. Start off with the Seared Tuna Salad w/ Spicy Dressing. The rocket lettuce complements the Thai flavors and the high grade tuna is a perfect vehicle for the sauce. An unexpected favorite is the Duck Spring Rolls which are crunchy and bursting with well seasoned veggies and tender roasted duck. The Spicy Olio Prawn w/ Angel Hair Pasta is another spectacular dish as the big juicy prawns are grilled for extra flavor and the heat-laden pasta embraces a myriad of classic Thai flavors. For something less fiery, try the Spare Ribs which are amazingly tender with a sweet BBQ sauce made with in-house beer; or go for a classic combination of beer and sausages with the Sausage Trio that features signature German sausages made for EST. 33 by Bei Otto.
Est. 33 is a great alternative to the omnipresent beer gardens you find all over the city. The food is a fabulous marriage of high quality Western ingredients and bold, fiery Thai flavors. Everything is cooked fresh to order and the bold flavors really complement the refreshing beer. Weekly drink specials keep the price within reason and the live band that plays from 900PM till closing every evening gives the place a great vibe. The crowd is mostly local which is very refreshing and they stay open late on weekends. Reservations are recommended, especially if you want seating where you can view the brewery in action. Call for details at 02 349 7596.
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Est. 33 @ The Nines
999, 999/1-4 Rama 9 Rd
Tel: +662 349 7596