Sneaking into the “pop-up” category is a new craft beer venue aptly named for its amber ale affiliations.
by Richard Mcleish.
While other similar venues have been slower on the take-up because of their more obscure addresses, Craft (16 Sukhumvit Soi 23; 02 661 3220; www.craftbangkok.com) sits on a well-trafficked Sukhumvit soi corner near Asok. The informal timber-heavy hole-in-the-bar is punched into the front of whisky and cigar den Whisgars (www.whisgars.com), which has partnered with Beervana (www.seekbeervana.com), the pioneering craft beer importers of the city, for the occasion.
But it’s not only the position that has seen Craft teem with punters nightly, it’s also the discerning range of beers on offer. They are dedicated to bringing boutique beer out of the bottle and into the tap, pouring 20 rotating brews at any one time—check the chalkboard for the daily draughts. Or peruse the wide selection of bottles from makers that include Deschutes, Anderson Valley, Baird, Kaguna, and Rogue.
On Sundays, the venue collaborates with DJs and food vans to make sure you don’t get too liquefied. Trucks like Daniel Thaiger don’t seem to hold their limited burger stock for too long, though, and why would they? An artisanal pint and a home-style burger on a soundtracked Sunday afternoon sounds about right to us.
Open daily from 2 p.m. till midnight.