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Thai brewers protest closure of bars and restaurants

4th February 2021

A group of independent Thai craft brewers have poured kegs of spoilt beer down the drain in front of the Thai Health Ministry.

The protest on the 1st February was organized by the Craft Beer Association of Thailand. They wanted to show that batches of beer were having to be destroyed due to the ongoing restrictions on the sale of alcohol in the country’s capitol.

Association leader Archirawas Wannasrisawas estimated that more than 300 venues and 5,000 individuals in the metro Bangkok area were affected by the bans and were losing around THB150 million (USD 5 million) per month.

The group urged the government department to review restrictions that have been placed on restaurants and bars in the kingdom due to the spread of the covid-19 virus. Currently bars and restaurants are not permitted to open.

The Association hoped that the government could put in place on-premise safe distancing measures as well as bans n dancing and glass sharing to allow for the safe opening of food and beverage establishments.

This protest comes hot on the heels of one at the Interior Ministry last week from the wider food and beverage community imploring ministers to ease the rules that are having such an impact on their livelihood.

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Charles Guerrier

Charles Guerrier

Charles founded SEA Brew in 2015 and is now responsible for the running of the Asia Brewers Network and associated activities. He travels extensively throughout the region putting his Beer Sommelier accreditation to good use.

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