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Journeys with Joe

When In Bangkok Visit Chit Beer Academy!

I know what some of you are thinking!

No; its “good” beer.

Army colonel Wichit “Chit” Saiklao’s weekend brewhouse serves up his crafted tasty brews and dispenses knowledge on how to do it yourself.

Homebrewing has been illegal for decades to protect two family-owned breweries that make Chang, Leo and Singha, and that control 90% of the country’s $5.7-billion beer market.

Seventeen years after serving his country, Chit is an inspiring person, having attended Virginia Military Institute, and Georgia Tech.

It’s at Georgia Tech when he had his first homebrew beer in 1996.

On returning he started a successful logistics start-up, built his parents a house, and put his brother and sister through college.

Oh, it’s an hour and one-half north from downtown Bangkok, by train and ferry in Koh Kret in Pak Kret District.

But worth it to try Weizens and Mosaic Hop Drop Saisons with the glasses featuring a turtle logo and the motto “It’s Good Chit.”

This Terrapin Station’s turtle is to remind you to slow down!

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