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Thailand's watered-down beer deregulation panned as weak brew

Limited help for craft brewers seen as protecting leaders Singha and Chang

A bartender pours a craft beer at a promotional event held in a Bangkok park in late November. (Photo by Yohei Muramatsu)

BANGKOK -- Thailand's recent easing of restrictions on small breweries could crack open a beer market that is essentially a duopoly, but some argue the government still aims to protect the dominant players by opting for less-ambitious measures.

Beer aficionados met at a park outside Bangkok late last month to celebrate the occasion, with small-scale brewing equipment brought in for the event.

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