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Thai craft brewers take on Singha, Chang -- and the law

Purveyors of distinctive suds forced to find circuitous routes into market

The Golden Coins Taproom in Bangkok serves craft beer that, due to regulations, is produced in Vietnam.

BANGKOK -- The global craft beer wave is lapping at Thailand's shores, igniting a debate over strict rules that limit market access and brand independent brewers as outlaws.

The Thai beer market is dominated by Boon Rawd Brewery and Thai Beverage, the brewers behind the Singha and Chang brands. Restaurants and bars that serve craft beer and other alternatives are sprouting up around the country, but meeting increasingly diverse consumer tastes has its pitfalls.

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