Boon Rawd BreweryHistory


After sampling a number of imported beers over the years, 57-year-old Phya Bhirom Bhakdi, or “Boon Rawd” Sreshthaputra, became convinced that Thailand could brew a competitive beer of equal quality.


On 4 August, the government officially grants Phya Bhirom Bhakdi his long-coveted license to brew beer. The date is regarded as the official birth of Boon Rawd, and its anniversaries are celebrated on this day.

King Prajadhipok visited the brewery site twice to see the building progress.


Construction is completed in March.

Boon Rawd Company launches the brands Golden Kite and Singha, which sell for 32 satang.

Phya Bhirom Bhakdi’s efforts quickly bear fruit. A year and a half after the opening of Boon Rawd Brewery, 40 percent of the beer consumed in Thailand is brewed in Thailand.


Sixty percent of the country’s beer market belongs to Boon Rawd.


On 23 March, at the age of 78, Phya Bhirom Bhakdi, the man who pioneered Thailand’s first brewery, passes away.


The company increases its capacity for the first time, up from bottling 6,000 litres an hour to 12,000 an hour. This was accomplished when the firm built two additional brewing vessels, bringing its total to four, added more aluminum storage tanks and integrated a new mechanical filler machine.


To satisfy the growing demand for its beer, Boon Rawd Brewery steps up production to 11,000 litres an hour.


Boon Rawd undergoes major expansion. The company’s grounds extend from 3.6 acres to 22.8 acres. New equipment is installed over a two-year period, including larger silos, a new water treatment plant, and a larger cellar for 83 aluminum tanks that each hold 600 hectolitres. New steam boilers, a cool ship (an open vat where liquid ingredients are cooled after boiling) and beer filters are also acquired. A state-of-the-art mechanical filler is the capstone of the modernized production line.


Boon Rawd began exporting Singha Beer.


Boon Rawd has total sales of 30.8 million litres of beer.


Boon Rawd sells more than 151 million litres of beer.


A new automatic filling line, replacing the mechanical one, becomes operational, filling 60,000 bottles an hour.


Boon Rawd begins producing Singha in cans.


New brewery at Patumthani began construction.


Sales soar, hitting 369.6 million litres in 1993.


Construction on the Khon Kaen brewery begins. With a capacity of 2 million hectoliters, it takes nearly two years to complete.On 12 April, a fire leaves the Pathum Thani brewery severely damaged.


Boon Rawd sells a record 619.3 million litres that year, a 21.1 percent increase over the previous year.


In June, Leo beer is launched


The distribution network is revitalized, and within three years, Boon Rawd builds a new network of 12,000 subcontractors or dealers.


To celebrate its 70th year, the company releases Singha 70, a special anniversary beer.


Singha Light, a 3.5 percent alcohol content beer, is launched.


Boon Rawd celebrates its 75th Anniversary


To extend its brand internationally, Singha Corporation becomes the global partner of the Manchester United Football Club, making Singha an official beer of the MUFC and earning the right to have its banner displayed at all home games.

Singha Corporation enters into a global partnership with the Chelsea Football Club.

Singha Corporation becomes the official team partner of the Formula One Red Bull Racing Team and is allowed to prominently display its logo on the nose of its racing cars.

EST 33, a restaurant featuring a microbrewery, opens in Bangkok’s Crystal Design Center.


A new brewery called Singha Beverage opened in Nakhon Pathom, capable of turning out more than 280 million liters of beer each year. The facility was also the most energy-efficient and environmental-friendly brewery ever constructed in Thailand.

By 2014, production capacity at Singha Beverage was increased to one billion liters per year.


Boon Rawd, now managed by the third and fourth generation of its founding family, celebrates its 85th anniversary.