Probably Vietnam’s most famous craft beer is bia hoi (literally translated as ‘beer gas’ or then ‘gassy beer’ to make sense). Available throughout Vietnam, bia hoi – a light lager with rice as adjunct – is brewed informally and fresh daily, without preservatives in a way that gives it a short shelf life.
Considered the cheapest beer in the world, a glass will set you back all of R2.50.
Perhaps it’s the basis of the rest of an apparently thriving Vietnamese craft beer industry. Unlike the rest of the craft beer crazy world, not much is made of Vietnam’s micro-breweries, even though they are plentiful and said to produce some pretty decent beer.
But CraftBru needs to know, so here is what we’ve found on the Vietnam craft breweries scene so far.