The Beer of Vietnam and Laos

During our recent trip to Vietnam, we had the opportunity to try a variety of different beers. Most of them were lagers that were brewed in different cities throughout Vietnam. There were also several pubs in Hanoi that served locally brewed craft beers. While beer was readily available and relatively inexpensive every place that we visited, wine was pretty expensive. We assume that it most likely due to the fact that Vietnam doesn’t produce much of its own wine. We only spent a couple of days in Laos, but we did have the opportunity to try several of their national beers during our time there as well.

Beerlao Dark Lager
Hanoi Beer
Halong Beer from Halong Bay
Beerlao Lager with Ice in Vientiane

Vietnam and especially Laos are very hot countries, so after a long day of exploring the country, having a nice cold beer is a nice way to help cool off. It was so hot in Vientiane, Laos that they actually served the beer with ice to actually put into your glass of beer because it would get warm before you could finish it. Even at night, the temperatures are still very warm and beer certainly paired well with most of the meals that we ate during our trip.

Tiger Beer was Popular Throughout Vietnam
Saigon Beer
333 is Another Popular Beer in Vietnam
Beerlao Gold or Amber Beer

Each city in Vietnam seemed to have its own brand of beer while Laos had a national brand of beer that was offered in a variety of styles including dark, amber, and lager. Most of the beers that we tried were not particularly hoppy or malty and were relatively mild. The mild flavor adds to the refreshing nature of drinking an ice cold beer. We definitely enjoyed the variety of beers that we tried throughout our time in the region.


10 thoughts on “The Beer of Vietnam and Laos

  1. I don’t like beer, but the husband had many bottles of BeerLao when we were in Laos. Didn’t realize there were other varieties though. Went to the liquor store and got a 6-pack a few days after we got home, just for the memories. πŸ™‚

  2. thebeerwanderer

    I’ve heard the beer scene is much improved. We drank a very water draft beer in a plastic pitcher with a big block of ice in it. haha Must say, it was refreshing!

    1. Yes, it has seemed to improve. We were surprised to find so many craft beer there. We weren’t sure of what we thought about putting ice in beer, but agree, it was definitely refreshing.

  3. jasonlikestotravel

    I always enjoy trying different beers around the world. Think I’ve possibly tried a couple of these that are imported / brewed in Europe / the UK but would definitely try and seek out some of the others. I’m sure it’s nice and refreshing in that climate too!

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