Beer Update – Yeah Viet Nam!
November 17th, 2009 by Jeff

Yeah, beer is better in Viet Nam! Viet Nam has embraced the micro brewery model and it is everywhere. I unfortunately didn’t get to try it here until we made it to Cat Ba Island. There I was able to sample the local Bia Hia Phong (Hia Phong being the closest big city to Cat Ba Island). There was a hotel next to the one we stayed at that had two large golden kegs on a kart by the street. See photo below. A cold glass of beer was a whopping 5,000 VND (or about $0.28 US). The beer was a light lager that had a definite floral finish, quite refreshing on a hot Vietnamese day (the power was out and is was a little warm).

A tasty treat after a hard day at the beach!

A tasty treat after a hard day at the beach!

Since then we have made our way to Nha Trang (where I am at this very moment). Here there is a microbrewery called Louisiane Brewhouse – right on the beach, no less. I have already enjoyed a cold Louisiane Witbier and their Dark Lager, both quite tasty. The Witbier is in the classic Belgian style with coriander, orange and a special yeast culture. It complemented my fish curry quite well. The Dark Lager was also quite good and I had it as my afternoon dessert. It was still a lager so not too heavy, but it had definite chocolate notes which added to the roasted hops flavor. I think I may spend a little more time here. The beer is a little more pricey here, $1.75 a glass, but the ambiance is well worth it (wifi equipped).



5 Responses  
Pat and Duff writes:
November 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Not only is the beer better in Viet Nam (even though I don’t like beer)…but the food is amazing…nothing like you’ll ever see at home. Thinking of all of you and hope you continue having a great time.

Doug- writes:
November 17th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Hey Jeff & Kate,
Please give Paru and I an update on your ETA for India and any other details you can give us (like more specific where & when). When do you think you will leave India, and where will you go next? Thailand?

May the winds be to your back! ;-)
Your Bro (and Paru)

Miranda writes:
November 18th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Jeff, you are giving Anthony Bourdaine a run for his money. Gosh, you could write for a travel magazine…you all could…hey! what an idea!


Tim Provencher writes:
November 19th, 2009 at 8:54 am

Hey Jeff,

Looks like your all having fun! It’s been a while since I checked into your blog, but finally timed it to your visit to beer micro breweries in Vietnam. We just hired another mechanical designer (Loc Vihn Tran) and he is from Vietnam. I showed him your web page and he is very impressed.

Hope all is well with you and the family. btw…..Sushma says hello! We delivered the initial five prototypes and they were well received by their customers!!! Just got another order for 25 more.


Anita (Nana) writes:
November 19th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Would you believe I was down in Key West, Florida with the ladies, on Tuesday 11/19, having a Yiengling beer with our lunch while you were enjoying a beer in your travels son?
Pat and Ron Shewmakers shared the “Old Wooden Bridge effiiency cottage” with mom and dad and 2 other couple’s. Pat’s sister and hubby in from Rockford, Ill. enjoying the Florida sun.
We were just down the road from the National Key Deer Refuge and the Great White Heron Refuge. On Tuesday while driving home from Key West at least a dozen deer crossed the road so us 3 ladies had quite a story to share.
Mom and dad enjoying your stories.

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