As you might have already noticed we’re fond of craft beers, so also for this trip, we did our research and we found quite a lot of craft beers and local breweries in Vietnam, but let’s begin from Hanoi, our starting point. (for our full Hanoi experience go to the post).
As we were constantly “on the move” we didn’t have a chance to try all places (unfortunately), but we found the Pasteur Street Brewing pub as possibly one of the best places to drink craft beers in Hanoi. The brewery, originally from Saigon opened this branch in Hanoi, with 12 beers on tap, in a quiet street and with a great terrace, it makes the experience quite enjoyable.
We tried all beers, on two flyers, the beers are very well balanced and the use of local ingredients make them a very interesting drink for us westerns. The staff speak perfect English and everyone is really friendly. We enjoyed also the imperial stouts and the porters, although it was too hot for those type of beers. Our favourite was the Passion Fruit Wheat Ale, a light and super refreshing beer that you can drink on and on.
Address: 1 Au Trieu, Hoan Kiem Hanoi
Another spot that we tried is the Craft Beer Pub, yes, the name is not a pearl of fantasy, but it doesn’t matter.
The pub is in the heart of the Old Quarter with some tables outside, you can have a decent beer while having a taste of the touristic life in the Hanoi Old Quarter.
You can find few craft beers on tap, for sure some of the Pasteur Street Brewing. The place has a very touristy look, with colourful menus, big screens for a football match, etc. Not our cup of tea, but a good spot for a beer on the go.
Address: 26 Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
As mentioned before we didn’t have the chance to try more than these two places, but here are some useful addresses:
A microbrewery with tasting room, offering ten rotating taps.
As the name suggests is a restaurant offering also seven rotating taps and one local cider.
A bar by the West Lake with an extensive tap list including few of the Saigon craft breweries.