There are a lot of reasons to visit the countries of South East Asia, but tasty beer probably isn’t on many people’s lists. Temples, markets, street food, jungles, and … fizzy flavorless lager. The general traveler consensus is that Beer Lao, the eponymous beer of People’s Democratic Republic, is the best available. And not only is Beer Lao quite good, but there is a Dark Beer Lao that is very nearly decent.
Vietnamese beers (meaning, precisely, the beers available in Vietnam more so than beers brewed there) do not have as heady a reputation. However, we found them to be the best in South East Asia. Firstly, they’re cheap–as little as 50 cents for a big bottle. Secondly, they have hops and malt and actual taste. Thirdly, that beach bastion of Russian holiday makers, Nha Trang, has a microbrewery!
Without further ado….