The Best Breweries and Craft Beers in Saigon

The Best Breweries and Craft Beers in Saigon
Pasteur Street Brewing Company’s beer taps. Photo by Pasteur Street Brewing Company 

Searching for an amazing craft beer taproom in Saigon, the land of endless creativity? Here are the best breweries that guarantee to complete your joyful experience in this city!

Pasteur Street Brewing Company

Pasteur Street Brewing Company beer. Photo by Pasteur Street Brewing Company 

Address:

144 Pasteur Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

29 Thảo Điền, Thảo Điền Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

67 Lê Văn Thiêm, Tân Phong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Opening Hours: 11:00 a.m – 11:00 p.m

Website: https://pasteurstreet.com/

Hero products:

Jasmine IPA (6.5% ABV- 50 IBU)

Passionfruit Wheat Ale (4% ABV- 15 IBU)

Cyclo Imperial Chocolate Stout (13% ABV-  55 IBU)

Space at Pasteur Street Brewing Company. Photo by Pasteur Street Brewing Company 

Pasteur Street Brewing Company is one of Vietnam’s craft beer leaders and pioneers. With over 150 distributing locations over the country, one taproom in Ha Noi, and four in prime locations in Ho Chi Minh City.

First served in 2015, the brand brings together American brewing with fresh Vietnamese ingredients. They are innovative and experimenting while keeping ‘crafting’ at the core.

The most disruptive products are the award-winning Cyclo Imperial Chocolate Stout made with famous Marou Cacao and the Spice Island Saigon Saison with black pepper and lemongrass flavors.

The best seller of Pasteur Street Brewing Co. is Jasmine IPA, made from three hop varietals and dried jasmine flowers (added during brewing), with clear Citrus flavors. The award-winning Passionfruit Wheat Ale is brewed with fresh Dalat passion fruit to archive the refreshing harmonious sensation of sweet and tart. 

Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery

Heart of Darkness’s beer taps. Photo by Heart of Darkness

Address31D Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Opening Hours: 11:00 a.m – 12:00 a.m

Website: https://heartofdarknessbrewery.com/

Hero products:

The Kurt’s Insane IPA (7.1% ABV- 102 IBU)

Alone Pale Ale  (5.7% ABV- 37 IBU)

Loose Rivet NEIPA  (7.5% ABV- 59 IBU)

Heart of Darkness beers. Photo by Heart of Darkness

The bold concept of this brewery promises the explosion in flavor combination and elevating your beer’s tasting experience to an unexpected one!

Heart of Darkness was founded by John Pemberton and a group of friends in Ho Chi Minh City back in 2016 to actualize the big dream for producing premium craft beer in Vietnam. They have collected several medals in competition around the Pacific rim. Heart of Darkness currently distributes internationally in Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Taiwan, and  Hong Kong.

With the wide variety of beers and its regular special events such as trivia, comedy night, or Fresh Tap Thursdays, the brewery is fresh and fun enough to keep you coming back! The beer that is worth a try here is The Kurt’s Insane IPA. The name promises to offer great intensiveness for your tastebuds, which is proved by the seven types of hops are used in brewing this beer. It is a delightful and vibrant drink with grapefruit and piney tones served in balanced IPA and a bright bitterness.

Dream Alone Pale Ale,  Directors Cacao, and Loose Rivet NEIPA are the most winning beers around Asia from Heart of Darkness. 

East West Brewing Company

East West Brewing Co. Brewery. Photo by East West Brewing Co.

Address181 – 185 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Opening Hours: 11:00 a.m – 12:00 a.m

Websitehttps://eastwestbrewing.vn/east-west-brewing/

Hero products:

East West Pale Ale (6% ABV- 32 IBU)

Far East IPA (6.7% ABV- 54 IBU)

Summer Hefeweizen (5.9% ABV- 20 IBU)

Dinning in East West Brewing Co. Brewery. Photo by East West Brewing Co.

East West Brewing Co. is among the first Vietnamese microbreweries with awarded craft beers. After a few years of operating, they are now distributing for more than 300 venues within the country. Aiming to brew world-class-quality craft beer with bold and authentic flavors in Vietnam, they say no to compromising and only select the finest fresh ingredients from East to West.

Their head brewer is Sean Thommen, with 20 years of experience in crafting from home to professional brewing. Studied in Chicago and Germany in brewing science, Sean started his professional career in Oregon (aka Craft beer capital of the World)  for ten years before his time in Ho Chi Minh City.

The best beers of East West Brewing Company are: firstly, East West Pale Ale, a drink with smooth, refreshing, and pleasant citrus flavors; secondly, Far East IPA, a greeting to your senses by pine aroma, comes with soft malty and fruity flavors and light natural bitterness; and finally, Summer Hefeweizen, a welcome of spice’s aroma such as clove, pepper, accompanied by a mildly sweet, light nutty grain and honey flavors, dry mouthfeel close the party of flavors with a refreshing feeling.  

Belgo – Belgian Craft Beer Brewery

Belgo’s mascot. Photo by Belgo

Address:

159A Nguyen Van Thu, Đa Kao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2 Le Ngo Cat, Ward 7, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Opening Hours: 10:30 a.m – 11.00 p.m

Websitehttps://www.belgo.com.vn/

Hero products:

Belgo Blond (5.9% ABV- 19 IBU)

Belgo Black (6.9% ABV- 21 IBU)

Belgo Royale (7.6% ABV- 24 IBU)

Belgo pub. Photo by Belgo

Belgo stands out as the best Belgian Craft brewery in Vietnam while most of the award-winning breweries are American ones.

With a strong passion for brewing, Gert, the soul of Belgo, started playing with yeast to make magic happen at the age of 16 in Belgium. He went to Stella school in Leuven, then started to explore deeply into making well-balanced beers.

With imported fine natural ingredients from Belgium, authentic Belgian recipes, and traditional brewing techniques, a wide range of perfectly balanced beers from easy-drinking ones to complex ales with their distinct characters. Belgo has opened two pubs in Ho Chi Minh city for delivering both Belgian drinking and dining experience.

The irresistible product from Belgo are: firstly, The Belgo Blond, a rich foam, fruity flavors with two different malts and hops along with a secret herb, giving it a distinct, pleasant taste; secondly, Belgo Black, with the caramel, coffee, chocolate notes, and orange lingering sweet flavor; and finally, Belgo Royale, a natural haze and creamy head filled with tropical fruits flavor of ripe pineapple, peach, and banana, ends by spices note for a nice balanced taste.  

Winking Seal Beer Co.

Pub space of Winking Seal Beer Company. Photo by Winking Seal Beer Company

Address50 Dang Thị Nhu, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Opening Hours: 3:00 p.m – 12:00 a.m

Websitehttps://winkingseal.com/

Hero products:

Năm Năm Năm Cream Ale (5.6% ABV- 13 IBU)

Dragon Fruit Pale Ale (6.5% ABV- 39 IBU)

Winking Seal Beer Company’s signature product. Photo by Winking Seal Beer Company

Signature by its Indochine-inspired craft beer brewing, Winking Seal Beer Company is among the pioneers in the South East Asia beer market.

The taproom in Ho Chi Minh city is nicely equipped with 16 taps, including four nitro and a chill rooftop patio. They offer you a wide selection of crafted beers, ciders, wines, cocktails, and a beer-focus menu. The must-try products of Winking Seal Beer brewery is the Năm Năm Năm Cream Ale with light fruity notes and floral aroma; and the very fruity and crisp Dragon Fruit Pale Ale, made from Vietnam red-flesh dragon fruit. 

Biacraft Artisan Ale

Beercraft Artisan Ale’s beers. Photo by Beercraft

Address:

1 Le Ngo Cat, Ward 7, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

90 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

300 Truong Sa, Ward 7, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Opening Hours: 11:00 a.m – 11:00 p.m

Website: https://biacraft.com/

Hero products:

F*cked if I know (8.8% ABV- 81 IBU)

Let’s get naked (4.0% ABV- 16 IBU)

Vibrant atmosphere in Beercraft’s pub. Photo by Beercraft 

Besides being the most extensive distributor of craft beers and ciders in Vietnam with a large collection of top breweries’ products locally and internationally, Biacraft also brews its own Artisan Ale and beers. Serving Saigon customers in three locations with a well-equipped taproom and a diverse food menu, Biacarft promises chill-out experiences for beer lovers.

Their worth trying craft beers is F*cked if I know, a fruity heavy alcohol one with strawberry and apricot notes. A lighter, amazing tasting one is Let’s get naked with 4% ABV and full of wild berries flavors. 

Rooster Beers

Signature product of Rooster Beers. Photo by Rooster Beers

Address: 285 Pham Ngu Lao, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m  12:00 a.m
Website: https://roosterbeers.com/

Hero products:

Blonde (5.0% ABV- 18 IBU)

Dark (5.0% ABV- 24 IBU)

Pale (6.0% ABV- 32 IBU)

IPA (6.5% ABV- 45 IBU)

Working in Rooster Beers’s Brewery. Photo by Rooster Beers

After one and a half years of operating in Can Gio as a small brewery in 2015, Rooster made its way to Ho Chi Minh city and stand strong as a city’s favorite.

Rooster beers brew great taste products thanks to its imported ingredients, hops from America, and top-grade barley from Belgium.

The core range of Rooster’s beers includes Blonde, Pale, Dark, and IPA which provide most of the local tasting preferences with harmonious tasting experiences for your palette. 

Let’s pick your craft beer place in Saigon and bottom-up your refreshing beer right away!

By Nhu Quynh Tran for http://www.local-insider.com


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