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Craft Beer in Saigon Guide (2020)

Saigon is the focal point of Asia’s craft beer revolution with hundreds of craft beer bars and dozens of breweries of all shapes and sizes.

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Ho Chi Minh City, widely known as Saigon, is the focal point of Asia’s craft beer revolution. With hundreds of craft beer bars and dozens of breweries of all shapes and sizes, Saigon is a beer lovers paradise.

This guide will explain where you can find the best craft beer in Saigon.

To ensure our craft beer guide to Saigon is easy-to-use, the Beer Asia team has provided a level of up-to-date detail that is unmatched in other guides: maps, addresses, and links to our preferred craft beer bars in Saigon.

The History of Beer in Saigon: Context & Background

Saigon’s beer scene stretches back into the country’s colonial history. The southern Vietnamese metropolis has been home to a thriving beer culture for more than a century.

After modern Ho Chi Minh City was seized by invading French & Spanish troops in 1859, bringing with them a beer-swilling colonial culture that quickly was transferred to locals.

The first brewery, Brasseries et Placieres de L’Indochine (BGI), was established in 1875 by Victor Larue. BGI Brewery quickly became the most popular style of domestically produced beer in southern Vietnam, then known as Cochinchine Française.

Their beers, notably 33 Export, achieved a level of fame that was maintained for nearly a century until the unification of Vietnam in 1975.

The legacy of BGI lives on. The state-owned Saigon-based brewery SABECO produces 333, the modern take on BGI’s famous here. named in Monsieur Larue’s owner, Biere Larue, remains a popular choice in central and southern Vietnam today.

European Brewing Influence

There was also a separate but worthy beer scene inspired by Central European brewing traditions.

Prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Vietnam was an important player in the Eastern Bloc.

Many Vietnamese studied and worked in countries like Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and Poland.

This created a wave of interest and enthusiasm amongst returning Vietnamese to improve the quality of the local beer scene.

To the best of our knowledge, Hoa Vien Brauhaus (opened in 1995) is the best-known example of this central European brewing tradition in Saigon.

Apparently originally established by the Czech consulate, it continues to serve Czech-influenced brews and has a golf cart to ferry thirsty drinkers from the main road to their two brewpubs in Saigon!

Saigon’s Craft Beer Revolution

The emergence of the present craft beer boom in Saigon kickstarted 2014, with brewers like Platinum and Quan Ut Ut leading the way.

Since then, the handful of pioneering local craft beer breweries (and cider too!) has exploded. Moreover, there are more than 50 venues offering craft beer on draught in the city’s inner districts.

Better still, there are even multiple bars with extensive draft systems (with BiaCraft in District 3 offering 50!) and an ever-growing home delivery service available just a click away – canned or poured in growlers fresh upon order confirmation!

Saigon Craft Beer Map

We have included a detailed Google Map craft beer guide to Saigon below. You can access it anytime from your computer or smartphone to find your way to exciting local craft beer bars in Saigon nearby.


Top Craft Beer Venues in Saigon

Pasteur Street Brewing Company

Pasteur Street Brewing Company has been brewing craft beer using locally sourced, fresh Vietnamese ingredients since 2014. They first opened its first Tap Room ‘The Original’ in January 2015 in Saigon at 144 Pasteur Street. After 5 years, they’ve developed over 200 distinct beers, 6 Taprooms and serving the brews in over 300 outlets throughout the country.

 Pasteur Street Original Taproom & Restaurant

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Le Thanh Ton Taproom & Restaurant

Thao Dien Taproom & Restaurant

Belgo Belgian Craft Beer Brewery

Inspired by the beer culture of Belgium and Vietnam, Belgo brought a brewery from Belgium all the way to Vietnam. They reassembled it, replicated the water they have in Belgium, invited a Belgian Brewmaster and made their own authentic Belgian Craft Beer in Saigon.

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(English below) 🍺 Theo nguyên tắc, bia thủ công sẽ không có chất bảo quản, được làm từ các nguyên liệu tự nhiên và vận chuyển thẳng từ xưởng bia đến bàn nhậu của các anh em mà không có thêm bất kỳ quá trình trung gian nào. Vì thế mà so với các loại bia công nghiệp, uống bia thủ công bạn sẽ không lo nhức đầu vì ngấm phải các loại hóa chất vào người. 🍺 Thế nên nếu có ai bảo bạn uống nhiều bia thủ công bị nhức đầu, hãy…nghỉ chơi với người đó, hoặc đưa họ đến Belgo để kiểm chứng những điều ở trên! 💪 Sống lành mạnh là phải uống bia craft. Vì sức khỏe là điều quan trọng nhất trong đời! Belgo – The Belgian Brewery +84 28 3910 0485 159A Nguyen Van Thu, Da Kao Ward, Dist.1 ———————————— 🍺 As a fact, craft beer doesn't contain preservatives, are made from only natural ingredients and are fresh as they come straight from brewery to tap. Therefore you won't risk a headache when drinking craft beer compared to drinking commercial beer. 🍺 So from now if anyone tells you to stop drinking craft beer to avoid headache, you can show this to their face, along with a bottle of Belgo. 💪 Drink craft beer, not crappy beer! Because health is one of the most important things in the world! #Belgo #Belgiancraftbeer #Saigoncraftbeer #biathucong

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BiaCraft Artisan Ales

Now pouring in 6 locations, BiaCraft serves the most extensive collection of craft beers in Vietnam, both locally brewed and imported with up to 50 flavours on tap!

Its sister company, Quan Ut Ut is a popular American barbeque restaurant in District 1 and District 2. Quan Ut Ut also serves craft beer on tap and bottles.

Lê Ngô Cát, D3

Phạm Viết Chánh, Bình Thạnh

  • 83 Phạm Viết Chánh, Phường 19, Bình Thạnh
    Hồ Chí Minh
  • Open in Google Maps
  • +84 90 313 09 14

Hoàng Việt, Tân Bình

Trường Sa, Phú Nhuận

  • 300 Trường Sa, Phường 7, Phú Nhuận,
    Hồ Chí Minh
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  • +84 28 3517 3000

Nam Kì Khởi Nghĩa, D1

  • 110 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Bến Nghé, Quận 1,
    Hồ Chí Minh
  • Open in Google Maps 
  • +84 28 3827 4110

Xuân Thuỷ, D2

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Tê Tê Craft Beer

Put a bunch of folk with agency backgrounds together with a legit scientist and you get the team behind Tê Tê.

The name means the pangolin, an armadillo-like scaly mammal (which is also in their logo design) or also means to be high, buzzed, or happy in Vietnamese.

After a few years without a taproom, they’ve just soft-launched their Tê Tê TapHouse: Craft Brewery & Tapas in D1.

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Lạc Brewing Co.

Brewed in Saigon by brewmaster Michael McMahon who has 17 years of commercial brewing experience from American style IPAs, influenced by Vietnamese flavours.

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Heart of Darkness Brewery

With 20 taps on-site with 8 tried-and-true flagships and 12 rotating taps, there’s always something new to try at Heart of Darkness . Rated as one of the best Brewery in Vietnam by Ratebeer, Heart of Darkness Brewery has now expanded to Singapore.

District 1 Taproom

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Winking Seal Beer Co.

The call of the seal is proudly brewed in Saigon and is a merger of two breweries Winking Seal Beer Co. and Three On A Bike Brewing Co.

With 16 taps, including 4 nitro beers, rotating taproom exclusives, and guest brews, they also serve a wide variety of food including burgers from Marcel, one of the best-regarded burger joints in HCMC.

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Self-guided Saigon Craft Beer Tours

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Other Guides To Craft Beer in Saigon

Here is a collection of more bar reviews and beer discoveries in Saigon for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Self-Guided Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Craft Beer Tour‘, Carly Matthew (2019)

The Ultimate Guide to Drinking Beer in Saigon‘,
Saigon Scooter Tour (2019)

Craft beer, cocktails & speakeasy bars – where to drink in Saigon?‘, A Matter Of Taste (2019)

Out Of The Brewhouse: A Four Stop Craft Beer Tour Part 1‘, Vietcetera (2018)

15 Amazing Places to Drink Craft Beer in Saigon‘,
My Five Acres (2018)

Best Craft Beer Breweries In Saigon‘, City Pass Guide (2018)

The 5 Best Craft Beer Spots in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam‘, The Culture Trip (Jun 2018)

The Craft Beer Fever in Vietnam‘, Vespa Adventures (2018)

Discovering Craft Beer in Saigon‘, Saigon Craft Beer Tours (2017)

Photo of pouring craft beer

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By Su Ann Tan

Su Ann Tan is an experienced food writer, digital marketer and all-round foodie. Su Ann is Digital Project Manager at Beer Asia, leading digital strategy and content creation across a wide range of topics. Su Ann has been a critical contributor to Beer Asia's craft beer guides and managing our social media presence.

3 replies on “Craft Beer in Saigon Guide (2020)”

Thanks Carly! Glad you like our guide.

Lac is definitely worth a visit, if just to quickly sample their latest brews. It is exciting to see how far they’ve come with their District 1 taproom and their nice variety of food and beer available there.

Cheers,
Oliver

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