Published on Friday, 02 January 2015 11:20 Written by Saigoneer.
As we eagerly await the opening of Pasteur Street Brewing Company (we’ll be posting an article on these guys in the near future) it may be easy to forget that Saigon already boasts a few microbreweries, all located in District 1.
1) Gammer Beer -107 Pasteur Street, District 1
Photo via Beer.vn.
Another Czech-style, Gammer Beer welcomes patrons with two massive, brass brewing tanks at the entrance and sports a “Lenin-esque” mascot.
Divers compared the blonde beer to an English ale with “a lively snap-crackle-and-pop sparkle to it, and a mild fruity flavour.” The dark beer, “all treacle and toffee,” was on the heavier side, as the creamy brew…“sits like a stone in the stomach.”
2) Hoa Vien – 18bis Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1
Photo via Arantxa Cedillo.
Hidden down an alley off Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Divers describes this Czech outpost as Saigon’s “premier microbrewery,” reminiscent of a medieval banquet hall.
As for the beer itself, he found that the blonde was “crisp, fresh and tangy” while the smooth dark variety contained notes of roasted coffee beans.
3) Brauhof Nguyen Du – 98 Nguyen Du Street, District 1
Photo via Bia Duc Brauhof.
Moving a bit farther west in European beer geography, Brauhof Nguyen Du provides a Bavarian-style atmosphere, with shelves full of antiques and attracts a predominantly older, male crowd.
If wheaty beer is your thing, the blonde, which is low on the carbonation side will hit the mark. The dark beer may have “an enticing mahogany hue” but is mild in taste.