Drinking beer in Myanmar usually happens at a beer garden. The Burmese head there when the sun goes down, ordering draft beers and BBQ or fried foods. The atmosphere is exciting. People are happy and sociable. Cigarette girls come around trying to sell packs of smokes. Kissing noises are heard, but only to attract the waiters. Premier League football is often playing on the TV, with the Burmese locals cheering on their favorite English team.
I woke up late. The previous day I was up extra early to catch a 7AM bus from Ho Chi Minh City for a 6 hour ride to Phnom Penh. More
Sometimes, an expat has to go back to his roots. Back to the things he left behind in his first world country. I always try to embrace the Vietnamese culture, but I needed a little taste of home. Plus, it was my birthday, so why not celebrate it with a few of my favourite things? Beer, coffee, and food. It’s time to find the best of these in Saigon.
Pounding back beers is a popular activity in Vietnam. Beer consumption in the country is going up every year. In 2013, Vietnam was #1 in Southeast Asia for beer consumption per capita. Considering it is only #8 for per capita income, that’s pretty good (or maybe bad). Heineken predicts that in 2015, Vietnam will be their largest market. There are many restaurants that will plop a case of beer down next to your table, along with a bucket full of ice, and let you drink until you pass out or have to go pick up the kids from school.
This is a review of 23 different Slovak and Czech Beers. Each beer has a comment from both Sara and I, a rating out of 10 from each of us, an avg. rating, a price (per 1/2 litre bottle), the alcohol percentage, which country it comes from, and my special category the price per alcohol percentage (PP%) so you can figure out how cheap it is to get drunk off of said beer. The prices are listed in Euros but 1 Euro is about $1.66 Canadian. If you’ve sampled any of the beers on the list please feel free to make a comment on them. We really don’t know much about beer tasting and sometimes we were too drunk to accurately rate the beers but I think the list is pretty good. Looking for more information on Slovak beer? The Slovak Beer Guide will have you covered.
There are 329 beer producers in Vietnam. Sara and I would love to try all of them but we don’t have the time or the liver to spare.
Beer brand popularity widely varies from province to province. This is because there are so many breweries and the cheapest, and freshest, beer is often the one made by the closest brewery.
Ryan: A pretty clean taste. Easy to drink. Who da man? Huda da man! 6
Sara: It’s good — not too strong. I wouldn’t buy it if it weren’t cheap and plentiful here. I think the volume of the bottle is ideal. You can really taste that Danish technology. 7