Craft Beer - exploring Hanoi's craft beer scene - review by Rusty Compass
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Craft Beer - exploring Hanoi's craft beer scene

| 26 Jun 2019
Craft Beer - exploring Hanoi's craft beer scene
26 Jun 2019

This is our independent guide to Hanoi’s craft beer scene. Vietnam's capital was slower to jump on the craft beer bandwagon than Saigon. But things have changed and Hanoi's brewers have caught up. Craft beer drinkers are now spoiled for choice in the capital.

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Turtle Lake Craft Brewery

With views over West Lake and a large plot of prime real estate, this must be Hanoi’s most impressive monument to craft beer. The outdoor space has an open beer garden vibe and there's plenty of room indoors too. Turtle Lake brews on site and features regular live music and other events. These guys stirred some interest when they appointed a young female Vietnamese brewer to their team - a position where long hipster beards had seemed non-negotiable. There's a food menu suited to craft beer guzzling.

Address: 105 Quang Khanh, Quang An, Tay Ho, Hanoi - West Lake around 15 mins from downtown by taxi

Turtle Lake Brewing Company - West Lake, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Turtle Lake Brewing Company - West Lake, Hanoi
 
Turtle Lake Brewing Company - West Lake, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Turtle Lake Brewing Company - West Lake, Hanoi

 

New Gentry Beer House Hanoi

We had to check out this place for the name alone - set as it is in the heart of communist Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Hanoi’s new gentry seem to go for a big selection of international beers - with a carefully selected batch of local craft beers. This is a small local venue with a large range of beer options located in Hanoi's heart.

Address: 7 Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi - Old Quarter

New Gentry Beer House, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer New Gentry Beer House, Hanoi
 
New Gentry Beer House, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer New Gentry Beer House, Hanoi

 

Pasteur St Brewing

Saigon’s pioneering craft beer brewer made a big splash in the capital in 2017 - opening an impressive emporium right by St Joseph’s Cathedral in the old quarter. These guys were the first to make a serious mark in Saigon and now they have their own home in the capital. There’s no shortage of Pasteur St brews on tap elsewhere around Hanoi too.

Address: 1 Au Trieu, Hoan Kiem Hanoi

Pasteur St Brewing, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Pasteur St Brewing, Hanoi
 
Pasteur St Brewing, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Pasteur St Brewing, Hanoi
 

Craft Beer Pub

Craft Beer Pub is more a bar that offers a small range of craft beer than a serious craft beer house. Location is the point here. It’s in the tourist heart of the city, close by Beer St (Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen sts) so you can get a little fix of Vietnam-style craft beer while you’re exploring the nightlife of the Old Quarter.

Address: 26 Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

Craft Brew Pub, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Craft Brew Pub, Hanoi
 
Craft Brew Pub, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Craft Brew Pub, Hanoi


Furbrew


This Hanoi native craft brewer is an interesting new entrant. Furbrew seems to have amassed a good number of enthusiastic advocates in Hanoi - I’m persuaded too. Hanoians have probably had enough of the craft beer invasion from Saigon and this is one of the brands reclaiming the local territory. Their little tap room in the West Lake expat district is about 10 minutes from downtown Hanoi. It’s a stripped back little drinkery.

Furbrew is owned by a Hanoian and a Dane, with a Polish master brewer. Craft beer afficionados should check this place out.

Address: 8b/52 To Ngoc Van, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội

Furbrew Craft Beer, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Furbrew Craft Beer, Hanoi
 
Furbrew Craft Beer, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Furbrew Craft Beer, Hanoi

 

Standing Bar

Popular with expats, Standing Bar sells the range of Vietnam’s craft beers from 19 taps. It’s located by Truc Bach Lake around 10 minutes from downtown Hanoi. Truc Bach lake is where John McCain’s plane was shot down in 1967 before his long incarceration in the Hanoi Hilton prison (aka Hoa Lo).

A lot of the craft beer here travels up from Saigon but Hanoi brews are occupying an increasing number of taps.

The Standing Bar is based on a Japanese “standing” concept - but during our visits, punters looked to be seated as they are in most bars.

Good vibe. Standing Bar also hosts regular events.

Address: 170 Tran Vu Street, Truc Bach Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

Standing Bar, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Standing Bar, Hanoi
 
Standing Bar, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Standing Bar, Hanoi
 
 
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Rusty Compass recommendations are always independent. We list the places we think you should know about. That's it. We paid our way on visits to all the bars listed above and no money changed hands for inclusion in this list.
 
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