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Craft Beer - exploring Hanoi's craft beer scene

| 08 Jan 2018
Craft Beer - exploring Hanoi's craft beer scene
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08 Jan 2018

This is our independent guide to Hanoi’s craft beer scene. Vietnam's capital has been slower to jump on the craft beer bandwagon than Saigon - especially when it comes to local brewing. But things hotted up in 2017. A bunch of new bars opened and the city started to churn out more of its own brews. Craft beer drinkers are now spoiled for choice in capital.

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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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