Located down a small alley, Pasteur Street Brewing Company in Ho Chi Minh City is bringing a taste of American craft beer to Vietnam. Send up a short prayer as you cross the bustling streets filled with motorbikes and then head upstairs to the second floor at 144 Pasteur Street in the heart of Saigon– District 1 to be exact.
In December 2014, Alex Violette, former head brewer at Boulder, Colorado’s Upslope Brewing Company opened the taproom of Pasteur Street Brewing Company, the first American craft brewery in Vietnam. The brewery uses local ingredients in their brewing process to craft inventive brews ranging from their Passionfruit Wheat Ale to Saigon Saison. The hops and malt are imported from around the world but their use of local ingredients gives this brewery’s craft beer a Southeast Asian twist.
If you find yourself in the Ho Chi Minh City, head to the tasting room at Pasteur Street Brewing Company for a flight and some bar snacks. The flight includes six beer tastings, which pair perfectly with bar food options like the Nashville hot chicken and black eyed pea hummus. The food at Pasteur Street Brewing Company is certainly keeping up with the trends back in the States, which gives expats living in Vietnam a taste of home and locals an opportunity to experience new foods.
After working hours the tasting room becomes packed with locals who are craving a taste of craft beer. One of my favorite craft beers at Pasteur Street Brewing Company is the Saigon Saison, a Farmhouse Ale with a spicy aroma and herbal character from locally grown lemongrass. Another easy drinking beer is the Jasmine IPA, which uses a blend of American hops to create a fruity hop profile along with dried jasmine flower added for the nose. If you’re more of a darker beer fan, the Ca Phe Porter is a coffee porter brewed to be sweet and chewy. This beer is smooth drinking, and brewed with locally roasted coffee beans to create a flavor loaded with chocolate, caramel and toffee notes. Overall, the selection at Pasteur Street Brewing Company are representative of American craft beer and is perfect for the beer lover visiting or living in Vietnam.
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