Observation on Craft Beer Scene in Vietnam & Cambodia
I just wrapped up two months in Asia with majority of it being in SE Asia. I was with a large group in Thailand, so I wasn’t able to explore the Craft Brew Scene there, so I don’t think it’s fair for me to make any comments about Thailand’s craft beer scene. But in Cambodia & Vietnam my take is the most of the locals aren’t into craft beer. They love to drink (especially in Vietnam) but I believe the cost is a big factor for locals on sticking to their local beers. One non craft beer in Hue, Vietnam was as low as 23 cents a bottle, while a bottle of an Vietnam made IPA in Hanoi was around $4 (US dollars). In Cambodia, especially Seim Reap, it was the folks from US, Canada, Australia, and England I saw in Craft Beer Bars. In Saigon. there are a growing number Breweries and they’re disturbing to the entire country. Hanoi craft brew scene seems to be getting larger, but it appears they are still playing second fiddle to Saigon. This just my quick take, please leave a comment if you have a different take? I will be posting some stories from some cool craft beer bars & breweries I visiting in the coming days and weeks. I will also tell you my experience in Japan, which was quite different than Vietnam & Cambodia.