What can one say about the original craft beer tour in Hanoi from A Taste Of Hanoi? It is a grand old time. Perhaps it is from all the beers one will try over the course of the four-hour trip, but I think it is more than that. Just like with one of their other tours the tour guide gives you just the right amount of information about the beers without bogging you down with endless amounts of facts that no one will remember anyway. That is not to say, unless you are looking to know more about the beers and history than Chris, our tour guide of the night is more than willing to divulge more information. This allows the tour to be flexible to the parties desires to some degree. While it is a nice night out it is not your slogfest of pounding away beers. After all, this is craft beer. Something that should be enjoyed and savored. Beers that have unique identities that bring something new while holding on to traditions of brewing's past. Besides for most, it is still a fair amount of beer you get to try over the course of the tour.
The first stop on the tour is Hang Vui Craft Beer Restaurant all the way down in Linh Dam. The tour guide gives a little talk about the brewery, noting the look and scale fo the small scale large brewery. We get a tasting of the three beers they offer from Barett as well a small sample of the food. It is worth noting that everything about the tour is about local food and ingredients, so we taste some Vietnamese food that pairs well with the beers made just next door. And if you are interested more in Hang Vui and Barett you can find more in my previous article.
Finally, we make our way to the last stop of The Fat Pig. There is where usually we will try three of the beers from an OG of craft beer in Vietnam, Pasteur Street along with a fair amount of food. The sausage and chicken coming from local sources as well.
The four or five hours of the tour really do not feel it, and I think for most it is one of the better tours. I think at no point there is not anything uninteresting as most are there with one goal and that is beer. It is a great thing to see the craft beer scene really grow in this country. This tour is an indication of that and a great tool to educate expats and locals alike to the wider world that beer can offer from these new breweries. I would highly suggest if you have an interest in craft beer or want to know more about beer itself than check out the original craft beer tour in Hanoi from A Taste Of Hanoi.
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