Pasteur Street Brewing Company – Not just another beer club in Saigon!
Editors Note: Most of our regular readers, of both this site and Catch Our Travel Bug, know that we both love a beer. My hubby Tim is especially enthusiastic about seeking out new beers from around the world. His latest find, here in Saigon, got him so excited he volunteered to write this post for me. That alone would tell you that the Pasteur Street Brewing Company is not just another beer club in Saigon. Take it away Tim…
Saigon has a new attraction. It’s small, hard to find and contains no Buddha relics. It’s not painted Canary Yellow or Hello Kitty Pink, but it does follow one of the city’s fastest growing trends – beer drinking. But this isn’t just another beer club in Saigon. This one is veeery special.
The Pasteur Street Brewing Company can be difficult to find. It’s situated in an alleyway next to The Rex Hotel in, you guessed it, Pasteur Street in District One. It operates seven days from 11am. Coming from Le Loi street, look carefully for a small sign at the mouth of the alleyway just before you hit the Rex and turn in. Another sign overhead marks the stairway up to an unobtrusive entry to the atmospheric bar. It can be quite a search, but well worth it.
Pasteur Street is by no means the first microbrewery in Vietnam or Saigon for that matter. But it is the first one to trot out hand-crafted ales and a much anticipated IPA. It’s been open two years now but this small scale business started by a team from Boulder, Colorado in the States has garnered a faithful following already. The tasting room is full every time we have visited, proving there is a ready market for this kind of beer in Saigon.
Pasteur Street has already earned a swag of international beer awards and a growing reputation throughout Vietnam for quality craft beer. There are currently eight beers on tap all brewed from local ingredients with new beers rotated through the taps regularly. Establishing a distribution network, they are also now available in several places around Saigon.
Tasting palettes provide first-time visitors a chance to try up to six of the small batch brews and help decide what they like best. While the fruity nose of Jackfruit and Passionfruit are distinct in a couple of the range, on tasting them there is no doubt it is beer you are drinking. No doubt the coffee flavored beer is aimed at the local market and its addiction to the black roasted beans. But it is the bitter IPA’s that the expats and tourists love to quaff the most.
The small scale operation allows flexibility in brewing and the team can be experimental in their approach, offering variety and fine-tuning particular brews till they are just right. Pairing local ingredients with international malts and hops will see the range change regularly. There is already talk of moving to larger premises with larger batches of the more popular beers available soon.
Pasteur Street also has a small food menu served by its amiable staff. It compliments the brews on offer and includes a good selection of bar snacks. But look around and it’s easy to see what the real attraction is. Everyone in the room is there to enjoy these unique craft beers with other like-minded enthusiasts. Seek it out and confirm for yourself. This is definitely not just another beer club in Saigon.
Pasteur Street Brewing Company
Open: 7 days
Where: 144 Pasteur Street, District 1
Phone : +84 838 239 562
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