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Dan loves Bia Hoi! | by Dan Hewins
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Dan loves Bia Hoi!

Bia Hoi is a fresh beer made each day that sells for around twenty

cents per glass. It is delivered to the sidewalk establishments that

sell it out of big barrels all day. It is served by siphoning off

ice cold glasses out of the barrel to the (all male) patrons who drink

it while sitting on plastic childrens stools smoking, eating peanuts,

and generally seeming to be care free/unemployed/slightly surly.

 

A few breweries in central and north Vietnam release a new batch each day, but it

doesn't really travel well. It must be consumed on the day it is released, as it has no additives or preservatives and isn't in sealed, pressurized containers. It is light, crisp, and delicious with medium carbonation and about 4.5% alcohol.

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Taken on July 10, 2010