This excellent establishment was described earlier this year on Rate beer by a Dutch reviewer as serving the best beer in Vietnam and it's hard to argue with his opinion. Indeed, I would venture that this is the best beer you will find in what was once known as French Indochina - Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos - and is a class above the various beers that I've tried in Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia.
Opened 10 years by a French couple the restaurant, as was, changed hands around 6 years ago and the new owners commissioned an experienced brewer from Australia, who now works for the Lion Nathan brewery, to set up the brewery and train two Vietnamese brewers. A range of different dining options, including some excellent sea food, are still on offer, the Brew House is open every day from 7.00 am until the following 1.00 am, and the web-site provides lots more information.
The brewery has an international feel as the equipment was manufactured in Europe, the malts are from Australia, the hops are imported from New Zealand and the yeast is purchased twice a year from a company in Oregon. The head brewer speaks very good English and tours around the brewery are available most days at 15.00. The hospitality offered at the end of the tour, it was a real treat to be able to try the beers before they are filtered, was so good that unfortunately I've forgotten the brewer's name! The photo's show the brewer and I sampling some of his fine beer.
My friend Max Bahnson, better known as the Pivni Filosof, says in his recently published book - Prague; a Pisshead's Pub Guide - that the only beer that can be called Pilsner in the Czech Republic is Urquell and adds that this should apply to the rest of the world. Max wouldn't approve of the name of the Brew House's top selling beer, Louisiane Pilsner, but I'm confident that he would like the beer! It's a clean tasting and well hopped beer with citrus flavours - thanks to the New Zealand hops? and a good bitter finish. All in all, a beer that would definitely hold its own in Max's favourite pub, the Zly Casy.
May I take the opportunity to recommend Max's book which is irreverent in style but full of useful information about where to find the best pivos and hospodas in Prague. See his web-site; www.pivni-filosoph.com for further details. Much as I enjoyed the Pilsner my favourite beer was the Louisiane Crystal Ale, I understand it is only available in the summer months, which could be described as a crisp pale ale with a light hop nose and an aroma of various tropical fruits.
Space precludes me from reviewing the other beers but they were all to my taste and I'd urge anyone who is anywhere near Nha Trang to go and check them out. I should add that the friendly and efficient staff all speak good English. The brewery doesn't intend to rest on its laurels as plans are being made to brew a mandarin influenced beer for the next Vietnamese New Year celebrations and they're considering producing a cider if the right sort of apples can be sourced.