Bia hơi (literally translated: fresh beer), is a type of draught beer popular in Vietnam.
Bia hơi is available primarily in northern Vietnam. It is mostly to be found in small bars and on street corners. The beer is brewed daily, then matured for a short period and once ready each bar gets a fresh batch delivered every day in steel barrels. It is a very light (~3% alcohol) refreshing lager at a fraction of the cost of draft or bottled beer in the Western-style bars. Bia hơi production is informal and not monitored by any health agency.
It is typically priced between 5,000VND and 12,000VND for a small cup of about 100-150mL (as of March 2020).
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- ^ J. Wills Burke Origines: the streets of Vietnam: a historical companion 2001 "It has since been closed, but still stands at the junction of Chợ Gạo, Nguyễn Siêu, and Ðào Duy Từ Streets, where it has recently been converted into a very fashionable bia hơi (draft beer) establishment."