Here at Foodiggity, we’ve tried to keep up with the ongoing ‘most expensive’ beer competition. At the time of this writing, the current title holder was an $800 bottle of Antarctic Nail Ale, which was made with the finest ice from Antarctica — seriously.
But consider the other side of the spectrum, and one can’t help but wonder, ‘What is the cheapest beer in the world?’ Most would argue that some mass-produced American piss water such as Natural Light would be the ultimate beer of shame. However, as far as the cheapest beer per serving, it is actually an ale from Vietnam that reigns supreme.
Bia Hoi, most commonly found in Hanoi, is the most budget-friendly brew on the planet. Commonly described as having the appearance and flavor of Bud Light (go figure), Bia Hoi can be found for 3,000 VND per 12 oz. glass, which is the equivalent of about 16 US cents.
Gullible tourists and Vietnamese hobos seeking the beverage, need look no further than the ‘Bia Hoi’ or ‘Fresh Beer’ signs scattered throughout the city. Fresh beer is actually Bia Hoi’s English translation, and it is indeed brewed fresh daily — presumably in someone’s bathtub.
So the next time that you find yourself in Vietnam, and have a dime, nickel, and penny burning a hole in our pocket — stop in to any one of the dozens of fine establishments serving the cheapest beer in the world.
Then you can check it off your ‘drink bucket list’ along with the terribly overrated Hurricane in New Orleans, or the Mint Julep that you had in Kentucky.