Vietnam Beer

Today in 1945, Vietnam gained their Independence from France and Japan.


Vietnam Breweries

Vietnam Brewery Guides

Other Guides

Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC No Limit


  • Full Name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea, as well as China, Laos, and Cambodia
  • Government Type: Communist state
  • Language: Vietnamese (official), English (increasingly favored as a second language), some French, Chinese, and Khmer, mountain area languages (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian)
  • Religion(s): Buddhist 9.3%, Catholic 6.7%, Hoa Hao 1.5%, Cao Dai 1.1%, Protestant 0.5%, Muslim 0.1%, none 80.8%
  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Population: 91,519,289; 13th
  • Area: 331,210 sq km, 66th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly larger than New Mexico
  • National Food: Phở
  • National Symbol: Water Buffalo, Dragon; Lotus; Bamboo, Rice; Vietnamese waterbird (Lac bird), Dong Son drums; Vietnamese waterbird (chim lạc), Vietnamese golden turtle (kim quy)
  • Affiliations: UN, ASEAN
  • Independence: From France, September 2, 1945


  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: None (to drink); 18 (to buy)
  • BAC: No Limit
  • Number of Breweries: 17


  • How to Say “Beer”: bia / rượu
  • How to Order a Beer: một bia,
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Can chén [North V.] / Can ly [South V.] / Chia / Cung ly (gumm lee)
  • Toasting Etiquette: A typical toast would be “To your health!” It is always best to allow the Vietnamese host to make the toast. It is most appropriate to suggest that the highest-ranking Vietnamese at the table make the toast, even if the foreign visitor is the host of the evening.


Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 97%
  • Wine: <1%
  • Spirits: 2%
  • Other: 1%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 1.07
  • Unrecorded: 2.70
  • Total: 3.77
  • Beer: 1.13

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 1.1 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Increase
  • Excise Taxes: N/A
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Places
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Sales promotions

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None