On the North some calls it morning beer – “BIA SANG”, somewhere you can find a signboards – “BIA ONG” what means honey beer, but on the South and Central Vietnam usually just “BIA HOI” that means sparkling (gas) beer.
There are many legends and rumors around this beer. One of the legend says that this beer produced in villages at home and manually from rice and this beer can be drunk only during after some hours after brewing because there is no any preservatives.
In Vung Tau, you can find bia hoi in many small café on street corners. Most of the places sell beer produced by company “BI VA”. Their brewery is located in Ba Ria City, its 20 minutes by car from Vung Tau.
We came there at Saturday morning with a friend who makes delivery of this beer to Vung Tau. Owners were not there and the security friendly let us came inside to make some pictures… and even more.
What is a striking first is that it is definitely not a small home production.
After brewing in furnace wort (the liquid extracted from the mashing process during the brewing) by pipelines comes to the lager tanks where the fermentation process will continue several weeks. All technological process is monitored through control room.
After completion of this investigation the following conclusions can be made:
1. Bia Hoi produced at the brewery (not at home);
2. Raw of the beer is malt (not a rice);
3. No any preservatives applied but beer can be stored in fridge up to 3 days (not some hours).
Viva Bi Va!