Sunday, January 31, 2010

Tiger Beer

I'd like to use today's blog to address a common misconception among many tourists to Vietnam: Tiger beer is NOT a Vietnamese beer. Tiger beer is a product of Singapore.

Countless times over the last couple of years I've had to correct people when they've told me, "Tiger beer is my favorite Vietnamese beer." I believe that this is an easy misconception since Tiger beer can be found all over Vietnam. However, Heineken can be found all over Vietnam too and nobody mistakes that as Vietnamese.

Now I'm not knocking Tiger beer. I'm merely saying that when you visit Vietnam you should try some Vietnamese beer like Hanoi Beer or Halida or 333 or Saigon Red/Green or Huda. Now that said, I'm also pretty confident most of these beer companies are all owned by some parent company in Europe since I think now that all the major American beer companies (Bud, Miller, Coors) are European owned.