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Bia Hoi is more a social experience than a beer. In large cities, including Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Bia Hoi is brewed and delivered daily to small establishments.

This refreshing, light-bodied beer is served in a plastic jug, usually by the liter. (Although I've also been served Bia Hoi in a 5 liter gas can!) The locals then pour it into a mug over ice. In Hanoi it is frequently served by the glass without ice. (Of course it's not nearly so hot in Hanoi!)

Bia Hoi is most often accompanied by light food, such as peanuts, cha gio, dried squid and even Thit Cho (dog meat).

Bia Hoi establishments are informal, the type of place where you throw the peanut shells on the floor. They range from a collection of stools on the sidewalk to large beer-garden type Venues. What they all have in common is friendly camaraderie, cheap food and of course, Bia Hoi!

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