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Dohn121 is a freelance writer who currently resides at the foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains of New York's famed Hudson Valley.


How I Discovered Beer Lao

As I recall, I first learned about Beer Lao from a T-Shirt. While walking around one day at my Buddhist Temple fair grounds during a festival, I spotted a Lao guy not much younger than me walking around sporting a white T-Shirt with green shortsleeves and the now popularized Beer Lao logo on his chest. My first thought was, Wow, what a cool shirt and my second was, Wow, what the heck is Beer Lao? Right away I became interested. I was almost embarassed that I didn't know, because if my country of birth had in fact created a beer, why don't I know about it? I love beer and I love Laos, so why wasn't I made aware of the fact that there is now a beer from Laos that I can drink? I practically walked up to the guy and grabbed him by the shirt collar and interoggated him. "Hey, why wasn't I told?" I wanted to ask him but didn't. I had a barrage of questions like How long has this beer been around? How is it that a Communist country is marketing their product 10,000 miles away? What does Beerlao taste like? Is it even any good? All of these questions would be answered very shortly as I would seek to find the meaning and purpose behind this mysterious and intriguing brand of beer.

Walking Billboards

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Laos? Where in the World is Laos?

The country is Laos.  It's people are the Lao.  It's affiliates are called Laotians (Non-ethnic Lao people from Laos)

The country is Laos. It's people are the Lao. It's affiliates are called Laotians (Non-ethnic Lao people from Laos)

Official L.B.C. Tiger Head Logo

Official L.B.C. Tiger Head Logo

A Brief Introduction Concerning Beer Lao

Beer Lao is, according to its official website,"The premium rice beer that defines a nation and accompanies anything and everything in the land of smiles is here...Beer Lao is the embodiment of South East Asia's forgotten jewel, a tropical paradise with the innocence of an earlier age, when time was not money, life was savoured slowly and the joys of the moment triumphed over the desires of the future...Enjoy the moment, enjoy Beer Lao."

Brewed in Laos, "Beer Lao is made with only the choicest ingredients, like hand-picked indigenous rice varieties, spring water originating from the foothills of the Himalayas, Hallertau hops, German yeast and French malted barley.

"The oldest archaeological records of rice cultivation in the world can be found in Laos, and throughout the millennium Laos has provided a home to more varieties of rice than any other country in the world. Today, between 3000 to 4000 varieties can be found in Laos. The same traditions of care, cultivation and stewardship that have created this unique heritage can be tasted in the crisp, clean and relaxed taste of Beer Lao."

Today, Beer Lao is jointly owned by the Lao Brewery Company (L.B.C.) and Carlsberg/TCC (a joint Thai and Danish company). You may recognize Carlsberg as being a widely distributed Danish beer comp. Beer Lao was originally founded in 1971 whose owners were comprised of Lao and French businessmen in which time their beer was marketed as Biere Lao until early 1995 when they changed the name to Beer Lao. They now have plants in both Vientiane (where my mother was born) and Pakse (coincidentally where my father was born). Total, between both plants, approximately 260 million liters of Beer Lao is produced annually and is steadily increasing (that's almost one liter of beer for every one living in the US alone!).

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Official Beer Lao US Website

No Beer Goggles Needed

Miss Beer Lao 2008

Miss Beer Lao 2008

Yes, It's That Good!

On the official Beer Lao website ( it states that it, "Beer Lao proclaimed as Asia's best beer by Time Magazine (in 2004) and hailed as the Dom Perignon of Asian beers by the Bangkok Post..." And so I began thinking...So, you're telling me that this Beer Lao is better than its Thai counterpart Singha, better than its Chinese neighbor Tsing-tao and better than Japan's highly prized Sapporo too? The hell you say! So in essence, Beer Lao, which comes from an underdeveloped, landlocked, third-world country is rated higher by Time Magazine* compared to ALL these other INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN beers combined? Wow. That certainly speaks volumes--330 ml in volume to be exact! And in case your wondering what that translate to in the U.K. or U.S. it comes out to be 11.162 fluid ounces--slightly less than your usual 12 ounce variety. But no one should fell that they're in any way getting cheated out of 0.838 ounces of good brew, Beer Lao Original (Lager) has an alcohol content of 5% alcohol! Beer Lao Light has I also found that Wanderlust Magazine claimed that it was,"The world's finest beer" and was the unanimous winner of a reader's poll.

Beer Lao Distribution

Sold as 330 ml bottles, a 640 ml bottles and a 330 ml cans. Beer Lao Original is sold widely throughout south east Asia, including of course Laos, Cambodia, Thailand. Many bars and restaurants predominantly frequented by tourists sell Beer Lao by the bottle and some venues serve it from the tap, in which the Lao locals refer to as bia sote or "fresh beer." As of 2007, restaurants in Laos charge 10,000 to 12,000 Kip or a little over US$1. Drinking Beer Lao is widely popular with the tourism market, as it is within itself an attraction. There are currently a total of 3 types of Beer Lao: Beer Lao Lager, Beer Lao Light, and Beer Lao Dark. The Lao Brewing Company also produces Carlsberg Beer from their plant in Vientiane (pronounced Viang Chan) and also produces and markets bottled spring water under its Tiger Head logo. It is stated that Beer Lao enjoys 99% of the market share in Laos and that only 1% of its annual production is exported outside its borders. Beer Lao is exported to over twelve countries around the world, including the US, UK, China, Thailand, Cambodia, France, Australia and New Zealand. Emily Rauhala of The New York Times said that "Beer Lao is notoriously hard to find" elsewhere around the world due to the fact that it's meager supply is insufficient to it's huge international demand. However, due Beer Lao's widespread demand, that may well change very soon.

My Personal Opinion

Okay, so maybe I'm biased in some way in this matter. I mean, if you asked me if your mom's food is better than my mom's food (even if it were true), I would most likely tell you to your face that my mom's cooking is by far better. So how is Beer Lao, you ask? Awesome. Although I only tried the lager, I believe that it was one of the best beers I've ever tasted. Beer Lao has a distinctive fruity and slightly nutty taste, and being that it is indeed a rice-based lager, its texture is light and crispy. It has a medium head and a sweet jasmine aroma once poured into a pilsner glass. Hope that helped you decipher whether or not this beer is for you, as it's the perfect fusion of East Meets West, applying the best ingredients from a total of four nations: Laos, France, Belgium and Germany. As of right now, Beer Lao is difficult to find. If you are able to find it online, getting it shipped to your house could prove costly. One cannot just popped into the gas station or supermarket down the street to purchase a six-pack (well, not yet anyway). But perhaps one day that'll change. But for now, if Beer Lao is as good as most say, it's really not impossible.

Cheers to all you! Given the opportunity, I hope you enjoy Beer Lao as much as I do!

His First Beer Lao (See how happy he is?)

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Some other Varieties of Beer Lao

(L)Beer Lao Light, (R)Beer Lao Dark

(L)Beer Lao Light, (R)Beer Lao Dark

Beer Lao Commercial

Wow, this would look great on a shirt


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HannahT344 on December 09, 2013:

Hi Dohn121!

I realize this post is old, but I stumbled across it in my search for Beerlao. I am on a mad hunt for the beer and can't find it anywhere. I live in TX. Do you have any more insights on how I can purchase the beer?


i love beer lao on October 16, 2013:

i love beer lao

Muttface from Portugal on April 24, 2013:

It's not just a beer, it's an attitude! Love Beer Lao!

parvez on February 03, 2013:

Before going to Laos I rarely drank beer, but gradually developed taste for Lao Beer with a beautiful companion and enjoyed beer sometime morning till late in the evening....That was great time.

Mr. Neanon on May 10, 2012:

yes, you are a man, so proud for beer lao, keep drinking beer lao

somsak on August 30, 2011:

beer lao is so cool for social outdoor!

Sun-Girl from Nigeria on June 25, 2011:

Nice hub thanks for sharing.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on March 30, 2010:

Hey, Al. Yes, you should definitely write a hub on that beer. I'm actually not that much of a drinker, but I am known to suck down a few brews while watching American football (my second love, the New York Giants). It's just a pastime of mine, I guess. I haven't gotten into wine (yet) but would like to become more knowledgeable of such. Maybe you could help in that department ;)

As always, thank you for stopping by and reading this.

Warmest Regards my friend,


Mystique1957 from Caracas-Venezuela on March 30, 2010:

My Brother Dohn...

Gonna have to see how do I go about trying it! Our country`s beer is very famous as well. I am gonna have to write about it sometime. Although, I confess myself not much of a drinker, my drink of choice is Rouge Cabernet Sauvignon.

Great article!

Thumbs up! For Laos!!!!

warmest regards and infinite blessings,


dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 09, 2009:

:D Well, here's a virtual Beer Lao for you! Thanks so much for reading me. I'm glad I made you thirsty, lol.

mel22 from , on December 09, 2009:

I'm an occassional drinker but suddely i'm feeling very thirsty for a beer!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on November 23, 2009:

It's one of the best in the world...I really hope that you get the opportunity to, TFT. Thank you for reading!

Truth From Truth from Michigan on November 23, 2009:

It sounds very good , I would love to try one.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on November 14, 2009:

Thanks, GH! When you do finishing writing your hub, you know I'll be reading it hot off the press! I love learning about different cultures. Yes, drinking beer certainly has its positives and I totally agree with you. But of course too much of anything is a bad thing...Just hope you're old enough to drink a Beer Lao when I do send it to you ;) Thank you, my friend!

Gener Geminiano from Land of Salt, Philippines on November 14, 2009:

Wow a beer and its from your bailiwick, hope you'll send one here in the Philippines and I'll send you one too... Dohn this is the greatest hub you have hehehe, I love drinking not because it is intoxicating but drinking fosters rapport and camarederie... For sure I'll be makin a hub about our very own beer too...

travelespresso from Somewhere in this exciting world. on November 12, 2009:

Hello....again. Thanks for the thumbs up! Its really hot here so I agree, to have a nice cold BeerLao would be excellent. Cheers!!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on November 12, 2009:

Ha! I just left you a comment on that hub! How funny is that??? Thank you so much for the link! I'll be linking your hub to mine as well! It was fantastic and made me want to book a flight at this very moment! Thanks, travelespresso. I'm glad that you enjoyed this hub. I which I had a cold one right now :D

travelespresso from Somewhere in this exciting world. on November 12, 2009:

Hello Dohn

I've just written an article about Vientiane and Laos and have linked your fantastic and detailed article to mine. You are much more knowledgeable about this beer than I am.....I just enjoyed drinking it when I was in Laos. Hope you are OK with me linking it. The link is

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on November 10, 2009:

Depending on where you live in Texas, you probably have a better availability than I do here in Connecticut! I'll look into it for you. There really aren't that many beers that I like as there are so many different kinds and have such discriminating taste...However, Beer Lao is great :D Thanks again, Pretty!

prettydarkhorse from US on November 10, 2009:

hiya Dohn, I want to taste Beer Lao lol, where do they have that here, actually I miss beer, we also have beer in the Philippines, San Miguel Beer, taste like the Corona beer here in Texas (Mexican beer), but I want a taste of that beer! If you know where to find it here....Ms. Beer Lao 2008 is pretty, hmmm!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 31, 2009:

Hey, Song-Bird. Thank you for reading this as I thought you might be interested in it. Yes, I have a tough time finding it myself where I live. Hopefully it will become readily available in the near future.

Renee Hanlon from Michigan on October 31, 2009:

It looks like a good beer. I don't know if I would be able to find it but if I did I would definitely try it!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 26, 2009:

Wow, you are the first "falang" to have visited Laos and drink Beer Lao while there! Thank you very much for visiting my hub (and country). I'm planning to go back there within the next 2 years. I appreciate the compliment!

travelespresso from Somewhere in this exciting world. on September 26, 2009:

Hello....Loved your article about Beer Lao. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking it when in Laos and your article and pictures bought back some glorious memories of my time there. Tis a great beer and a fantastic country.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 19, 2009:

Thanks, Jess. I know what you mean. Here, in New England, you can only by beer up until 8 in the evening and the next possible time you can legally buy alcohol after that is 12 noon Monday! It forces you to become proactive!

Jess Killmenow from Nowheresville, Eastern United States on September 19, 2009:

I need some Beer Lao right now! But I will have to wait untill tomorrow. Too late for today :(

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 19, 2009:

Me too, paramarora! If I could, I'd send you a six-pack just for saying so! Thank you for your read.

BrillzLife by Param Arora from New Delhi, India on September 19, 2009:

I want this beer now. I will have to find it. Good Work Dohn.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 04, 2009:

Thank you for that, dokdumduan! I really appreciate it! Korp jai!

dokdumduan on September 04, 2009:

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 03, 2009:

LOL...Beer Lao is definitely my favorite, but Heineken is readily available to me! Thanks for asking Irohner!

lrohner from USA on September 03, 2009:

So, what is your fav beer? :)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 03, 2009:

Aside from Beer Lao's distinctive taste, I believe that much money went into marketing Beer Lao all over the world, raising popularity and curiosity. Being that it is hard to find, Beer Lao will continued to be bought wherever people can find it. The supply of Beer Lao is certainly not sufficient to meet its high demands. Beer Lao has gone international, but is only available at specialty beer and wine stores, and not to the common man. Hopefully, that will change someday. Thank you again!

dokdumduan on September 03, 2009:

AT the" INTERNATIONAL FOOD FEST"" LAST YEAR, AT MY SCHOOL, WE ARE LAO STUDENTS SALE BEER LAO N LAO SANDWISH STYLE. 1 AMERICAN GUY BUY 2 CASES OF BEER LAO , WE WAS SURPRISING. he want to buy more, but we just keep it forother, we sale 2 pm - 8pm 80 cases of beer lao, we don't know poeple like it that much. i hope beer lao can go to international market soon.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 02, 2009:

Ha! Thank you, Pam! That's awful that you can't enjoy it properly! Your beer is like my cheese! I love cheese, yet I'm lactose intolerant! What the heck, right? LOL I'm glad you enjoyed it (my hub, not Beer Lao, right?).

pgrundy on September 02, 2009:

Yum! I love beer. Sadly, it does not love me!

Still, if I could drink it, I'd go out and buy some Beer Lao right NOW.

Thanks Dohn!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 02, 2009:

Thank you, Michelle! It tastes better than it looks :) I appreciate your comment!

Michelle Long on September 02, 2009:

lovely beer dawn...i wish i can have a cup of it now...great hub....refreshing my eye and mind:)

shibashake on September 02, 2009:

lol! I will definitely look forward to that.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 02, 2009:

Thanks, shibashake! I'm always up to trying something new and exciting. Maybe when I get my feet firmly planted on the ground, I'll try my hand at producing a Beer Lao commercial complete with CG girls, LOL. That would be fun.

shibashake on September 02, 2009:

Great hub dohn! Really enjoyed the story at the beginning.

You make me want to run out and pick up some Beer Lao - and I am not even a beer drinker :) Nice picture of Miss Beer Lao!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 02, 2009:

stuart747--You're welcome. As I've before, hopefully Beer Lao will be available to all of soon! Supply and demand, I guess. Thank you.

Skydweller--Thank you for the comment, Skydweller!

Skydweller from Kathmandu on September 02, 2009:

this one is a great info... cheers

stuart747 from Colchester, Essex, UK on September 02, 2009:

Thanks for the good hub, I will keep my eyes open and see if I can find some to try

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 01, 2009:

Sorry, mate! In college, all the beer that was served to me came in a 16 oz. plastic cup, if you get my draft, I mean drift! Haha! As I got older and with more money in my wallet, I've grown accustomed to Heineken, but I wish Beer Lao was more readily available where I live. Someday, it will be! Thank you again, awsydney!

awsydney from Sydney, Australia on September 01, 2009:

Hey Dohn, I'm thirsty now and it's your fault! I can relate to how they use that flowery glass to drink beer in Asia. There have been times when the beer arrives with a glass full of ice and a straw! Hilarious but brutally honest local culture! :)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on August 31, 2009:

Thank you for that! I'm going to create some links so others can purchase Beer Lao wherever they live! One place I know of is Upstate NY, but it's still very far from me. Getting it shipped to my house can be very costly. I'll look into it! Thanks again for the advice.

dokdumduan on August 31, 2009:

lol yes you right, thankyou for promote beerlao.

for those who want to know where is beer lao, you can find.

Beerlao is now exported to the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, France, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Switzerland, Singapore and the Netherlands. It is available duty-free at most Lao border crossings, especially those with Thailand.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on August 31, 2009:

Your name surely suggests that you are Lao: Sabaidee! Korp jai lai lai!

dokdumduan on August 31, 2009:

hello thankyou for talking about beer lao, is nice of you dodh121

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 29, 2009:

Thanks hd. I wonder if you do too. Let me know if you find it. I still have to find more links so more people can try it out. I got some thirsty hubbers over here:)

hd1912 from Madeira Beach , Fl on July 29, 2009:

Nice post on this beer. I am a HUGE fan of beer. I have had this one. I think i will check my local world of beers store to see if they have it. Nice hub.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 27, 2009:

Wow. Great job finding this! Now I know who "my" competition is. Thank you for your hard work.

Mr Nice from North America on July 27, 2009:

Thanks dohn121 there are these two breweries make rice beer.

James Page brewery in Minneapolis and Capital Brewing Company in Middleton, Wisconsin make wild rice beer.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 27, 2009:

Yes, Mr Nice. Jasmine is one of the many ingredients. You could invariably say that Beer Lao is a rice beer and could well go down as being hailed as "Laos' Sake!" Sorry about that. As far as I know, it is the only beer in this particular mode that is made with rice. Hope I answered your question this time around.

Mr Nice from North America on July 27, 2009:

Hi dohn121; Thanks for the quick feedback but you didn't answer all my question's.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 27, 2009:

Yes, Mr Nice, definitely try Beer Lao. It's actually booming right now throughout Asia, as many pubs are selling it like hot cakes. I did forget to mention that Laos, namely Luang Prabang was, according to The New York Times, THE number one tourist destination of 2008. I highly recommend you going to Laos if you're going to be in Thailand! Until then, cheers!

Mr Nice from North America on July 27, 2009:

Hi dohn121; This is most comprehensive & a Wonderful hub about Beer Lao. As far as I know this is the only Beer I believe made from rice. Other than Japanese Sake, which is made from rice too? I guess Beer Lao is Sake of Laos.

Whenever I go to Thailand, I drink Singha Beer, one of the best beers in the world too.

You mentioned the flavor of Beer Lao is like Jasmine.

I just wonder if they use Thai Jasmine rice to make this Beer.

I will be going to Thailand next summer & I will try to find the Beer Lao.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 27, 2009:

I just might be able to find out for you. If I have any success, I'll let you know. I wouldn't be surprised if it was available, come to think of it.

Chris Eddy111 from Ontario, Canada on July 27, 2009:

Wonder if it's available here in ptbro, ON? Hmm.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 26, 2009:

Hahaha! Yeah, the younger me would've been keen on a 40 ounce version. "Brown bag that sum biyatch please!"

Thanks man.

Cris A from Manila, Philippines on July 26, 2009:

no wonder you've become yellow in the face! LOL anyway

what an interesting and informative read. As with all beer brands, it's gotta be Lao Light for me. Lots of ice! (hic)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 24, 2009:

Thanks. I still need to add more links so others can buy this at their convenience. I appreciate the comment.

housedad from New York on July 24, 2009:

Great Hub, , , Thanx for the heads up ... will put it on my shopping list.


dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 24, 2009:

Me too, atlovesbm! The name's so simple yet unique, kind of like its taste. Thanks for the comment.

Anna from Orange County, California on July 24, 2009:

Great hub! I love Beer Lao! When I first saw it I thought the name was kind of funny. =)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 24, 2009:

No worries, Sufidreamer. I'll load up the Yacht and bring it to you directly! I believe that Beer Lao's popularity will only continue to grow, as Laos' tourism market right now is booming and Beer Lao is really the only beer "on tap" per se. It's the equivalent of going to NYC and trying their pizza or Philadelphia for a Philly Cheesesteak. It's a must-do attraction so Beer Lao will definitely garner more attention in the near future. Thanks for the comment!

Sufidreamer from Sparti, Greece on July 24, 2009:

Fantastic Hub, Dohn - I love beer, and that sounds like a nice brew. Sadly, I have not seen it on sale here, but I might try and track it down next time I go back to the UK. If they carry on growing, maybe it will be available in Greece, soon - perfect for drinking on a hot summer day!

wesleycox from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 on July 23, 2009:

I enjoy an occasional beer and will definately try beer lao.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 23, 2009:

Ha! Thanks, Christine.

christine almaraz from colorado springs on July 23, 2009:

yuuuummmmmm, beer.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on July 23, 2009:

Awesome, shamelabboush. Please check back again, should you have problems locating it as I know a few more links that may be helpful.

You shouldn't have a too much of a hassle finding Beer Lao, Mountain Blossoms. Sawadee!

Thank Enelle! That's says a lot coming from a non-beer drinker!

Thanks, ralwus. Let me know when you do. I'd like to hear your reaction.

ralwus on July 23, 2009:

Now I must give that a go. Thanks, I never knew.

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on July 23, 2009:

If I was a beer drinker, this hub would def get me to try Beer Lao!

Marianne Kellow from SE Thailand on July 23, 2009:

I'm just off to find some dohn121! it sounds good! Very good hub.

shamelabboush on July 23, 2009:

Oh, looks nice, I shall try it! Thanks.

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