HO CHI MINH CITY | Lac Brewing Co is one of the most recent entrants to Ho Chi Minh City’s brewing scene, opening its doors in January 2016. It was founded by Portland, Oregon native Lucas Jans, who was in Ho Chi Minh City working as a software developer, and unexpectedly turned his eye to craft brewing.
It’s no surprise that some one from Portland who enjoys beer would miss the choice that was available back home, and Jans found himself drinking craft beers at Quan Ut Ut, and learned to brew there. Today, he balances running the brewery and his software start up, while the brewing itself is taken care of by Bend, Oregon native Michael McMahon, who has over 17 years brewing experience. Edit – McMahon passed away last month and Lac are currently looking for a new head brewer. Condolences to his family.
There’s an emphasis towards IPAs. Devil’s Lake is one of the core beers and is an Oregon style IPA with a blueberry, grapefruit and crisp citrus finish. If you can find it, try the Mango IPA, a refreshing, mango tinged, crisp citrus noted beer.
The Lac Brewery might be out of the way from the usual haunts that visitors to Ho Chi Minh City frequent, but the modern, Scandinavian/Japanese like tap room is well worth visiting. Keep an eye out in the future for things like Cold brew coffee on draft using nitrogen, soft carbonated juice beverages that are dry and fresh, and wine on tap.
Lac Brewing Co
169/7 Nguyen Duc Canh
Ho Chi Minh City
Telephone: +84 886 410 008
Mon – Tue: 3:00pm to 10:00pm
Wed: 3:00pm to 11:00pm
Thu – Sat: 3:00pm to 12:00am
Sun: 1:00pm to 9:00pm