Lao Brewer Company Limited was established in 1971 and its production started two years later in 1973. At first it was a joint Lao-French venture but the Lao government nationalised it in 1975 and controlled it until 1993, when Foreign Direct Investment was again allowed in the country. Since then, a whole host of investors including Thai, Danish and Italian consortia have rightly invested in the fast-growing Brewery.
Beer Lao truly is testament to the brewing process and it should definitely be seen as a good example of how to make an honest and decent beer. Most essential are the fine ingredients used. It is a perfect fusion of West and East with the water flowing downstream from the Himalayas foothills, the quality yeast imported from Germany and the brilliant malted barley from France.
The beer itself is noticeably crisp and resembles a nice French lager but its taste possesses an Asian quality undoubtedly attributable to the perfect selection of first-class ingredients used. In the brewing process, strict standards are adhered to, with the water carefully put through a fine sand filter and every single step of the long process is of course steeped in the much-needed quality control checks which help produce a truly clean beer.
In neighbouring Thailand, Beer Lao is starting to dominate the nightlife bar scene and without a doubt rightly so. It seems that this beer will not take long to become a major player not only in Thailand and Asia but also the rest of the world. Beer Lao is already fast building a strong following in many Asian countries and Australia, and one of the biggest distributors in the UK is known to be doing a busy trade with customers now being able to buy cases of Beer Lao off the internet for £25.