Heart of Darkness - Bar in District 1

Just three years old, this craft beer joint at 31D Ly Tu Trong Street in downtown District 1 has been pulling in the foreign and local crowds since its inception in 2016.

Founded by John Pemberton and others, the former first discovered a passion for craft beer in the U.S. When he moved to Asia, he struggled to find similar beers and decided to experiment with making his own. When Pemberton eventually relocated to HCMC for work at IKEA, he decided to continue his beer experiments at home. Soon, he met co-founder Andrew, who convinced him to set up his own brewery.

Since, Heart of Darkness has churned out over 300 beers. In fact, it introduces one or two new brews weekly, with 20 taps on-site. If you want to check out a super-creative brewery, this is one place you should not miss.

"We want to keep things moving forward, be innovative and push the potential of beers in Southeast Asia," said Ben Hindmarsh, operations manager.

The brewery has grown rapidly to export its beers to Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan and more. In February 2019, it opened another branch in District 2 (Kurtz’ by Heart of Darkness, 97 Xa Lo Ha Noi), a more chill-out rooftop bar. Besides that, a branch has also sprouted in Singapore in April.

The brewery offers from light classic Pilsners, to malty, slightly bitter brews like its Kurtz’ Insane IPA (India Pale Ale), anchored with a grapefruit aroma and taste, to a coffee-flavoured black beer called Magpie.

The alcohol content of its beers could be from 3-13 percent. It also collaborates with other beer makers. All its beers are related to the Joseph Conrad literary classic "Heart of Darkness", which is also the inspiration for the Hollywood Vietnam War movie "Apocalypse Now" and is founder Pemberton’s favorite book.

Its menu offers Western dishes with daily promotions like its 2 for 1 steaks on Mondays.

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