B'estival: Ba Na Hill's Oktoberfest (Beer Festival) - FREE BEER

B'estival: Ba Na Hill's Oktoberfest (Beer Festival) - FREE BEER

I love beer, but I really love FREE BEER! And after all, isn't the best beer free? The Mercure Da Nang French Village is a four-star hotel on top of Ba Na Hill, a cool, misty mountain outside of Da Nang in central Vietnam. We visited during the B'estival, a huge beer festival held atop the perpetually chilly mountain at the world-famous European-style resort.

 B'estival on Ba Na Hill

B'estival on Ba Na Hill

The Mercure Ba Na Hills Resort in Da Nang, Vietnam is a gorgeous European-style village built atop a mountain. Long ago it was a retreat for the French colonists from the heat and humidity of Indochina. Now, it's a high-class and beautiful resort reached by the world's longest cable car. As we sat down in the glass-bottomed cable car for a ride up to the resort, a hotel employee stuffed a stack of coupons for FREE BEER at the ongoing B'estival into my hand. Free beer? Well, count me in!

 Beer Hall at Ba Na Hill's French Village

Beer Hall at Ba Na Hill's French Village

The three-story beerhall atop Ba Na Hill is dug into the mountain. There's seating outdoors and indoors, and beer service both inside and outside. If the weather is nice (it usually is!) why not sit outside and look out over the misty mountains with a cold mug of beer?

You can buy beer, of course, but if you are staying at the Ba Na Hills Mercure Resort, you probably won't have to! They give out tickets for free beer liberally at reception upon check-in. A coupon is redeemable for a mug of beer. They offer two different types of beer - light and dark - both are German-style and delicious!

 friendly staff at the B'estival

friendly staff at the B'estival

There is a group of Germans that the hotel hired to do my dream job - wander through the beer hall drinking, chatting, and toasting with guests!

Prost! Have a drink for me!

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