Unfortunately, at the moment, the only place around here where you can get Beer Lao is at Champa Garden
in Oakland (2102 8th Av at 21st St), where it's only $2 a 330ml bottle.
On the bright side, it's worth the schlep from SF anyway to sample
Champa's famous rice-ball salad and other Laotian specialties. Best
bets are the #14 Champa Sampler ($9.95), which includes the rice-ball
salad, lemongrassy Lao sausages, and fried spring rolls, #16 Laos-style
papaya salad ($5.95), #19 preserved pork ($6.95), and #25 grilled beef
with roasted rice ($6.95). The Thai and Vietnamese dishes on the menu aren't as exciting.
Champa also offers a small selection of great wines from Anderson
Valley's Navarro Vineyards.
Any SF retailers or restaurants who'd like to add this tasty beer to their lineup should contact the importer, Kenneth Stutz of Stutz Olive Oil fame.