Makgeolli’s “Secret” History

Ignoring the Los Angeles Times’ clickbaity title, Sonja Swanson’s article is the sort of groundswell piece the sool world needs to make the English-speaking world take notice of the best aspect of Korean culture that no one is talking about. First off, it goes beyond the fluff of makgeolli: we’ve got our golden boy, sure,…

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Sool by Mail from Sooldamhwa

If you like podcasts, you’ve no doubt heard ads for Blue Apron, Farm Fresh to You, Barkbox, and a hundred other monthly subscription services that mail you a box of stuff. But did you ever think you could get an assortment of curated booze delivered to your doorstep each month? Mind blown! Scroll past the…

Seoul Takju Swept up in Illicit Video Scandal

Sometimes you think makgeolli news has gone flat and then a story socks you in the face like a bubbly hangover. A little background is necessary: Singer Jung Joon-young (best know for his appearances in a variety show called “2 Days & 1 Night”) has admitted to capturing images and/or videos of women he slept…

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Brooklyn’s Boutique Makgeolli

Usually I come upon sool news that is at best mildly interesting and at worst fluff pieces that are thinly veiled advertisements. This may well be an advertisement but it also happens to possibly be the most exciting bit of news to ever grace the site—and it comes from a site called Real Estate Weekly…

Joongwon Cheongmyeongju

Sool #78 – Joongwon Cheongmyeongju

KOREAN NAME: 중원 청명주 REVIEW: With the in-laws visiting the US again, I had another excuse to have them mule over some sool. I didn’t have time to do much research so I jumped at the first cheongju/yakju that I didn’t recognize. The bottle looked fancy and it came as a set! Then I saw the…

The Rise of Low-ABV Makgeolli

Remember how popular makgeolli-in-a-can got a few years back? And then there was the obsession with infusing makgeolli with anything and everything. I know I get a bit sarcastic when it comes to these new fads but I’m just happy more people can enjoy the wonderful world of sool. So, is the next craze in…

Makgeolli for the Health-Nut in Your Life

At least once a year, we get the ineluctable piece touting makgeolli’s cure-all properties. I blame the gut-biome boom. Some excerpts from the Yonhap News article: A state-run food research center on Tuesday said “makgeolli,” a South Korean traditional grain-based alcoholic drink, is beneficial for people’s intestinal health… Makgeolli also helped increase the amount of beneficial…

Sool #77 – Malgeun Moonheeju

KOREAN NAME: 맑은 문희주 REVIEW: Have I been sool-deprived? There’s no question about it. The summer heat arrived before I could get to all my brewing equipment together and, being in the US, there is a conspicuous lack of makgeolli houses to visit or breweries that will deliver hand-crafted bottles of cheongju to my doorstep. But, what…

Moms for Makgeolli (a Decade Ago)

Statistical analysis has led to some of the most profound insights in human history. It’s also led to a lot of faff that may impress your friends while you’re making idle chitchat over a drink but not amount to much more. This article’s focal study on drinking habits from 2003 to 2009 falls squarely in…