Jeju Omegi Malgeunsul

Sool #80 – Jeju Omegi Malgeunsul

KOREAN NAME: 제주 오메기 맑은술 REVIEW: I may be biased about Jeju Omegi Malgeunsul (JOM): I didn’t love the bottle but I have very fond memories of visiting their charming brewery (a post on that some time soon, I hope!) which probably colors my take. What you need to understand about JOM is that it is…

DC’s Tipples from Around the World

WaPo offshoot By the Way featured three DC establishments talking about their favorite, lesser-known brews from Korea, Georgia, & Bolivia. Excerpts from the By the Way article: The first stop on our D.C. moonshine world tour is Anju, where customers can drink makgeolli, South Korea’s oldest liquor. Once a preferred beverage for farmers, it was often made at home…

Celebrities Talk Plastic-Bottle Makgeolli

Earlier this month, two people I know nothing about made a video talking about makgeolli, probably a subject they know nothing about. Okay, elitist hot take, but anyone that calls Jangsoo delicious hasn’t begun to understand all makgeolli has to offer. Excerpts from the allkpop article plus the video: On October 11, Super Junior’s Sungmin was spotted making his first…

Samyangchoon Takju

Sool #79 – Samyangchoon Takju

KOREAN NAME: 삼양춘 탁주 REVIEW: Usually the deeper I get into a bottle, the more I like it. This is especially true of bottles that are coy at first, needing a bit of air to open up. Samyangchoon, on the other hand, was aggressively bland from start to finish. The first sip makes SYC seem watery but…

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,…

Sooldamhwa

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…

Hana Makgeolli

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…