Makgeolli Mamas & Papas Korea. If you’re even the least bit interested in makgeolli and are looking for information in English, you have no doubt come across MMPK. I just typed “makgeolli” into google and—no surprises—their site comes up third only to the Wikipedia entry and an article on About.com.
It’s clear that MMPK is no stranger to publicity: in addition to their many blog followers and facebook friends, MMPK has been a topic of excitement for fellow bloggers, podcasts, and numerous articles. The most recent article was featured in Groove Korea, a go-to magazine for many expats living in Korea.
According to Monica Kluge, one of the founders of the group, “We want our website to be a one-stop shop for makgeolli information and content, whether it be house reviews or recommendations across Korea (and internationally), news, or links connecting the homemade makgeolli community.” Although Kluge has since returned to her native Canada, Julia Mellor (co-founder) and Dan McLaughlin (managing partner) continue to deliver content, information, and events for makgeolli maniacs like you and me.
The easiest way to get involved is to sign up for one of their gatherings. They meet every third Saturday at a joomak (read: makgeolli bar) so you can discuss all things makgeolli, taste some delicious brews, and even help rate the establishment for their blog. Best of all, you get to pick the grey matter of some of the nicest, brightest, and most well-informed people in the makgeolli biz.
MMPK also occasionally cohost events at bars that are trying to introduce the brew to the expat community, inform people of upcoming cultural events and festivals that feature makgeolli, enter makgeolli competitions, connect people interested in home brewing with Susubori Academy (Susubori deserves their own post but you should check out the info via the link for the time being), and the list goes on.
I think I’ve lauded them plenty but I just want to say that MMPK inspired me to start Takjoo Journals. So, in a way, this post is a thank you to them and all the hard legwork they put in—work that has immensely helped me inch my way a little closer to understanding more about this complex and lovably-odd drink.
For more info, check out their site here: mmpkorea.wordpress.com