Neurin Maul Ihwaju

Sool #41 – Neurin Maeul Ihwaju

KOREAN NAME: 느린마을 이화주 REVIEW: How can the makgeolli industry make a quality product that is true to the origins of this wonderful brew? According to an article in The Hankyoreh, breweries should abide by these three practices: Use domestic rice, not imported rice. Stop using aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. Switch from plastic bottles to glass bottles.…

Walmae Makgeolli (Canned)

Makgeolli #40 – Walmae Makgeolli (Canned)

KOREAN NAME: 월매 막걸리  REVIEW: To review the canned version of Walmae Makgeolli, I thought I ought to have a side-by-side comparison with the bottled version. The first thing I noticed was the difference in ingredients. Besides the usual suspects, bottled Walmae (BW) includes things like multi-oligosaccharide, wheat, pine needle extract, aspartame, citric acid, yeast, lactobacillus wheat, and dextrin; canned…

Pocheon Ssal Makgeolli

Makgeolli #39 – Pocheon Ssal Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 포천 쌀 막걸리 REVIEW: Whenever I wander into a random, family-owned corner store in an unfamiliar neighborhood, I’m pleasantly not-so surprised to see one of the bottles from Pochun Maggeolli (sic). I don’t know how (or why) they do it, but one of their bottles—could be deodeok makgeolli, or wheat makgeolli (밀),  or even something…

Pal-do Jeon Seon Saeng Makgeolli House

House #05 – Pal-do Jeon Seon Saeng

KOREAN NAME: 팔도 전선생 LOCATION:  Seoul, Gwangjin-gu, Gunja Station (서울, 광진구, 군자역) OVERALL: On the backstreets of Line 7’s Gunja Station, not too far from the halls of Sejong University, is an unassuming makgeolli house by the name of Pal-do Jeon Seon Saeng (PJSS). The relaxed atmosphere and low prices reflect the fact that it is neither…

A Foreigner’s Journey to Understand Makgeolli

Hankyoreh intern Dan Sizer set out to understand just how Koreans perceive makgeolli. Here are a few excerpts from his charming and insightful article: “To find out just what people thought about makgeolli I set out on my bicycle. My first stop was the stream where I met the two Korean men, who, before I could explain…

Band of Brewers Event – June 6, 2015

Yogiga Expression Gallery will be hosting an event called Band of Brewers on Saturday, June 6, at 6 p.m near Hapjeong Station. The event will feature performances from six local bands as well a host of home brewers who will be showcasing their beers (₩5,000), mead (₩6,000), and, most importantly, makgeolli (₩6,000). Tickets cost ₩15,000…