Makgeolli 31

House #06 – Cafe Mare & Makgeolli 31

KOREAN NAME: 카페 마레 & 막걸리 31 LOCATION:  Seoul, Jung-gu, Euljiro 3-Ga, Pine Avenue Building (서울, 중구, 을지로3가역, 파인에비뉴) OVERALL: Despite the odd location and environs, Café Mare & Makgeolli 31 is definitely worth a visit. Bong-seok, the owner, is a personable guy who is enthusiastic about introducing people to new and different kinds of makgeolli. And…

Gunsan Saeng Makgeolli

Makgeolli #44 – Gunsan Saeng Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 군산 생 막걸리 REVIEW: I always like to pick up a bottle of the local stuff when I travel to a new city in Korea. So, being in Gunsan, Gunsan Saeng Makgeolli was a no-brainer. The decision was made simpler by the fact that this is the only local, commercially-available makgeolli that does not contain aspartame…

Yeoju Saeng Ssal Makgeolli

Makgeolli #43 – Yeoju Saeng Ssal Yetnal Nuruk Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 여주 생 쌀 옛날 누룩 막걸리 REVIEW: Other than having one of the most cumbersome brand names out there, Yeoju Saeng Ssal Yetnal Nuruk Makgeolli (YSSYN), more importantly, is in that select club of makgeollis that prides itself on having all natural ingredients. In fact, it only has three: rice, nuruk, and water.

Soony Makgeolli

Makgeolli #42 – Soony

KOREAN NAME: 순희 REVIEW: Bohae Brewery’s Soony is a bottle that is slightly difficult to come by but has all the traits of a bottom-shelf brew: i.e., pasteurized and made with aspartame as well as a whole host of other additives. This includes stevia, a sugar substitute, and something called tomatine. This is apparently a glycoalkaloid that…