KOREAN NAME: 생택 생 막걸리
THOUGHTS: No matter where you go in Seoul, there’s one bottle you can’t avoid—Seoul Jangsoo. But the same cannot be said of those living in Gyeongsang-do. No, the ubiquitous green bottle that pops up everywhere is Saeng Tak Saeng Makgeolli.
So far apart and yet so close in one profoundly similar aspect: they are both absolutely horrible. (I know because I tried them side by side just to make sure.) Chemical laden and overly saccharine—if you can withstand the assault of the first sip, your taste buds will be so in shock that the next sip can’t possibly be as terrible as the first. And this is my theory as to how it is people can keep drinking these brews.
“Huh! Woo! Saeng Tak! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!”
Smell: Slightly sour.
BREWERY: Busan Hapdong Yangjo (부산합동양조)
REGION: Gyeongsangnam-do, Busan (경상남도, 부산)
PURCHASED: Gyeongsangbuk-do, Daegu (경상북도, 대구)
AVAILABILITY: Available almost anywhere in Gyeongsang-do.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 6%
INGREDIENTS: purified water, imported rice, syrup, imported wheat flour, nuruk, extracted enzymes, aspartame, citric acid, yeast
VOLUME: 750 ml
PASTEURIZED: No (Shelf-life of 20 days)