Aoi Sora

HOUSE #08 – Aoi Sora

KOREAN NAME: 아오이 소라 LOCATION:  Seoul, Itaewon (서울, 이태원) LOOK & ATMOSPHERE: If you take a walk down the street behind Itaewon’s mosque, you’ll see a curious sight. Shabby hardware stores, halal restaurants, ddeokbokki joints, and artists’ tiny studio-shops are all crammed into a weird, mixed up little alley that makes you feel like you’ve entered…

Makgeolli Brewers Consider Dropping the Cream

The “cream” in question is actually the milky-white sediment that settles at the bottom of a bottle or your glass (if you ever let it sit that long). According to the article, many in the industry think the sediment detracts from sales as it doesn’t fit with modern tastes. Alas, journalists Chun Ji-hyun and Park…

The Other Makgeolli School

Takjoo Journals has proselytized Susubori Academy up and down the streets of Korea but Susubori is not the only hope. There is another! A recent Korea Herald article takes an inside look into Seoul’s Makgeolli School. From the article: “The students of the 10-week course are of all ages, with the youngest in his 20s and the eldest…

Makgeolli Exports to Japan in the Doldrums

Seems like the same news story keeps circulating but, just in case you didn’t know, makgeolli exports in Japan are still flagging. From the Korea Herald article: “The dwindling exports to Japan, the largest importer of makgeolli, reduced South Korea’s total exports of the alcoholic product. In the first 11 months of 2015, Korea’s total…

A Tour of Korea’s Traditional Brewing Culture

I love coming across makgeolli articles, but doubly so when they come from international publications. Li Anlan’s article in ShanghaiDaily.com describes Korean alcohol and “anju”, or common dishes served with alcohol. From the article: “‘Koreans are heavy drinkers,’ said Chris Sun, bar manager at the Korean restaurant Chi-Q. ‘The food is quite spicy and heavily flavored,…

Drinking Culture in Korea Centuries Past

Robert Neff’s Korea Times article is not specifically about makgeolli but, rather, a look at what it was like to enjoy a tipple in the Land of Morning Calm as it opened its doors to the outside world. Fair warning: along with the interest of the history of these times, there’s also a heaping dose of racism and xenophobia. From…