Cheonbihyang Makgeolli

Makgeolli #58 – Cheonbihyang Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 천비향 막걸리 REVIEW: When I talk to other people in the makgeolli community, Joeunsul Brewery’s name is treated as sacrosanct, their brews pressed into the hands of neophytes as if they were being inducted into a clandestine order. Indeed, to borrow a quote from the inimitable Chicago surgeon Max Thorek, “Fashionable dinner parties and cracker…

Buja 16

MAKGEOLLI #57 – Buja 16

KOREAN NAME: 부자 16 REVIEW: Buja 16 was one of those bottles I heard about when I first moved to Korea as it seemed to be one of the few widely available, non-aspartame brews. Of course, when I went looking for it, it was nowhere to be found. (I will say I occasionally bump into Buja Purple,…

Vice Visits Damotori ㅎ

Haebangchon’s little joomak that could, Damotori ㅎ (다모토리 ㅎ), got a nice write up in Vice’s food website Munchies. I haven’t been there yet but this article has convinced me it’s worth a visit. From David Volodzko’s article: When I ask about the name of the place, he says it’s an old term for a bar that…

14th Wines & Spirits Expo 2016: Review

Nearly two months later, I finally decided that my thoughts on the 14th Wines & Spirits Expo had aged enough (i.e., I was finally sober enough) and I was ready to write! Straight up front, this was one of the best traditional alcohol, or sool, events that I have been to. Really, the only competition…