Two years ago I stopped by a corner store in my neighborhood and and bought a weird, plastic bottle of booze. After a few bemusing sips, I thought, “I need to remember this makgeolli so I never, ever make the mistake of buying it again.” Thus, Takjoo Journals was born! But, I am grateful for this bad bottle because it has led me to taste some astounding brews, meet knowledgeable and helpful people, learn the ins and outs of sool history and the industry in general, try my hand at homebrewing, and most importantly have a really, really good time. And for a silly little labor of love, that’s all I can really ask for.
I thought it might be a laugh to look back at the First Anniversary post to see where I delivered on my promises and where I totally failed.
More Reviews of “Premium” Sool
Success! I wrote quite a few reviews of high-quality bottles. If you haven’t read them all but just want the highlights, go back and check out these posts:
As you would expect, look for more reviews of quality makgeolli in the coming year.
More Reviews of Joomak
Failure… I only managed to write a review for Aoi Sora and an update for DooDoo. This despite discussing where you can get hard-to-find brews and going to several new houses. I hope to get reviews posted on Makgeolli Hakkyo, Tricycle, Nuruk Namu, and more before next year rolls around.
Success! I can’t really create news content but I tried to link to every article of interest. Now I just need to get better at putting the links up in a more timely manner. 화이팅! Here are some articles worth revisiting:
- A Hidden Treasure: Seoul’s Samhae Brewery
- A Look Back & a Look Forward into the World of Makgeolli
- Drinking Culture in Korea Centuries Past
- Sansawon’s Historical Look at Traditional Korean Liquor
- Searching for “Pure” Makgeolli
- Makgeolli Origins (Groove Magazine)
More Op-Ed Pieces
Utter failure… I didn’t write one op-ed article this year but not for lack of wanting to. However, I did write a number of event and activity reviews that I’m pleased with:
- John Frankl Lecture: Moving Beyond Makgeolli
- 14th Wines & Spirits Expo 2016
- Sool Gallery Sansawon Photo Tour
I don’t have many op-ed pieces planned this year but I hope to add one or two articles in the “… Explained” series. (See Dongdongju Explained.)
Big success! Probably the biggest reason for not doing more op-eds is that I’ve been focusing more attention on homebrewing. In addition to writing articles about brewing, I’ve written about seven of my own homebrewing experiments. Best of the best:
I have big brewing plans this year so expect a lot more content here.
Anyway, thanks for checking the site; it means a lot to me! And as always, I love to hear your questions and comments so please keep them coming. Keonbae, everyone!